Burnley Council is working with public sector partners and Network Rail to re-open the 500 metres of track, known as the ‘Todmorden Curve’ linking Burnley with Manchester City Centre. The project entails the reinstatement of a piece of track bordering the town of Todmorden which will allow trains from Burnley to link directly to the line into Manchester. The reopening of the route will mean that commuters won’t have to change trains or use bus services, all of which take over an hour.
The reinstatement of the track will halve train travel time from Burnley to Manchester to a commutable 45 minutes, allowing passengers to start their journeys at the newly refurbished Manchester Road Station and alight at Manchester Victoria. The success of the Todmorden Curve will connect the commercial and residential property markets of Burnley and Manchester, allowing the people of Burnley to access jobs in Manchester’s growing economy and open up the Pennine Lancashire countryside for visitors from the city.
The proximity of the Weavers’ Triangle to Manchester Road station will ensure that, once reopened, the Todmorden Curve will unlock the potential for up to 1000 jobs to be created through the redevelopment of the 3.9 hectare site for leisure, office and educational uses.
The Deputy Prime Minister has backed the project with an investment of £8.8 million Regional Growth Fund for the re-instatement of the Todmorden Curve rail link and redevelopment of the Weavers’ Triangle in Burnley.
Network Rail is progressing the project through its management and control process, meaning that the Todmorden Curve could be complete by Spring 2014.