Transformation plans unveiled for railway station in Burnley

Lancashire Telegraph: What the revamped station could look like What the revamped station could look like

A RAILWAY station is to be transformed, paving the way for much faster transport links from Burnley to Manchester.

The improvements, which could cost up to £2M, anticipate an a “significant increase” in passengers at the Manchester Road station, already the busiest in the town.

It will get a manned ticket office, new canopies and passenger shelters, an improved entrance and an additional 49 car parking spaces.

Planning permission now been granted for the scheme, which is funded by the borough and county councils and various rail bodies.

The redevelopment of the station was seen as essential ahead of the implementation of the Todmorden Curve railway improvements, which will see travel times to Manchester cut from 1 hour 10 minutes to 53 minutes.

Preparatory work has already started, including the demolition of buildings connected to a former dairy distribution depot and clearing overgrown vegetation.

The station was originally built in the current location at Manchester Road in 1886, it closed in 1961 but re-opened in 1986.

The site was purchased by Burnley Council and Lancashire County Council in November 2011 with the aim of bringing the building back into rail use.

Councillor Roger Frost, Executive Member for Regeneration & Economic Development, said: “Now planning permission has been granted, it’s full steam ahead to transform the station, which will accommodate the forecasted increase in passenger numbers when the Todmorden curve is reopened and the University Technical College opens.

“For some passengers it can be the first impression they get of a town, and with the transformations underway in Burnley, with new schools, college and universities, it is important that visitors arriving, or passing through see the ‘new’ modern, changing Burnley.”

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6:10pm Sat 17 Mar 12

soup123 says...

Wow. An artists impression that actually looks lifelike!

Doesn't actually look that bad. A major improvement to what's there at the moment.
Wow. An artists impression that actually looks lifelike! Doesn't actually look that bad. A major improvement to what's there at the moment. soup123

6:26pm Sat 17 Mar 12

Noiticer says...

Hope Network Rail finds the money to replace the wooden platforms with something more appropriate and substantial
Hope Network Rail finds the money to replace the wooden platforms with something more appropriate and substantial Noiticer

6:47pm Sat 17 Mar 12

doctor1970 says...

When will we see this new station in operation.
When will we see this new station in operation. doctor1970

7:01pm Sat 17 Mar 12

Michael@ClitheroeSince58 says...

Nice :)
Nice :) Michael@ClitheroeSince58

7:59pm Sat 17 Mar 12

jogalot says...

2 million pounds to do a few alterations? It always amazes me how expensive public buildings are.
2 million pounds to do a few alterations? It always amazes me how expensive public buildings are. jogalot

8:17pm Sat 17 Mar 12

Michael@ClitheroeSince58 says...

jogalot wrote:
2 million pounds to do a few alterations? It always amazes me how expensive public buildings are.
Yes it's shocking but how do you think all those 100k+ final salary fat cats juggle the books?
[quote][p][bold]jogalot[/bold] wrote: 2 million pounds to do a few alterations? It always amazes me how expensive public buildings are.[/p][/quote]Yes it's shocking but how do you think all those 100k+ final salary fat cats juggle the books? Michael@ClitheroeSince58

8:31am Sun 18 Mar 12

I_Love_Mommy says...

Thats Platform 2 in the piccy It goes to Scarborough not Manchester
Thats Platform 2 in the piccy It goes to Scarborough not Manchester I_Love_Mommy

9:19am Sun 18 Mar 12

RibbleLad says...

I_Love_Mommy wrote:
Thats Platform 2 in the piccy It goes to Scarborough not Manchester
The whole point of the "Todmorden Curve" is that trains traveling in the direction of Halifax will be able to "turn right" at Todmorden to go directly to Manchester via Summit Tunnel. So at sometime in the future trains from Platform 2 will either be going to York or Manchester (not Scarborough incidentally, they have not gone directly from Blackpool to Scarborough for a number of years now terminating at York)
[quote][p][bold]I_Love_Mommy[/bold] wrote: Thats Platform 2 in the piccy It goes to Scarborough not Manchester[/p][/quote]The whole point of the "Todmorden Curve" is that trains traveling in the direction of Halifax will be able to "turn right" at Todmorden to go directly to Manchester via Summit Tunnel. So at sometime in the future trains from Platform 2 will either be going to York or Manchester (not Scarborough incidentally, they have not gone directly from Blackpool to Scarborough for a number of years now terminating at York) RibbleLad

8:30pm Sun 18 Mar 12

Mister Red says...

Looks OK on the one side.What will happen to the "Blackpool" side? Or,is that not as important ?
Looks OK on the one side.What will happen to the "Blackpool" side? Or,is that not as important ? Mister Red

9:44pm Sun 18 Mar 12

Darwen Malc says...

For two million pounds, why not get a private contractor to build a luxury mansion with lots of parking, plasma tellys and nice three piece suites so that the passengers can wait in comfort for their train? You would probably still have change left over!
For two million pounds, why not get a private contractor to build a luxury mansion with lots of parking, plasma tellys and nice three piece suites so that the passengers can wait in comfort for their train? You would probably still have change left over! Darwen Malc

10:00pm Sun 18 Mar 12

Cha'mone MF says...

RibbleLad wrote:
I_Love_Mommy wrote:
Thats Platform 2 in the piccy It goes to Scarborough not Manchester
The whole point of the "Todmorden Curve" is that trains traveling in the direction of Halifax will be able to "turn right" at Todmorden to go directly to Manchester via Summit Tunnel. So at sometime in the future trains from Platform 2 will either be going to York or Manchester (not Scarborough incidentally, they have not gone directly from Blackpool to Scarborough for a number of years now terminating at York)
Serious consideration surely must now be given to the reopening of the missing 11.5 miles of line between Colne and Skipton ?
[quote][p][bold]RibbleLad[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]I_Love_Mommy[/bold] wrote: Thats Platform 2 in the piccy It goes to Scarborough not Manchester[/p][/quote]The whole point of the "Todmorden Curve" is that trains traveling in the direction of Halifax will be able to "turn right" at Todmorden to go directly to Manchester via Summit Tunnel. So at sometime in the future trains from Platform 2 will either be going to York or Manchester (not Scarborough incidentally, they have not gone directly from Blackpool to Scarborough for a number of years now terminating at York)[/p][/quote]Serious consideration surely must now be given to the reopening of the missing 11.5 miles of line between Colne and Skipton ? Cha'mone MF

9:27am Mon 19 Mar 12

Wildman2011 says...

I love it how people suddenly become quantity surveyors as soon as a new public funded building is announced. Why can't people just be positive about it? It has to be a good thing providing a direct rail link with an improved station to the economic centre of the north, surely?
I love it how people suddenly become quantity surveyors as soon as a new public funded building is announced. Why can't people just be positive about it? It has to be a good thing providing a direct rail link with an improved station to the economic centre of the north, surely? Wildman2011

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