Settle railway station

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For the original Settle station opened in 1849, see Giggleswick railway station.
Settle National Rail
Settle railway station DI1.jpg
The 'Derby Gothic' style station building.
Place Settle
Local authority Craven
Coordinates 54°04′01″N 2°16′51″W / 54.0670°N 2.2808°W / 54.0670; -2.2808Coordinates: 54°04′01″N 2°16′51″W / 54.0670°N 2.2808°W / 54.0670; -2.2808
Grid reference SD817634
Station code SET
Managed by Northern Rail
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05  0.117 million
2005/06 Decrease 0.107 million
2006/07 Decrease 0.106 million
2007/08 Increase 0.115 million
2008/09 Increase 0.118 million
2009/10 Increase 0.122 million
2010/11 Increase 0.144 million
2011/12 Decrease 0.139 million
2012/13 Decrease 0.130 million
2013/14 Increase 0.137 million
Original company Midland Railway
Pre-grouping Midland Railway
Post-grouping London, Midland and Scottish Railway
1 May 1876 Opened as Settle New
1 July 1879 Renamed Settle
National RailUK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Settle from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Settle railway station serves the town of Settle in North Yorkshire, England. It is operated by Northern Rail who provide all passenger train services. It is situated at the southern end of the Settle-Carlisle Line 41 12 miles (67 km) north of Leeds. Settle is also served by Giggleswick railway station under one mile to the west of the town.

History and facilities[edit]

Settle station looking south showing the ex North British Railway footbridge.
Settle Signal Box

The station was opened with the line on 1 May 1876 and was originally named Settle New to distinguish it from the nearby station on a different route, which was renamed Settle Old at the same time. Settle New was renamed Settle on 1 July 1879, by which time Settle Old had become Giggleswick.[1] The railway station is located very close to the town centre and is staffed on a part-time basis. There is a range of facilities available (including waiting room, toilets and a souvenir shop) in the main buildings on the southbound platform.[2] There is a period stone-built waiting room located on the northbound platform.

The platforms are linked by an ex-North British Railway footbridge that was formerly located at Drem station in East Lothian until electrification of the ECML made it redundant. It was then dismantled and re-erected here in 1993 to allow the old foot crossing at the north end of the station to be taken out of regular use.

The old station signal box (abolished in 1984).[3] has been restored as a visitor attraction by the Friends of the Settle - Carlisle Line and is located behind the southbound platform[4] and is open to the public at certain times.[5]

Accidents and incidents[edit]

On 21 January 1960, an express passenger train was derailed due to a defect on the BR Standard Class 7 locomotive hauling it. Five people were killed and nine were injured.[6]


Monday to Saturdays there is generally a two-hourly service southbound to Leeds (eight trains a day in total Mon-Sat[7]) and northbound to Carlisle (seven). The last train of the day from Leeds runs only as far as Ribblehead and the corresponding return to Leeds starts back from there.

On Sundays there are now four trains in each direction throughout the year (including one through train to Nottingham), plus an additional summer service between Preston and Carlisle via Blackburn and Clitheroe (northbound in the morning, returning south in the afternoon) operated by Northern Rail under the Dalesrail brand.


  1. ^ Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 208. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508. 
  2. ^ Settle station Accessed 2008-08-27
  3. ^ Settle - Carlisle timeline Accessed 2008-08-27
  4. ^ Visit Cumbria - Settle Station Visit Cumbria website. Accessed 2008-10-28
  5. ^ Signal Box information Settle - Carlisle Partnership website Accessed 2008-08-27
  6. ^ "Locomotive failure near Winchfield 23 November 2013" (PDF). Rail Accident Investigation Branch. p. 32. Retrieved 17 June 2014. 
  7. ^ GB National Rail Timetable Dec 2013-May 2014; Table 36

External links[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Long Preston   Northern Rail
Settle-Carlisle Line
Historical railways
Settle Junction   Midland Railway
Settle-Carlisle Line