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Burnley station gets the red carpet treatment
5:00pm Monday 12th August 2013 in News
THE first work is set to be carried out on Burnley’s new multi-million pound station during a ceremony.
Council officials from Burnley and Lancashire, alongside East Lancashire Community Rail Partnership, Northern Rail and Network Rail, will mark the rebuilding of the Manchester Road development on Thursday.
Initial deliveries of raw materials for the station arrived last week while workmen sorted reclaimed stone from the former dairy, which will used in the new development.
The new station, with an iconic blue ‘V’ central to the design, will be constructed in the run-up to the reopening of the Todmorden Curve, cutting journey times between Burnley and Manchester from 115 to 53 minutes.
Council regeneration head Mike Cook said: “This is the culmination of almost a decade of partnership work to reinstate 500 metres of rail track and halve train-travel time between Burnley and Manchester.
“The redevelopment of Manchester Road station is a top priority, crucial to transforming the borough’s economic prospects.”
Progress on the station was briefly halted when Manchester-based architects SBS went bust.
But council bosses are confident, with contractors now on site, it will be finished well before the first Manchester-bound services leave next May.
Preston-based Walter Carefoot & Son has been chosen to carry out the works, which have benefitted from European Regional Development Fund financing.
The remodelling of Holme Tunnel, in Cliviger, is also ongoing as the structure needed to be strengthened ahead of services being extended along the line.
The new city-bound service will begin in Blackburn and call at Accrington and Rosegrove before arriving at Manchester Road and going on to Todmorden, Rochdale and Manchester Victoria.
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