Headingley railway station

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Headingley National Rail
Headingley
144008 at Headingley, May 2006. Class 144 Diesel Multiple Unit.
Location
Place Headingley
Local authority City of Leeds
Coordinates 53°49′05″N 1°35′38″W / 53.818°N 1.594°W / 53.818; -1.594Coordinates: 53°49′05″N 1°35′38″W / 53.818°N 1.594°W / 53.818; -1.594
Grid reference SE268358
Operations
Station code HDY
Managed by Northern Rail
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
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Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05   0.164 million
2005/06 Increase 0.196 million
2006/07 Increase 0.223 million
2007/08 Decrease 0.221 million
2008/09 Increase 0.317 million
2009/10 Increase 0.324 million
2010/11 Increase 0.364 million
2011/12 Increase 0.394 million
2012/13 Decrease 0.337 million
Passenger Transport Executive
PTE West Yorkshire (Metro)
Zone 2
History
Key dates Opened 1849 (1849)
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Headingley from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Headingley railway station (formerly known as Headingley and Kirkstall railway station until some point early in the 20th century) is off Kirkstall Lane in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England on the Harrogate Line 3 miles (5 km) north west of Leeds. The station was opened in 1849 by the Leeds & Thirsk Railway, later part of the Leeds Northern Railway to Northallerton.

Location and areas served[edit]

The station is halfway between Headingley centre and Kirkstall, just down the road from the Headingley Stadium's rugby and cricket grounds. It is over half a mile from the centre of Headingley itself, but close to local bus routes on Kirkstall Hill, Kirkstall Road and Kirkstall Lane. It is also close to local shops and services in Kirkstall, including Kirkstall Leisure Centre. The station also serves the West Park and Queenswood Drive areas, which it is linked to by a pedestrian footpath through the Headingley Station allotments. The predominantly student occupied houses between Kirkstall Lane and St. Ann's Drive are also within a short walk. It is the closest railway station to Leeds Beckett University's Beckett Park campus.

Services[edit]

Monday to Saturday daytimes, is generally a half-hourly service from Headingley southbound to Leeds and a half-hourly service northbound to Knaresborough with one train per hour onwards to York. In peak hours, there are extra services to and from Leeds.

Evenings and Sundays there is an hourly service in each direction.

Services are generally served by British Rail Class 142s and 144s.

A daily express from Harrogate to London operated by East Coast pass through the station but do not stop, the closest stops being Leeds and Horsforth, the returning train does not call at Horsforth.

Parking[edit]

The station has a small car park which is free to use for rail users, although no form of proof of travel or ticket is required.

Future[edit]

Rolling stock[edit]

In 2014 the replacement of the Pacers that were developed from the Leyland National buses in the 1980s was replaced by Chancellor George Osborne, both the 142s and 144s that serve this line are both pacers. As yet no contract for their replacement has been negotiated or a replacement date set.

Electrification[edit]

In July 2011, Harrogate Chamber of Commerce proposed to electrify the line with 750V DC third rail, using D Stock of the London Underground, to substantially increase capacity.[1] This idea has not been backed by Metro, Northern Rail or National Rail and seems unlikely to garner support given the age of the D stock, the need to adapt the D stock to third rail as it runs with a fourth and the preference for overhead electrification.

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "HARROGATE LINE NEWS 1 1st Meeting supports bid" (PDF). Harrogate Chamber of Commerce. 12 August 2011. Retrieved 12 December 2014. 
  • Bacon G.W (Circa 1900) Plan of Leeds, Kelly's Directories Ltd, London

External links[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Burley Park   Northern Rail
Harrogate Line
  Horsforth