Leeds-Northallerton Railway

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Leeds-Northallerton Railway
Bramhope Tunnel north portal with train.jpg
Bramhope Tunnel
Overview
Locale West Yorkshire
North Yorkshire
Yorkshire and the Humber
Operation
Opening 1852
Owner Network Rail
Technical
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Leeds-Northallerton Railway
East Coast Main Line
Northallerton to
Eaglescliffe Line
Freight line
Northallerton
Freight line
East Coast Main Line
Newby Wiske
Pickhill
Sinderby
Masham branch
Leeds & Thirsk Railway
Melmerby
Ripon
Wormald Green
Nidd Bridge
Nidd Valley Railway
Harrogate
Starbeck
Hornbeam Park (later)
Harrogate Line
Crimple Valley Viaduct
Harrogate to
Church Fenton Line
Pannal
Weeton
Otley and Ilkley
Joint Railway
Arthington
Bramhope Tunnel
Horsforth
Horsforth Woodside
(closed 1864)
Headingley
Burley Park(later)
Royal Gardens
(closed 1858)
Holbeck
Low Level
High Level
Leeds Central
Various lines
Leeds(New)

The Leeds-Northallerton railway is a partly disused railway line between West and North Yorkshire, in northern England.

History[edit]

The line was opened by the Leeds Northern Railway, in the 1850s.

The Leeds and Thirsk Railway via Starbeck opened on 9 July 1848. In 1852 as the Leeds Northern Railway the extension to Northallerton and Stockton opened. The line then became part of the North Eastern Railway in the 1854 amalgamation. All three stations at Leeds (Central, Wellington and New) were used at various times.

The section between Leeds and Harrogate is still extant, but its trains now serve a former branch line to York instead of continuing through Ripon to Northallerton.

The line north of Harrogate was closed a few years after the publication of Richard Beeching's The Reshaping of British Railways report. The route was closed to passenger traffic on 6 March 1967, but a limited number of freight trains used the line to Ripon until 1969. It was supposed that closing this stretch of line would have little impact, since passengers travelling north could join the East Coast Main Line at York. The stretch was temporarily re-opened as an emergency diversionary route during the Thirsk rail crash.

The closure of the northern section of the line meant an end to over 100 years of railway service to the city of Ripon.

Present[edit]

In 2005, North Yorkshire County Council commissioned Ove Arup to undertake a feasibility study into the possibility of reopening the closed stretch of line between Harrogate and Ripon.[1]

The city was previously served by Ripon railway station on the Leeds-Northallerton line that ran between Leeds and Northallerton.[2] It was once part of the North Eastern Railway and then LNER.

The Ripon line was closed to passengers on 6 March 1967 and to freight on 5 September 1969 as part of the wider Beeching Axe, despite a vigorous campaign by local campaigners, including the city's MP.[2] Today much of the route of the line through the city is now a relief road and although the former station still stands, it is now surrounded by a new housing development. The Today much of the route of the line through the city is now a relief road and although the former station still stands, it is now surrounded by a new housing development. The issue remains a significant one in local politics and there are movements wanting to restore the line.[2] Reports suggest the reopening of a line between Ripon and Harrogate railway station would be economically viable, costing £40 million and could initially attract 1,200 passengers a day, rising to 2,700.[2][3][4] Campaigners call on MPs to restore Ripon railway link.[5]

List of stations[edit]

from Leeds

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Reopening of Harrogate to Ripon line feasibility study" (PDF). 
  2. ^ a b c d "Reopening line makes economic sense, says study". NorthernEcho.co.uk. Retrieved 1 February 2009. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Backing for restoring rail link". BBC News Online (BBC). 11 May 2004. Retrieved 4 January 2010. 
  4. ^ "Railway plan may be back on track". ThisIsTheNorthEast.co.uk. Retrieved 1 February 2009. 
  5. ^ "Campainers call on MPs to restore Ripon railway link". Yorkshire Post. Retrieved 2 March 2015. 

Bairstow, Martin, Railways Around Harrogate, ISBN 1-871944-18-X

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