Gargrave railway station

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Gargrave National Rail
Gargrave station, 2009 - geograph.org.uk - 1397409.jpg
Location
PlaceGargrave
Local authorityCraven
Coordinates53°58′42″N 2°06′18″W / 53.9783°N 2.1050°W / 53.9783; -2.1050Coordinates: 53°58′42″N 2°06′18″W / 53.9783°N 2.1050°W / 53.9783; -2.1050
Grid referenceSD932535
Operations
Station codeGGV
Managed byNorthern
Number of platforms2
DfT categoryF2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2013/14Increase 23,738
2014/15Increase 29,176
2015/16Decrease 26,570
2016/17Increase 27,856
2017/18Increase 29,902
History
Key datesOpened 30 July 1849 (30 July 1849)
1849Opened
National RailUK railway stations
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
* 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.

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.[1] The original stone shelters survive on each platform, but the main wooden station building is now in private use.[2]

Midland Railway wagon card for a consignment from Gargrave to Skipton (issued 24 March 1900)

Facilities[edit]

It is unstaffed and until 2019 had no ticket machine (so travellers had to buy tickets in advance or on the train). A new ticket machine has now been installed, along with digital information screens as part of an ongoing station upgrade process by train operator first announced back in 2016.[3] Train running information is also provided by timetable posters and telephone.

Step-free access is only possible for southbound travellers, as the northbound platform can only be reached via steps from the road bridge.[4]

Pennine Way[edit]

The Pennine Way, a long distance path, crosses the railway a few hundred yards to the west of the station.

Services[edit]

The service level from here in both directions was increased at the May 2018 timetable change, as a consequence of the 2015 Northern franchise award to Arriva Rail North.[5]. The improvements included two additional trains each way on the Leeds - Lancaster route on weekdays and an extra train on Sundays - these began operating on 20 May 2018 with the start of the summer timetable. In total there are now fourteen departures northbound (up from ten prior to May 2018) - eight to Lancaster and five to Carlisle, plus one evening train to Ribblehead. Five of the Lancaster trains continue to Morecambe, but the daily direct Heysham train has now ceased. Southbound there are thirteen departures to Leeds, plus a single late evening departure to Skipton only (though this has a connection to Leeds from there).

Eight trains each way call on Sundays (five to Lancaster, three to Carlisle northbound).[6]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Skipton   Northern
Leeds to Morecambe Line
  Hellifield
Skipton   Northern
Settle-Carlisle Line
  Hellifield
  Historical railways  
Skipton   Midland Railway
"Little" North Western Railway
  Bell Busk

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Bairstow, p. 96
  2. ^ Bairstow, p. 4
  3. ^ "Official Opening For New Giggleswick Shelter Community Rail Lancashire news article; Retrieved 15 December 2016
  4. ^ Gargrave Station Details National Rail Enquiries; Retrieved 25 November 2016
  5. ^ Northern Franchise Improvements - DfT
  6. ^ Table 42 National Rail timetable, May 2019

References[edit]

  • Bairstow, M. (2000), The 'Little' North Western Railway, Martin Bairstow, Leeds, ISBN 1-871944-21-X

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