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Following a multi-million pound investment and partnership work between Burnley Council, Network Rail, Lancashire County Council and Northern Rail, the new £2.3 million Manchester Road railway station has opened its doors.
The regenerated station features a staffed ticket and information office in a modern eye-catching building, a larger car park, CCTV, a real time passenger information system and new passenger waiting shelters. The station also includes a facility for the East Lancashire Community Rail partnership.
The redevelopment of Manchester Road station is a top priority for Burnley, crucial to transforming the borough’s economic prospects, and is just one of the major regeneration projects underway to develop new infrastructure to support the economic growth of the town.
Burnley Manchester Road Station was originally built in the current location in 1886 as one of Burnley’s main railway stations. The station was closed on 6 November 1961, and then subsequently re-opened nearly 25 years later, on 29 September 1986. By the time it was re-opened, the station building, the majority of which still exists, had been sold out of railway use for use as a dairy storage and distribution facility.