Bradley railway station

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Bradley
Bradley Station site of 1876982 13476122.jpg
Site of Bradley Station View NE, towards Bradley Wood Junction and Brighouse (left), Heaton Lodge Junction and Mirfield (also Spen Valley loop) (right)
Location
Place Bradley
Area Kirklees
Coordinates 53°40′34″N 1°44′27″W / 53.676190°N 1.740900°W / 53.676190; -1.740900Coordinates: 53°40′34″N 1°44′27″W / 53.676190°N 1.740900°W / 53.676190; -1.740900
Grid reference SE172200
Operations
Original company Huddersfield and Manchester Railway
Pre-grouping London and North Western Railway
Post-grouping London, Midland and Scottish Railway
History
3 August 1847 opened
July 1849 resited
6 March 1950 closed
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
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Bradley railway station served the district of Bradley, West Yorkshire, England until closure in 1952.

History[edit]

Bradley station was opened in 1847 along with Huddersfield railway station, as the first section completed of the new Huddersfield and Manchester Railway.

Previously, Huddersfield had been by-passed by the existing east-west route, the Manchester and Leeds Railway which had opened in 1839. That line instead had closely followed the even gradients of the River Calder, which left Huddersfield to be served with a station at Cooper Bridge about four miles distant. The new line ran though the town itself, with Bradley station to the east of it, where the line divided to meet the existing Manchester and Leeds route in a triangular junction, allowing trains to continue on eastwards via Mirfield towards Dewsbury, Wakefield and Leeds, or westwards via Brighouse up the Calder valley.

Lines around Bradley in 1911

The Manchester and Leeds Railway (from 1847 the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway) had been closely involved with the Huddersfield and Manchester Railway; but in 1848 it was the London and North Western Railway which took over the line, and completed its connection from Manchester to Huddersfield via Stalybridge and the Standedge tunnel, as well as its new line through to Leeds through the centre of Dewsbury. The LNWR continued to have to work together with the L&Y however, as the LNWR depended on running powers over L&Y rails from Manchester Victoria to Stalybridge; and between Bradley and Dewsbury, over the former Manchester and Leeds section of track. The L&Y in turn used the LNWR track through Bradley to run trains onwards via Huddersfield onto a new line it constructed via Penistone, where it met the MS&LR line south via Barnsley to Sheffield.

Additional nearby destinations opened up when the L&Y opened its Pickle Bridge Line in 1881 to Bradford via Clifton Road; and when LNWR opened a new line in 1900 to Leeds up the Spen valley, to reduce congestion on the shared L&Y section of track. These routes survived the 1923 amalgamation, when all became part of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway; but under British Rail both were subsequently closed in the 1950s, and Bradley station itself closed in 1952. However the track through it remains an important link in the Huddersfield Line, and since the year 2000 also the Caldervale Line.

This real station should not be confused with the fictional station featured in the TV series How We Used To Live which served the equally fictional town of Bradley (though also located in West Yorkshire) and was depicted as part of the LMS.

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Kirklees South Lines
To Heckmondwike
To Dewsbury and Wakefield
To Calderdale
Cooper Bridge
Bradley
Deighton1982 station
Deighton 1871-1930
Kirkheaton
Newtown goods
Huddersfield
Fenay Bridge and Lepton
Longwood and Milnsbridge
Lockwood
Golcar
Kirkburton
Netherton
Berry Brow
Slaithwaite
Healey House
Meltham
Honley
Marsden
Brockholes
To Saddleworth
Thongsbridge
Stocksmoor
Holmfirth
Shepley
Denby Dale
Shelley
to Penistone
Skelmanthorpe
Cuckoos Nest
Clayton West
Preceding station Historical railways Following station
Huddersfield
Line and station open
  Manchester and Leeds line
LNWR/L&YR
  Mirfield
Line and station open
  Calder Valley line
L&YR
  Brighouse
Line and station open
Disused railways
Huddersfield
Line and station open
  Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway
Pickle Bridge Line
  Clifton Road
Line and station closed
  London and North Western Railway
Leeds New Line
  Battyeford
Line and station closed