A key new section of railway in the north west of England has reopened providing a direct link between Manchester and Burnley for the first time in over 40 years.
The 300m-long Todmorden Curve was used by the first Northern Rail trains on Sunday 17 May following a £10 million investment from Burnley Borough Council, Network Rail and Lancashire County Council.
The first service to use the curve was Northern Rail’s 0818 from Blackburn. To celebrate the first commuter service on Monday 18 May, there was a community celebration at Burnley Manchester Road and Accrington stations to mark the historic day and the latest chapter in rail travel in the north west. Passengers were welcomed with tea, coffee and muffins.
Source: Network Rail