Burnley Central railway station

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Burnley Central National Rail
Burnley Central railway station in 2009.jpg
Place Burnley
Local authority Burnley
Grid reference SD839330
Station code BNC
Managed by Northern Rail
Number of platforms 1
DfT category E
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05  0.108 million
2005/06 Decrease 0.108 million
2006/07 Increase 0.111 million
2007/08 Increase 0.116 million
2008/09 Steady 0.116 million
2009/10 Increase 0.126 million
2010/11 Increase 0.146 million
2011/12 Increase 0.150 million
2012/13 Decrease 0.140 million
2013/14 Increase 0.150 million
2014/15 Decrease 0.145 million
1 December 1848 Station opened
November 1871 renamed Burnley Bank Top
2 October 1944 renamed Burnley Central [1]
1964 Station rebuilt
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Burnley Central from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Burnley Central railway station is a station in the town of Burnley, Lancashire and is on the East Lancashire Line. It is managed by Northern Rail, which also provides its passenger service.

Following the singling of the track in 1986, Burnley Central has one platform in use, together with a small ticket office, waiting area and public address facility. There are information boards at the entrance of the station and in the booking hall.


The station in 1988

It was opened by the East Lancashire Railway in 1849 as part of its route from Bury and Blackburn to Colne, where an end-on junction was made with the Leeds and Bradford Extension Railway line from Skipton that had been completed several months earlier. The service from Colne through the station to Manchester Victoria via Accrington and Bury was well used from the outset by the owners of the local cotton mills, who travelled from their homes in the area to make their purchases of raw cotton at the Royal Exchange several times each week.[2] It was also possible to travel from the station by direct train to Blackpool, Liverpool and Skipton and even through to London Euston via Blackburn, Manchester Victoria and Stockport.[3]

However the cutbacks of the 1960s affected the station badly, with through trains to Manchester via Bury ending in 1964 (two years before the withdrawal of the Accrington to Bury service) and those to Liverpool in 1969 whilst the line to Skipton was closed to all traffic in 1970.[4] This left the station on a dead-end branch line from Rose Grove to Colne, although the line remained double as far as Nelson until December 1986, when the eastbound line & platform (used by trains towards Colne) was taken out of use - the track was subsequently lifted and the platform demolished a few years later.

Despite the cutbacks, the station was rebuilt in 1965, with the ground floor at street level and the first floor at platform level, providing a booking hall, toilets, waiting rooms, stationmaster's office, parcels office and left luggage office.[5]

The station in 1962


On weekdays, there is an hourly service from Burnley Central to Colne (eastbound) and Blackpool South via Preston (westbound).

On Sundays, there is a two-hourly service in each direction.


  1. Butt, R.V.J., (1995) The Directory of Railway Stations, Yeovil: Patrick Stephens
  2. Marshall; p.40
  3. Frater, p.31
  4. Suggitt, p.75
  5. "New station for Burnley". Modern Railways: 347. June 1965.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>


  • Frater, A. (1983) Stopping Train Britain - A Railway Odyssey, Hodder & Staughton Ltd, London. ISBN 0-340-32451-1
  • Marshall, J. (1981) Forgotten Railways North-West England, David & Charles (Publishers) Ltd, Newton Abbott. ISBN 0-7153-8003-6
  • Suggitt, G. (2004 reprint), Lost Railways of Lancashire, Countryside Books, Newbury, ISBN 1-85306-801-2

External links

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Burnley Barracks   Northern Rail
(East Lancashire Line)
Historical railways
Burnley Barracks
Line and station open
  Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway   New Hall Bridge Halt
Line open, station closed

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