In October 2016 Community Rail Lancashire was awarded Seed Corn Funding by ComREG to develop a Masterplan for Blackburn station. This process is about ensuring a range of benefits to both the public and rail industry, with decision processes informed by up-to-date passenger feedback and working in liaison with local businesses, not for profits etc. The Masterplan will provide advice on the repair, restoration and options for future commercial, community and operational use of the station.
As one of the key gateways to the Preston and Greater Manchester city regions Blackburn station is served by a mix of regional, inter urban and local services and is the busiest station in East Lancashire. Despite recent investment, a large part of the station is still largely unused. This is affecting the fabric of the building adversely. We believe that with careful planning, the station has the potential to better support economic growth in the town and wider region as a modern transport hub. Seed Architects have now been awarded a contract to deliver this piece of work and they are anticipated to present recommendations by summer 2017.