Woodlesford railway station

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Woodlesford National Rail
Woodlesford
Platform 2 in 2011, with the new footbridge from platform 1
Location
Place Woodlesford
Local authority City of Leeds
Coordinates 53°45′24″N 1°26′35″W / 53.7568°N 1.4430°W / 53.7568; -1.4430Coordinates: 53°45′24″N 1°26′35″W / 53.7568°N 1.4430°W / 53.7568; -1.4430
Grid reference SE368290
Operations
Station code WDS
Managed by Northern Rail
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
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Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05   0.156 million
2005/06 Increase 0.170 million
2006/07 Increase 0.197 million
2007/08 Increase 0.210 million
2008/09 Increase 0.301 million
2009/10 Decrease 0.295 million
2010/11 Increase 0.338 million
2011/12 Increase 0.345 million
2012/13 Increase 0.292 million
Passenger Transport Executive
PTE West Yorkshire (Metro)
Zone 2
History
Key dates Opened 1840 (1840)
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Woodlesford from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Woodlesford railway station serves Woodlesford and Rothwell in West Yorkshire, England. It lies on the Hallam Line and the Pontefract Line.

Service[edit]

Monday to Saturdays there is a half-hourly service to Leeds and an hourly service to Sheffield on the Hallam Line and hourly towards Knottingley on the Pontefract Line.

Sundays, there is an hourly service to Leeds and train every two hours to Sheffield and Knottingley respectively.

The view from platform 2 (2006). The pedestrian crossing was replaced by a footbridge in 2010.

History[edit]

The station was opened in 1840 and formed part of the original North Midland Railway from Derby to Leeds built by George Stephenson.[1] During the early 20th century, coal trains from the nearby Water Haigh colliery provided regular goods traffic, as did the Armitage Quarries and Bentley's Yorkshire Brewery which had their own sidings. Parcels headed for the nearby town of Rothwell were unloaded here.

Platform 2 seen from the end of platform 1 prior to the construction of the footbridge (2006)

In late 2010 a footbridge was erected at the station to replace the crossing.[2]

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • In 1850, a train was in a rear-end collision with an excursion train at the station. The cause was a signal not being lit at night.[3]

High Speed Two[edit]

Upon publication of the proposed route of the second phase of High Speed 2 on 28 January 2013, it emerged the HS2 line into Leeds would run parallel with the Pontefract Line from Woodlesford onwards. The plans show that to accommodate Woodlesford railway station, the high speed line will bypass north of the station and rejoin the path of the line for the remainder of the route into Leeds.[4] There will be no station at Woodlesford, the nearest High Speed station being Leeds New Lane.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pixton, B., (2000) North Midland: Portrait of a Famous Route, Cheltenham: Runpast Publishing
  2. ^ Samuel, A. (27 January 2011). "Woodlesford bridge opens to improve pedestrian safety". Retrieved 9 June 2011. 
  3. ^ Hall, Stanley (1990). The Railway Detectives. London: Ian Allan. p. 26. ISBN 0 7110 1929 0. 
  4. ^ http://www.hs2.org.uk/phase-two/leeds

External links[edit]

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