Village residents on the path to a better rail link

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It’s full steam ahead to a Chorley village train station for some residents. But for others, access plans have hit the buffers.

Following a campaign lasting more than two years, a new path is to be built from Buckshaw Parkway train station to Central Avenue.

County Councillor Mark Perks and residents of Astley Village, Buckshaw Village and Euxton are celebrating the new path, which has been installed from Central Avenue to the station car park gate.

It was constructed by housing developer Redrow.

The company promised to build the path once it began building work on a number of houses in Buckshaw Village.

County councillor Perks praised Redrow for keeping that promise.

He said: “Redrow have been excellent.

“The company said once they started work on a batch of houses in that area they would ensure a path would be built, and this is what they did.

“The path is due to open imminently, and I’m pleased, even though it has taken time, that finally, residents will have a much shorter walk to the station.”

Network Rail has placed a gate at the end of the path to ensure residents’ safety, which has meant the path could not be used before it has been officially opened.

But after this success, residents are now stepping up a bid for a second entrance to the station via Runshaw Adult College, on Euxton Lane.

Parish Coun Matthew Lynch has had complaints from residents, who have a lengthy walk to the train station, asking why a path has not been built for them.

He said: “I’ve taken complaints from residents about having no path to the station.

“They say they want to be able to walk from Astley Village and have a third option aside from their cars and buses, but it really puts them off at the moment with such a distance to walk.”

Northern Rail currently leases the land from Lancashire County Council and Runshaw Adult College.

The rail company said it had no plans to install a path because of revenue issues.

A spokesman from Northern Rail said: “Access to Platform 2, the Preston-bound platform, at Buckshaw Parkway station is fully accessible via the overbridge from Platform 1 and by the station lifts.

“Offering direct access to Platform 2 would mean customers would have to cross over to Platform 1 before boarding, as National Conditions of Carriage state that before you travel you must have a ticket which is valid for the journey you intend to make.”