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A new vision for Rawtenstall

The East Lancashire Railway has today confirmed that a planning application for the redevelopment of Rawtenstall Station has been submitted to Rossendale Borough Council.

The £600,000 proposed development, which is being led by Bury based Equilibrium Architects, will see Rawtenstall Station redeveloped to provide enhanced facilities for not only visitors to the East Lancashire Railway but the local community too.

Planning permission is being sought for the following:

  • Platform Canopy- The erection of an ‘L’ shaped canopy spanning the entire length and width of the station buildings.
  • New Station Building - The construction of a 37 metre fully accessible building, accommodating a café, kitchen, activity/community room, tourist information centre and toilet and baby changing facilities.
  • Alterations to Existing Station Building - The expansion of Buffer Stops Bar and relocation of current toilet facilities.
  • New Station Forecourt - The attractive remodelling of existing outside space, including landscaping, sheltered cycle stands and picnic areas.

Mike Kelly, East Lancashire Railway Chairman, 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. Working in partnership with Rossendale Borough Council and Lancashire County Council, the redevelopment of Rawtenstall Station is one of our top priorities for the future which will see a doubling of the number of being jobs created and thousands of additional visitors using the facilities at the station and hopefully travelling on the railway. We have spent the last few months working with the team at Equilibrium Architects to come up with a design that is both in keeping with the station’s traditional appearance, yet boasting modern, high quality facilities.

The East Lancashire Railway has been at the heart of Rawtenstall for the past 170 years and it is hoped that with the new development we will become an even greater part of the town and a key destination, for not only our passengers, but for our local community to enjoy”

Richard Shuttleworth, Equilbrium Architects Director said “We are very pleased and proud to be working with the ELR on such an exciting but locally important project. We have appreciated from the ELR brief the importance of preserving the heritage look and feel of the station. With these proposals Rawtenstall will have, for many years to come, a part of its proud railway heritage preserved for future generations to appreciate and enjoy.”

If planning permission is successful, further details on the proposed development, including timescales, will be made available and a fundraising campaign will be launched.

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