Clapham railway station

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For the railway stations in London, see Clapham Junction railway station and Clapham High Street railway station. For the closed railway station in Australia, see Clapham railway station, Adelaide.
Clapham (North Yorkshire) National Rail
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Eastbound platform
Location
Place Clapham
Local authority Craven
Coordinates 54°06′19″N 2°24′37″W / 54.105394°N 2.410208°W / 54.105394; -2.410208Coordinates: 54°06′19″N 2°24′37″W / 54.105394°N 2.410208°W / 54.105394; -2.410208
Grid reference SD732678
Operations
Station code CPY
Managed by Northern
Number of platforms 2
DfT category F2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2011/12 Increase 7,390
2012/13 Increase 7,624
2013/14 Increase 7,768
2014/15 Decrease 6,618
2015/16 Increase 6,654
History
Key dates Opened 1849 (1849)
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Clapham (North Yorkshire) from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Clapham railway station serves the village of Clapham in North Yorkshire, England. The station is 48 miles (77 km) north-west of Leeds on the Leeds to Morecambe Line towards Lancaster and Morecambe. It is managed by Northern who provide all passenger train services.

The station (which is unstaffed) is situated just over a mile outside of Clapham.[1] Immediately to the east, the line crosses the River Wenning on a tall, five-arch viaduct.

The station was formerly known in the national timetable as Clapham (Yorkshire), to distinguish it from Clapham (London), until the latter was renamed Clapham High Street.

History[edit]

The station was opened by the "little" North Western Railway (NWR) on 30 July 1849 on their line from Skipton to Ingleton and became a junction the following year when the link along the Wenning Valley from Bentham was completed on 1 June 1850[2] to finish the route from Lancaster to Skipton.

The Ingleton route was subsequently extended northwards, as the Ingleton Branch Line, through Kirkby Lonsdale and Sedbergh to join the West Coast Main Line at Low Gill (near Tebay) by the Lancaster and Carlisle Railway (L&C) in 1861, but disagreements between the L&C's successor, the London and North Western Railway, and the Midland Railway (who had leased the NWR in 1859) over running rights and the subsequent construction of the Settle-Carlisle Line, meant that it never became the major Anglo-Scottish route that the NWR had originally intended.

The Ingleton Branch was closed to passenger traffic on 1 February 1954 and completely in July 1966,[3] although regular goods traffic had ended some months earlier. Lifting of the track followed in April 1967. A sharp curve (with a permanent 35 mph speed restriction) marks the site of the former junction, immediately west of the station.

The station ceased to handle goods traffic in 1968, when the remaining sidings were taken out of use & dismantled and the station signal box closed.

Facilities[edit]

Waiting shelters are present on each platform, along with train information notice boards. No ticket machine is available, so tickets can only be purchased on the train or in advance. The footbridge linking the platforms doesn't have ramps, so the westbound platform isn't accessible for disabled passengers (step-free access is possible on the eastbound side).[4]

Services[edit]

Monday to Saturdays, five trains a day head from Clapham eastbound to Leeds and westbound to Lancaster and Morecambe.[5] On Sundays there are now four trains each way all year, an improvement on the previous level of two each way all year plus a further two return workings in the summer months only.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Streetmap". Retrieved 28 August 2007. 
  2. ^ Binns, p. 9
  3. ^ Marshall, p. 100
  4. ^ Clapham Station Information National Rail Enquiries; Retrieved 25 November 2016
  5. ^ GB National Rail Timetable December 2016 Edition, Table 42

References[edit]

  • Binns, D (1982) The 'Little' North Western Railway, Wyvern Publishing, Skipton. ISBN 0-907941-01-X
  • Marshall, J (1981) Forgotten Railways North-West England, David & Charles (Publishers) Ltd, Newton Abbott. ISBN 0-7153-8003-6

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Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Giggleswick   Northern
Leeds to Morecambe Line
  Bentham
Historical railways
Giggleswick
Line and station open
  Midland Railway
"Little" North Western Railway
  Bentham High
Line and station open
Disused railways
Giggleswick
Line and station open
  Midland Railway
"Little" North Western Railway
  Ingleton (Midland)
Line and station closed