Buckshaw Village railway station due to open in October

Buckshaw Village railway station
Image caption Buckshaw Village railway station is expected to accommodate 450,000 passengers annually

A new railway station on the main Manchester to Preston line is due to open on 3 October.

Construction work for Buckshaw Parkway railway station started earlier in the year and when it opens is expected to accommodate 450,000 passengers a year.

Chorley Council said the station was a vital part of the surrounding Buckshaw Village development area.

The village was built on the site of the 395-acre former Royal Ordnance factory at Euxton, Lancashire.

It was designed as a sustainable community including 2,000 homes, a business park, shops, primary school and health centre.

Buckshaw Parkway will be a two platform station and is a joint venture between Chorley Council, Lancashire County Council, Network Rail and rail operators Northern.

"The station is a vital part of ensuring that Buckshaw Village has a sustainable transport network and that people living there don't have to rely on cars to travel about," Councillor Tim Ashton, from Lancashire County Council, added.

"It's exciting to see the station almost complete and I'm sure it will be of great benefit to people living in Chorley."

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