Late trains confirmed for this year's Festival!

Wednesday, 12th August 2015

Once again East Lancashire Community Rail Partnership will be providing late and additional trains over the August Bank Holiday weekend to transport music-lovers to this year's Festival.

There are changes to the normal timetable on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday to accommodate extra commuters and late services will be provided to ensure they don’t miss a moment of this year’s exciting Festival line-up! There will just be a normal service on the Monday.

The last train to leave Colne on Friday, will be at 00.02am (Sat) and arrive in Preston at 00.50am; the last one on Saturday will be at 23.56am and arrive in Preston at 00.41am and the last one on Sunday will be at 23.30am, arriving in Preston at 00.15am.

The trains will only stop at Nelson, Burnley Central, Accrington, Blackburn and Preston.

Richard Watts, Partnership Secretary for East Lancashire Community Rail Partnership, added: “This event attracts thousands of people to Colne and the rail link from Preston and Blackburn makes the perfect - and green - way to reach it.

“Once again we are providing additional late night trains from Colne to Preston, making the journey home even easier after a good night out!”

For the 10th consecutive year, East Lancashire Community Rail Partnership will be providing the Blues Music Train, which will leave Blackpool on Friday, August 28th and arrive in Colne at approximately 7.13pm, just in time for the start of this year’s 26th Anniversary Festival.

With real ale – kindly donated by Moorhouses Brewery in Burnley - and live music on board, what better way to get you in the mood for a weekend of Blues?!

Guitar and harmonica duo Mat Walklate and Paolo Fuschi will be jumping on board the train in Colne at 3.30pm, along with a cask of beer, and travelling to Blackpool. On the return journey, they will be singing the Blues and picking up passengers on their way to the Festival.

Community Rail Development Officer, Simon Clarke, who organises the Blues Train, said: “We are really pleased to have supported this event for the last 10 years and think arriving on the Music Train is the best way to start the weekend.

“I have attended the Festival myself over the last 10 years and it is easy to see why it has won so many awards. May the legacy long continue!”

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