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Track re-opening could cut train journey times to Burnley

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Who needs Hollywood when you can have Burnley?

The Lancashire market town’s an up-and-coming tourist destination with some big screen connections – and if a campaign for the re-opening of an old stretch of track linking Burnley and Manchester is a success, it could be even easier to get there by train.

And for cheap train tickets, check out our journey planner now.

Burnley might not be Beverly Hills, but it’s got some serious Hollywood links.

The Queen Street Textile Museum in the village of Harle Syke, on the outskirts of Burnley, was used as a location in the Oscar-winning ‘The King’s Speech’.

What’s more, Burnley-based firm AMS Neve helped make the movie, as well as ‘Inception’, ‘Toy Story 3′ and ‘Black Swan’.

Rail travellers can already get to Burnley from destinations throughout the UK – and save money with cheap train tickets.

But Burnley Council, Lancashire County Council, Network Rail and Barnfield Construction have now submitted a bid for £8 million to the Government’s regional growth fund in order to reinstate the Todmorden Curve so that train passengers can enjoy a direct link between Burnley and Manchester.

Reopening Todmorden Curve would reduce rail travel time between Burnley and Manchester by 40 minutes – so taking the train would be even better for Burnley-bound tourists.

Alistair Campbell, a former political aide and loyal Burnley FC fan, has also recently given his backing to the campaign to reinstate the Curve, claiming that as well as making life easier for train travellers, it would give a real boost to the local economy.

If the bid is successful, Todmorden Curve could be re-opened as early as 2013.

But, in the meantime, you can still take advantage of cheap train tickets to visit the town.

Burnley has some great attractions, including the historic Victorian buildings at Weaver’s Triangle and Thompson Park, where you’ll find a boating lake and a miniature railway – so you can enjoy a little more train travel on your day out!

Just don’t forget to check our journey planner for cheap train tickets before you head off to Burnley to explore.

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