Bentham railway station

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Bentham National Rail
Bentham station
PlaceHigh Bentham
Local authorityCraven
Coordinates54°06′56″N 2°30′38″W / 54.1155°N 2.5105°W / 54.1155; -2.5105Coordinates: 54°06′56″N 2°30′38″W / 54.1155°N 2.5105°W / 54.1155; -2.5105
Grid referenceSD667689
Station codeBEN
Managed byNorthern
Number of platforms2
DfT categoryF2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2014/15Decrease 22,832
2015/16Decrease 22,578
2016/17Increase 23,630
2017/18Increase 24,150
2018/19Increase 26,424
Original company"Little" North Western Railway
Pre-groupingMidland Railway
Post-groupingLondon, Midland and Scottish Railway
1 June 1850Opened as Bentham[1]
1 November 1851Renamed Bentham High[1]
1 May 1876Renamed Bentham[1]
National RailUK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Bentham from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
Bentham railway station in 1962

Bentham railway station serves the small town of High Bentham in North Yorkshire, England. It lies on the Leeds to Morecambe Line, between Wennington and Clapham, 19 miles (31 km) east of Lancaster. It is the nearest station to Ingleton, North Yorkshire and is owned by Network Rail.


The station was opened on 1 June 1850 by the "little" North Western Railway, later taken over by the Midland Railway.[2] During part of the 19th century, it was known as Bentham High[3] as the neighbouring settlement of Low Bentham also had its own station (although this only lasted for three years, being closed to passenger traffic in 1853). The station was provided with various facilities by the Midland Railway, including a signal box, water tower and column, goods shed and several sidings on the northern side of the line. These had all been removed by the early 1970s (the signal box being the last to go in 1972).

The station building (built in 1955/56 after the original Midland structure was demolished by British Railways) is now privately owned,[4] the station having been reduced to unstaffed halt status in October 1970.[5] It has had its own community volunteer support group (The Friends of Bentham Station) since September 2011, which is based in the aforementioned building on the eastbound platform and has support from various local organisations (such as the route's Rail User Group, Craven District Council & the Leeds-Lancaster-Morecambe Line Community Rail Partnership).


Timetable posters and digital information screens on both platforms provide train running information, whilst there are waiting shelters on each side (the stone one on the westbound platform dates back to Midland Railway days, whereas its counterpart on the opposite side is much more modern). Tickets need to be purchased on the train or in advance of travel at present, but Northern has plans to install ticket vending machines here in 2019, along with other stations on the route.[6]


Northern Trains Route 7:
Bentham & Settle to Carlisle Lines
Carlisle Parking Bicycle facilities Handicapped/disabled access
Heysham Port ferry/water interchange
Lazonby and Kirkoswald
Morecambe Parking
Bare Lane Parking
Appleby Parking
Lancaster Parking Bicycle facilities Handicapped/disabled access
Kirkby Stephen Parking
Carnforth Parking
Garsdale Parking
Wennington Parking
Dent Parking
Bentham Parking Bicycle facilities
Ribblehead Parking Bicycle facilities
Clapham Parking Bicycle facilities
Horton-in-Ribblesdale Parking Bicycle facilities
Giggleswick Parking Bicycle facilities
Settle Parking Bicycle facilities
Long Preston Parking Bicycle facilities
Skipton Parking Bicycle facilities Handicapped/disabled access
Keighley Parking Bicycle facilities Handicapped/disabled access Heritage railway
Bingley Parking Bicycle facilities
Shipley Parking Bicycle facilities Handicapped/disabled access
Leeds Parking Bicycle facilities Handicapped/disabled access

All services are operated by Northern. There are eight departures each way (increased from seven the start of the May 2019 timetable). Westbound, trains run to Wennington, Carnforth, Lancaster and Morecambe (five trains only), whilst trains in the other direction run to Clapham, Giggleswick, Skipton and Leeds.[7] Connections for Bradford Forster Square are available at Shipley, although through trains do operate occasionally if the line to Leeds is closed for engineering work.

On Sundays there are now five services in each direction throughout the year (all running to/from Morecambe since the winter 2019 timetable update). The alterations to give better journey opportunities for commuters to both Leeds and Lancaster (and additional Sunday services) were implemented at the May 2018 timetable change.[8] Further station improvements are also planned, such as the installation of ticket machines, video help points and improved lighting.[9] The removal of "Pacer" DMUs from the route is also scheduled for 2019.


  1. ^ a b c Butt, R. V. J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations: details every public and private passenger station, halt, platform and stopping place, past and present (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 32. ISBN 978-1-85260-508-7. OCLC 60251199.
  2. ^ Bairstow, p. 96
  3. ^ Dewick, map 24
  4. ^ Bairstow, p. 9
  5. ^ A Brief History of Bentham StationFriends of Bentham Station; Retrieved 4 December 2013
  6. ^ "Better stations are coming to Northern"Northern news article; Retrieved 23 November 2019
  7. ^ GB eNRT December 2019 Edition, Table 42
  8. ^ Northern Franchise Improvements - DfT
  9. ^ "Wait over for new shelter at Giggleswick Railway Station" Tate, Lesley Craven Herald & Pioneer news article 14 December 2016; Retrieved 28 September 2017


  • Bairstow, M. (2000), The 'Little' North Western Railway, Martin Bairstow, Leeds, ISBN 1-871944-21-X
  • Dewick, T. (2002), Complete Atlas of Railway Station Names, Ian Allan Publishing, Hersham, ISBN 0-7110-2798-6

External links[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Clapham   Northern
Leeds to Morecambe Line
  Historical railways  
Clapham   Midland Railway
"Little" North Western Railway
  Low Bentham