CRL - Community Rail Lancashire

East Lancashire Line Nine Day Closure

Passengers are being urged to plan their journeys during a 9-day railway closure in East Lancashire. Network Rail are carrying essential works to two Victorian canal bridges between 15th & 23rd February 2020.

Rail passengers are being warned to plan ahead while essential canal bridge repairs take place for nine days in East Lancashire next month.

Between 15-23 February one railway bridge near Accrington will be replaced and another at Rose Grove in Burnley, both over the Leeds Liverpool canal, will be strengthened.


The East Lancashire line between Colne and Blackburn will be closed throughout the work. Sections of the line between Blackburn, Accrington and Burnley are also affected, with bus replacement services running to keep passengers on the move.

This £3.95m investment by Network Rail will ensure more reliable journeys for passengers for years to come.

Passengers are advised that:

+  Between 15 & 23 February, no trains will run between Blackburn and Colne.

+  During the weekends of 15 & 16 and 22 & 23 February no trains will run between Blackburn, Accrington, Burnley Manchester Road and Hebden Bridge.

+  During the week days of 17 & 21 February, no trains will operate between Blackburn and Accrington.

Download the timetables here:

East Lancs Saturdays 

East Lancs Sundays  

East Lancs Monday – Friday

To maximise the work carried out during the full railway closure, new drainage will also be laid in the Rose Grove area and track improvements made at Townley Tunnel and Gannow Junction.

The canopy over the platforms at Nelson station is also being re-glazed.

A landing page has been created on this website where timetables, updates & photographs will be displayed as the works progress – go here to see it  Nine Day Closure 

The canopy at Nelson station

You can check your journey plans for the duration of this work at either or

Please also note that due to the engineering works the Community Rail Lancashire guided walk on Wednesday 19th February 2020 has unfortunately had to be cancelled. The next available guided walk will be on Tuesday 3rd March 2020.