Ardsley railway station

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Ardsley Locomotive Depot geograph-2359946-by-Ben-Brooksbank.jpg
LNER C14 7450 at Ardsley locomotive depot in 1947
Place East Ardsley
Area City of Leeds
Coordinates 53°43′57″N 1°32′16″W / 53.732600°N 1.537800°W / 53.732600; -1.537800Coordinates: 53°43′57″N 1°32′16″W / 53.732600°N 1.537800°W / 53.732600; -1.537800
Grid reference SE305263
Original company Bradford, Wakefield and Leeds Railway
Pre-grouping Great Northern Railway
Post-grouping London and North Eastern Railway
Platforms 2
5 October 1857 Station opens
2 November 1964 Station closes
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
170433 at Edinburgh Waverley.JPG UK Railways portal
Approaching the station in 1961

Ardsley railway station was situated on the Great Northern Railway between Tingley and Lofthouse and Outwood on the main line and west of Stanley on the LNER & LMS Methley Joint Railway. It was built to served the village of East Ardsley near Wakefield in the English county of West Yorkshire.


The station was opened by the Bradford, Wakefield and Leeds Railway on 5 October 1857[1] as part of their Wakefield to Leeds main line. Five days later, it became a junction with the completion of a branch line to Bradford via Morley by the Leeds, Bradford and Halifax Junction Railway.[2] Both lines soon became part of the rapidly expanding Great Northern Railway network in the area and by 1866 the opening of the jointly-owned West Riding and Grimsby Railway from Wakefield to Doncaster put the station on the main line between Leeds and London Kings Cross. The GNR subsequently became part of the London and North Eastern Railway during the Grouping of 1923. The line then passed on to the Eastern Region of British Railways on nationalisation in 1948. The station was eventually closed by the British Railways Board on 2 November 1964 as part of the Beeching cutbacks, with the line to Bradford following suit on 4 July 1966.[3]

To the south of the station, to the east of the main line was situated the engine shed which provided the passenger locomotives for the Wakefield services and freight locomotives for the colliery traffic generated in the area.

Site today[edit]

Trains still pass the site between Outwood and Wakefield Westgate stations on the Wakefield Line, although little remains of the actual station.

The Site is now being developed for 88 residential houses and apartments by Miller Homes.

Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Tingley or
  London and North Eastern Railway
Great Northern Railway
  Lofthouse and Outwood
  London and North Eastern Railway
Methley Joint Railway


  1. ^ Body, p. 29
  2. ^ Haig, p. 11
  3. ^ Body, p. 46


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