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Brighouse
Platform 1
Location
Place Brighouse
Local authority Calderdale
Coordinates 53°41′53″N 1°46′44″W / 53.698°N 1.779°W / 53.698; -1.779Coordinates: 53°41′53″N 1°46′44″W / 53.698°N 1.779°W / 53.698; -1.779
Grid reference SE146224
Operations
Station code BGH
Managed by Northern Rail
Platforms in use 2
Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail
Annual rail passenger usage
2004/05 * 64,419
2005/06 * 72,229
2006/07 * 87,073
2007/08 * 89,309
Passenger Transport Executive
PTE West Yorkshire (Metro)
Zone 4
History
Opened 1840
Closed 1970
Re-opened 2000 (1840
Closed 1970
Re-opened 2000
)
National Rail - UK railway stations
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
* Annual passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Brighouse from Office of Rail Regulation statistics.

Brighouse railway station serves the town of Brighouse in West Yorkshire, England. The station lies on the Caldervale Line and the Huddersfield Line running west from Leeds. The station reopened in 2000 and is served by local Northern Rail trains.

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History

Brighouse railway station was first opened in October 1840, as a main line station operated by the Manchester and Leeds Railway. The station was initially known as Brighouse for Bradford, as no stations had yet been built in Bradford itself. Similarly, Elland station served Halifax, and Huddersfield was served by the station at Cooper Bridge.

A lithograph was produced by Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait showing the station in 1845.[1]

In 1847 Brighouse station came under the operation of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway as the M&L was incorporated into this company. The station remained under L&Y operation until it itself was incorporated into the London, Midland and Scottish Railway in 1923, throughout which period the station's importance gradually declined as other lines connecting Manchester and Leeds were built via Halifax and Huddersfield bypassing Brighouse.

Brighouse station passed into British Railways ownership upon nationalisation in 1949, and was operated as part of the North Eastern Region. The decline in passenger numbers continued, and the station was eventually closed by British Rail in January 1970, remaining closed until 2000, although the line remained open throughout this time, being used by freight trains, and as a diversionary route for passenger trains when other lines were closed.

Brighouse's station re-opened on Sunday 28 May 2000. Brighouse also serves the town of Elland some 2 miles (3.2 km) away. Plans for a station in Elland to open at the same time as Brighouse were cancelled due to lack of funds.

Since 27 April 2008 bus service MC4 has provided a connection with most Leeds via Dewsbury trains to/from Elland.

Services

Brighouse is served by Caldervale Line trains, with one train every hour running to Selby via Halifax, Bradford and Leeds and one train every hour in the other direction to Wakefield Westgate via Huddersfield.

Since December 2008, the station is also served by an hourly Leeds - Dewsbury - Hebden Bridge - Manchester Victoria stopping service (Monday - Saturday daytime). This provides a considerable service improvement providing both a twice-hourly frequency for journeys to/from Leeds and a reduction in journey time taking only 35 minutes to travel to Leeds via Dewsbury rather than 50 minutes via Halifax. Even without this important improvement in services, usage of the station has increased year on year since the re-opening.

The station has two platforms.

  • Platform 1: served by services towards Huddersfield, Leeds (via Dewsbury) and Wakefield Westgate.
  • Platform 2: served by services towards Manchester Victoria, and Leeds (via Halifax and Bradford Interchange).
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Other proposed services

In 2005, Grand Central Railway applied to the Office of Rail Regulation to run direct services from Bradford and Brighouse to London. However, the application was rejected.

Grand Central resubmitted its proposals in 2007, and through an associate company Grand Union also developed plans for a Bradford-Brighouse-Doncaster hourly semi fast service and for Huddersfield-London Euston high speed services, some of which would start from Bradford serving Halifax and Brighouse. The WCML proposals were subsequently dropped, but in January 2009 the ORR approved Grand Union's application for paths for a service between Bradford Interchange and Kings Cross.[2] This will serve Halifax, Brighouse, Wakefield Kirkgate and Pontefract en-route to Doncaster and London and initially run three times per day each way.

Full approval for this service (which will be branded as Grand Northern) was granted in February 2009 and the service is due to commence in May 2010 (put back from the planned December 2009 start date due to delays in procuring the rolling stock), using Class 180 Adelante DMUs.

Customer Information System

Northern Rail and Metro have secured joint funding from the Department for Transport's Access for All – Small Schemes initiative to provide a new Customer Information System at the station.[3]

New LCD style customer information screens with real-time information will be installed on both platforms linked into an improved public address system providing accurate, reliable audio/visual train running information to passengers.

In addition; Northern Rail has announced plans to replace the station's HelpPoint intercom system with a more updated reliable model. This will enable passengers to speak to a member of staff in Northern's control centre for information or to summon assistance in emergency situations.[4]

Station panorama

Panorama of Brighouse station in February 2009

References

External links

Preceding station   National Rail   Following station
Northern Rail
Terminus Northern Rail
    From May 2010    
Wakefield Kirkgate   Grand Northern
London-Bradford
  Halifax
Disused Railways
L&YR

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