A £10,000 FEASIBILITY study could put Church and Oswaldtwistle train station back on track after years of neglect.
Lancashire County Council has teamed up with Oswaldtwistle Mills to fund the study, which will look at improving passenger facilities, lighting and security at the station.
The station only attracts around 30,000 passengers a year, but it is hoped that the improvements will turn it into an attractive gateway to the community and Oswaldtwistle Mills, which pulls in 1.5m visitors every year.
Other proposals include getting schools involved with a public art scheme, better signing to Oswaldtwistle Mills and linking station CCTV cameras to the Mills' control room to speed up reporting of crimes. If it is successful, the refurbishment will be used as a blueprint for improving other run-down and unstaffed stations in East Lancashire.
David Roberts, coach business development manager at Oswaldtwistle Mills, said: "By taking part in this study, we are showing our commitment to the local community. We want to see facilities at the station improved so passengers feel safe and secure."
County Councillor Nora Ward, Cabinet member for highways and transportation, said: "We all want to see the station being used to its full potential and this study will help us draw up a blueprint for improvement. People must be made to feel safe and secure if they are going to use public transport. We will be looking at ideas such as improved lighting, better seating, CCTV and more attractive surroundings."
A timetable for improvements will be drawn up once the study is complete and work will be funded by the county council, First North Western and Oswaldtwistle Mills.