Please note that due to a major engineering project to relay 3km of track through Summit Tunnel the Calder Valley Line will be closed for nine days from 23rd to 31st October 2021 and buses will replace trains between Rochdale and Hebden Bridge – please check before you make your journey. You can visit northernrailway.co.uk/ or https://www.nationalrail.co.uk/ for information.
The Todmorden Curve Line
A multi-million pound investment and almost a decade of partnership work between Burnley Council, Network Rail, Lancashire County Council and Northern, means that the first direct train service for over 40 years can now run between East Lancashire and Manchester.
The reinstatement of 500 metres of track known as the Todmorden West Curve, has improved journey times between Burnley, Accrington and Manchester and is a vital catalyst for jobs, economic growth and the visitor economy. This has put Burnley and Accrington within commuting distance of Manchester and opened up job prospects, as well as tourist and leisure opportunities.
Current times for the journey into Manchester Victoria from East Lancashire are:
Accrington 57 mins, Rose Grove 50 mins and Burnley Manchester Road 46 mins which is very competitive with other forms of public transport.
The Todmorden Curve route has a lot to offer in the way of attractions and things to do – click the links to download the ‘Explore East Lancashire by Train‘ leaflet or a booklet called ‘Discover Amazing Women by Rail‘ or visit the individual station pages using the navigation button on the right of this page.
Community Rail Week On The South Fylde Line
Supporting the Go Green by Train campaign! Posted 19.10.21
Community Rail Week Starts In Burscough Junction
To celebrate St. John's RC Primary School's work on the disused platform. Posted 18.10.21
Summit Tunnel Closure To Affect Services
Essential engineering works means bustitution. Posted 14.10.21