Dewsbury railway station
Dewsbury railway station, in June 2018
|Managed by||TransPennine Express|
|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|
|Original company||London and North Western Railway|
|Pre-grouping||London and North Western Railway|
|Post-grouping||London, Midland and Scottish Railway|
|18 September 1848||Station opened as Dewsbury|
|2 June 1924||Renamed Dewsbury Wellington Road|
|20 February 1969||Renamed Dewsbury|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
Dewsbury railway station serves the town of Dewsbury in West Yorkshire, England. Situated 9.25 miles (15 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.
The line between Leeds and Ravensthorpe was built by the Leeds, Dewsbury and Manchester Railway, which was absorbed by the London and North Western Railway prior to opening. Dewsbury railway station was opened on 18 September 1848 and was subsequently named Dewsbury Wellington Road from 2 June 1924 until 20 February 1969, when it reverted to the original name.
Dewsbury was also served by three other stations which have since closed:
- Dewsbury Central, served by the Great Northern Railway on the Bradford Exchange to Wakefield line, closed in 1964.
- Dewsbury Market Place, built by the Manchester and Leeds Railway, closed in 1930.
- Thornhill, also built by the Manchester and Leeds Railway, closed in 1961.
No trace of Market Place station remains, but the façade of Dewsbury Central was incorporated into a bridge supporting the Dewsbury Ring Road in 1985.
The station is staffed through the day, with the ticket office on Platform 1. Self-service ticket machines are also provided in the booking hall.
There are waiting rooms on each platform, along with digital display screens, customer help points, timetable poster boards and automated announcements to offer train running information. There are no toilets. Lifts integrated into the footbridge provide step-free access to both platforms. The footbridge is also a public right of way.
On Platform 1 there is a piece of art called Horizons. The art club from Carlton Junior and Infant School "worked alongside artist Candida Wood from Can Do Art, and over 10 weeks they designed a piece of art aiming to attract members of the local community to visit the station".
Ticket barriers were installed in 2018.
In summer 2018, Kirklees Council started work on making improvements to the outside of the station. Plans included pedestrianizing the area directly outside the station and redesigning the car park entrances to improve traffic flow. The improvements are part of the "North Kirklees Growth Zone" initiative, intended to be a kick start to improvements to the town.
As of December 2019, Dewsbury is served by four trains per hour to Leeds and four trains per hour to Manchester. The regular service pattern is as follows:
Eastbound (Towards Leeds)
- A TransPennine Express service to Redcar Central calling at Leeds, York, Thirsk, Northallerton, Yarm, Thornaby and Middlesbrough.
- A TransPennine Express service to Newcastle calling at Leeds, York, Northallerton, Darlington, Durham and Chester Le Street(every 2 hours)
- A TransPennine Express service to Leeds calling at Batley, Morley and Cottingley.
- A Northern Trains service to Leeds calling at Batley and Morley.
Westbound (Towards Manchester)
- Two TransPennine Express services to Manchester Airport calling at Huddersfield, Manchester Victoria, Manchester Oxford Road and Manchester Piccadilly (1TPH calls additionally at Gatley).
- A TransPennine Express service to Huddersfield calling at Ravensthorpe, Mirfield and Deighton.
- A Northern Trains service to Southport calling at Mirfield, Brighouse, Sowerby Bridge, Mytholmroyd, Hebden Bridge, Todmorden, Walsden, Littlebrough, Smithy Bridge, Rochdale, Manchester Victoria, Salford Central, Salford Crescent, Walkden, Atherton, Daisy Hill, Wigan Wallgate, Gathurst, Appley Bridge, Parbold, Burscough Bridge and Meols Cop.
On Sundays the Northern Trains services do not run.
- Awdry, Christopher (1990). Encyclopaedia of British Railway Companies. London: Guild Publishing. p. 87. CN 8983.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
- Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 79. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
- https://www.batleynews.co.uk/news/people/dewsbury-schoolchildren-unveil-artwork-at-town-s-railway-station-1-9877949. Missing or empty
- Dewsbury station facilities National Rail Enquiries; Retrieved 16 January 2017
- "Improving the access to Dewsbury Rail Station begins this summer". Kirklees Together. 1 June 2018. Retrieved 28 February 2019.
- GB National Rail Timetable May 2019 edition, Tables 39 & 41
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