Hebden Bridge railway station

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Hebden Bridge National Rail
Platform 2, Hebden Bridge railway station (geograph 4500324).jpg
A view of platform 2 in 2015
Place Hebden Bridge
Local authority Calderdale
Coordinates 53°44′16″N 2°00′32″W / 53.7377°N 2.0088°W / 53.7377; -2.0088Coordinates: 53°44′16″N 2°00′32″W / 53.7377°N 2.0088°W / 53.7377; -2.0088
Grid reference SD994268
Station code HBD
Managed by Northern
Number of platforms 2
DfT category E
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2011/12 Increase 0.762 million
2012/13 Decrease 0.736 million
2013/14 Increase 0.739 million
2014/15 Increase 0.764 million
2015/16 Decrease 0.757 million
Passenger Transport Executive
PTE West Yorkshire (Metro)
Zone 5
Original company Manchester and Leeds Railway
Pre-grouping Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway
Post-grouping London, Midland and Scottish Railway
5 October 1840 Opened
1893 Current station buildings opened
1997 Refurbished
National RailUK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Hebden Bridge from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Hebden Bridge railway station serves the town of Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire, England. The station is on the Calder Valley Line, currently operated by Northern from York and Leeds towards Manchester Victoria and Blackpool North. The station is 8.5 miles (14 km) west of Halifax and 26 miles (42 km) west of Leeds.


British Rail Class 110 at the station in 1983.

The Manchester and Leeds Railway, authorised in 1836 for a line from Manchester to Normanton,[1] was opened in stages; the second section, between Normanton and Hebden Bridge, opened on 5 October 1840.[2] Trains arrived at Hebden Bridge from Normanton and passengers would then continue to Littleborough by road.[3] The section between Hebden Bridge and Summit Tunnel opened on 31 December 1840, allowing trains to reach Todmorden; after Summit Tunnel opened on 1 March 1841, trains continued to Littleborough and Manchester.[3][4] An 1841 timetable shows five Manchester to Leeds trains per day calling at Hebden Bridge (two on Sundays), all but one of which called at all stations; a similar service ran in the opposite direction.[5] Trains began operating to Halifax and Bradford in 1852, and could run through to Leeds via this route from 1854.[3]

The current buildings date from 1893, construction having started in 1891.[3] By this point there was a goods yard alongside the station. This closed in 1966 and the site is now the station car park.[3] In 1997 the station was renovated, and signage in the original Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway style was installed.[3]


The station has a staffed ticket office, waiting rooms, toilets and a cafe.[6][7] Platform 2, towards Leeds, is accessible to those with disabilities but platform 1 is not; the lifts serving the subway were closed in the 1980s and funding for their re-instatement has not been made available via the Department for Transport's Access for All scheme.[8] Information screens were installed in 2012 as part of a programme to provide screens at 18 stations on the Calder Valley Lline and elsewhere in West Yorkshire.[9] Previously, passengers had to rely on automated public-address system announcements.


The station is the only station on the Calder Valley Line where every service calls. On Monday to Saturday during daytime there are four trains per hour to Leeds - one via Brighouse and Dewsbury (calling at all stations except Ravensthorpe), the other three via Bradford Interchange (one serving all stations to Bradford and two calling at Halifax only). Of the latter, one continues to York (this is the service from Blackpool North via Preston). In the late evening, the service drops to hourly, with one or two extras, all via Bradford.

Westbound there are three trains per hour to Manchester Victoria (hourly evenings and Sundays), and an hourly service to Blackpool North via Burnley, Blackburn and Preston (two-hourly evenings, hourly on Sundays). One of the Manchester trains is a limited-stop service, calling at Todmorden and Rochdale only.[10]

From November 2013 to late March 2014 the line to Burnley was closed for major repair work on Holme Tunnel. A replacement bus service ran, and trains from York terminated/started at Hebden Bridge.


Preceding station National Rail Following station
Todmorden   Northern
Caldervale Line
Burnley Manchester Road     Halifax
Disused railways
Eastwood   L&YR
Caldervale Line


  1. ^ Marshall, John (1969). The Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway, volume 1. Newton Abbot: David & Charles. p. 39. ISBN 0-7153-4352-1. 
  2. ^ Marshall 1969, p. 48
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Station History". Friends of Hebden Bridge Station. Retrieved 30 September 2010. 
  4. ^ Marshall 1969, p. 49
  5. ^ Marshall 1969, pp. 50–51
  6. ^ "Station details: Hebden Bridge". National Rail Enquiries. Retrieved 30 September 2010. 
  7. ^ "Facilities". Friends of Hebden Bridge Station. Retrieved 30 September 2010. 
  8. ^ "Access for All Working Group". Friends of Hebden Bridge Station. Retrieved 30 September 2010. 
  9. ^ Customer Information Enhancements at Rail Stations
  10. ^ Table 41 National Rail timetable, May 2016

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