Gargrave railway station
|Number of platforms||2|
|Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
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|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|Key dates||Opened 30 July 1849|
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|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Gargrave from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
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Gargrave railway station serves the village of Gargrave in North Yorkshire, England. It is 30 miles (48 km) north-west of Leeds on the Leeds to Morecambe Line operated by Northern who also manage the station.
The station was opened on 30 July 1849 by the "little" North Western Railway, later taken over by the Midland Railway. The original stone shelters survive on each platform, but the main wooden station building is now in private use.
It is unstaffed and has no ticket machine, so passengers must buy tickets in advance or on the train. Train running information is provided by timetable posters and telephone, though Northern have plans to install digital information screens here as part of an improvement package for various rural stations on this route in the coming years. Step-free access is only possible for southbound travellers, as the northbound platform can only be reached via steps from the road bridge.
The Pennine Way, a long distance path, crosses the railway a few hundred yards to the west of the station.
Monday to Saturdays there are ten services per day from Gargrave southbound to Leeds whilst northbound there are services to Carlisle (three trains per day plus an evening train to Ribblehead only) and Morecambe (five per day, including one through train to Heysham Port).
On Sundays there are six trains to Leeds, four trains to Morecambe and two to Carlisle (the latter being introduced in May 2009). The Morecambe line has also had its service improved at the May 2011 timetable change, with the two trains that formerly ran only from May to September up until 2010 now extended to run throughout the year.
Further enhancements will be brought in after the new Northern franchise agreement comes into effect in April 2016 - rolling stock will be improved, there will be additional services introduced (two extra on weekdays and one on Sundays) and the timetable altered to give arrivals in both Leeds and Lancaster before 09:00 and a later last train from Leeds than at present.
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
Leeds to Morecambe Line
"Little" North Western Railway
- Bairstow, p. 96
- Bairstow, p. 4
- "Official Opening For New Giggleswick Shelter Community Rail Lancashire news article; Retrieved 15 December 2016
- Gargrave Station Details National Rail Enquiries; Retrieved 25 November 2016
- GB National Rail Timetable 2016-17 Edition, Table 42
- Northern Franchise Improvements - DfT
- Bairstow, M. (2000), The 'Little' North Western Railway, Martin Bairstow, Leeds, ISBN 1-871944-21-X
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