The Lancashire town of Accrington boasts a small but modern station. Its new eco-friendly station building opened in 2010. It was constructed using locally sourced and recycled materials. Solar panels supply electricity, and toilets are flushed with collected rainwater.
The station lies on the East Lancashire Line and the Caldervale Line.
Services from this station include trains to Blackpool North, York, Preston, Rainford, Blackburn, and Colne.
Station Facilities and Information
The station has two platforms:
- Platform 1 – Trains to Burnley, Colne, Halifax, Bradford, Leeds, Rochdale, and Manchester.
- Platform 2 – Trains towards Blackburn and Preston.
Accrington Train Station offers the following facilities:
- Ticket office – For buying train tickets and obtaining travel advice.
- Ticket machine for purchasing and collecting pre-booked tickets.
- Shelters and benches on both platforms.
- Electronic displays showing live departures and arrivals. Printed timetables, displayed on boards, also show train times.
- Toilets, in the station building.
- Bicycle storage, located adjacent to the ticket office.
- Customer help points.
There’s no shop at the station itself, but there’s a large Tesco supermarket right next to the entrance. It’s an excellent place to stock up on provisions for a long train journey. The store is open Monday to Saturday until midnight, with reduced Sunday hours.
The Vue Cinema Accrington is just a short walk from the station. There’s a McDonald’s restaurant alongside it. There are also plenty of pubs and cafes near the station. Many are situated on Blackburn Road, on the way to Accrington town centre.
Accrington Railway Station was opened in 1848 by the East Lancashire Railway, which later amalgamated with the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway in 1859.
In May 2015, a section of track on the Caldervale Line reopened. The reinstatement of the Todmorden Curve allowed direct train services between East Lancashire and Manchester Victoria.
Accrington Station aims to provide an accessible and obstacle-free route from the station entrance to the platforms. Key accessibility features include:
- Ramps offer step-free access to each platform
- Accessible ticket machine
- Induction loop at the ticket office counter
- Accessible toilets
- Staff assistance is available during ticket office opening hours
- Designated set down area at the station entrance for pick up/drop off
In 2022, a new accessible ramp providing step-free access to the Burnley-bound platform was installed, along with improved lighting and wayfinding signs.
The car park has the following accessibility features:
- Designated accessible parking spaces
- Step-free access from the accessible parking spaces to the station entrance
Accrington Station – Location, Parking
Accrington Train Station is situated in the town centre on Eagle Street (postcode BB5 1LJ). There’s a reasonably large car park right outside the station entrance. Parking is free for rail users.
There are bicycle storage racks next to the ticket office.
Accrington Bus Station is just a few minutes walk from the station. Buses depart from here for destinations including Bacup, Blackburn, Burnley, Clayton-le-Moors, Great Harwood, Haslingden, Manchester, Oswaldtwistle, Rishton, Rochdale, and Whalley.