|Burnley Manchester Road|
|Managed by||Northern Rail|
|Number of platforms||2|
|Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|Original company||Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway|
|Pre-grouping||Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway|
|Post-grouping||London, Midland and Scottish Railway|
|1 November 1866||Station opens|
|6 November 1961||Closed|
|13 October 1986||Station rebuilt and reopened|
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|A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z|
|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Burnley Manchester Road from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
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On 12 November 1849, the Manchester and Leeds Railway opened a single line branch – doubled in 1860 – from Todmorden to Burnley. The first station in the town, which was at Thorneybank, was replaced by Burnley Manchester Road in 1866. This closed on 6 November 1961, but was reopened (with new platforms) in 1986, two years after the successful re-introduction of year-round services between Leeds and Preston/Blackpool North. The station is currently unstaffed, but is due to have a new ticket office built in late 2012 (see next section).
The town currently has three other railway stations, Rose Grove, Burnley Barracks and Burnley Central, on the East Lancashire Line which diverges from the Caldervale Line at Gannow Junction west of the town.
On weekdays, the station is served by Northern Rail semi-fast services from Blackpool North to Leeds and York via the Caldervale Line. On Sundays there is now also an hourly service (from mid-morning onwards) in each direction since the May 2009 timetable change.
The local councils and MP have campaigned to restore a direct rail link between the town and Manchester Victoria using the defunct south to west curve at Todmorden that was removed following the withdrawal of local trains in November 1965. This would allow trains to run between Burnley and Manchester via Rochdale in less than an hour. Network Rail had intimated in its Lancashire & Cumbria RUS that such a link would be possible, but that the business case would only be viable with third party funding. It was thought that the scheme would proceed following the finalising of a Multi Area funding agreement between central government and a consortium of councils in East Lancashire in January 2009, although it was subsequently omitted from the list of projects recommended for funding over the next decade by the North West Regional Development Agency in July 2009. On 31 October 2011, it was announced that the scheme had been granted finance as part of the Regional Growth Fund announced by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg. The plans will also see the station facilities upgraded (at a cost of up to £2 million) with the opening of a new ticket office in a new station building and the provision of additional car parking spaces & new waiting shelters.
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
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