Bingley railway station

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Bingley National Rail
Railway Station. (facing south) - - 414797.jpg
Place Bingley
Local authority City of Bradford
Coordinates 53°50′55″N 1°50′14″W / 53.8487°N 1.8372°W / 53.8487; -1.8372Coordinates: 53°50′55″N 1°50′14″W / 53.8487°N 1.8372°W / 53.8487; -1.8372
Grid reference SE108391
Station code BIY
Managed by Northern
Number of platforms 2
DfT category D
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2011/12 Increase 1.212 million
2012/13 Decrease 1.153 million
2013/14 Increase 1.182 million
2014/15 Increase 1.224 million
2015/16 Decrease 1.220 million
Passenger Transport Executive
PTE West Yorkshire (Metro)
Zone 3
National RailUK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Bingley from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Bingley Station in 1961

Bingley railway station serves the town of Bingley in West Yorkshire, England, and is 13.5 miles (21.7 km) away from Leeds and 5.5 miles (8.9 km) away from Bradford Forster Square on the Airedale line operated by Northern.


The Leeds and Bradford Railway opened the Leeds and Bradford Extension Railway from Shipley to Keighley on 16 March 1847.[1] Bingley station opened on the first day, and remained the only intermediate station until Saltaire was built in 1856.

The original station, near the Three Rise Lock, was of wood, but the Midland Railway (who had absorbed the L&BR in 1851) closed the old station and opened the current station on 24 July 1892.[2]

The bog north of Bingley station was a headache to the railway builders. It is recorded in the Bradford Observer of 8 March 1847 that "no fewer than 100,000 cubic yards of solid earth and stone have been poured into this insatiable maw of a bog."[3] The bog has also claimed some of Bingley Grammar School's buildings and the sinking may have given rise to an urban legend about a locomotive and wagons been swallowed up by the bog. No evidence can be found to attest to this.[3]


A report in the Lancashire Gazette in 1847 states that a freight train from Leeds to Lancaster went through the station at 20 miles per hour (32 km/h) and hit some stationary freight wagons on the main line. Three wagons were completely destroyed whilst a fourth wagon and the locomotive were badly damaged.[3]

In 2013, an unoccupied car ended up on the line just south of Bingley station and was hit at 8:45 pm by a Leeds to Skipton service.[4]


The station is staffed part-time (except evenings and Sundays) - the booking office is sited in the main entrance at street level and is linked to the platforms via ramps, footbridge and a lift. Ticket machines are also provided.[5] There are waiting rooms on each platform, with passenger information screens and P.A system offering train running information.


During Monday to Saturday daytime, there is a half-hourly service from Bingley to both Leeds and Bradford Forster Square in one direction and four trains an hour going towards Skipton. In the evenings there is a half hourly service to Leeds, an hourly service to Bradford Forster Square and three trains an hour to Skipton.

On Sundays there is an hourly service to Leeds and a two-hourly service to Bradford Forster Square, with one or two trains per hour in the other direction to Skipton.

All trains from Leeds to Carlisle and most towards Morecambe also stop at Bingley.[6]

Preceding station National Rail Following station
Saltaire   Northern
Airedale Line
Shipley   Northern
Settle-Carlisle Line
Historical railways
Saltaire   Midland Railway
Leeds and Bradford Extension Railway


Railways Through Airedale & Wharfedale. Martin Bairstow (2004) ISBN 1-871944-28-7

  1. ^ Whitaker, Alan (1986). Bradford Railways Remembered. Clapham: Dalesman Books. p. 13. ISBN 0852068700. 
  2. ^ Burgess, Neil (2014). The Lost Railways of Yorkshire's West Riding:The Central Section. Catrine: Stenlake. p. 88. ISBN 9781840336573. 
  3. ^ a b c "Bingley History, The Mystery of the Locomotive in Bingley Bog". Bingley Hub. Retrieved 13 October 2015. 
  4. ^ "Probe continues into crash between car and train in Bingley". Bradford Telegraph and Argus. Retrieved 13 October 2015. 
  5. ^ Bingley station facilities National Rail Enquiries; Retrieved 29 November 2016
  6. ^ Table 36 & 42 National Rail timetable, December 2016

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