Steeton and Silsden railway station
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|Steeton and Silsden|
|Local authority||City of Bradford|
|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)|
|Original company||Leeds and Bradford Railway|
|Post-grouping||London, Midland and Scottish Railway|
|December 1847||First station opened as Steeton|
|1 September 1868||Renamed Steeton and Silsden|
|1 March 1892||Station re-sited|
|22 March 1965||Station closed|
|14 May 1990||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 Steeton and Silsden from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
|UK Railways portal|
Steeton and Silsden railway station serves the village of Steeton and the town of Silsden in West Yorkshire, England. It is situated closer to Steeton than to Silsden, and is on the Airedale Line. The station, and all trains serving it, are operated by Northern. Steeton & Silsden closed on 20 March 1965 (a victim of the Beeching Axe) but reopened in 1990. The current (staggered) station platforms built by British Rail are located on the site of the old A6068 level crossing, which was replaced by the current road bridge in 1988 as part of the Aire Valley Trunk Road project. Until closure both platforms were situated to the north of the former crossing, although the original station building (which survives as a private residence) was located on the Keighley side (south of the current northbound platform).
Because the station is the first station within the West Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive subsidised ticketing region on the line into Leeds and Bradford from Skipton, there are perceived to be problems with car parking at the station. It is hoped that an extension to the Metro area, to include Skipton, will alleviate this; this took effect from 17 May 2009. Until recently, the station lacked full access for disabled users, leading some to catch trains in the opposite direction to change platforms. Access is now possible, albeit via a fairly steep ramp to the Leeds & Bradford-bound platform. Though unstaffed, there are ticket machines available at the station for passengers to use. Train running details are provided by digital information screens and a long-line P.A system.
During Monday to Saturday daytime, there is a half-hourly service to both Leeds and Bradford Forster Square in one direction and four trains an hour towards Skipton. Evenings there is a half-hourly service to Leeds, an hourly service to Bradford Forster Square and three trains per hour to Skipton.
On Sundays there is an hourly service to Leeds and a two-hourly service to Bradford Forster Square, with one or two trains per hour to Skipton.
Most regional services to destinations beyond Skipton (i.e. Morecambe and Carlisle) do not stop here (connections are available at Skipton), but a limited number do so either in a morning or during the p.m peak. Two services to and one service from Carlisle call on weekdays, along with one from Ribblehead in the late evening, whilst there is one call each way on a Saturday (though the southbound train starts at Ribblehead) and one northbound only on Sundays. Services to Lancaster & Morecambe only call at weekends (one on Saturday and one Sunday, both northbound only).
- Bairstow, Martin (2004). Railways Through Airedale & Wharfedale. ISBN 1-871944-28-7.
- Moore, Lindsey (21 May 2015). "Steeton and Silsden Railway Station reopened 25 years ago". Telegraph and Argus. Retrieved 6 March 2016.
- "Cheap rail fare plan for Skipton". Craven Herald & Pioneer. 6 July 2007. Retrieved 4 February 2008.
- "Metrocard extension to Skipton gets a welcome". Craven Herald and Pioneer. 24 April 2009. Retrieved 8 November 2015.
- "Metrocard Zones 6 & 7". WYMetro. WYPTE. Retrieved 8 November 2015.
- "A bridge that's too far for disabled travellers". Keighley News. 24 January 2008. Retrieved 4 February 2008.
- Steeton & Silsden station facilities National Rail Enquiries
- Table 36 National Rail timetable, May 2016
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