The Clitheroe Line Community Rail Partnership is pleased to announce that it has been successful in a bid for funds to provide extra shelter on Clitheroe station for customers waiting to catch trains towards Blackburn and Manchester.
Clitheroe Interchange is a busy station on the Ribble Valley Line used by nearly 264,000 passengers in 2018/19 passengers. Until 2019 the station benefitted from the provision of a staffed booking and information office operated by Lancashire County Council. However, austerity cuts by the County Council has resulted in the office being closed and all passengers having to use the single shelter on the main up (to Manchester) platform which also houses the TVM (ticket vending machine). The station is particularly busy at peak times in the morning and afternoon and is used by commuters and scholars alike.
This high demand has led to frequent requests by users and their representatives for additional shelter provision on this platform. The most recent survey, carried out by Northern’s apprentices in 2019, identified shelter provision as a priority for users. In particular, 53% of respondents to the survey identified the need for better facilities at the station as a priority and this included the provision of additional waiting accommodation.
CRL’s successful bid for £12,737 from the Community Rail Network’s Community Rail Development Fund (CRDF) will see match funding from other partners including Community Rail Lancashire, and will result in the installation of an additional cantilever shelter on platform 1 similar to the one on Langho station as shown in the image above.
The Community Rail Development Fund (CRDF) is a pot of money provided for use on projects by accredited Community Rail Partnerships and is managed by the Community Rail Network