* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Littleborough from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
This is the last station on the Caldervale Line in the Greater Manchester area. It was one of the original Manchester and Leeds Railway station sites and for the first year of operation following its opening in July 1839, it was the temporary terminus of the line from Manchester (the section on through the Summit Tunnel towards Mirfield not being completed until 1841). It did so again for some eight months after the December 1984 Summit Tunnel fire - passengers transferring between the trains to/from Manchester and a rail-replacement bus service onwards to Todmorden until repairs to the tunnel could be completed and the line reopened.
Northern Rail 144007 leaving Platform 2 with a Manchester Victoria to Leeds service in 2009
Monday to Saturday daytimes, there is a half-hourly service from Littleborough to Manchester Victoria westbound and to Todmorden eastbound, with hourly extensions to Leeds via Dewsbury. In the evenings and on Sundays, trains to Leeds operate via Halifax rather than Dewsbury.
The service to/from Manchester may be further improved when the 'Todmorden Curve' re-instatement is commissioned in May 2015. This will also provide a link to Burnley, Blackburn and through to Preston.