Todmorden railway station

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Todmorden National Rail
Todmorden Railway Station.jpg
The view from the street
Place Todmorden
Local authority Calderdale
Coordinates 53°42′50″N 2°05′59″W / 53.7138°N 2.0997°W / 53.7138; -2.0997Coordinates: 53°42′50″N 2°05′59″W / 53.7138°N 2.0997°W / 53.7138; -2.0997
Grid reference SD935241
Station code TOD
Managed by Northern Rail
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05  0.297 million
2005/06 Increase 0.311 million
2006/07 Increase 0.338 million
2007/08 Increase 0.340 million
2008/09 Increase 0.416 million
2009/10 Increase 0.459 million
2010/11 Increase 0.525 million
2011/12 Increase 0.569 million
2012/13 Decrease 0.542 million
Passenger Transport Executive
PTE West Yorkshire (Metro)
Zone 5
Key dates Opened 1841 (1841)
National RailUK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Todmorden from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Todmorden railway station is in West Yorkshire, England, originally on the Yorkshire/Lancashire border. It was built by the Manchester and Leeds Railway and is on the Caldervale Line 23 miles (37 km) west of Leeds and 17 miles (27 km) north-east of Manchester Victoria.

It was opened in March 1841 when the final portion of M&L main line between Manchester and Normanton through Summit Tunnel was completed. It became a junction in 1849 with the opening of a branch line westwards through the Cliviger Gorge to Burnley. This was later extended to join the East Lancashire Railway near Rose Grove, giving a direct route to Blackburn, Preston and Blackpool.

For many years the station was served by express trains between Liverpool and York and local trains toward Preston, Bradford and Leeds, but since the Beeching cuts in the 1960s the basic service has been a local one between Leeds and Manchester Victoria. It is expected that in May 2015, a service from Manchester to Burnley will also begin using the station.

Todmorden curve[edit]

Todmorden station was originally located by a triangular junction between the lines to Manchester, Burnley and Halifax. Trains to Burnley ended with the withdrawal of the Rose Grove local shuttle in 1965, while the short curve that would allow trains on this route to call here was removed in 1972 when the line was re-signalled (the bay platform it once used can still be seen). Passengers wishing to travel via this route to Burnley and beyond therefore have to catch a train to Hebden Bridge and change there to continue their journey. Stansfield Hall station used to serve the northern end of the town on this line, but it was closed in 1944.

A project to reinstate the Manchester-Burnley curve is currently underway, now that funding has been obtained - it was first mooted when an agreement between central government and a consortium of local councils in East Lancashire was signed in 2009,[1] although it was not until the end of 2011 that the finance was finally secured as part of the Regional Growth Fund initiative announced by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.[2]

As first built, the curve ran from a junction approximately 66 feet (20 m) north-east of the viaduct 550 yards (500 m) and connected on to the Copy Pit line at Stanfield Hall Junction, near the footbridge on Stansfield Road (the remains of the curve can still be seen from this bridge).

During 2012 Network Rail began clearing the trackbed of vegetation to see what is involved in relaying the track. Some more track has become visible since this has taken place. This assessment concluded that it could be feasible to reinstate the curve, although the original alignment could not be used as the original curve is deemed to be too sharp - a suitable alternative route has however been found. Construction began in summer 2013, with the curve originally planned to be in use from the May 2014 timetable change,[3] delayed from the originally mooted date of the end of 2013,[4] allowing through trains to run from Burnley to Manchester Victoria in less than one hour. Services have since been further delayed due to a lack of available rolling stock and signalling work running behind schedule, and will now begin from the May 2015 timetable change.[5][6]

In addition to the work to lay in new track on the curve itself and a completely new junction at the Todmorden end, significant alterations to the signalling system have been required to allow trains to use the new curve (these were only fully completed in February 2015, which is why the curve could only be used by Burnley-bound trains when the curve was first brought into service). The area is controlled from Preston Power Signal Box. The first train to use the newly-commissioned connection was an enthusiasts' charter operated by Pathfinder Tours on 31 May 2014.[7]


The view from platform 2

Until 12 December 2008, Monday to Saturday daytime there was a half-hourly service from Todmorden to Manchester Victoria (occasionally extending to Liverpool) westbound and Leeds via Halifax eastbound.

