Dewsbury railway station

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Dewsbury National Rail
Dewsbury Station.jpg
Dewsbury railway station, in June 2006
Place Dewsbury
Local authority Kirklees
Coordinates 53°41′31″N 1°37′59″W / 53.692°N 1.633°W / 53.692; -1.633Coordinates: 53°41′31″N 1°37′59″W / 53.692°N 1.633°W / 53.692; -1.633
Grid reference SE243217
Station code DEW
Managed by TransPennine Express
Number of platforms 2
DfT category D
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2012/13 Increase 1.604 million
2013/14 Increase 1.670 million
2014/15 Increase 1.691 million
2015/16 Increase 1.697 million
2016/17 Increase 1.737 million
Passenger Transport Executive
PTE West Yorkshire Metro
Zone 3
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 RailUK 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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Dewsbury railway station serves the town of Dewsbury in West Yorkshire, England. The station is 9.25 miles (15 km) south west of Leeds on the Huddersfield Line.

The station is managed by TransPennine Express trains and it is the stop between Leeds and Huddersfield.


The station is on the Huddersfield Line operated by Transpennine Expresss]. 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.[1] 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.[2]

A 1911 Railway Clearing House Junction Diagram showing railways in the vicinity of Dewsbury (upper right)

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. As of Early 2018, ticket barriers are being installed.[3]


From Dewsbury there is a half-hourly TransPennine Express service to Leeds and beyond, and to Huddersfield and 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.[4]

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.[5]

On Sundays there is a train every two hours to Huddersfield & Leeds.

Service Alterations in December 2008[edit]

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.[6] 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.


  1. ^ Awdry, Christopher (1990). Encyclopaedia of British Railway Companies. London: Guild Publishing. p. 87. CN 8983. 
  2. ^ Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 79. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508. 
  3. ^ Dewsbury station facilities National Rail Enquiries; Retrieved 16 January 2017
  4. ^ GB National Rail Timetable May–December 2014, Table 39
  5. ^ GB eNRT December 2016 Edition, Table 39 (Network Rail)
  6. ^ WYPTE Report - Proposed Northern December 2008 Timetable[permanent dead link] 16 May 2008; Accessed 2008-10-30

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