Sowerby Bridge railway station
|Platform 2 at Sowerby Bridge railway station|
|Managed by||Northern Rail|
|Number of platforms||2|
|Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|Passenger Transport Executive|
|PTE||West Yorkshire (Metro)|
|Original company||Manchester and Leeds Railway|
|Pre-grouping||Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway|
|Post-grouping||London, Midland and Scottish Railway|
|5 October 1840||First station opened|
|1 September 1876||Station re-sited|
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|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Sowerby Bridge from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
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The original station was opened on 5 October 1840 by the Manchester and Leeds Railway, on a site 662 yards (605 m) further west (on the other side of the River Ryburn) of the current site. Prior to opening, in August 1840, Branwell Brontë was engaged as 'assistant clerk in charge' at Sowerby Bridge, for which his salary was £75 per annum; he transferred to Luddendenfoot on 1 April 1841. The station became a junction from 1 January 1852, when a branch line from nearby Milner Royd Junction to Halifax was opened by the M&L's successor company the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway; this allowed through trains to operate to Bradford Exchange and eventually Leeds via Stanningley from 1854. Ahead of the opening of the Rishworth Branch in the 1880s, a new station was built on the current site - this opened on 1 September 1876.
Regular passenger services along the original M&L main line via Brighouse (to Wakefield Kirkgate and York) were withdrawn by British Rail on 5 January 1970. Through trains between Manchester & York over the route had ended in the mid-1960s (due to the Beeching Axe), leaving a much-reduced DMU service in later years that started/terminated here and connected with the Calder Valley trains via Bradford. The route remained in use for freight and was subsequently re-opened to passengers on a limited basis in 2000, with an all day service restored in 2007.
A major fire in 1978 resulted in the demolition of most of the buildings by British Rail in 1980. New canopies were erected in 1981 on the remaining platforms, with a ticket office housed in the surviving wing of the 1870s station, however this closed in 1983 and the station is now unstaffed. In 2008, the former ticket office building was re-opened as a bar called the Jubilee Refreshment Rooms. A ticket machine was installed in 2011, allowing passengers to buy tickets before boarding for the first time in almost 30 years.
There are two trains per hour in each direction from the station during the day, westbound to Todmorden and Manchester Victoria and eastbound to Leeds. Since the 2008 timetable change, eastbound trains run alternately via Bradford Interchange and via Brighouse and Dewsbury. Some peak hour services between York and Blackpool North also call here.
During the evenings and on Sundays, there is an hourly service each way to Manchester and to Leeds via Bradford.
At Milner Royd Junction, approximately a quarter of a mile to the east the lines to Halifax and Brighouse diverge. Immedaitely east of the station, the dismantled branch line to Ripponden and Rishworth diverged to the southwest, until its closure in 1958. This had at one time its own separate wooden platform south of the main station and linked to it by a short footpath.
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
Manchester - Halifax
Manchester - Normanton
|Watson's Crossing Halt||L&YR
- Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 217. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508.
- Marshall, John (1969). The Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway, volume 1. Newton Abbot: David & Charles. p. 52. ISBN 0-7153-4352-1.
- "History". Jubilee Refreshment Rooms. Retrieved 2011-07-05.
- "Station facilities for Sowerby Bridge". National Rail Enquiries. Retrieved 2010-01-04.
- "Refreshing change at Pennine station". Yorkshire Post. 2008-02-02. Retrieved 2011-07-05.
- "Caldervale Line Timetable 2008-09 Northern Rail website". Retrieved 20 December 2008.
- "L&YR Sowerby Bridge - Rishworth". Railway Ramblers. Retrieved 2008-01-28.
- Train times and station information for Sowerby Bridge railway station from National Rail
- Milner Royd Junction
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