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Train at Platform 1 at Halifax railway station
Place Halifax
Local authority Calderdale
Coordinates 53°43′14″N 1°51′14″W / 53.720650°N 1.853790°W / 53.720650; -1.853790Coordinates: 53°43′14″N 1°51′14″W / 53.720650°N 1.853790°W / 53.720650; -1.853790
Grid reference SE097249
Station code HFX
Managed by Northern Rail
Platforms in use 2
Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail
Annual rail passenger usage
2004/05 * 0.940 million
2005/06 * 0.978 million
2006/07 * 1.049 million
2007/08 * 1.099 million
Passenger Transport Executive
PTE West Yorkshire (Metro)
Zone 4
Opened 1844
moved and rebuilt 1855 (1844
moved and rebuilt 1855
National Rail - UK railway stations
* Annual passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Halifax from Office of Rail Regulation statistics.

Halifax railway station serves the town of Halifax in West Yorkshire, England. It lies on the Caldervale Line. 17 miles (27 km) west from Leeds.

The station at Halifax is an example of a single island platform acting as two platforms - Platform 2 heads eastbound, towards Bradford and Platform 1 heads westbound towards Brighouse and Huddersfield and Sowerby Bridge and Manchester Victoria, the two routes dividing some 200 yards (180 m) south of the station at Dryclough Junction.

To the east the line also divided, with the current line passing into Beacon Hill tunnel and a disused line going via Halifax North Bridge to Ovenden and then both to the Halifax High level line which had stations in Pellon and at St Paul's, Queens Road; and via Queensbury to Bradford and Keighley, for destinations in the North-West.



Leeds Bound Platform

There is no platform café, and only a spartan covered area which includes a kiosk and a ticket booth. There are no toilets, washroom or baby-changing facilities provided.[1]

A campaign, run by the local newspaper the Evening Courier was started to get the dilapidated station updated.[2] Due to the amount of support generated, Network Rail and Northern Rail have agreed to do so. What this work will include has not yet been decided, or a timetable drawn up, though it appears to be a five year project.[3]

Work on a £2.5 million refurbishment scheme that will see the station footbridge and canopies repaired, new glazing and lighting installed and repainting of the structures was due to begin in May 2009.[4] This will see all trains serving the station diverted and replaced by buses at weekends between 16 May and 26 June whilst the work is in progress.

Access and accessibility

Entry to the station is via a cobbled road bridge from opposite the bottom of Horton Street. Passengers arriving by foot who have walked down Winding Road from the bus station are forced to cross over this bridge to access the right hand pavement, which is the only pedestrian access. The decision to allow car parking on the left side some years ago makes for safety issues at peak period times.

Access to the single island platform is by steep stairs. Alternative access for disabled users and cyclists is by lift- only installed in recent times.


The Victorian and adjoining modern stations

The original station was built at Shaw Syke, approximately 220 yards (200 m) west of the current location and opened in 1844 by the Manchester and Leeds Railway as the terminus of a branch off their main line from Manchester to Normanton. This was then extended and used as a goods depot prior to the building of a new railway station building at the current site. This was designed by Thomas Butterworth and opened in 1855, some five years after the completion of the line onwards to Bradford. This Grade II listed building now houses the nursery associated with the Eureka! Children's Museum.

Railway clearing house map showing lines north of Halifax in 1913

A new line was constructed by the Great Northern Railway in the mid 1870s from the main station over a long viaduct to a station at North Bridge, and then across and indeed partly in tunnel beneath the hilly terrain north of the town to an unusual triangular station at Queensbury, where the line divided into track for Keighley (and Skipton, Carlisle and Morecambe) to the north-west, and Bradford in the east.

The Halifax High Level Railway was a related branch line opened in 1890, leading from Holmfield near Ovenden, on the line to Queensbury, through a half-mile tunnel through the ridge and across the Wheatley Valley on a ten arch viaduct past Samuel Webster's brewery, to Pellon, where there were sizeable goods facilities and then to St Paul's railway station in Queens Road. This branch line gradually fell into disuse, losing its regular passenger service as early as 1917. The last goods train ran in 1960 and the line was then dismantled, leaving the viaduct standing as a reminder of the former freight link.

The Queensbury branch as a whole was closed in stages from 1955 onwards although many of its engineering features remain. The route has lately been adopted and to an extent brought back into public use and attention by Sustrans as a walking and cycle route. The principal structure on the line, Queensbury Tunnel, was, at its opening, the longest on the GNR system at 1 mile 751 yards. It is currently derelict, partially flooded and impassible.

To distinguish it from Halifax St. Paul's and Halifax North Bridge stations, the main station was known from 1890 as Halifax Old Station. In 1951 the name was changed again to Halifax Town, and in 1961 it reverted to Halifax.


Eastbound: Monday to Saturdays there is a train every 15 minutes heading to Bradford Interchange and Leeds with two trains per hour going beyond Leeds to York and Selby respectively. During the evenings and on Sundays it is half-hourly to Leeds and hourly to York.

Westbound: Monday to Saturday daytimes there is a half-hourly service to Manchester Victoria (hourly evenings), one train an hour to Blackpool North and one per hour to Wakefield Westgate via Huddersfield and Brighouse. One of the two Manchester trains is semi-fast (calling only at Hebden Bridge, Todmorden and Rochdale), whilst the other calls at all intermediate stations to Rochdale.

On Sundays there is an hourly service to Manchester Victoria and to Blackpool North and one train every two hours to Huddersfield.


London services

Grand Northern now have full approval for their new service to London Kings Cross and Bradford Interchange. Three trains per day will operate in each direction (using Class 180 DMUs) from December 2009 (now put back to May 2010).



External links

Preceding station National Rail Following station
Sowerby Bridge   Northern Rail
Caldervale Line
Brighouse   Northern Rail
Caldervale Line
    From May 2010    
Brighouse   Grand Northern
Disused railways
Copley   L&Y   North Bridge
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