Plans to build a brand new railway station between Chorley and Leyland are on track, and likely to be completed by autumn this year.
The £6.8m development, called Buckshaw Parkway, in Buckshaw Village, will include a station, car park, passenger shelters and a ticket office.
It has been on the cards for more than a decade, but it is only after the completion of extensive development of Buckshaw Village that it has come to fruition.
The two-platform railway station will allow local residents to travel into Preston and Manchester by rail, without the need to go to Chorley or Leyland station, or drive to Horwich Parkway or Lostock, near Bolton.
There will be a pedestrian access bridge linking the two platforms, and the station is expected to accommodate 450,000 passengers a year and will be operated by Northern Rail.
The station is due to have 204 car parking spaces, plus disabled lots, but when the plans were first submitted, 300 spaces were allocated. The site has now been reduced in size, so a smaller area of land has been allocated.
Coun Mark Perks, who represents Astley and Buckshaw ward, said: “It’s supposed to be a transport hub for Buckshaw Village and Euxton, but we all know that parking at Chorley station is a nightmare, and people from out of the immediate area will come to use it. If residents can’t park at the station, then Network Rail and Chorley Borough Council will have to look at what measures they can take.
“The station will be popular and well-used, and I think that in the future, the authorities involved will have to go back and build more car parking spaces and passenger shelters.”
The development is a joint venture between Chorley Borough Council, Lancashire County Council, Network Rail and Volker-Fitzpatrick.
Network Rail spokesman Keith Lumley said: “The station has been designed as an integrated transport hub, and will incorporate a bus turning circle, cycle lockers and racks, and a passenger drop-off and pick-up point. In addition, there will be more than 200 car park spaces.
“We believe the mix is right, because the majority of passengers using the station are expected to be from the village and so are likely to arrive on foot.”
Coun Peter Goldsworthy, Chorley Council leader said: “Work is now well under way on this station, which will be a huge asset for the residents of Buckshaw Village and the people of Chorley who choose to use it. People have waited a long time for it, so it’s good to know that work is on track and it is due to open to the public as planned in autumn this year.”