Glasshoughton railway station

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Glasshoughon Station 15 August 2017.jpg
Glasshoughton Station with Xscape behind
LocationGlasshoughton, City 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
Managed byNorthern
Transit authorityWest Yorkshire Metro
Other information
Station codeGLH
Fare zone3
ClassificationDfT category F1
Opened21 February 2005
2015/16Increase 0.186 million
2016/17Steady 0.186 million
2017/18Decrease 0.170 million
2018/19Decrease 0.160 million
2019/20Steady 0.160 million
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road

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]


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]


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]


  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. ^ Table 32 National Rail timetable, May 2019

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