Pontefract Tanshelf railway station
The view from platform 1
|Local authority||City of Wakefield|
|Number of platforms||2|
|Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|Passenger Transport Executive|
|PTE||West Yorkshire (Metro)|
|2 January 1967||closed|
|12 May 1992||reopened|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Pontefract Tanshelf from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
Pontefract Tanshelf railway station is the most central station in the town of Pontefract, West Yorkshire, England, and serves Pontefract Races, the racecourse located just down the street from the station. It lies on the Pontefract Line operated by Northern and is 8 miles (13 km) east of Wakefield Kirkgate. In the days of coal mining in the Pontefract area, the station served the needs of the local workforce with regular and frequent services timed for the beginning and the end of mining shifts.
On Monday to Saturday, there is an hourly service to Wakefield Kirkgate and to Knottingley, but there are no trains to Tanshelf station on Sunday, despite the fact Pontefract Races have regular Sunday meetings throughout the spring and summer.
The original service used to run from Wakefield Westgate, but instead now starts from and terminates at Wakefield Kirkgate Station. Train services to Knottingley via Pontefract are timed to arrive and leave Kirkgate Station for connecting trains to Huddersfield, Halifax, Bradford, and Leeds, for the benefit of shoppers, tourists, and racegoers. New Northern franchise operator Arriva Rail North plans to extend the service through to Westgate and on to Leeds once the new franchise agreement comes into effect in April 2016. A new two-hourly Sunday service will also be introduced.
- GB eNRT December 2015 Edition, Table 32
- Northern Franchise Improvements - DfT
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