East Lancs announces £600K Rawtenstall redevelopment

THE East Lancashire Railway (ELR) has unveiled its blueprint for the £600,000 redevelopment of its northern terminus of Rawtenstall station.

An application for planning permission for the scheme, which will also provide community facilities, has been submitted to Rossendale Borough Council.

Above and Below: Artist impressions of the remodelled Rawtenstall station, for which planning permission has now been applied. ELR

The plans include the erection of an L-shaped canopy spanning the entire length and width of the station buildings, and the construction of a 37-metre fully accessible building, accommodating a cafe, kitchen, activity/community room, tourist information centre, and toilet and baby changing facilities.

Under the scheme, being led by Bury-based Equilibrium Architects, there will also be alterations to the station building, including the expansion of Buffer Stops bar and the relocation of the current toilet facilities.

A new station forecourt will be created by remodelling of outside space, including landscaping, and the provision of sheltered cycle stands and picnic areas.

ELR chairman Mike Kelly said: “This is a very exciting time for us here at the ELR with record levels of growth in visitors and hosting a wide range of diverse events.

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