Pontefract Line

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Pontefract Line
Overview
Locale West Yorkshire
East Riding of Yorkshire
Yorkshire and the Humber
Operation
Owner Network Rail
Technical
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Pontefract Line
Leeds
Woodlesford
Castleford
Glasshoughton
Wakefield Westgate
Wakefield Kirkgate
Streethouse
Featherstone
Pontefract Tanshelf
Pontefract Monkhill
Knottingley
Whitley Bridge *
Hensall *
Snaith *
Rawcliffe *
Goole *
  • Limited Service


The Pontefract Line is the name given to one of the rail services in the West Yorkshire Metro area of northern England. The service is operated by Northern Rail, and links Wakefield and Leeds with Goole via Pontefract . The Metro timetable for the Line also includes services operated as the Dearne Valley Line between York and Sheffield via Pontefract.

The Line, which passes through the former mining areas to the east of Wakefield and Castleford, has the greatest number of stations opened by the West Yorkshire Metro. MetroCards are available on the route as far as Knottingley: a limited service of trains continues to Goole by this route.

The route[edit]

History[edit]

Railways in the area opened as follows:

Before the 1923 Grouping the lines over which the service operates were owned by:

  • Leeds – Methley: Midland Railway (MidR)
  • Methley – Pontefract (Monkhill) – Goole: L&YR
  • Wakefield Westgate station was joint GNR)/L&YR
  • Wakefield – Pontefract (Monkhill): L&YR

Description of route[edit]

Leeds-Goole[edit]

Trains using the Pontefract Line from Leeds use the same route as the Hallam Line to Methley Junction:

Wakefield-Pontefract[edit]

The Wakefield service joins the Leeds service at Pontefract; the station served for this section are:

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