Antony Higginbotham MP lobby’s for funding to further improve Burnley's Manchester Road railway station

Antony Higginbotham MP has asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer to confirm whether further funding will be announced to develop local train stations, particularly to improve access for disabled people.

Having already begun conversations with the Department for Transport on improving the frequency of services between Burnley and Manchester, Antony is keen to join up the case for better connections with improving the physical station infrastructure too. Both of which will be key to supporting economic growth.

In asking for the Chancellor to confirm whether extra funding would be available to support this, Antony highlighted the need for Manchester Road station to have a bridge connecting the two platforms which would provide for a more accessible route.

Commenting afterwards Antony said:

“Rail links will be essential to re-energising the economy once we exit this very difficult period which is why I am committed to having these conversations early on.

The current route between the platforms is not great, particularly for those who have disabilities or limited mobility, and now is the time to change that.

I am pleased that the Chancellor has already discussed Manchester Road station with the Transport Secretary and I look forward to following-up on those conversations so that real progress can be made.”