On the road to…Burnley
Following an away drought that lasted, for various reasons, including freezing weather, FA Cup commitments and a certain lack of bravery on the part of yours truly, from the 31st January until the 17th March, I now find myself embarking on an epic travail around the country, almost literally from sea to shining sea, taking in the last six away games over the course of a six week period. Having done Yorkshire last week, it’s now Lancashire’s turn as I head up to Burnley.
Date: 24th March 2012
Stadium: Turf Moor
Away Section: David Fishwick Stand
Score: Burnley 2-2 West Ham United
Nearest station: Burnley Manchester Road or Burnley Central
Local rozzers: Lancashire Constabulary
Total Travel Cost: £66.70p (2 x Advance Day Singles, 1 x Anytime Day Single)
08:58 – New Cross to London Cannon Street (Southeastern Class 376 Electrostar)
Northern Line – Bank to Kings Cross St Pancras (1995 Stock)
10:03 (Dep 10:10) – London Kings Cross to Leeds (East Coast InterCity 225 Mallard)
12:53 – Leeds to Burnley Manchester Road (Northern Rail Class 158 Express Sprinter)
17:57 (Dep 18:01) – Burnley Manchester Road to Preston (Northern Rail Class 158 Express Sprinter)
19:01 (Dep 19:06) – Preston to London Euston (Virgin Trains Class 390 Pendolino)
Northern Line – Euston to London Bridge (1995 Stock)
21:55 – London Bridge to New Cross (Southeastern Class 465 Networker)
Station to Stadium: Turf Moor is one of those funny places – a really old stadium in the middle of the town, that is actually not particularly close to a railway station, as it is about 15 minutes from Burnley Manchester Road, and around the same (give or take 5 minutes) from Burnley Central. That being said, from Burnley Manchester Road at least it is relatively simple to find, as you just follow the dual carriageway that runs (part of the A682) as Manchester Road outside the station – down the hill and past the supermarket before turning left under the railway bridge. There are harder places to get to, and there are places that take longer. It’s neither here nor there really.
Anything else?: Burnley currently has no direct rail connection to Manchester; Burnley Manchester Road is on the line between York and Blackpool, while Burnley Central has trains that run from Preston to Colne. The reinstatement of the Todmorden Curve will allow direct running to central Manchester for the first time since 1972.