Mytholmroyd railway station

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Mytholmroyd National Rail
Mytholmroyd station 1.jpg
Platform 1 at Mytholmroyd
Location
Place Mytholmroyd
Local authority Calderdale
Coordinates 53°43′45″N 1°58′55″W / 53.729120°N 1.981840°W / 53.729120; -1.981840Coordinates: 53°43′45″N 1°58′55″W / 53.729120°N 1.981840°W / 53.729120; -1.981840
Grid reference SE012258
Operations
Station code MYT
Managed by Northern
Number of platforms 2
DfT category F1
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2011/12 Increase 0.159 million
2012/13 Decrease 0.158 million
2013/14 Decrease 0.157 million
2014/15 Increase 0.172 million
2015/16 Increase 0.165 million
Passenger Transport Executive
PTE West Yorkshire (Metro)
Zone 5
History
Original company Manchester and Leeds Railway
Pre-grouping Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway
Post-grouping London, Midland and Scottish Railway
5 October 1840 Line opened
May 1847 Station opened
National RailUK railway stations
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Mytholmroyd from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Mytholmroyd railway station serves the communities of Mytholmroyd, Luddendenfoot, Midgley, Cragg Vale, and surrounding areas. It has disabled access via ramps instead of steps on both platforms,[1] although the station is the only one to be built on a viaduct. It lies on the Calder Valley Line operated by Northern and is situated 7.5 miles (12 km) west of Halifax and 25 miles (40 km) west of Leeds.

History[edit]

The Manchester and Leeds Railway (M&LR) was opened in stages. The section between Normanton and Hebden Bridge was opened on 5 October 1840 and completed in 1841, without a station between Luddendenfoot and Hebden Bridge.[2]

The old station building
Mytholmroyd station - geograph.org.uk - 660879.jpg

The station was opened by the M&LR in May 1847;[3] within a few weeks of this, the company became the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway.[4]

Facilities[edit]

The entrance to the station is by way of two long step-free paths from each side of the Mytholmroyd Viaduct. The original station building (as seen above) included a ticket office, as the main entrance to both platforms. The station building was later closed and tickets had to be purchased on the train but later sheltered ticket machines were installed on platform 2, payable by card. Northern's online 'click and collect' system Application, allows the user to purchase tickets, which are then collected on Platform 2. In October 2004, the first arch of the viaduct on the access ramp was cleaned, the path was extended and new fencing was installed. Two live information screens have been added showing the trains service, type and stops / calls. In 2013, a bicycle area was added at the top of one of the ramps, covered by CCTV.[1]

In August 2016, planning permission was granted to return the station into commercial use. The planning permission allowed for the floors to be ripped out and reinstated, fireplaces to be refurbished and floors / windows to be installed. The station partnership is currently looking for the community to develop a business plan to use the building for community use. Ideas raised include a 'Ted Hughes' museum, bar and cafe. There is an active station user group - Mytholmroyd Station Partnership, which has enhanced the station area with gardens, flower tubs and school art - including the Northern Mosaic by students from Calder High School.[5] A car park, at the top of platform 2 access road, which engineers use to get machinery onto the tracks in the area, can hold around 20 cars.

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Old station building at Mytholmroyd Station - geograph.org.uk - 1042064.jpg

Services[edit]

Two trains per hour call in each direction, westwards to Manchester Victoria and eastbound to Leeds. Of the former, one serves all intermediate stations whilst the other omits Walsden and stations south of Rochdale. The latter meanwhile run alternately via Bradford Interchange and via Brighouse & Dewsbury. In the evenings & on Sundays there is an hourly service each way, with eastbound trains running via Bradford only.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Mytholmroyd station facilities National Rail Enquiries; Retrieved 30 November 2016
  2. ^ Marshall, John (1969). The Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway, volume 1. Newton Abbot: David & Charles. pp. 48–50. ISBN 0-7153-4352-1. 
  3. ^ Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 166. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508. 
  4. ^ Marshall 1969, p. 65
  5. ^ "Renovated murals back at railway station - Hebden Bridge Today". www.hebdenbridgetimes.co.uk. Retrieved 31 January 2009. 
  6. ^ GB eNRT 2015-16 Edition, Table 41

External links[edit]


Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Hebden Bridge   Northern
Caldervale Line
  Sowerby Bridge
Historical railways
Hebden Bridge   L&YR
Caldervale Line
  Luddendenfoot