Service changes from December 2008[edit]

Northern Rail made changes to the Caldervale line services from December 2008. Three trains per hour now run between Leeds and Manchester Victoria - the stopping service that ran prior to the timetable change, calling at all stations via Halifax; via Dewsbury and Brighouse, stopping at Moston, Mills Hill and Castleton; and a limited stop service between Bradford and Manchester, calling at Halifax, Hebden Bridge, Todmorden and Rochdale only.[8]

There is an hourly service to Leeds (via Halifax) in the evenings and two trains per hour to Manchester in the evenings and on Sundays.

Details of the proposed service from Burnley to Manchester (via Todmorden), to start in 2015 (see above) have not yet been published. However from the May 2014 timetable change the station has gained an additional service each hour to and from the Manchester direction, which will likely be the one to be extended to and from Burnley & Blackburn come May 2015. This working is the one that formerly terminated at Rochdale - it runs through from Kirkby eastbound prior to terminating here and returns to Wigan Wallgate.[9]

Services from May 2015[edit]

Services will change in May 2015 to use the Todmorden Chord.[10]


There is a ticket office on platform 1 and waiting rooms on both platforms. 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.[11] Previously, passengers had to rely on automated public-address system announcements. The waiting room has a ginger cat called Dinky available for petting.[12]

Platform One Gallery is located at the station, an art gallery run by Todmorden Art Group, which is a non profit making organisation. It runs exhibitions on a 4-weekly cycle, and is open to the public Thursday-Sunday 11 am-4 pm. It has 11 studios and 2 painting groups.



  1. ^ "Green Light for East Lancashire Rail Improvements". Lancashire Telegraph. 12 January 2009. Retrieved 13 January 2009. 
  2. ^ Magill, Peter (31 October 2011). "Major boost as £9million rail link cash announced for Burnley". Lancashire Telegraph. Retrieved 5 November 2011. 
  3. ^ "Todmorden Curve journeys to start after May 2014". Lancashire Telegraph. 31 July 2012. Retrieved 4 July 2013. 
  4. ^ "Todmorden Curve could be Running by 2013". Lancashire Telegraph. 17 May 2011. Retrieved 18 May 2011. 
  5. ^ Lack of Trains to hold up new £8.8 million Todmorden Curve Magill, Peter Lancashire Telegraph article 23 October 2013; Retrieved 23 January 2014
  6. ^ East Lancs MP slams Todmorden Curve Rail Link Delays Adams, Chris Lancashire Telegraph article 13 August 2014; Retrieved 21 August 2014
  7. ^ The Topper Chopper - First passenger train: Todmorden Viaduct Junction - Stansfield Hall Junction, Saturday 31 May 2014; Retrieved 16 June 2014
  8. ^ "WYPTE Report - Proposed Northern December 2008 Timetable" (PDF). 16 May 2008. Retrieved 30 October 2008. 
  9. ^ Northern Rail Timetable 26 Todmorden - Rochdale - Manchester 18 May - 13 December 2014Northern Rail; Retrieved 16 June 2014
  10. ^ Direct trains from Rochdale and Manchester to Burnley will run from May 17 Thacker, Simon; Manchester Evening News article 17 February 2015; Retrieved 6 March 2015
  11. ^ Customer Information Enhancements at Rail Stations
  12. ^


  • Bairstow, M. (1983), The Manchester & Leeds Railway (The Calder Valley Line), Wyvern Publishing, Skipton, ISBN 0-907941-06-0

External links[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Walsden   Northern Rail
Caldervale Line
  Hebden Bridge or
Walsden or
Littleborough or
  Northern Rail
Todmorden-Wigan Wallgate/Kirkby
Line and station open
  Northern Rail
via Todmorden Curve
  Burnley Manchester Road
Historical railways
Line and station open
Caldervale Line
Line open, station closed
Disused railways
Stansfield Hall
Line and station closed
Copy Pit Line