Walsden railway station
|The view from platform 2|
|Managed by||Northern Rail|
|Number of platforms||2|
|Live arrivals/departures and station information
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|Annual rail passenger usage*|
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|PTE||West Yorkshire (Metro)|
|Key dates||Opened 1990|
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|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Walsden from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
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It is served by the Caldervale Line operated by Northern Rail. The station is 32 miles (51 km) west of Leeds and 17.25 miles (28 km) north east of Manchester Victoria. Walsden is the last station before the boundary with Greater Manchester. The station was opened by Metro (West Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive) on 10 September 1990 as a replacement for an earlier structure that closed on 6 August 1961. This earlier station, which was opened in 1845 by the Manchester & Leeds Railway, predecessor of the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway, was situated between the level crossing and the north portal of Winterbutlee Tunnel, a few yards south of the present station.
There is an hourly service to Manchester Victoria southbound and to Leeds via Halifax northbound with extra trains during peak times in each direction.
December 2008 service changes
Northern Rail implemented changes to the Caldervale line services from December 2008. Three trains per hour now ran between Leeds and Manchester Victoria: one was the current stopping service (which is the one that calls here), one runs via Dewsbury and Brighouse (and include stops at Moston, Mills Hill and Castleton) and one was a limited stop service (between Bradford and Manchester, the service will call only at Halifax, Hebden Bridge, Todmorden and Rochdale).
Walsden passengers have a poorer service than they used to, especially for commuters who travel back from Manchester, compared to the half-hourly service that operated in July 2008.
It was the only place in Todmorden to be bombed during the Second World War Blitz, probably because the German plane had a leftover bomb after a raid and so dropped it on what appeared to be an important site.
- Bairstow, M. (1983), The Manchester & Leeds Railway (The Calder Valley Line), Wyvern Publishing, Skipton, ISBN 0-907941-06-0, p. 72
- Joy, D. (1975), A Regional History of the Railways of Great Britain, Volume 8, David & Charles, Newton Abbot, ISBN 0-7153-6883-4
- WYPTE Rail Working Group Report - Proposed Northern December 2008 Timetable 16 May 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-30.
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
|Calderdale Lines (Past, present and future)|
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