Burnley Central railway station

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Burnley Central National Rail
Burnley Central station - geograph.org.uk - 1471272.jpg
Place Burnley
Local authority Burnley
Grid reference SD839330
Station code BNC
Managed by Northern
Number of platforms 1
DfT category E
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2012/13 Decrease 0.140 million
– Interchange  Decrease 30
2013/14 Increase 0.150 million
– Interchange  Decrease 9
2014/15 Decrease 0.145 million
– Interchange  Decrease 3
2015/16 Decrease 0.128 million
– Interchange  Increase 5
2016/17 Decrease 0.126 million
– Interchange  Increase 6
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, 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, along with passenger information screens on the platform. The booking office is staffed on weekday mornings and early afternoons only - at other times, tickets must be purchased on the train (there being no ticket vending machines available). It is fully accessible to disabled travellers, with a ramp from the entrance to the waiting room/ticket office & platform.[2]


The station in 1988

It was opened by the East Lancashire Railway in 1848 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.[3] 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.[4]

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.[5] This left the station on a 6 12 miles (10.5 km)-long dead-end branch line from Rose Grove to Colne, although the line remained double as far as Nelson until December 1986. The eastbound line and platform (used by trains towards Colne) was taken out of use thereafter and the station signal box closed - the track was subsequently lifted and the box and platform demolished a few years later. Only part of the remaining (former westbound) platform is now used by passenger trains - the rest is fenced off and overgrown. Immediately to the west, the line passes above the centre of the town on Bank Top viaduct as it heads towards Gannow Junction.

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.[6]

The station in 1962


On weekdays, there is an hourly service from Burnley Central to Colne (eastbound) and Preston (westbound).[7]

Northern now runs an hourly Sunday service each way, after taking over operations in April 2016.[8]


  1. ^ Butt, R.V.J., (1995) The Directory of Railway Stations, Yeovil: Patrick Stephens
  2. ^ Burnley Central station facilities National Rail Enquiries; Retrieved 25 November 2016]
  3. ^ Marshall; p.40
  4. ^ Frater, p.31
  5. ^ Suggitt, p.75
  6. ^ "New station for Burnley". Modern Railways: 347. June 1965.
  7. ^ GB eNRT May 2018 Edition, Table 97
  8. ^ Northern Franchise Improvements - DfT Retrieved 27 January 2016


  • 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

  • Train times and station information for Burnley Central railway station from National Rail
Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Burnley Barracks   Northern
(East Lancashire Line)
  Historical railways  
Burnley Barracks
Line and station open
  Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway   New Hall Bridge Halt
Line open, station closed

Coordinates: 53°47′38″N 2°14′42″W / 53.794°N 2.245°W / 53.794; -2.245

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