Huddersfield railway station
Huddersfield railway station in St Georges Square
|Managed by||TransPennine Express|
|Transit authority||West Yorkshire (Metro)|
|Classification||DfT category B|
|Original company||London and North Western Railway|
|Pre-grouping||London and North Western Railway/Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway joint|
|Post-grouping||London, Midland and Scottish Railway|
|3 August 1847||Station opened|
|Designated||3 March 1952|
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road
The station is managed by TransPennine Express, which provides trains between Manchester and Liverpool in the North West and Newcastle and Middlesbrough in the North East and also to York, Scarborough and Hull via Leeds. It is also served by local Northern trains on the Huddersfield, Penistone and Caldervale lines, which between them provide service to Leeds, Wakefield Westgate, Manchester Victoria, Sheffield, Brighouse, Halifax and Bradford Interchange.
Huddersfield station is the second busiest station in West Yorkshire, with Leeds being the first.
The station building
Designed by the architect James Pigott Pritchett and built by the firm of Joseph Kaye in 1846–50 using the neo-classical style, the station is well known in architectural circles for its classical-style facade, with a portico of the Corinthian order, consisting of six columns in width and two in depth, which dominates St George's Square. It faces out towards Lion Buildings. It is a Grade I listed building. In the 1880s, the station was extended with the installation of an island platform with an overall roof. The roof partially collapsed on 10 August 1885, killing four people.
The station frontage was described by John Betjeman as "the most splendid in England" and by Sir Nikolaus Pevsner as "one of the best early railway stations in England" and "the only important Victorian railway station [in the West Riding]". Similarly, Simon Jenkins reported it to be one of the best 100 stations in Britain.
Two pubs are within the station frontage, to each side of the main entrance: The Head Of Steam and The King's Head (previously known as The Station Tavern). Both facilities are accessible from Platform 1. At the building's entrance, the booking office is to the left and to the right are the train timetables and a newsagent. Platforms 4 to 8 are located via a lift or subway, accessed from Platform 1. The public conveniences are located through this subway at the top of the steps to Platforms 4–8. The platforms are all covered by a large canopy. To the rear of the station are some carriage sidings.
The station is staffed 24 hours a day, with the booking office open from 05:45 to 20:00 Mondays to Saturdays and 07:45 to 20:00 on Sundays. There are also four self-service ticket machines available in the ticket hall for use when the booking office is closed or for collecting pre-paid tickets. Automated train announcements, customer help points and digital display screens provide train running information on all platforms. In addition to the aforementioned pubs, the station has a waiting room and buffet on platform 4 and a coffee kiosk on platform 1.
The station fronts Saint George's Square, which was refurbished in 2009. The square has been made a pedestrian zone. No car parking is available in front of the station entrance, but it is nearby on Brook Street.
The station is situated a short distance from Huddersfield bus station, so interchange facilities are possible but limited. The Huddersfield FreeCityBus connects the railway station with the bus station, as well as the University of Huddersfield and other areas of the town centre.
There are six platforms:
- Platform 1 — Express services to Manchester Piccadilly, Manchester Airport and Liverpool (via Manchester Victoria).
- Platform 2 — Terminus platform for Penistone Line services to/from Sheffield.
- Platform 4 — Stopping services to Leeds (4a) and Manchester Piccadilly (4b). (One evening train from Hull terminates at Platform 4a.)
- Platforms 5 and 6 — Terminus platforms for local services to/from Leeds (via Brighouse, Halifax and Bradford) and Wakefield Kirkgate.
- Platform 8 — Express services to Leeds, Hull, York, Scarborough, Middlesbrough and Newcastle.
In 2010, Network Rail and First TransPennine Express completed a series of improvements to the station in order to provide better access for passengers. This consisted of two new lifts, and a new staircase to the subway on Platform 1. The new staircase replaced the existing staircase inside the booking hall. As well as this each platform received new information screens.
In early 2011, further improvement works were carried out to the concourse and waiting area. This phase of improvements was funded by the Railway Heritage Trust, Metro, Kirklees council and the National Station's Improvement Programme. The main purpose of this was to reduce bottlenecks at peak times as well as general crowding. The redundant stable block on Platform 1 was also turned into a staff training centre and toilets.
Automatic ticket barriers were installed at the station in May 2013.
Work is underway on Network Rail's Transpennine Route Upgrade project which will see electrification of the Huddersfield Line by 2025, allowing many of the services through the station to switch to newer, faster electric rolling stock. As part of this project the signal box on platform 4 which was decommissioned previously will be removed, its control area already passed to the York Rail Operating Centre as a part of the Huddersfield Re-signalling project.
During Monday to Friday daytimes, TransPennine Express operate services to Newcastle, Hull, Scarborough, and Redcar Central, all of which call at Leeds. A sixth service terminates at Leeds. Four of these are expresses (either non-stop or calling at Dewsbury only), one calls at Dewsbury and Batley and the other serves most local stops to Leeds.
Concerns have been raised about regular disruption to services through Huddersfield as a result of police incidents involving football supporters and drinkers taking part in the local Ale Trail pub crawl.
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
Calder Valley line
Huddersfield to Castleford
Kirklees South Lines
In keeping with the on-site Head of Steam railway pub, several steam trains still pass through Huddersfield station, including the Cotton Mill Express and the Scarborough Flyer.
On the disused side of Platform 2, an old carriage is bolted to the ground. Set in its window is a plaque commemorating 100 years of Steamtrain Hoorn Medemblik, a Dutch heritage railway.
The first station cat, Felix, joined the staff as a nine-week-old kitten in 2011. Since then she has patrolled the station to keep it free from rodents, and even has her own cat-flap to bypass the ticket barriers. In 2016, Felix was promoted to Senior Pest Controller. In 2016, local artist Rob Martin painted a portrait of Felix which now hangs in the station.
- Grade I listed buildings in West Yorkshire
- Listed buildings in Huddersfield (Newsome Ward - central area)
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