Pontefract Tanshelf railway station

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Pontefract Tanshelf National Rail
Pontefract Tanshelf
The view from platform 1
Location
Place Pontefract
Local authority City of Wakefield
Coordinates 53°41′38″N 1°19′08″W / 53.694°N 1.319°W / 53.694; -1.319Coordinates: 53°41′38″N 1°19′08″W / 53.694°N 1.319°W / 53.694; -1.319
Grid reference SE450221
Operations
Station code POT
Managed by Northern Rail
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05   24,690
2005/06 Increase 28,936
2006/07 Increase 33,403
2007/08 Increase 39,512
2008/09 Increase 43,768
2009/10 Decrease 43,340
2010/11 Increase 49,950
2011/12 Decrease 48,718
2012/13 Decrease 39,580
Passenger Transport Executive
PTE West Yorkshire (Metro)
Zone 3
History
1871 opened
2 January 1967 closed
12 May 1992 reopened
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Pontefract Tanshelf from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Pontefract Tanshelf railway station is the most central station in the town of Pontefract, West Yorkshire, England, and serves Pontefract Races, the racecourse located just down the street from the station. It lies on the Pontefract Line operated by Northern Rail and is 8 miles (13 km) east of Wakefield Kirkgate. In the days of coal mining in the Pontefract area, the station served the needs of the local workforce with regular and frequent services timed for the beginning and the end of mining shifts.

The present station was opened by Metro (West Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive) on 12 May 1992, when the line between Wakefield and Pontefract was re-opened.

The other stations in the town are Pontefract Monkhill and Pontefract Baghill.

Services[edit]

On Monday to Saturday, there is an hourly service to Wakefield Kirkgate and to Knottingley, but there are no trains to Tanshelf station on Sunday, despite the fact Pontefract Races have regular Sunday meetings throughout the spring and summer.

The original service used to run from Wakefield Westgate, but instead now starts from and terminates at Wakefield Kirkgate Station. Train services to Knottingley via Pontefract are timed to arrive and leave Kirkgate Station for connecting trains to Huddersfield, Halifax, Bradford, and Leeds, for the benefit of shoppers, tourists, and racegoers.

External links[edit]

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