New rail station hub to open today

Buckshaw Parkway 'Pic Caption: (L-R) Cabinet member for highways and transport, County Councillor Tim Ashton; Leader of Chorley Council, Councillor Peter Goldsworthy; County Councillor Mark Perks, County Councillor Mike France, Steve Bradley, of Northern Rail and Tony Bromley and Martin Whyatt, of Network Rail.''For further information, contact Senior Communications Officer Andrew Daniels on 01257 515265.

Buckshaw Parkway 'Pic Caption: (L-R) Cabinet member for highways and transport, County Councillor Tim Ashton; Leader of Chorley Council, Councillor Peter Goldsworthy; County Councillor Mark Perks, County Councillor Mike France, Steve Bradley, of Northern Rail and Tony Bromley and Martin Whyatt, of Network Rail.''For further information, contact Senior Communications Officer Andrew Daniels on 01257 515265.

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Trains will be stopping at Chorley’s newest railway station on Monday as Buckshaw Parkway opens its doors to passengers for the first time.

The borough’s newest station will be opening on schedule to provide Buckshaw Village residents with a direct rail link to Manchester, Preston and Blackpool.

The station is a joint venture between Chorley Council, Lancashire County Council, Network Rail and Northern Rail, with government funding helping to provide the station, ticket office, waiting area and car park.

The construction of Buckshaw Parkway, 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, started in the winter.

The opening date was announced last month and now everything is almost complete, with Buckshaw Parkway being built into the timetables from next week.

Coun Peter Goldsworthy, Leader of Chorley Council, said: “The new station is something that residents and businesses have told us is really important for Buckshaw and Chorley so I’m delighted that the work of Chorley Council has helped make this a reality.”

County Councillor Tim Ashton, Lancashire County Council’s cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “It’s really important that with every new and emerging development like Buckshaw Village we make sure there is a sustainable public transport system for residents and commuters to use.

“It’s great to see the station almost ready to open and the contractors have done a brilliant job, with everything on schedule.”

The station, which will be accessed from Buckshaw Avenue, close to Tesco, had always been an important part of the vision for Buckshaw Village, which has been built on the site of the 395-acre former Royal Ordnance factory at Euxton.

County Councillor Mark Perks, who is the ward councillor for the area, said: “It’s been a key milestone for local people and it’s great that we have a direct rail link from Buckshaw Village to cities such as Manchester.”

Jo Kaye, Network Rail Route Director, said: “We’re delighted that the station is on schedule and it will be a great addition to the network in Lancashire.

“We’ve just got the final jobs to complete to make sure everything is ready for Monday.”

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.

Lee Wasnidge, Area Director for Northern Rail, said: “We are very much looking forward to the opening of Buckshaw Parkway station and our team is keen to welcome the first passengers through the doors next week.”

Full details of the timetable and fares can be found at www.nationalrail.co.uk and a formal opening ceremony will take place later in the year.