Batley railway station
|Number of platforms||2|
|Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections|
from National Rail Enquiries
|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|Passenger Transport Executive|
|PTE||West Yorkshire Metro|
|Key dates||Opened 1848|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Batley from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
Batley railway station serves the town of Batley in West Yorkshire, England. Situated 8 miles (13 km) south west of Leeds on the main line to Huddersfield and Manchester, the station was opened by the London and North Western Railway in 1848.
Batley railway station is unstaffed, though the main buildings on the eastbound platform (1) still stand and are used as a waiting area and entrance; a self-service ticket machine is also located there. There is a shelter on Platform 2 and both have digital display screens and timetable posters for train running information provision. Only Platform 1 has step-free access, as the subway to Platform 2 has stairways.
The service here, which changed substantially in May 2018, was altered again at the December 2018 timetable change after issues with punctuality & service reliability. The net effect has been to essentially restore the pattern that formerly served the station prior to the May 2018 changes, i.e. one Leeds to Huddersfield stopping train per hour each way (now operated by TransPennine Express and calling at all local stations) and one Northern service between Leeds, Manchester Victoria and Southport via Brighouse.
On Sundays, there is an hourly service to Leeds and Huddersfield.
The station was at one time rather larger than it is today, as it was also served by the Great Northern Railway branch line from Bradford to Wakefield via Dewsbury Central from December 1864 to 7 September 1964, when it fell victim to the Beeching Axe. It was also the junction for branch lines to Birstall (opened in 1852, closed to passengers as a wartime economy measure in 1917 and to all traffic in 1963) and to Tingley and Beeston (opened in 1890, closed in 1951). The station was significantly enlarged (with the addition of three extra platforms) on the opening of the latter route in August 1890, but reverted to the present twin-platform configuration after the closure & abandonment of the Bradford - Wakefield line in 1964/5.
Few traces of any of these routes remain today, but the abutments of the former bridge that took the Bradford line across the line from Leeds near Batley signal box (east of the station) can still be seen.
On June 2018, a protest was held by Batley and Spen MP, Tracy Brabin following weeks of disruption to its services after Northern rail announced the roll out of a new timetable. The Labour MP argued people who live in the north of the country are fed up of being at the bottom of the pile when it comes to transport investment.
- Batley station facilities National Rail Enquiries; Retrieved 16 January 2017
- Table 39 & 41 National Rail timetable, May 2019
- Railway Ramblers - Kirklees Accessed 11 April 2008
- "Tracking down history of local railways" Batley & Birstall News article 29 November 2007; Retrieved 8 January 2016
- Batley to Beeston 1890-1951Lost Railways West Yorkshire; Retrieved 8 January 2016
- "MP and commuters stage trains protest at Batley Station". Retrieved 27 February 2019.
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Railways in North Kirklees
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