Walsden railway station

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Walsden National Rail
Walsden
The view from platform 2
Location
Place Walsden, Todmorden
Local authority Calderdale
Coordinates 53°41′47″N 2°06′17″W / 53.696340°N 2.104670°W / 53.696340; -2.104670Coordinates: 53°41′47″N 2°06′17″W / 53.696340°N 2.104670°W / 53.696340; -2.104670
Grid reference SD931222
Operations
Station code WDN
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  0.126 million
2005/06 Increase 0.133 million
2006/07 Decrease 0.120 million
2007/08 Decrease 0.117 million
2008/09 Decrease 0.113 million
2009/10 Decrease 95,548
2010/11 Increase 99,048
2011/12 Decrease 92,686
2012/13 Increase 0.102 million
Passenger Transport Executive
PTE West Yorkshire (Metro)
Zone 5
History
Key dates Opened 1990 (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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Walsden railway station serves the village of Walsden, Todmorden in West Yorkshire, England, on the edge of the Pennines.

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.[1][2]

Services[edit]

There is an hourly service (Mondays to Fridays) to Manchester Victoria southbound and to Leeds via Dewsbury northbound (since the May 2014 timetable change) with extra trains during peak times in each direction. Passengers wishing to access destinations on the route via Halifax during the day now have to change at Todmorden or Hebden Bridge.

In the evenings, the frequency remains hourly but trains run via Halifax whilst on Sundays eastbound services terminate at Todmorden, where connections are available for stations further east.[3]

History[edit]

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.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bairstow, M. (1983), The Manchester & Leeds Railway (The Calder Valley Line), Wyvern Publishing, Skipton, ISBN 0-907941-06-0, p. 72
  2. ^ Joy, D. (1975), A Regional History of the Railways of Great Britain, Volume 8, David & Charles, Newton Abbot, ISBN 0-7153-6883-4
  3. ^ GB NRT May - December 2014 edition, Table 41

External links[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Littleborough   Northern Rail
Caldervale Line
  Todmorden