Rail campaigner calls for Blackburn station to be tidied up and reopened

Daisyfield station which was closed to passengers in 1958

Daisyfield station which was closed to passengers in 1958

First published in News This Is Lancashire: Photograph of the Author by

A RAIL campaigner has renewed calls for a Blackburn halt to be tidied up and re-opened.

Peter Brass, from the Friends of the Blackburn-Hellifield Line, said Daisyfield station, which closed to passengers in 1958, had become ‘an utter disgrace’.

He said upgrades to the line should be made to coincide with ongoing investment to redevelop the town’s bus station and Cathedral Quarter.

The signal box at Daisyfield, off Moss Street, was given Grade Two listed status last November but the platform remains unkempt and overgrown with weeds.

Mr Brass, who runs a newsagents in Whalley Road, Clitheroe, said: “For those arriving on the Clitheroe to Manchester service, this area is an utter disgrace.

“A mass of weeds and rubbish gives a poor impression of Blackburn, but with just a few days work the station could do what it was built for.

“We could have two improvements for the price of one – a clean, bright entry to Blackburn and improved journey times and reduced costs for those travelling.”

The station was opened by the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway in 1872.

But it was closed by British Railways in 1958.

Mr Brass said he welcomed calls by Ewood councillor Maureen Bateson last month for improved rail connections into Blackburn.

He added: “In the late 1990s a station was to be built for the Ewood area, fully funded by Lancashire County Council.

“If there was a good case then, now it must be overwhelming and should be revived.

“The benefits to both home and away fans and the community would be tremendous.

“If Graham Jones, Jack Straw and Jake Berry all support the £50billion HS2, the surely they must support the opening of local stations to benefit those who have elected them.”

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9:31am Thu 14 Aug 14

Copperhead says...

Lower Darwen and Springvale ( aka Sough ) could also do with their stations re-opening, as could Hoghton on the Preston-Blackburn line.
And there are many other places where halts and stations were closed in the period 1948-1966 that would benefit from getting their stations back.
With typical, British government short-sighted " act for the moment " stupidity, thousands of stations were closed after WW2 in order to reduce costs - with no-one even considering for one moment that increases in population would create a demand for these " redundant " facilities.
The government of the time thought the motor-car and buses would step into the breach and take over from the railway, but why didn't someone have the brains to realise that increased road transport would clog up the roads meaning that keeping railways were a way to avoid all that congestion ?
I wonder sometimes if the privatisation/closur
e of the railways and bus routes isn't part of some grand revenue-raising plan by HMG. Fewer railways and buses means more dependancy on the car - which means more cars and hence more drivers to tax. Add in the monies paid by the railway operators as fees to run the railways and you have a cash bonanza for the pelicans to spend on their pet projects.
Lower Darwen and Springvale ( aka Sough ) could also do with their stations re-opening, as could Hoghton on the Preston-Blackburn line. And there are many other places where halts and stations were closed in the period 1948-1966 that would benefit from getting their stations back. With typical, British government short-sighted " act for the moment " stupidity, thousands of stations were closed after WW2 in order to reduce costs - with no-one even considering for one moment that increases in population would create a demand for these " redundant " facilities. The government of the time thought the motor-car and buses would step into the breach and take over from the railway, but why didn't someone have the brains to realise that increased road transport would clog up the roads meaning that keeping railways were a way to avoid all that congestion ? I wonder sometimes if the privatisation/closur e of the railways and bus routes isn't part of some grand revenue-raising plan by HMG. Fewer railways and buses means more dependancy on the car - which means more cars and hence more drivers to tax. Add in the monies paid by the railway operators as fees to run the railways and you have a cash bonanza for the pelicans to spend on their pet projects. Copperhead
  • Score: 24

10:23am Thu 14 Aug 14

the beaver says...

