Extra trains at the weekends

Buckshaw Parkway official opening - Leader of Lancashire County Council, County Councillor Geoff Driver, County Councillor Tim Ashton, Leader of Chorley Council, Councillor Peter Goldsworthy and Transport Minister Norman Baker.

Buckshaw Parkway official opening - Leader of Lancashire County Council, County Councillor Geoff Driver, County Councillor Tim Ashton, Leader of Chorley Council, Councillor Peter Goldsworthy and Transport Minister Norman Baker.

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An extra hourly train will stop at Buckshaw Parkway on Sundays as the station was officially opened by a Government minister on Monday.

Chorley’s newest railway station has been a great success since the first passengers were picked up in October and a plaque to announce the formal opening was unveiled by Transport Minister Norman Baker MP.

A crowd of people involved in making the station become a reality gathered in the ticket office to mark the official opening.

Both Chorley Council and Lancashire County Council have played a key role in making sure the station was built.

The Leader of Chorley Council, Coun Peter Goldsworthy, along with County Councillor Tim Ashton and County Councillor Mark Perks, issued a joint statement praising the efforts of everyone involved.

“The station has been a real boost for people in Buckshaw Village and the numbers of people using the station has continued to grow since it first opened,” they said.

“It’s brilliant to hear that there will be an extra hourly service included in the new timetable that starts on Sunday and that means there will now be two trains stopping at the station in each direction every hour.

“We’d like to thank everyone who has been involved in the process and it’s great to have Norman Baker to come and officially open the station.”

The £6.8 million project has been a joint venture between the two councils, and both Northern Rail and Network Rail, with money from the Community Infrastructure Fund helping to create the station, ticket office, waiting area and car park.

The station has state-of-the-art facilities including a 150-metre long platform, 200 car parking spaces with bus and taxi drop-off points, a fully accessible station building and steel footbridge with lifts.

Transport Minister, Norman Baker, said: “I’m delighted to have been asked to open this brand new station. It is clearly already proving popular with residents of Buckshaw Village, and will also relieve congestion at other stations in the area.

“Buckshaw Parkway station demonstrates that when local and central government comes together with the private sector to make smart investments in local infrastructure, it can encourage just the sort of growth we need.”

The two-platform station, on the same Manchester to Preston line as Chorley station, is expected to accommodate 450,000 passengers a year and will be operated by Northern Rail.