Transport will be a key factor in the future prosperity of Accrington town centre, council bosses have said.
With major multimillion projects beginning or nearing completion this year the town is soon set to benefit from increased access to the rest of the North West.
Council leaders have said that the increased connectivity will hopefully bring more businesses, jobs and ultimately people to the town.
Council leader Miles Parkinson said: “The M65 was key for Accrington in opening up a deprived manufacturing area which was in decline.
"The rail link and Pennine Reach scheme will ensure Accrington is only a hop skip and a jump away from other areas in the North West.”
The Observer last week reported how there are now less than 100 days until a direct train link from Accrington to Manchester opens.
The expected opening of the Todmorden Curve in May will slash journey times to Manchester from 90 minutes to 45 and is viewed as central to providing ‘jobs, growth and opportunity’ to the town.
The rail link will not only connect Accrington to what is widely regarded as the UK’s second city, but Hyndburn MP Graham Jones has also received guarantees from the government that the line will extend to Manchester Airport, broadening Accrington’s reach even further afield.
Work on a £6.4m bus station on Crawshaw Street also got going last week and despite concerns from traders that the station will reduce footfall in certain parts of the town, council bosses have said that it will ‘drive regeneration’ and attract new investment.