New direct train services between Accrington, Burnley and Manchester start on 17 May 2015.
Following a multi-million pound investment and almost a decade of partnership work between Burnley Council, Network Rail, Lancashire County Council and Northern Rail, we are delighted to announce the first direct train service between East Lancashire and Manchester in over 40 years.
The reinstatement of 500 metres of rail track known as the Todmorden Curve, will improve journey times between Burnley, Accrington and Manchester and will be a vital catalyst for jobs, economic growth and the visitor economy.
The project will put Burnley within commuting distance of Manchester and open up job prospects, as well as tourist and leisure opportunities.
The reinstatement of the track will halve train travel time from Burnley to Manchester to a commutable 52 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 On the Banks 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.