Baildon railway station
The view from the platform
|Local authority||City of Bradford|
|Number of platforms||1|
|Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|Passenger Transport Executive|
|PTE||West Yorkshire Metro|
|4 December 1876||Station opens|
|5 January 1953||Station closed|
|28 January 1957||Station reopened|
|29 April 1957||Station closed|
|5 January 1973||Station reopened|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Baildon from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
|UK Railways portal|
Baildon railway station serves the town of Baildon near Shipley in West Yorkshire, England. The station reopened under British Rail on 5 January 1973, by the Chairman of Baildon Council - Arnold Lightowler, having been closed for exactly 20 years, and is 4 miles (6 km) north of Bradford Forster Square on the Wharfedale Line. The station, and all trains serving it, are operated by Northern.
Opened by the Midland Railway in December 1876, the station became part of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway during the Grouping of 1923, and then passed to the London Midland Region of British Railways on nationalisation in 1948. It was then closed by the British Transport Commission as an economy measure in January 1953 (though it briefly reopened for 3 months in 1957). Goods traffic at the station ceased in April 1964.
During Monday to Saturday daytimes, there is a half-hourly service to Bradford Forster Square and Ilkley. During Monday to Saturday evenings it is hourly in each direction, and on Sundays it is two-hourly.
Unlike other stations on the Wharfedale and Airedale lines, Baildon has no direct service to Leeds owing to its position on the curve between the two lines. Passengers must instead change at Shipley or Guiseley (Shipley having more services) to access Leeds.
The site today
The line has been reduced to single track, so there is only one platform, and the station building has been sold. The second platform is disused and covered in weeds.
The station is unstaffed, with no ticket machine available. Tickets must be purchased in advance or on the train. A long-line PA system and digital display screens provide train running information. Step-free access is provided from the car park and main entrance to the platform.
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- Jowett, Alan (2000). Jowett's Nationalised Railway Atlas (1st ed.). Penryn, Cornwall: Atlantic Transport Publishers. ISBN 978-0-906899-99-1. OCLC 228266687.
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- Train times and station information for Baildon railway station from National Rail
- Station on navigable O.S. map
- Heritage Walks around Baildon - including a Railway Walk
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Line and station open
Line open, station closed
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