New station opens soon

Buckshaw Village train station development
Buckshaw Village train station development

Buckshaw Village’s new railway station is set to open on October 3.

Work has almost been completed on Buckshaw Parkway, which will target commuters from Chorley and Leyland.

The station is a venture between Chorley Council, Lancashire County Council, Network Rail and Northern Rail.

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.

Coun Peter Goldsworthy, Leader of Chorley Council, said: “This is great news for residents because the new station is a key development for Buckshaw Village providing a direct rail link on the Blackpool to Manchester line.

“Chorley Council has been committed to bringing the station to reality and I’m delighted we now have an opening date.”

County Councillor Tim Ashton, Lancashire County Council’s cabinet member for highways and transport, added: “The station is a vital part of ensuring that Buckshaw Village has a sustainable transport network and that people living there don’t have to rely on cars to travel about.

“It’s exciting to see the station almost complete and I’m sure it will be of great benefit to people living in Chorley.”

County Councillor Mark Perks, said: “Residents have waited a long time for the station and it’s great now that we have an opening date.

“I have been in constant contact with both local councils, Network Rail and Northern Rail to ensure residents get to use the station as soon as possible and now there is an end in sight.”

Jo Kaye, Network Rail Route Director, said: “The construction of the station has pretty much gone to plan and we have been able to hand the station building over to Northern so they can fit it out.

“There are still a few things to complete but we wanted to let people know as soon as possible when we thought we could have the station open and we look forward to seeing the first train stop there.”

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 Wasnide, Area Director for Northern Rail, said: “We are fitting out the interior of Buckshaw Parkway and bringing our employees up to speed on the day to day running of the station. We are looking forward to welcoming the first passengers through the doors at the beginning of October.”