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New Manchester route will revitalise Burnley branch station

A BRANCH station in Burnley is set for a new lease of life after it was announced a major new service to Manchester will stop there.

And as well as making regular visits to Rosegrove, the new East Lancashire to Manchester train will also stop on Sundays at Church and Oswaldtwistle.

The service will not run regularly until May 12 next year, after work is completed on reinstating the Todmorden Curve.

But Community Rail Lancashire has revealed the route for the trains, which should reach the city in around 40 minutes.

Starting in Blackburn, the service will call at Accrington, Rosegrove, Burnley Manchester Road, Todmorden, Rochdale, into Manchester Victoria.

Burnley MP Gordon Birtwistle said: “We made representations to the rail company over this because originally it was not going to stop there. It seems like they’ve listened to us.”

Rosegrove councillor Charlie Briggs added: "People think of Rosegrove as a little place but it is a large community. This will save people having to travel to Manchester Road station.”

Rosegrove used to be a stop on the Blackpool to York service but was shelved in the 1990s. It now only hosts Blackpool and Colne-bound trains.

The city service is being run by Northern Rail in partnership with Burnley Council and Lancashire County Council.

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12:55pm Tue 30 Apr 13

jibbsarefynny says...

which should reach the city in around 40 minutes. i'll use the car or bus 20 mins quicker and approx £10 cheaper.
which should reach the city in around 40 minutes. i'll use the car or bus 20 mins quicker and approx £10 cheaper. jibbsarefynny
  • Score: -7

1:08pm Tue 30 Apr 13

bingoman1 says...

well at last, the people of PENDLE will be able to use this service, great news, now lets get the colne to skipton line re opened, gordon birtwistle fought hard for the todmorden curve, come on andrew stephenson pendle MP, have a word with the minister, get pendle booming.
well at last, the people of PENDLE will be able to use this service, great news, now lets get the colne to skipton line re opened, gordon birtwistle fought hard for the todmorden curve, come on andrew stephenson pendle MP, have a word with the minister, get pendle booming. bingoman1
  • Score: 1

1:10pm Tue 30 Apr 13

bingoman1 says...

jibbsarefynny wrote:
which should reach the city in around 40 minutes. i'll use the car or bus 20 mins quicker and approx £10 cheaper.
so, you can reach manchester in 20 mins?? in what ?? a red arrow ?
[quote][p][bold]jibbsarefynny[/bold] wrote: which should reach the city in around 40 minutes. i'll use the car or bus 20 mins quicker and approx £10 cheaper.[/p][/quote]so, you can reach manchester in 20 mins?? in what ?? a red arrow ? bingoman1
  • Score: 7

1:12pm Tue 30 Apr 13

Random Username says...

That's great news for the residents of North Burnley, Brierfield, Nelson and Colne who don't want to drive and be stuck in traffic on the bus and are happy to pay a higher fare for the convenience of a convenient scenic train ride to a newly refurbished Victoria Station. With a good connection at Rose Grove they will also be able to tap in to the 'Manchester effect' that this line is hopefully going to bring to Pennine Lancashire. It's just a shame there are no parking facilities near Rose Grove then Padiham residents could also benefit.
That's great news for the residents of North Burnley, Brierfield, Nelson and Colne who don't want to drive and be stuck in traffic on the bus and are happy to pay a higher fare for the convenience of a convenient scenic train ride to a newly refurbished Victoria Station. With a good connection at Rose Grove they will also be able to tap in to the 'Manchester effect' that this line is hopefully going to bring to Pennine Lancashire. It's just a shame there are no parking facilities near Rose Grove then Padiham residents could also benefit. Random Username
  • Score: 4

3:20pm Tue 30 Apr 13

Noiticer says...

'A branch station in Burnley' - what does this mean? It's not a bank but an already functioning and increasingly busy RAILWAY station. The new service is great news for the continuing revival of its rail network. Travel to Manchester in your car if your daft enough and like stress and expensive parking but take the train if you want to enjoy an efficient and evnironmentally way to travel and passing through some interesting landscapes.
'A branch station in Burnley' - what does this mean? It's not a bank but an already functioning and increasingly busy RAILWAY station. The new service is great news for the continuing revival of its rail network. Travel to Manchester in your car if your daft enough and like stress and expensive parking but take the train if you want to enjoy an efficient and evnironmentally way to travel and passing through some interesting landscapes. Noiticer
  • Score: 4

4:16pm Tue 30 Apr 13

blylad says...

Why does this service need to start in Blackburn? Blackburn already has a train service into Manchester via Darwen and Bolton which is a lot more direct for Blackburn folk than travelling through East Lancs and into W.Yorks first. No logic in that move at all.
Why does this service need to start in Blackburn? Blackburn already has a train service into Manchester via Darwen and Bolton which is a lot more direct for Blackburn folk than travelling through East Lancs and into W.Yorks first. No logic in that move at all. blylad
  • Score: 2

4:29pm Tue 30 Apr 13

Izanears says...

bingoman1 wrote:
well at last, the people of PENDLE will be able to use this service, great news, now lets get the colne to skipton line re opened, gordon birtwistle fought hard for the todmorden curve, come on andrew stephenson pendle MP, have a word with the minister, get pendle booming.
Forget the Colne to Skipton line. It is just a pipe dream. Hold ups are bad enough on Vivary Way as it is without having to contend with level crossing gate as well!
[quote][p][bold]bingoman1[/bold] wrote: well at last, the people of PENDLE will be able to use this service, great news, now lets get the colne to skipton line re opened, gordon birtwistle fought hard for the todmorden curve, come on andrew stephenson pendle MP, have a word with the minister, get pendle booming.[/p][/quote]Forget the Colne to Skipton line. It is just a pipe dream. Hold ups are bad enough on Vivary Way as it is without having to contend with level crossing gate as well! Izanears
  • Score: -1

5:56pm Tue 30 Apr 13

Mister Red says...

