CRL - Community Rail Lancashire

Burnley Central

Due to the ongoing Great North Rail Project (Preston to Blackpool Upgrade) the lines from Preston to Blackpool North & Blackpool South will be closed between 11 November 2017 and 28 January 2018. A replacement bus service will be in operation and the timetable can be downloaded here: Preston-Blackpool-TT-13-mk2

Burnley Central Station, originally called Burnley Bank Top, sits on high ground close to the town centre. The town dates back to Anglo Saxon times when the town was established on the banks of the River Brun. The river gave the town its name derived from Brun Lea ‘the field near the Brun’. The town was granted its market charter in 1400 and at this time had a population of around 600.

With the coming of the Industrial Revolution the population exploded with townsfolk finding employment in cotton mills, coal mines and foundries. By 1886 Burnley was the cotton weaving capital of the world producing more cotton cloth per year than any other town in the world. The Leeds Liverpool canal runs through the town on an impressive mile long embankment, well worth a visit.

The railway station was opened by the East Lancashire Railway Company in 1848. A short branch line ran from the station to Bank Hall colliery and the branch has now been revitalised as a cycleway and pleasant walk.


Burnley Central Station
Railway Street
BB11 1DA

Grid Reference

SD 839330 – for a map visit and enter the grid reference.


Arriva Rail North Ltd.


  • Staffed station (booking office open Mon to Fri 06.30 – 13:30)
  • Hourly service to Colne & Preston and Blackpool South
  • Waiting Room (open during booking office hours)
  • Free car park (20 spaces)
  • Long Line Public Address

Other Information

  • Bus station is a 15 minute walk from the railway station – click here for bus timetables
  • Burnley’s new college is a 5 minute walk – click here for more information



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