Dewsbury railway station
Dewsbury railway station, in June 2006
|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|
|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Dewsbury from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
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The station is on the Huddersfield Line operated by Northern. It is 9 miles (14 km) away from Leeds. The line between Leeds and Dewsbury Junction – between Dewsbury station and Mirfield – was built by the Leeds, Dewsbury and Manchester Railway, which was absorbed by the London and North Western Railway prior to opening. The station was opened on 18 September 1848 and was known as Dewsbury Wellington Road from 2 June 1924 until 20 February 1969, when it reverted to the original name Dewsbury.
Dewsbury had three other railway stations, all now closed:- these were the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway's Thornhill station (closed in 1961), the Great Northern Railway's Central (on the Bradford Exchange to Wakefield line, closed in 1964) and the L&Y Market Place terminus (closed in 1930). No trace of Market Place station remains, but the façade of Dewsbury Central can still be seen as it 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) open from 06:15 until 19:30 each day (except Sunday, when it opens at 07:45). 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. A public house is located on platform 1, which offers refreshment facilities. Lifts integrated into the footbridge provide step-free access to both platforms.
From Dewsbury there is a half-hourly TransPennine Express service to Leeds and beyond, and to Huddersfield & Manchester Piccadilly Monday to Saturday daytimes and an hourly service evenings and Sundays. Trains go onwards from Leeds towards York & Scarborough or to Selby and Hull, whilst alternate westbound trains continue through to Warrington Central and Liverpool Lime Street. The service pattern from here was revamped in May 2014, when the service frequency on the Leeds - Manchester section improved to five trains each way per hour from the previous four.
On the Huddersfield Line, there is a Monday to Saturdays, half-hourly stopping local service to Leeds eastbound and an hourly service to both Huddersfield and Manchester Victoria via Hebden Bridge westbound. During the evenings the frequency drops to hourly on this route as only the Leeds to Huddersfield service operates.
On Sundays there is a train every two hours to Huddersfield & Leeds.
Service Alterations in December 2008
Northern Rail implemented changes to the Caldervale line services from December 2008. Three trains per hour were introduced between Leeds and Manchester Victoria - one being the previous stopping service via Halifax, one running via Dewsbury and Brighouse (and include stops at Moston, Mills Hill and Castleton) and the third being a limited stop service - between Bradford and Manchester the service calls at Halifax, Hebden Bridge, Todmorden and Rochdale. This gives the town a regular link with Todmorden and Rochdale for the first time and also offers a through service to Manchester Victoria, although it is still quicker for passengers heading there to travel via Huddersfield (and change trains) as the Calder Valley service stops at all local stations en route.
- Awdry, Christopher (1990). Encyclopaedia of British Railway Companies. London: Guild Publishing. p. 87. CN 8983.
- Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 79. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508.
- Dewsbury station facilities National Rail Enquiries; Retrieved 16 January 2017
- GB National Rail Timetable May–December 2014, Table 39
- GB eNRT December 2016 Edition, Table 39 (Network Rail)
- WYPTE Report - Proposed Northern December 2008 Timetable 16 May 2008; Accessed 2008-10-30
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