Transport Links to Burnley


Burnley has excellent uncongested high-speed road networks – the M65 offers fast, direct connections to:

  • the M60 and M66 to/from Manchester
  • the M6 and M65 to/from the Preston area, the coastal resorts and the Lake District
  • the M62 or A646 to/from Leeds

Our motorways are fast flowing so we measure miles in minutes.


Rail services to and from Burnley are provided by Northern Rail. The town in served by two railway stations; Burnley Manchester Road operates services west to Preston and Blackpool and east to Leeds and York.  A direct train to Manchester was launched in 2015, with a journey time to Manchester Victoria of just 52 minutes.  Burnley Central provides local services west to Blackpool and Preston (where all trains to major destinations in the country can be caught) and east to Nelson and Colne.


Burnley benefits from the proximity of three international airports, all within approximately one hours drive.

  •  Manchester Airport (42 miles) The UK’s third largest airport (the largest outside of London), handling over 22 million passengers a year to over 200 destinations.
  •  Liverpool John Lennon Airport (55 miles) One of Europe’s fastest growing airports now serving over 5 million passengers a year. Regular scheduled services are currently available to 69 domestic and European destinations.
  • Leeds-Bradford International Airport (38 miles) One of the UK’s fastest growing airports, now handles over 2 million passengers per annum and provides access to over 70 domestic, European and international destinations.

Manchester Connection

Manchester Road Railway Station has been completely redeveloped and a direct link to Manchester was launched in 2015,

Burnley Council workedwith public sector partners and Network Rail to re-open the 400 metres of track, known as the ‘Todmorden Curve’ linking Burnley directly with Manchester City Centre.

The reinstatement of the track will vastly reduce 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.