East Lancashire line

The East Lancashire line is a railway line in the Lancashire region of England, which runs between Preston and Colne, through Blackburn, Accrington, Burnley (Barracks and Central) and Nelson. The line formerly ran onto Skipton but closed in 1970.

East Lancashire line
Overview
OwnerNetwork Rail
LocaleLancashire
Blackburn
Burnley
Pendle
North West England
TerminiPreston
Colne
Service
SystemNational Rail
Operator(s)Northern
History
Opened1849
Technical
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8+12 in) standard gauge
East Lancashire line
Preston
Whitehouse Junction
West Lancashire Railway
Lostock Hall
Todd Lane Junction
Bamber Bridge
Gregson Lane Halt
workmen’s halt; closed 1946
Hoghton
Hoghton Tower
(1847–1848)
Pleasington
Cherry Tree
Mill Hill
Blackburn
Blackburn Tunnel
Rishton Tunnel
Rishton
Church and Oswaldtwistle
Great Harwood
Accrington
Simonstone
Huncoat
Hapton
Padiham
Rose Grove
Burnley Manchester Road
Burnley Barracks
Burnley Central
New Hall Bridge Halt
Reedley Hallows Halt
Brierfield
Brierfield Tunnel
Nelson
Bott Lane Halt
Colne

It is operated by Northern. Services on this line stop at every station on the line, although Pleasington, Hapton and Burnley Barracks are now request stops only.[1] It was designated by the Department for Transport as a community rail line in November 2006.[2]

Network Rail refers to the main part of this line, from Preston to Gannow Junction (where the single-line branch to Burnley Central and Colne diverges) and onwards to Burnley Manchester Road and Hall Royd Junction, as the Roses line.[3]