Chairman Pip's Railway Thoughts

On the road to…Burnley

Posted in Great Britain, On the road..., Other general stuff about railways by Chairman Pip on 26 March 2012

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
Capacity: 22,546
Attendence: 15,246
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)

Rail journeys:
08:58 – New Cross to London Cannon Street (Southeastern Class 376 Electrostar)
Northern LineBank 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.

Burnley Manchester Road railway station


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  1. Claire said, on 28 March 2012 at 10:41 am

    Burnley Manchester Road looks like a tiny station. Is there no roof?

    That was a long day, as you said it would be. About a 13.5 hour day with 8 rail journeys, in fact. That’s dedication for you. And the day before the clocks went forward and we lost an hour too!

    I’m surprised Burnley has no direct rail connection to Manchester. You’d think there’d be a lot of demand for it.

    • Chairman Pip said, on 28 March 2012 at 11:21 am

      Burnley Manchester Road is tiny – there are a pair of staggered platforms, no ticket office, and a small shelter on each platform. The irony of the situation is that it is essentially an unstaffed halt, but has better wheelchair access than a major stop like New Cross Gate (five platforms, trains every few minutes, connecting two major termini).

      The demand, not just for Burnley, but for much of East Lancashire, to have better connections to Manchester is why the Todmorden Curve is classed as top of Lancashire County Council’s rail priority list.

  2. Claire said, on 28 March 2012 at 11:27 am

    Are staggered platforms platforms that are not opposite each other?

    I think there’s a council actually getting its priorities right there!

    • Chairman Pip said, on 28 March 2012 at 11:28 am

      Yep – there’s not enough space for them to be directly opposite each other, so they overlap each other for about a third of their respective lengths.

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