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Transport and getting around Rossendale

Modes of Transport


The main bus operator is called Rossobus.  Information on fares and routes can be obtained by visiting their website

Transdev also operate buses that runs through Rossendale.  Their bus route is called the Witch Way and starts from Nelson and Burnley and arrives in Manchester City Centre.  Information on fares and routes can be obtained by visiting their website at

There is a dedicated public transport information service called Traveline.  You can access information via their web site at


Private Hire Vehicles and drivers are licensed by Rossendale Borough Council in the interest of public safety. The main difference between a Hackney Carriage and a Private Hire Vehicle is that a Private Hire Vehicle needs to be pre-booked with the operator. Such vehicles can not ply for hire in the street and are not insured for this purpose. More information, and tips for your safety when travelling in taxis are available from the Rossendale Borough Council website.

There are a number of Licensed Taxi Cab Firms to choose from.  Follow this link to search Google for details and business listings of ‘Taxi Firms in Rossendale‘.

Rail Travel

If you prefer to travel by train then the East Lancashire Railway offers a relaxed pace of travel through the scenic village of Irwell Vale on it’s way to Ramsbottom, Summerseat, Bury and Heywood.

The Railway operates  a number of seasonal and daily timetables so it is best to check before you plan your journey.  You can check service details on their website here.

A Modern Tram system operated by Metrolink links Bury to Manchester.

Piccadilly and Victoria are the main train stations in Manchester and provide a network to areas throughout the country.  For travel details visit the website on

Trainline are a one-stop shop for train and coach travel. Every day they bring together routes, fares and journey times from more than 150 train and coach companies in 36 countries so  customers can easily buy tickets and save time, hassle and money.


Manchester Airport provides a link to arrival destinations from all over the world. For all your information needs visit

By Car

If you are travelling anywhere by Car, including Manchester you may wish to use an Online Route Planner.  Popular examples are Google Maps, The RAC, The AA and Green Flag.

Depending on the time of day and weather conditions etc. the usual journey time will take approximately 45 minutes from Rawtenstall to Manchester City Centre.  Information on where to park in Manchester can be found on the Manchester City Council website.

Driving a Car in the UK

For more information about all aspects of driving in the UK or abroad visit

Electric Car Charging Points around Rossendale

To promote electric car adoption globally, Carwow developed an interactive Electric Car charging point finder tool to help EV and hybrid car owners find the nearest electric vehicle charging stations. Find out where your nearest charging station is using Carwow’s interactive tool here:


If you enjoy cycling Rossendale has a number of cycle routes and there are plans to build more. For more information visit

There are a number of cycle routes around Lancashire which give an excellent opportunity to take advantage of everything from rugged moorland to lush pastures. A full list of leaflets and useful guides can be obtained from

You may also want to visit where you will be able to view the routes for the National Cycle Network. The National Cycle Network comprises many miles of traffic free routes and traffic calmed or minor roads. This website will show you colour coded cycle routes which will tell you how busy the roads are.


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