Glasshoughton railway station

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Glasshoughton National Rail
Glasshoughon Station 15 August 2017.jpg
Glasshoughton Station with Xscape behind
Location
PlaceGlasshoughton
Local authorityCity of Wakefield
Coordinates53°42′31″N 1°20′26″W / 53.70861°N 1.34056°W / 53.70861; -1.34056Coordinates: 53°42′31″N 1°20′26″W / 53.70861°N 1.34056°W / 53.70861; -1.34056
Grid referenceSE436237
Operations
Station codeGLH
Managed byNorthern
Number of platforms2
DfT categoryF1
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2013/14Decrease 0.178 million
2014/15Increase 0.181 million
2015/16Increase 0.186 million
2016/17Steady 0.186 million
2017/18Decrease 0.170 million
Passenger Transport Executive
PTEWest Yorkshire Metro
Zone3
History
Key datesOpened 21 February 2005 (21 February 2005)
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 Glasshoughton from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.

Glasshoughton railway station serves Glasshoughton, Castleford in West Yorkshire, England. It lies on the Pontefract Line, operated by Northern, 12 miles (19 km) south-east of Leeds.

It was opened by West Yorkshire Metro on 21 February 2005.[1] It is located near to the Xscape indoor ski slope and leisure complex near Castleford, all of which occupy the former site of Glasshoughton Colliery[2] which ceased winding coal in 1986.[3]

Demand for the new station was seriously under-estimated by Metro. For example, passenger journeys in 2008/09 were forecast to be 50,989 but were actually 135,279. This was chiefly because usage was modelled on the basis of demand for travel by current local residents and businesses only. No attempt was made to estimate possible travel to the station for local retail and leisure attractions, nor possible travel by people driving to the 100-space car park on a park and ride basis, e.g. from the nearby M62. Demand from future residential developments at Glasshoughton was also ignored.[4]

Facilities[edit]

The station is unmanned and has no ticketing facilities – passengers must buy their tickets in advance, on the train or at their destination (if available). It has waiting shelters, customer help points, timetable poster boards and digital CIS displays on each platform and an automatic announcement system to offer train running information. Step-free access is available to both platforms via ramps from the footbridge, which connects to the car park and station entrance.[5]

Services[edit]

There is an hourly service to Leeds and Knottingley Monday through Saturday (plus one single afternoon service through to Goole), and a service every two hours in each direction on Sunday.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lowson, Rob (11 December 2015). "Transport chiefs optimistic Apperley Bridge station will open on Sunday – despite safety certificate delay". Telegraph and Argus. Retrieved 17 March 2016.
  2. ^ "More than 900 homes at former pit". Pontefract and Castleford Express. 18 July 2015. Retrieved 17 March 2016.
  3. ^ Shannon, Paul (June 2009). "How King Coal lost his Throne". Railways Illustrated. Vol. 7 no. 6. p. 12. ISSN 1479-2230.
  4. ^ Steer Davies Gleave (August 2010). "Station Usage and Demand Forecasts for Newly Opened Railway Lines and Stations" (PDF). Department for Transport. pp. 139–140. Retrieved 30 August 2013.
  5. ^ Glasshoughton station facilities National Rail Enquiries; Retrieved 19 January 2017
  6. ^ GB eNRT, December 2016 Edition, Table 32

External links[edit]

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