Work is set to get under way on the new multi-million pound Buckshaw Parkway railway station in Chorley.

The new station which will serve Buckshaw Village is on track to be up and running by autumn 2011 now that contractors Volker Fitzpatrick have been given the green light.

Councillor Peter Goldsworthy, Chorley Council leader said: “It had been hoped contractors would move on site in September to start the design part of the project but there has been a slight delay while all the legal agreements were put into place.

“However, the important thing is that the station was due to open in autumn next year and that’s still the case.

“It is important to get things right straight from the start and that has finally happened this week so the contractor is likely to move on site shortly.

“Chorley Council has done as much as it can to make things run smoothly, the planning application was dealt with in just four weeks and we fast tracked the land searches doing them in two days rather than it taking weeks.

“People have waited a long time for this so it is good that it is finally getting under way. It will be a huge asset for Buckshaw Village and the people of Chorley who choose to use it. ”

The £6.8million design and build project is a joint venture between Chorley Council, Lancashire County Council, Network Rail and rail operator Northern Rail.

The new two platform station, on the same Manchester to Preston line as Chorley station, is expected to accommodate 450,000 passengers a year and will be operated by Northern Rail.

County Councillor Tim Ashton, Lancashire County Council Cabinet member for highways and transport, said: "Rail connections are essential for people to be able to travel to access work and leisure opportunities - I'm very glad we’re now able to get underway with construction.

"The new station will be a real asset to Lancashire and I look forward to seeing the project completed in just a few months' time – I’m sure Buckshaw Parkway will be very popular once it opens."

There will be park and ride facilities on the northern side of the station offering free parking for 204 cars including 10 spaces for disabled parking, and there will be a pedestrian access bridge linking the two platforms.

Designers will move on site first carrying out site surveys with the diggers moving on later in the year.

It had always been an important part of the vision for Buckshaw Village which is being built on the site of the 395-acre former Royal Ordnance factory at Euxton.

Work started in 2002 to create the sustainable village of more than 2,000 homes, with employment areas, open spaces, a district shopping centre, a primary school, outdoor sports activities, footpaths and cycleways.