Keighley railway station
|Local authority||City of Bradford|
|Number of platforms||2 (National Rail) +
|Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|Passenger Transport Executive|
|PTE||West Yorkshire (Metro)|
|Original company||Leeds and Bradford Extension Railway|
|Post-grouping||London, Midland and Scottish Railway|
|16 Mar 1847||Opened (north of road bridge)|
|6 May 1883||Relocated (south of road bridge)|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Keighley from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
|UK Railways portal|
First opened in March 1847 by the Leeds and Bradford Extension Railway (although rebuilt on the present site in 1883), the station is located on the Airedale Line 17 miles (27 km) north west of Leeds. It is managed by Northern, who operate most of the passenger trains serving it. Electric trains operate frequently from Keighley towards Bradford Forster Square, Leeds and Skipton. Longer distance diesel trains on the Leeds to Morecambe Line and Settle to Carlisle Line also call here.
Keighley is also the northern terminus of the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway. This is a heritage branch-line railway run by volunteers that was originally built by the Midland Railway and opened in 1867. Closed to passenger traffic in 1962, it was reopened by the K&WVR Preservation Society six years later and is now a popular tourist attraction. Trains on the former GNR lines to Bradford and Halifax via Queensbury also served the station from 1882 until closure in May 1955.
The Airedale Line runs from platforms 1 and 2 and Keighley and Worth Valley railway operate from platforms 3 and 4.
The Keighley and Worth Valley service runs daily during the summer and at weekends in other seasons, but has resisted offers to introduce a true commuter service in conjunction with the local authority. It has a connection to the Airedale Line (via sidings) just north of the Bradford Road bridge for rolling stock transfers and occasional visits by charter trains.
The National Rail side of the station is fully staffed, with the ticket office open seven days a week (except evenings). Train running information is provided via a P.A system, posters and digital information screens. A waiting room is available on platform 1 and shelters on platform 2. Step-free access to both platforms from the main entrance is via ramps from the road above, whilst platform 1 also has level access from Dalton Lane.
The K&WVR has its own ticket office and access ramps from the shared main entrance to platforms 3 and 4. They also have a refreshment stand and bookstall on platform 4, which is open when the railway is operating.
During Monday to Saturday daytimes, there is a half-hourly service to both Leeds and Bradford Forster Square in one direction and four trains an hour towards Skipton in the other. In the evenings there is a half-hourly service to Leeds, an hourly service to Bradford Forster Square and three trains per hour to Skipton.
On Sundays there is an hourly service to Leeds and a two-hourly service to Bradford with two or three trains per hour to Skipton. The new Northern franchise agreement (starting in April 2016) includes provision to increase the Bradford service to hourly.
There are also a number of trains each day from Leeds to Carlisle (seven on weekdays and four on Sundays) and Morecambe (four on weekdays and Sundays) - both routes are operated by Northern.
There is also a daily service from Skipton to London King's Cross (via Leeds), which is operated by Virgin Trains East Coast. A return service also operates from King's Cross to Skipton each day.
The Keighley and Worth Valley service runs daily during the summer and at weekends in other seasons.
The station was featured in the Head & Shoulders advert "Don't break up with your hair" in early 2009. The advert uses the platform that serves the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway, notable for the period features that it has retained over the years.
The station was most famously used in the filming of the film Yanks (1979) and in the Pink Floyd film, The Wall (1982). It was most recently used in the filming of Peaky Blinders, a BBC television drama about criminals in Birmingham just after the First World War.
- Butt, R. V. J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations: details every public and private passenger station, halt, platform and stopping place, past and present (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 978-1-85260-508-7. OCLC 60251199. p.128
- Keighley station facilities National Rail Enquiries; Retrieved 1 December 2016
- Newsagents and Refreshment Kiosk at Keighley Station Dixon, David Geograph.org; Retrieved 1 December 2016
- GB National Rail Timetable 2015-16 Edition, Table 36
- GB NRT 2015-16, Table 42
- Rahman, Miran. "Filming starts at Keighley & Worth Valley Railway". Keighley News. Retrieved 13 May 2015.
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