Huddersfield Line

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Huddersfield Line
Overview
Locale West Yorkshire
North West England
Yorkshire and the Humber
Operation
Owner Network Rail
Technical
Track gauge Standard gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Caldervale, Huddersfield, and York and Selby lines
North TransPennine service continues to
Scarborough, Middlesbrough, and Newcastle
York
East Coast Main Line
Ulleskelf
Church Fenton
Hull
Brough
Selby
East Coast Main Line
South Milford
Micklefield–Leeds
Micklefield
East Leeds Parkway(Proposed)
East Garforth
Garforth
Cross Gates
Leeds
Cottingley
Bramley (West Yorkshire)
Morley
New Pudsey
Batley
Dewsbury
Ravensthorpe
Wakefield Westgate
Wakefield Kirkgate
Grand Central service to London King's Cross
Dewsbury–Mirfield
Mirfield
Bradford Interchange
Low Moor(planned)
Halifax
Brighouse
Sowerby Bridge
Deighton(services to/from Brighouse do not call here)
Mytholmroyd
Hebden Bridge
Huddersfield
Slaithwaite
Marsden
Greenfield
Mossley
Todmorden
Walsden
Littleborough
Smithy Bridge
Burnley Manchester Road
Accrington
Blackburn
Rochdale
Castleton
Mills Hill
Moston
Preston
Poulton-le-Fylde
Blackpool North
Stalybridge
Ashton-under-Lyne
Manchester Airport Airport interchange
Manchester Victoria Manchester Metrolink
Manchester Piccadilly Manchester Metrolink
Manchester Oxford Road
North Transpennine service calls at Birchwood,
Warrington Central, and Liverpool South Parkway
Liverpool Lime Street
 Current services 
  • Northern Rail services:
    • York–Leeds–Halifax–Blackpool North
    • Selby–Leeds-Bradford-Halifax–Huddersfield
    • Huddersfield-Wakefield Westgate
    • Huddersfield–Manchester Victoria
    • Leeds–Dewsbury–Brighouse–Manchester Victoria
    • Leeds–Halifax–Manchester Victoria
    North TransPennine services
    (via Leeds and Huddersfield)
    • Hull–Manchester Picadilly
    • Middlesbrough–Manchester Airport
    • Newcastle–Manchester Airport
    • Scarborough–Liverpool Lime Street
    Grand Central service

The Huddersfield Line is the name given to one of the busiest rail services on the West Yorkshire MetroTrain network in northern England. Local services are operated by Northern Rail with longer distance services operated by TransPennine Express. The line connects Leeds and Huddersfield with Manchester (Victoria & Piccadilly), Manchester Airport and Liverpool.

The route travels SSW from Leeds through Dewsbury. After a short westward stretch through Mirfield (where it runs on the ex-L&YR section), it continues SW through Huddersfield, using the River Colne valley to its headwaters. The long Standedge Tunnel just after Marsden crosses under the watershed and the majority of the run down to Manchester is in the Tame valley. After Manchester, the line reaches the Liverpool and Manchester Railway line over Chat Moss to Liverpool.

The Government announced on 29 November 2011 that this route will be electrified in the near future.[1]

History[edit]

At the time of the 1923 Grouping most of the route followed by the line was over London and North Western Railway (LNWR) metals, the exception being a short stretch around Mirfield which was the property of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway (L&YR). The first section of the line, between Huddersfield and Stalybridge, was opened by the Manchester, Stockport and Leeds Railway on 1 August 1849. The line became part of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway after 1923.

Route details[edit]

Metro (West Yorkshire) pre-paid tickets and concessionary fares are available between Leeds and Marsden. TfGM fares are available for the Greenfield-Manchester section. Many of the intermediate places no longer have rail facilities. All stations that are still open are in bold.:

Leeds-Huddersfield[edit]

Huddersfield-Manchester[edit]

Westbound coal train between Ravensthorpe and Mirfield in 1953

Manchester to Liverpool[edit]

Tourism[edit]

Owing to a large number of easily accessed and nationally acclaimed pubs along the route (particularly on the station platforms themselves at Dewsbury, Huddersfield and Stalybridge), the route has also acquired the informal title of Rail Ale Trail and featured on the BBC's Oz and James Drink to Britain. Of particular interest are:

  • West Riding Licensed Refreshment Rooms (on the platform at Dewsbury Station, 2006 runner up CAMRA National Pub of the Year)
  • The Kings Head, formerly known as The Station Tavern, in the east wing of Huddersfield station
  • The Head of Steam in the west wing of Huddersfield Station
  • Sair Inn (with its own brewery, in Linthwaite, across the river from Slaithwaite station, 1997 National Pub of the Year)
  • Riverhead, Marsden (with the Riverhead Brewery in the basement, in the town a little down from the station and tunnels)
  • Station Buffet at Stalybridge (original Victorian Station Buffet with marble counter, on the platform at Stalybridge station)

Although there are many other worthy candidates close by to these and other stations on the line.

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