New station has 2,000 people every week

Buckshaw Parkway Railway station
Buckshaw Parkway Railway station
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More than 2,000 passengers a week are passing through the doors of one of Lancashire’s newest train stations.

The long-awaited Buckshaw Parkway railway station opened in October.

And officials say 335 people are boarding at the £6.8m station every day.

Gemma Colley, public relations manager for Northern Rail, said a ticket vending machine had been added.

She said: “We are delighted with the success of Buckshaw Parkway station, which has exceeded our expectations in passenger footfall and ticket sales.”

Buckshaw Parkway includes a 150m-long platform, 204 car parking spaces with bus and taxi drop-off points and CCTV systems.

Such was the demand for trains locally that the organisers of the First Transpennine Express service had to put an extra train on Sundays.

Kay Davies, chairman of the Buckshaw Village Community Association, said: “It has rejuvenated Buckshaw.

“Eden Properties have told us that they want to start work on the vacant land around Tescos for the retail units in March.

“So far, the station is bringing a lot of commuters here but once the shops, such as the cafe and other retail units are built, then people have a reason to stay here.”

There were fears about the impact the new facility would have on neighbouring stations in nearby Chorley and Leyland.

A spokesman for Northern Rail said: “The footfall on both of the stations has increased slightly rather than we expected it to be reduced.

“Along with the success of Buckshaw, it means that the new station has been good news all round.”