Copperhead wrote:
Lower Darwen and Springvale ( aka Sough ) could also do with their stations re-opening, as could Hoghton on the Preston-Blackburn line.
And there are many other places where halts and stations were closed in the period 1948-1966 that would benefit from getting their stations back.
With typical, British government short-sighted " act for the moment " stupidity, thousands of stations were closed after WW2 in order to reduce costs - with no-one even considering for one moment that increases in population would create a demand for these " redundant " facilities.
The government of the time thought the motor-car and buses would step into the breach and take over from the railway, but why didn't someone have the brains to realise that increased road transport would clog up the roads meaning that keeping railways were a way to avoid all that congestion ?
I wonder sometimes if the privatisation/closur

e of the railways and bus routes isn't part of some grand revenue-raising plan by HMG. Fewer railways and buses means more dependancy on the car - which means more cars and hence more drivers to tax. Add in the monies paid by the railway operators as fees to run the railways and you have a cash bonanza for the pelicans to spend on their pet projects.
Imagine if you commuted to work every day and had to stop at 5 or 6 extra stations it would put 10 to 15 minutes on your journey twice a day. Understand what your saying but its not practical. In essence that is where the other scrapped transport would have gone hand in hand the trams. And as for the picture looking an eyesore I think its a natural wildlife haven even photographic.
[quote][p][bold]Copperhead[/bold] wrote: Lower Darwen and Springvale ( aka Sough ) could also do with their stations re-opening, as could Hoghton on the Preston-Blackburn line. And there are many other places where halts and stations were closed in the period 1948-1966 that would benefit from getting their stations back. With typical, British government short-sighted " act for the moment " stupidity, thousands of stations were closed after WW2 in order to reduce costs - with no-one even considering for one moment that increases in population would create a demand for these " redundant " facilities. The government of the time thought the motor-car and buses would step into the breach and take over from the railway, but why didn't someone have the brains to realise that increased road transport would clog up the roads meaning that keeping railways were a way to avoid all that congestion ? I wonder sometimes if the privatisation/closur e of the railways and bus routes isn't part of some grand revenue-raising plan by HMG. Fewer railways and buses means more dependancy on the car - which means more cars and hence more drivers to tax. Add in the monies paid by the railway operators as fees to run the railways and you have a cash bonanza for the pelicans to spend on their pet projects.[/p][/quote]Imagine if you commuted to work every day and had to stop at 5 or 6 extra stations it would put 10 to 15 minutes on your journey twice a day. Understand what your saying but its not practical. In essence that is where the other scrapped transport would have gone hand in hand the trams. And as for the picture looking an eyesore I think its a natural wildlife haven even photographic. the beaver
  • Score: -2

10:51am Thu 14 Aug 14

juanbbien says...

Yes it would be a good idea to re-open these stations and maybe it would lead to less congestion on the roads and the time lost by stopping at these stations would be less than stuck in traffic jams and contending with the bad weather in winter
Yes it would be a good idea to re-open these stations and maybe it would lead to less congestion on the roads and the time lost by stopping at these stations would be less than stuck in traffic jams and contending with the bad weather in winter juanbbien
  • Score: 16

11:47am Thu 14 Aug 14

EyUpLad says...

I've never understood why there isn't a station at Ewood. It would encourage more people to take a train to the game (home & away) and keep the roads clearer. Also it would benefit me tremendously as it would save me having to walk into town ;-)
I've never understood why there isn't a station at Ewood. It would encourage more people to take a train to the game (home & away) and keep the roads clearer. Also it would benefit me tremendously as it would save me having to walk into town ;-) EyUpLad
  • Score: 28

11:54am Thu 14 Aug 14

woolywords says...

Whilst I appreciate the proposal of opening a station at Ewood, for all sorts of reasons but Daisyfield, really?
If the numbers were there to justify it, which requires you to do a lot of research and canvassing, you might have a chance but, realistically and doing the math, you aren't going to get enough users to justify the opening.
200 people going to Ewood, for 26 games, equates to 21 people, working a 6 day week using the train, to justify comparison. A big number to find. Not to mention that they have to get to wherever they are going, in good time, upon arrival at their destination station. Another big ask..
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Having travelled far and wide on trains, am convinced that some of the scruffiest parts of any of those places, are alongside the rail tracks and Blackburn is no different.
Their allowing Nature to reclaim the landscape is a cheaper, more eco-friendly method than deliberate and expensive landscaping.
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Train schedules are capable of being adjusted to accommodate the extra time in stopping, so don't let that put you off.
I honestly wish you well in this task but feel that the odds are not in your favour here.
Whilst I appreciate the proposal of opening a station at Ewood, for all sorts of reasons but Daisyfield, really? If the numbers were there to justify it, which requires you to do a lot of research and canvassing, you might have a chance but, realistically and doing the math, you aren't going to get enough users to justify the opening. 200 people going to Ewood, for 26 games, equates to 21 people, working a 6 day week using the train, to justify comparison. A big number to find. Not to mention that they have to get to wherever they are going, in good time, upon arrival at their destination station. Another big ask.. ... Having travelled far and wide on trains, am convinced that some of the scruffiest parts of any of those places, are alongside the rail tracks and Blackburn is no different. Their allowing Nature to reclaim the landscape is a cheaper, more eco-friendly method than deliberate and expensive landscaping. ... Train schedules are capable of being adjusted to accommodate the extra time in stopping, so don't let that put you off. I honestly wish you well in this task but feel that the odds are not in your favour here. woolywords
  • Score: 6

12:02pm Thu 14 Aug 14

Oldmanofthemountains says...