Surely it would be better to try to encourage people to visit Burnley rather than make the people in Burnley travel away from it.
Surely it would be better to try to encourage people to visit Burnley rather than make the people in Burnley travel away from it. Mister Red
  • Score: 0

6:28pm Tue 30 Apr 13

Darren1951 says...

"The city service is being run by Northern Rail in partnership with Burnley Council and Lancashire County Council"
So, two questions:
1. Who will get the revenue from this much-vaunted "new" service?
2. Where will the required additional staff and rolling stock materialise from? The Manchester - Clitheroe service already suffers from shortages of both.
"The city service is being run by Northern Rail in partnership with Burnley Council and Lancashire County Council" So, two questions: 1. Who will get the revenue from this much-vaunted "new" service? 2. Where will the required additional staff and rolling stock materialise from? The Manchester - Clitheroe service already suffers from shortages of both. Darren1951
  • Score: -1

9:24pm Tue 30 Apr 13

Reality50 says...

I understand the point in connecting Burnley and Accrington to Manchester Victoria but why does this route start from Blackburn? Blackburn already has a service to Manchester Victoria via Bolton which takes 50 minutes. Is there a plan to cut this service? I'm sure the public of Darwen and Bolton would be interested in this. Something doesn't add up here as Blackburn folk are likely to use a journey that takes 40 rather than the current 50 minute route to Victoria. I personally think the Blackburn-Darwen-Bol
ton-Mcr Victoria route should go to Manchester Piccadilly instead thus providing two Manchester destinations from Blackburn rather than the same one-Victoria-via two different routes.
I understand the point in connecting Burnley and Accrington to Manchester Victoria but why does this route start from Blackburn? Blackburn already has a service to Manchester Victoria via Bolton which takes 50 minutes. Is there a plan to cut this service? I'm sure the public of Darwen and Bolton would be interested in this. Something doesn't add up here as Blackburn folk are likely to use a journey that takes 40 rather than the current 50 minute route to Victoria. I personally think the Blackburn-Darwen-Bol ton-Mcr Victoria route should go to Manchester Piccadilly instead thus providing two Manchester destinations from Blackburn rather than the same one-Victoria-via two different routes. Reality50
  • Score: 2

4:49pm Wed 1 May 13

Noiticer says...

To answer the above queries - the service has to start and finish at Blackburn as this is the only place where a train can be stabled and change tracks on the East Lancs Line. The stock already forms the service which currently turns round on a service which finishes at Rochdale so this service s being extended to/from Blackburn. The new service might prove very useful to Blackburn folk when the line between Bolton and Manchester is closed for a number of months when Farnworth Tunnels are deepened for electrification of hat route.
To answer the above queries - the service has to start and finish at Blackburn as this is the only place where a train can be stabled and change tracks on the East Lancs Line. The stock already forms the service which currently turns round on a service which finishes at Rochdale so this service s being extended to/from Blackburn. The new service might prove very useful to Blackburn folk when the line between Bolton and Manchester is closed for a number of months when Farnworth Tunnels are deepened for electrification of hat route. Noiticer
  • Score: 0

10:59pm Wed 1 May 13

ToffeeGuy says...

Current peak time return from Blackburn to Manchester - £11.80.

Current peak time return Burnley to Manchester - £14.70.

So if this service were to start operating tomorrow it would be cheaper to start the journey in Blackburn than in Burnley ?! Even though it is a longer journey. Hope Northern Rail sort out this anomaly before the service starts.

Ignoring the fact that the bus is about £6 cheaper for a day return. Northern Rail will have to sort out their pricing policies before the service starts. The daily fares for a weekly commute come to more than £70!
Current peak time return from Blackburn to Manchester - £11.80. Current peak time return Burnley to Manchester - £14.70. So if this service were to start operating tomorrow it would be cheaper to start the journey in Blackburn than in Burnley ?! Even though it is a longer journey. Hope Northern Rail sort out this anomaly before the service starts. Ignoring the fact that the bus is about £6 cheaper for a day return. Northern Rail will have to sort out their pricing policies before the service starts. The daily fares for a weekly commute come to more than £70! ToffeeGuy
  • Score: 0

3:44am Fri 3 May 13

Reality50 says...

ToffeeGuy the reason there is anomalies are county boundaries and subsidies.Once the Tod Curve is completed I expect with Hebden Bridge no longer needed as a stop,the fare from Burnley to Manchester return will be around £10 day return. It will be probably even cheaper than that if you use your nouse and "Split ticket" the journey via Walsden or Littleborough.
ToffeeGuy the reason there is anomalies are county boundaries and subsidies.Once the Tod Curve is completed I expect with Hebden Bridge no longer needed as a stop,the fare from Burnley to Manchester return will be around £10 day return. It will be probably even cheaper than that if you use your nouse and "Split ticket" the journey via Walsden or Littleborough. Reality50
  • Score: 1

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