Garforth railway station
|Garforth railway station|
|Local authority||City of Leeds|
|Managed by||Northern Rail|
|Number of platforms||2|
|Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
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|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|Passenger Transport Executive|
|PTE||West Yorkshire (Metro)|
|Key dates||Opened 1834|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Garforth from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
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Garforth railway station serves the town of Garforth, near Leeds in West Yorkshire, England. It lies on the York and Selby Lines and North TransPennine routes. Garforth is 7.1 miles (11.5 km) east of Leeds.
The station was originally opened by the Leeds and Selby Railway in 1834. The road bridge crosses the line at an oblique angle; this was considered something of a marvel at the time of construction.
Garforth station also connected with the privately owned Aberford Railway (known locally as the 'fly line' or simply 'the lines') which closed in 1924, and is now a public path commonly used for horses, dog walkers and travelling to and from Garforth community College part way upon it. East of the station was the junction to the branch line to Castleford which closed in 1969.
Garforth also has another railway station, East Garforth, situated approximately 0.56 miles (900 m) east of the main station which was opened in 1987. Though East Garforth is fully accessible to wheelchair users, the main Garforth station is not; wheelchair users can only access platform 2 which serves trains towards Leeds.
First TransPennine Express trains also stop at Garforth hourly towards Leeds, Huddersfield and Manchester Airport (Liverpool Lime Street on Sundays) westbound and York and Middlesbrough (Scarborough on Sundays) eastbound.
High Speed CrossCountry trains travelling to and from Scotland pass through without stopping.
National Express East Coast proposed to operate trains directly between Garforth and London from December 2009. This proposal was supported by the Office of the Rail Regulator in January 2009, however permission needs to be sought from the Department of Transport, as the proposal would require changes to franchised services. National Express no longer operate the East Coast service.
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|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
|First TransPennine Express|