AN MP has pleaded with Chancellor Rishi Sunak to provide the cash for a bridge connecting the platforms at a revamped railway station.

Burnley MP Antony Higginbotham made the request for the town's Manchester Road station during Treasury Questions in the House of Commons.

The Conservative backbencher asked Mr Sunal: "What steps are taking to improve local transport infrastructure."

"Rail links will be essential to revitalising the economy once we exit this very difficult period. In Burnley, we have a fantastic rail link that connects us into Manchester, but unfortunately, at the minute, the station is not disability friendly.

"I know several stations across the country have been given funding to get them disability friendly, and I wonder whether a similar scheme will be announced in the future so that Burnley can finally get a bridge over its platforms."

Mr Sunak replied: "I pay tribute to you for the work you do championing improved accessibility for your disabled constituents, which is why in the Budget we ​announced £50 million to remodel 12 stations.

"I spoke to Transport Secretary Grants Shapps about Burnley Manchester Road station, and he is happy to take a call from you."

Mr Higginbotham said: “Rail links will be essential to re-energising the economy once we exit this very difficult period which is why I am committed to having these conversations early on.

"The current route between the platforms is not great, particularly for those who have disabilities or limited mobility, and now is the time to change that.

"I am pleased that the Chancellor has already discussed Manchester Road station with the Transport Secretary and I look forward to following-up on those conversations so that real progress can be made.”