Bentham railway station

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Bentham National Rail
Bentham
Bentham station
Location
Place High Bentham
Local authority Craven
Coordinates 54°06′56″N 2°30′38″W / 54.1155°N 2.5105°W / 54.1155; -2.5105Coordinates: 54°06′56″N 2°30′38″W / 54.1155°N 2.5105°W / 54.1155; -2.5105
Grid reference SD667689
Operations
Station code BEN
Managed by Northern Rail
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05   15,449
2005/06 Increase 15,924
2006/07 Increase 16,535
2007/08 Increase 20,585
2008/09 Decrease 18,248
2009/10 Increase 19,162
2010/11 Increase 20,210
2011/12 Increase 25,014
2012/13 Decrease 24,604
History
Original company "Little" North Western Railway
Pre-grouping Midland Railway
Post-grouping London, Midland and Scottish Railway
1 June 1850 Opened as Bentham[1]
1 November 1851 Renamed Bentham High[1]
1 May 1876 Renamed Bentham[1]
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Bentham from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Bentham railway station in 1962

Bentham railway station serves the small town of High Bentham in North Yorkshire, England. It lies on the Leeds to Morecambe Line, between Wennington and Clapham. It is the nearest station to Ingleton, North Yorkshire.

History[edit]

The station was opened on 2 May 1850 by the "little" North Western Railway, later taken over by the Midland Railway.[2] During part of the 19th century, it was known as Bentham High[3] as the neighbouring settlement of Low Bentham also had its own station (although this only lasted for three years, being closed to passenger traffic in 1853).

The station building (built in 1955/56 after the original Midland structure was demolished by British Railways) is now privately owned,[4] the station having been reduced to unstaffed halt status in October 1970.[5] It has had its own community volunteer support group (The Friends of Bentham Station) since September 2011, which is based in the aforementioned building on the eastbound platform and has support from various local organisations (such as the route's Rail User Group, Craven District Council & the Leeds-Lancaster-Morecambe Line Community Rail Partnership).

Services[edit]

All services are operated by Northern Rail. There are five services each way on weekdays and Saturdays. Westbound, trains run to Wennington, Carnforth, Lancaster and Morecambe (including one through train to Heysham Port), whilst trains in the other direction run to Clapham, Giggleswick, Skipton and Leeds. Connections for Bradford Forster Square are available at Shipley, although through trains do operate occasionally if the line to Leeds is closed for engineering work.

On Sundays there are now four services in each direction throughout the year - prior to the May 2011 timetable change the two morning services from Leeds and their corresponding return workings ran only during the summer months.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Butt, R. V. J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations: details every public and private passenger station, halt, platform and stopping place, past and present (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 32. ISBN 1-8526-0508-1. OCLC 60251199. 
  2. ^ Bairstow, p. 96
  3. ^ Dewick, map 24
  4. ^ Bairstow, p. 9
  5. ^ A Brief History of Bentham StationFriends of Bentham Station; Retrieved 2013-12-04

References[edit]

  • Bairstow, M. (2000), The 'Little' North Western Railway, Martin Bairstow, Leeds, ISBN 1-871944-21-X
  • Dewick, T. (2002), Complete Atlas of Railway Station Names, Ian Allan Publishing, Hersham, ISBN 0-7110-2798-6

External links[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Clapham   Northern Rail
Leeds to Morecambe Line
  Wennington
Historical railways
Clapham   Midland Railway
"Little" North Western Railway
  Low Bentham