Blackburn was one of Lancashire’s original cotton towns. In 1880 it had a population of over 100,000. Just over a hundred years previously it stood at 5,000 and the huge rise is down to the growth of the cotton trade. Blackburn sits in the valley of the River Blakewater. The town was built where the Roman military road from Manchester to Ribchester crossed the river. In the doomsday book the town is called Blachebourne. The Railway station recently rebuilt is a major junction station for East Lancashire’s community railways. It is a staffed station complete with a booking office and there is a cafe in the main station entrance area.
The station frontage with the old station clock surrounded by ornate stonework survived the redevelopment and is worthy of note. Blackburn’s town centre, currently being redeveloped, boasts a good mix of retail outlets and its market is very popular. There are several buildings of note including the Town Hall and parts of Richmond Terrace. The museum highlights the history of the town and Corporation Park stands close to the town centre. Blackburn Cathedral with its famous lantern tower is situated close to the railway station and well worth a visit.
SD 684279 – for a map visit www.streetmap.co.uk and enter the grid reference.
+ Staffed station (platform staff from first to last train – booking office open Mon to Sat 06.40 – 19.15, Sun 09.10 – 16.40 providing national rail information and tickets and other public transport information)
+ Hourly services to Clitheroe and 1/2 hourly to Manchester Victoria (direct), hourly to Manchester Victoria (via Todmorden), hourly to Colne, Preston, York and Blackpool North,
+ Car park (at rear of station 80 spaces including accessible) £2.00 per day
+ Waiting Room on platforms 1 & 2, and platform 4
+ Additional seating on platforms
+ Secure cycle storage (keys from Customer Service office)
+ Cycle hoops
+ Customer Information Screens
+ Public Address system
Bus station immediately across road at front of station – click here for bus timetables
+ Rail User Group – Ribble Valley Rail
+ Friends of Stations group – contact email@example.com for details.
+ Blackburn Cathedral is a 5 minute walk from the station – click here for more detail
+ Blackburn Visitor Information can be found in the New Market Hall a 5 min walk from the station – click here for more information
+ The museum is a 15 minute walk from the station and more information can be found by clicking here
+ The Leeds Liverpool canal runs through Blackburn and access can be gained close to the station – more information can be found by clicking here. The canal is the starting point for an historical cycle ride which also takes in the disused railway around Great Harwood – download the PDF by clicking here.
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