Bid to reopen Cliviger railway station 80 years after it closed

RESUrRECTION BID Holme railway station, Cliviger, which closed 80 years ago

RESUrRECTION BID Holme railway station, Cliviger, which closed 80 years ago

First published in Cliviger Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Chief reporter

A RAILWAY station could be re-opened more than 80 years after closing if Burnley’s mayor has his way.

In three years’ time a regular train service will be running from Burnley Manchester Road station, to Manchester, as part of the £9million move to reinstate the Todmorden Curve.

And Coun David Heginbotham, the borough’s mayor, believes that this should signal the revival of Holme railway station in Cliviger.

Opened in 1849 the stop – between Manchester Road station and Todmorden – was officially closed in July 1930.

But Coun Heginbotham, who represents Cliviger and Worsthorne, is adamant it could have a bright future.

He said: “There are still two platforms in Cliviger, behind the Ram Inn in Holme Chapel, which were never demolished.

"Now we have got the Todmorden Curve happening and my next step will be to try and get the station reopened.”

He is planning to stage talks with Stonegate Taverns, owners of the Ram Inn, on whose land the platforms are now believe to stand.

“People could stop off at Holme with their bikes, or their picnics, and explore Cliviger and the surrounding area,” added Coun Heginbotham.

The reopening of the Todmorden Curve, 500 yards of track which enables trains to ‘switch back’ to the Manchester line, has already prompted one other railway station campaign.

Villagers in nearby Cornholme and Portsmouth are keen to rebuild their own station, the other side of the Calderdale border.

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3:30pm Thu 17 Nov 11

happycyclist says...

Excellent idea, even if it's only a request stop, like Entwistle station on the Clitheroe-Manchester line.
Excellent idea, even if it's only a request stop, like Entwistle station on the Clitheroe-Manchester line. happycyclist
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4:21pm Thu 17 Nov 11

Noiticer says...

Not a hope in hell of this ever happening. To re-open the station would cost at least £5 millions and there are far more important and strategic locations in Lancashire which would come before Holme. LCC haven't got the money to open such stations so, unless Burnley Borough can find the funds, just forget the idea.
Not a hope in hell of this ever happening. To re-open the station would cost at least £5 millions and there are far more important and strategic locations in Lancashire which would come before Holme. LCC haven't got the money to open such stations so, unless Burnley Borough can find the funds, just forget the idea. Noiticer
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6:10pm Thu 17 Nov 11

HelmshoreBoy says...

Is Councillor Heginbotham living in cloud cuckoo land or what? The County Council is announcing financial cuts left right and centre, almost on a daily basis and this clown wants to fritter £5 million pounds of the tax payers money on this hairbrain idea. It won't be of any benefit other than to a few in Cliviger and as for tourists, get real.

Yet another example of the elected, wasting our hard earned money. Pi££*k
Is Councillor Heginbotham living in cloud cuckoo land or what? The County Council is announcing financial cuts left right and centre, almost on a daily basis and this clown wants to fritter £5 million pounds of the tax payers money on this hairbrain idea. It won't be of any benefit other than to a few in Cliviger and as for tourists, get real. Yet another example of the elected, wasting our hard earned money. Pi££*k HelmshoreBoy
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7:27pm Thu 17 Nov 11

whirlingdervish says...

cliviger is a busted flush,influential people now live elsewhere..
cliviger is a busted flush,influential people now live elsewhere.. whirlingdervish
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11:39am Fri 18 Nov 11

bikerjohn_uk says...

The man's an absolute tool. Even if it were possible to re-instate the station, there's absolutely no infrastructure for it, and the access to it is lousy unless you're on foot or in a 4x4. And what's the council got to do with it anyway, do they own and operate railway stations now???
The man's an absolute tool. Even if it were possible to re-instate the station, there's absolutely no infrastructure for it, and the access to it is lousy unless you're on foot or in a 4x4. And what's the council got to do with it anyway, do they own and operate railway stations now??? bikerjohn_uk
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2:51pm Fri 18 Nov 11

Gaius Grossus says...

If the LMS chose to close it it should stay closed. They never closed a station lightly.
If the LMS chose to close it it should stay closed. They never closed a station lightly. Gaius Grossus
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8:58am Mon 21 Nov 11

Viglen says...

Closed even before Beeching! The poor thing must have been a proper white elephant of a station. Never mind David, always full of mad-cap ideas on someone elses money!
Closed even before Beeching! The poor thing must have been a proper white elephant of a station. Never mind David, always full of mad-cap ideas on someone elses money! Viglen
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7:34pm Mon 21 Nov 11

Jack Shrake says...

I think the sensible thing to do would be to consider the reinstatement of the station at Portsmouth - offering a stop between Burnley and Todmorden. Access is good and there maybe -parking opportunities nearby, unlike the Holme option.
I think the sensible thing to do would be to consider the reinstatement of the station at Portsmouth - offering a stop between Burnley and Todmorden. Access is good and there maybe -parking opportunities nearby, unlike the Holme option. Jack Shrake
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