CRL - Community Rail Lancashire

Accrington & Burnley Direct To Manchester Victoria

Wanting to travel to Manchester from Accrington or Burnley, whether it be for work, university, shopping or leisure then the new direct train service is the best way to go!

Until recently travel to Manchester involved a change of trains at Blackburn or Preston. But following the reinstatement of the Todmorden West Curve a new direct service to Manchester Victoria and Salford via Todmorden from East Lancashire was introduced in May 2015.

The hourly train services starts at Blackburn and calls at Accrington, Rose Grove, and Burnley Manchester Road then over the Copy Pit route calling next at Todmorden then stations into Manchester Victoria, Salford Central and Salford Crescent. Trains then continue through to either Wigan, Kirby or Southport.

Download the timetable by visiting the Todmorden Curve Service landing page on the Northern website at

Journey times from Accrington (63 mins) and Burnley (52 mins) to Manchester Victoria are extremely good and compete very well against other modes of transport.

Prices are competitive too with Anytime Day Return, Off-Peak Day Return, Duo Return tickets and season tickets available. The fares are available in either direction.

  Accrington to Manchester Victoria Burnley Manchester Road toManchester Victoria
Anytime Day Return £12.80   £12.40
Off-peak Day Return £10.00   £9.90
Duo (2 Adults) Return £15.00   £14.80
Weekly Season Ticket £44.90   £44.40

Other period season tickets are available with improved savings for longer periods.

Visit to find out about other fares for this route and for longer journeys anywhere across the country.

Community Rail Lancashire and Northern have produced a leaflet called Explore East Lancashire by Train and this can be downloaded by clicking here or viewed on the CRL website at