Rawtenstall-Ambitious Station Development

Mike & Richard (Large)

The expansion of Rawtenstall Station is a key strategic development priority for the East Lancs Railway and Rossendale Council. To progress this we are announcing the formation of a partnership with Richard Shuttleworth from Equilibrium Architects over exciting plans for improved and expanded facilities Rawtenstall Station. 



Bury based Equilibrium Architects have been appointed to start work on the proposed £600,000 development which will see Rawtenstall Station transformed to include a restored heritage station canopy, an extended Buffer Stops Bar, new toilet facilities and a brand new café and a possible education centre for local studies. http://www.equilibriumarchitects.co.uk

Project Team – Left to Right. Back, Phil Bailey, Engineer to the Line; Mike Kelly ELR Chairman; Richard Barnett, Commercial Manager. Front, Steven Lever, Planning Consultant (worked on original station construction); Richard Shuttleworth, Equilibrium Architects. Peter Eccles (Head of Stations, not present).

Group Photo 1Mike Kelly said “This is a major development for the ELR and Rawtenstall. We are delighted to be partnering with Equilibrium on our Rawtenstall Station development. Their vast design and planning experience, combined with their understanding of the importance of railway heritage and the local area, made them the ideal choice for this very important Rawtenstall project. We look forward to working with them to bring our vision to life.




Richard Shuttleworth, Director of Equilibrium, said:

“As a Rossendale born and bred lad it is a real privilege to be able to work on a project for my hometown. The new development will have the ELR visitors and local residents at its heart and will be an exciting addition to Rawtenstall Town Centre.”

Structural Engineers

IMG_4113We have also appointed Booth-King the same structural engineers who worked on the Bury Bolton Street Canopy with Mark Moppet. http://booth-king.co.uk






 Rawtenstall StationWork has commenced in preparing a planning application for submission by mid June. Once planning approval has been received, an ELR public funding campaign will be launched. Further details on the new Rawtenstall Station development will be announced soon.

Phase 1-Wrap Around Canopy to BufferStops to Waiting Room– Subject to sufficient  public donations this work could be undertaken during 2018.





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