- Blackburn railway station
Infobox UK station
name = Blackburn
code = BBN
Blackburn with Darwen
platforms = 4
usage0405 = 0.930
usage0506 = 0.982
usage0607 = 1.051
Blackburn railway station is a
railway stationthat serves the town of Blackburnin Lancashire, England. It is 19 km (12 miles) east of Preston and is managed and served by Northern Rail.
The station is served by two lines. One line runs 'north - south' comprising the re-opened
Ribble Valley Linefrom Clitheroe in the north and continuing through Blackburn towards Darwen, Bolton and terminating at Manchester Victoria.
The other line runs 'east - west' and is served by trains from
Blackpooland Prestonin the west travelling to Burnley (Manchester Road and Central, Colne, (the East Lancashire Line), Leeds and as far as York in the east (the Caldervale Line).
The station was covered by twin
train sheds, an architecturally detailed canopy that covered all platforms. In 2000, due to its decaying state, it was removed changing the nature of the station in a £5 million regeneration project. A new building was built on the main island platform. The original entrance was retained, including the station buffet. A piece of public artwork by artist Stephen Charnock was also erected at the edge of the platform, which consists of a stainless steel screen depicting Blackburn's industrial past and its more modern life today. The images include some of Blackburn's most famous and successful figures such as Carl Fogarty, Wayne Hemingwayand Jack Walker.
The station is well connected with public transport in
Blackburn, with the Blackburn Boulevard bus station situated directly in front of the station building.
From Blackburn on the
Ribble Valley Line, there is generally an hourly service southbound to Manchester Victoria and northbound to Clitheroe.
East Lancashire Line, Monday to Saturdays there is an hourly service all stops to Blackpool South to the west and Colne to the east. Two-hourly on Sundays.
Caldervale Line, Monday to Saturdays there is an hourly Express service to Preston and Blackpool North, westbound and to Leeds and York eastbound. Generally two-hourly Sundays.
Platforms in use
The station has 4 platforms, the main platform includes a ticket office, waiting room, toilets and outdoor seating. The other platform which is platform 4 is uncovered and has very little seating inside two bus shelters.
*Platform 1 For trains to
Ramsgreave and Wilpshire, Langho, Whalleyand Clitheroe( Ribble Valley Line).
*Platform 2 For trains to
Accrington, Leedsand York( Caldervale line) and all stations to Colne( East Lancashire Line).
*Platform 3 Spare platform but is used mainly for early morning trains to
*Platform 4 For trains to all stations to
Prestonand Blackpool South( East Lancashire Line), an express service to Preston, Poulton-Le-Fyldeand Blackpool North( Caldervale line), and trains to Darwen, Bolton & Manchester Victoria ( Ribble Valley Line).
* [http://www.merouk.co.uk/structures/2001blackburn.htm Blackburn Railway Station Glazed Platform Canopy]
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