EyUpLad wrote:
I've never understood why there isn't a station at Ewood. It would encourage more people to take a train to the game (home & away) and keep the roads clearer. Also it would benefit me tremendously as it would save me having to walk into town ;-)
Great idea, provided they lay on extra trains for all the foul-mouthed, semi-drunken yobs who masquerade under the name of "football supporters". But then travelling on Northern Rail is often like that anyway.
[quote][p][bold]EyUpLad[/bold] wrote: I've never understood why there isn't a station at Ewood. It would encourage more people to take a train to the game (home & away) and keep the roads clearer. Also it would benefit me tremendously as it would save me having to walk into town ;-)[/p][/quote]Great idea, provided they lay on extra trains for all the foul-mouthed, semi-drunken yobs who masquerade under the name of "football supporters". But then travelling on Northern Rail is often like that anyway. Oldmanofthemountains
  • Score: -6

3:33pm Thu 14 Aug 14

the beaver says...

EyUpLad wrote:
I've never understood why there isn't a station at Ewood. It would encourage more people to take a train to the game (home & away) and keep the roads clearer. Also it would benefit me tremendously as it would save me having to walk into town ;-)
If you remember Jack wanted this and was prepared to pay half but the council would not put any money into it or network rail I think it was about £250000. If I remember rovers wanted the council to pay for the walkway and bridge over Blakewater and jack would have paid for the station.
[quote][p][bold]EyUpLad[/bold] wrote: I've never understood why there isn't a station at Ewood. It would encourage more people to take a train to the game (home & away) and keep the roads clearer. Also it would benefit me tremendously as it would save me having to walk into town ;-)[/p][/quote]If you remember Jack wanted this and was prepared to pay half but the council would not put any money into it or network rail I think it was about £250000. If I remember rovers wanted the council to pay for the walkway and bridge over Blakewater and jack would have paid for the station. the beaver
  • Score: 5

4:17pm Thu 14 Aug 14

woolywords says...

Oldmanofthemountains wrote:
EyUpLad wrote:
I've never understood why there isn't a station at Ewood. It would encourage more people to take a train to the game (home & away) and keep the roads clearer. Also it would benefit me tremendously as it would save me having to walk into town ;-)
Great idea, provided they lay on extra trains for all the foul-mouthed, semi-drunken yobs who masquerade under the name of "football supporters". But then travelling on Northern Rail is often like that anyway.
I used to travel on the train from Preston, on Friday, going North..
Often used to wish that they allowed smoking, to hide the smell of stale beer and armpits on that train from Birmingham.
[quote][p][bold]Oldmanofthemountains[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]EyUpLad[/bold] wrote: I've never understood why there isn't a station at Ewood. It would encourage more people to take a train to the game (home & away) and keep the roads clearer. Also it would benefit me tremendously as it would save me having to walk into town ;-)[/p][/quote]Great idea, provided they lay on extra trains for all the foul-mouthed, semi-drunken yobs who masquerade under the name of "football supporters". But then travelling on Northern Rail is often like that anyway.[/p][/quote]I used to travel on the train from Preston, on Friday, going North.. Often used to wish that they allowed smoking, to hide the smell of stale beer and armpits on that train from Birmingham. woolywords
  • Score: 0

5:35pm Thu 14 Aug 14

Lurid67 says...

Headline should read......

campaigners call for Blackburn to be tidied up and reopened
Headline should read...... campaigners call for Blackburn to be tidied up and reopened Lurid67
  • Score: 7

5:48pm Thu 14 Aug 14

Excluded again says...

EyUpLad wrote:
I've never understood why there isn't a station at Ewood. It would encourage more people to take a train to the game (home & away) and keep the roads clearer. Also it would benefit me tremendously as it would save me having to walk into town ;-)
The obvious approach would be to re-open the station at Lower Darwen. During the week it would serve the increased population in that area as well as being a relatively convenient station for Ewood Park. Much of the old infrastructure is still there it should be much cheaper than a complete new build.

