Hebden Bridge railway station

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Hebden Bridge National Rail
Hebden Bridge
View from platform 1
Location
Place Hebden Bridge
Local authority Calderdale
Coordinates 53°44′16″N 2°00′32″W / 53.7377°N 2.0088°W / 53.7377; -2.0088Coordinates: 53°44′16″N 2°00′32″W / 53.7377°N 2.0088°W / 53.7377; -2.0088
Grid reference SD994268
Operations
Station code HBD
Managed by Northern Rail
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05   0.368 million
2005/06 Increase 0.386 million
2006/07 Increase 0.401 million
2007/08 Increase 0.435 million
2008/09 Increase 0.597 million
2009/10 Increase 0.627 million
2010/11 Increase 0.714 million
2011/12 Increase 0.762 million
2012/13 Decrease 0.736 million
Passenger Transport Executive
PTE West Yorkshire (Metro)
Zone 5
History
Original company Manchester and Leeds Railway
Pre-grouping Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway
Post-grouping London, Midland and Scottish Railway
5 October 1840 Opened
1893 Current station buildings opened
1997 Refurbished
National RailUK railway stations
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Hebden Bridge from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Hebden Bridge railway station serves the town of Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire, England. The station is on the Caldervale Line, currently operated by Northern Rail from York and Leeds towards Manchester Victoria and Blackpool North. The station is 8.5 miles (14 km) west of Halifax and 26 miles (42 km) west of Leeds.

History[edit]

The Manchester and Leeds Railway, which was authorised in 1836 for a line from Manchester to Normanton,[1] was opened in stages; the second section, between Normanton and Hebden Bridge, opened on 5 October 1840.[2] Trains arrived at Hebden Bridge from Normanton and passengers would then continue to Littleborough by road.[3] The section between Hebden Bridge and Summit Tunnel (as yet uncompleted) was opened on 31 December 1840, and allowed trains to reach Todmorden; the opening of Summit Tunnel on 1 March 1841 saw trains continue onwards to Littleborough and Manchester.[3][4] An 1841 timetable shows five Manchester to Leeds trains per day calling at Hebden Bridge (two on Sundays), all but one of which called at all stations; a similar service ran in the opposite direction.[5] Trains began operating to Halifax and Bradford in 1852 and could run through to Leeds via this route from 1854.[3]

The current buildings date from 1893, construction having started in 1891.[3] By this point there was a goods yard alongside the station, but this was closed in 1966 and the site is now the station's car park.[3] In 1997 the station was renovated and signage in the original Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway style was erected.[3]

Facilities[edit]

The station has a staffed ticket office, waiting rooms, toilets and a cafe.[6][7] Platform 2, towards Leeds, is accessible to those with disabilities but platform 1 is not; the lifts serving the subway were closed in the 1980s and funding for their re-instatement has not been made available via the Department for Transport's Access for All scheme.[8] Information screens were installed in 2012 as part of a programme to provide screens at 18 stations on the Caldervale line and elsewhere in West Yorkshire.[9] Previously, passengers had to rely on automated public-address system announcements.

Services[edit]

On Monday to Saturday during daytime there are four trains per hour to Leeds - one runs via Brighouse and Dewsbury (calling at all stations except Cottingley) and the other three via Bradford Interchange (one serving all stations to Bradford and two calling at Halifax only). Of the latter, one continues to York and the other to Selby. During the evening, the service drops to hourly with one or two extras and runs exclusively via Bradford.

Westbound there are three trains per hour to Manchester Victoria (hourly evenings and Sundays), and an hourly service to Blackpool North via Burnley, Blackburn and Preston (two-hourly evenings, hourly on Sundays). One of the Manchester trains is a limited-stop service, calling at Todmorden and Rochdale only.

From November 2013 until late March 2014 the line to Burnley was closed whilst major repair work was carried out on Holme Tunnel. A rail replacement bus service ran on the affected section, whilst trains from York terminated & start back from here. The blockade ran for 20 weeks, until the end of March 2014 - services restarted on schedule from 24 March.

Gallery[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Todmorden   Northern Rail
Caldervale Line
  Mytholmroyd
Burnley Manchester Road Halifax
Disused railways
Eastwood   L&YR
Caldervale Line
  Mytholmroyd

References[edit]

  1. ^ Marshall, John (1969). The Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway, volume 1. Newton Abbot: David & Charles. p. 39. ISBN 0-7153-4352-1. 
  2. ^ Marshall 1969, p. 48
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Station History". Friends of Hebden Bridge Station. Retrieved 2010-09-30. 
  4. ^ Marshall 1969, p. 49
  5. ^ Marshall 1969, pp. 50–51
  6. ^ "Station details: Hebden Bridge". National Rail Enquiries. Retrieved 2010-09-30. 
  7. ^ "Facilities". Friends of Hebden Bridge Station. Retrieved 2010-09-30. 
  8. ^ "Access for All Working Group". Friends of Hebden Bridge Station. Retrieved 2010-09-30. 
  9. ^ Customer Information Enhancements at Rail Stations

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