Glasshoughton railway station
Glasshoughton Station with Xscape behind
|Local authority||City of Wakefield|
|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|
|Key dates||Opened 21 February 2005|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|* 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.|
It was opened by West Yorkshire Metro on 21 February 2005. 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 which ceased winding coal in 1986.
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.
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.
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- "More than 900 homes at former pit". Pontefract and Castleford Express. 18 July 2015. Retrieved 17 March 2016.
- Shannon, Paul (June 2009). "How King Coal lost his Throne". Railways Illustrated. Vol. 7 no. 6. p. 12. ISSN 1479-2230.
- 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.
- Glasshoughton station facilities National Rail Enquiries; Retrieved 19 January 2017
- GB eNRT, December 2016 Edition, Table 32
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
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