Lancashire

Burnley council seeks to restore rail link

Plans for faster trains between Burnley and Manchester have been backed by engineers at Network Rail.

However, funding has yet to be found to relay 400m of track at Todmorden.

The Todmorden Curve was a short section of railway linking the Manchester main line with the route from Preston to Leeds which was removed in the 1970s.

Burnley Council is lobbying to restore the route, which would cost about £10m. Network Rail engineers say it is possible to relay the track.

Funding plea

The restored route would cut 45 minutes off the one hour 20 minutes journey from Burnley to Manchester.

Potential funding could come from the government via the new Local Enterprise Partnership.

Burnley council's chief executive Steve Rumbelow said the council was going to apply for the fund in the next few weeks.

"We couldn't start asking for money until we had proved the case," he said.

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