It is about 4 minutes from Blackburn and Darwen so not too close to either and once the rail line is dualled to Bolton and there are more frequent trains there would be no real delay in having one extra stop.
[quote][p][bold]EyUpLad[/bold] wrote: I've never understood why there isn't a station at Ewood. It would encourage more people to take a train to the game (home & away) and keep the roads clearer. Also it would benefit me tremendously as it would save me having to walk into town ;-)[/p][/quote]The obvious approach would be to re-open the station at Lower Darwen. During the week it would serve the increased population in that area as well as being a relatively convenient station for Ewood Park. Much of the old infrastructure is still there it should be much cheaper than a complete new build. It is about 4 minutes from Blackburn and Darwen so not too close to either and once the rail line is dualled to Bolton and there are more frequent trains there would be no real delay in having one extra stop. Excluded again
  • Score: 13

8:47pm Thu 14 Aug 14

Noiticer says...

There's as much chance of Daisyfield Station being re-opened as there is of hell freezing - a complete non-starter. Where does Peter Brass get these ideas from and why is he taken seriously by this newspaper? There's a whole list of possible station re-opening sites with far greater credibility than Daisyfield but at the end of the day it comes down to funding and political will - both in short supply at present. The cost of a building a new station on a double tracked railway these days is in the region of £5 millions or more and many hoops to jump through with Network Rail and the Dept of Transport.
There's as much chance of Daisyfield Station being re-opened as there is of hell freezing - a complete non-starter. Where does Peter Brass get these ideas from and why is he taken seriously by this newspaper? There's a whole list of possible station re-opening sites with far greater credibility than Daisyfield but at the end of the day it comes down to funding and political will - both in short supply at present. The cost of a building a new station on a double tracked railway these days is in the region of £5 millions or more and many hoops to jump through with Network Rail and the Dept of Transport. Noiticer
  • Score: 4

9:22pm Thu 14 Aug 14

2 for 5p ridesagain says...

EyUpLad wrote:
I've never understood why there isn't a station at Ewood. It would encourage more people to take a train to the game (home & away) and keep the roads clearer. Also it would benefit me tremendously as it would save me having to walk into town ;-)
There is a station at Mill Hill you lazy s** ,.are you that lazy that you can't be bothered walking about 0.3 miles.
[quote][p][bold]EyUpLad[/bold] wrote: I've never understood why there isn't a station at Ewood. It would encourage more people to take a train to the game (home & away) and keep the roads clearer. Also it would benefit me tremendously as it would save me having to walk into town ;-)[/p][/quote]There is a station at Mill Hill you lazy s** ,.are you that lazy that you can't be bothered walking about 0.3 miles. 2 for 5p ridesagain
  • Score: 0

10:14pm Thu 14 Aug 14

The Seagull has landed says...

2 for 5p ridesagain wrote:
EyUpLad wrote:
I've never understood why there isn't a station at Ewood. It would encourage more people to take a train to the game (home & away) and keep the roads clearer. Also it would benefit me tremendously as it would save me having to walk into town ;-)
There is a station at Mill Hill you lazy s** ,.are you that lazy that you can't be bothered walking about 0.3 miles.
Having a go at lazy people again eh gumbo? Well at least you're not stooping to such depths as calling terminally Ill people lazy as you did last week on the story about charities.
[quote][p][bold]2 for 5p ridesagain[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]EyUpLad[/bold] wrote: I've never understood why there isn't a station at Ewood. It would encourage more people to take a train to the game (home & away) and keep the roads clearer. Also it would benefit me tremendously as it would save me having to walk into town ;-)[/p][/quote]There is a station at Mill Hill you lazy s** ,.are you that lazy that you can't be bothered walking about 0.3 miles.[/p][/quote]Having a go at lazy people again eh gumbo? Well at least you're not stooping to such depths as calling terminally Ill people lazy as you did last week on the story about charities. The Seagull has landed
  • Score: 2

1:48pm Fri 15 Aug 14

noddy57 says...

l used to play on this stretch of line as a kid in the 60s and a spruce up is way overdue.
l used to play on this stretch of line as a kid in the 60s and a spruce up is way overdue. noddy57
  • Score: 1

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