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Place  Batley
Station code  BTL
DfT category  F1
Number of platforms  2
Pte  West Yorkshire
Grid reference  SE249237
Managed by  Northern
2011/12  0.278 million
Local authority  Kirklees
Batley railway station
Address  Batley WF17 5SZ, United Kingdom
Similar  Dewsbury railway station, Ravensthorpe railway station, Cottingley railway station, Slaithwaite railway station, Deighton railway station

Batley railway station northern rail class 155


Batley railway station serves the town of Batley in West Yorkshire, England. Situated on the London and North Western Railway's main line from Leeds to Huddersfield and Manchester, the station opened in 1848.

Contents

The station is 8 miles (13 km) to the south west of Leeds. Trains from Batley go towards either Leeds northbound or Huddersfield/Hebden Bridge southbound on the Huddersfield Line operated by Northern.

Facilities

The station is unstaffed, though the main buildings on the eastbound platform (1) still stand and are used as a waiting area and entrance; a self-service ticket machine is also located there. There is a shelter on platform 2 and both have digital display screens and timetable posters for train running information provision. Only platform 1 has step-free access, as the subway to platform 2 has stairs.

Services

Mondays to Saturdays in the daytime, there is typically a half-hourly service from Batley to Leeds and to Dewsbury & Mirfield. The latter continues to either Huddersfield or Manchester Victoria via Brighouse and Todmorden. Additional services run during peak times.

Evenings, there is an hourly service northbound to Leeds and southbound to Huddersfield (no service to Manchester). On Sundays, there is a two-hourly service in each direction to the same stations.

History

The station was at one time rather larger than it is today, as it was also served by the Great Northern Railway branch line from Bradford to Wakefield via Dewsbury Central from December 1864 to 7 September 1964, when it fell victim to the Beeching Axe. It was also the junction for branch lines to Birstall (opened in 1852, closed to passengers as a wartime economy measure in 1917 and to all traffic in 1963) and to Tingley and Beeston (opened in 1890, closed in 1951). The station was significantly enlarged (with the addition of three extra platforms) on the opening of the latter route in August 1890, but reverted to the present twin-platform configuration after the closure & abandonment of the Bradford - Wakefield line in 1964/5.

Few traces of any of these routes remain today, but the abutments of the former bridge that took the Bradford line across the line from Leeds near Batley signal box (east of the station) can still be seen.

References

Batley railway station Wikipedia


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