Rose Grove railway station

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Rose Grove National Rail
Rose Grove railway station in 1985.jpg
Rose Grove railway station in 1985
Place Burnley
Local authority Burnley
Grid reference SD815322
Station code RSG
Managed by Northern
Number of platforms 2
DfT category F1
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2014/15 Increase 43,176
2015/16 Increase 57,258
2016/17 Increase 71,916
2017/18 Increase 80,874
2018/19 Decrease 61,064
Original company East Lancashire Railway
Pre-grouping Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway
Post-grouping London, Midland and Scottish Railway
18 September 1848 Station opened
National RailUK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Rose Grove from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.

Rose Grove railway station is located in the western part of Burnley in Lancashire, England, 11 miles (17 km) east of Blackburn railway station. The railway reached here in 1848 when the East Lancashire Railway Company opened a station

The Caldervale Line from Hebden Bridge and the East Lancashire Line converge at Gannow Junction, just east of Rose Grove. The semi-fast Blackpool North to York service via Burnley Manchester Road does not call at Rose Grove, but the recently introduced Blackburn to Manchester Victoria via Todmorden one does do so. Trains either take the now single track line to Burnley Central and on to terminate at Colne or travel over Copy Pit summit into West Yorkshire en route to Todmorden and hence to Rochdale & Manchester.

The station as it was in 1951

The station is a long island platform, with a disused bay platform at each end - one formerly used by local trains to Blackburn via Padiham and the other for services to Todmorden and Colne.

It is unstaffed, but there are passenger information screens and a long-line PA system in place to provide train running information. Waiting shelters & a ticket vending machine are also available. Access to the platform is via a staircase from the road above, so there is currently no step-free access on offer for disabled users.[1][2]

Rose Grove was formerly the site of an engine shed, which was one of the last to house steam locomotives on British Railways.[3] The site is now beneath the M65 motorway, which runs beside the railway at this point.

LYR Class 0-6-0 at Rose Grove shed in 1959 with the buildings in the background

During the mid to late 1980s,[4] Rose Grove was the starting point for an Inter City "Holidaymaker" Saturday service - in the 1989 timetable this ran as the 06:50 to Paignton via Preston and Birmingham New Street and the terminus for the 14:10 from Paignton return journey.

The Blackpool North-York service initially called at Rose Grove after its reinstatement in 1984 to allow interchange with trains to and from Colne, Nelson, Brierfield and the two other Burnley stations at Burnley Barracks and Central. However this stop was removed from the service in the early 1990s with East Lancashire Line passengers wishing to travel eastwards towards Yorkshire having to change at Accrington instead.

The station became unstaffed in the 1980s, following the demolition of the station buildings. The last remnants of the Great Harwood Loop towards Padiham have also disappeared, the line having been closed in 1993 with the end of oil traffic to the power station there.


On weekdays and Sundays, there is an hourly service from Rose Grove to Colne (eastbound) and Preston (westbound).[5] Sunday trains continue to Blackpool South.

Following the re-opening of the Todmorden Curve to passengers in May 2015 (all structural work having been completed by Spring 2014 but with no available trains and unfinished signalling upgrades, delaying the introduction of the new service), trains on the Blackburn - Burnley - Manchester route now call at the station once per hour each way (including Sundays),[6] enabling interchange facilities from Colne, Nelson, Brierfield and Burnley's Central and Barracks stations. This reinstates the link with Todmorden and the Calder Valley that was originally lost in November 1965.


  1. ^ "Rose Grove railway station, Lancashire" Thompson, Nigel; Retrieved 21 November 2016
  2. ^ Rose Grove station facilities National Rail Enquiries; Retrieved 25 November 2016
  3. ^ Burnley Borough Council. Accessed 27 October 2007.
  4. ^ "Devon Memories"Derby Sulzers website; Retrieved 16 August 2016
  5. ^ GB eNRT May 2018 Edition, Table 97
  6. ^ Magill, Peter (30 April 2013). "New Manchester route will revitalise Burnley branch station". Lancashire Telegraph. Retrieved 30 April 2013.

External links

  • Train times and station information for Rose Grove railway station from National Rail
Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Hapton   Northern
East Lancashire Line
  Burnley Barracks
Accrington   Northern
Caldervale Line
  Burnley Manchester Road
  Historical railways  
Line and station open
  Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway   Burnley Manchester Road
Line and station open
Disused railways
Line and station closed
  Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway
Great Harwood Loop

Coordinates: 53°47′13″N 2°16′55″W / 53.787°N 2.282°W / 53.787; -2.282

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