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Huddersfield Line is the name given to one of the busiest rail services on the West Yorkshire MetroTrain network in Northern England. Local services are operated by Northern Rail with longer distance services operated by TransPennine Express. The line connects Leeds and Huddersfield with Manchester (Victoria & Piccadilly), Manchester Airport and Liverpool.
The route travels SSW from Leeds through
Dewsbury. After a short westward stretch through Mirfield (where it runs on the ex-L&YR section), it continues SW through Huddersfield, using the River Colne valley to its headwaters. The long Standedge Tunnel just after Marsden crosses under the watershed and the majority of the run down to Manchester is in the Tame valley. After Manchester, the line reaches the Liverpool and Manchester Railway line over Chat Moss to Liverpool.
The Government announced in November 2011 that this route would be electrified,
and electrification is currently scheduled to be completed by 2022. [1 ] [2 ]
History [ edit ]
At the time of the
1923 Grouping most of the route followed by the line was over London and North Western Railway (LNWR) metals, the exception being a short stretch around Mirfield which was the property of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway (L&YR). The first section of the line, between Huddersfield and Stalybridge, was opened by the Manchester, Stockport and Leeds Railway on 1 August 1849. The line became part of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway after 1923.
Route details [ edit ]
Metro (West Yorkshire) pre-paid tickets and concessionary fares are available between Leeds and Marsden. Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) fares are available for the Greenfield-Manchester section. Many of the intermediate places no longer have rail facilities. All stations that are still open are in bold:
Leeds-Huddersfield [ edit ]
Huddersfield-Manchester [ edit ]
Westbound coal train between Ravensthorpe and Mirfield in 1953
Manchester to Liverpool [ edit ]
Tourism [ edit ]
Owing to a large number of easily accessed and nationally acclaimed pubs along the route (particularly on the station platforms themselves at Dewsbury, Huddersfield and Stalybridge), the route has also acquired the informal title of
Rail Ale Trail and featured on the BBC's Oz and James Drink to Britain. Of particular interest are:
West Riding Licensed Refreshment Rooms (on the platform at Dewsbury Station, 2006 runner up
CAMRA National Pub of the Year) The Kings Head, formerly known as The Station Tavern, in the east wing of Huddersfield station
The Head of Steam in the west wing of Huddersfield Station
Sair Inn (with its own brewery, in Linthwaite, across the river from Slaithwaite station, 1997 National Pub of the Year)
Riverhead, Marsden (with the Riverhead Brewery in the basement, in the town a little down from the station and tunnels)
Station Buffet at Stalybridge (original Victorian Station Buffet with marble counter, on the platform at Stalybridge station)
Although there are many other worthy candidates close by to these and other stations on the line.
References [ edit ]