Bradford Forster Square railway station

Last updated

Station name

The sign outside Bradford Forster Square station in August 2007 Bradford Forster Square station sign.jpg
The sign outside Bradford Forster Square station in August 2007
A Class 333 unit on platform 1 333002 at Bradford Forster Square.jpg
A Class 333 unit on platform 1
A Class 144 in the old station platforms, now demolished DMU arriving at Bradford Forster Square from Skipton.jpg
A Class 144 in the old station platforms, now demolished

There is some disagreement about what names were used and when. Most modern references state that at least one of them was called 'Market Street', but there is disagreement as to exactly when this name was in use:

However, contemporary sources do not seem to use the name. The Bradford Post Office Directory says that the Midland terminal is at "Station, bottom of Kirkgate" (1856, 1863, 1898) or "Station, Forster Square" (1916, 1927); only in 1928 did a directory use the name "Forster Square Station". (In contrast, from 1879/80 onward the directories show the other terminal as "Exchange Station, Drake St"). Neither the map by Dixon & Hindle [3] nor the 1906 OS map [4] gives a name for the station other than 'Midland Station', but the latter names 'Exchange Station'.

It seems likely that the original station was called simply 'Bradford', at least until the Lancashire & Yorkshire station opened, at Drake Street in 1850. After then, it would have been the Midland Station. Later, it apparently came to be called 'Bradford Market Street', but that does not appear to have been official. Bradshaw's July 1922 Railway Guide, in a timetable footnote, refers to Market Street and gives the distance to Exchange Station.

Services

Trains from Bradford Forster Square are operated by Northern Trains and London North Eastern Railway. Most trains are run by Northern; these are towards Leeds (on the Leeds-Bradford Line), Skipton (on the Airedale Line) and Ilkley (on the Wharfedale Line). During Monday to Saturday daytimes, trains operate every 30 minutes on each route. On weekday and Saturday evenings there are trains every hour to each of Skipton and Ilkley, but no trains run through to Leeds; instead a shuttle service runs between Bradford and Shipley, connecting there with Skipton – Leeds trains. Connections are also available at Shipley for longer distance trains to Morecambe and Carlisle, although direct services to both destinations sometimes operate if the Leeds route is closed for engineering work.

On Sundays, trains run hourly between Bradford and Leeds all day (until the end of service) and to both Skipton and Ilkley. [15] The latter two routes were upgraded from two-hourly frequencies at the December 2017 timetable change.

During off-peak hours most trains use platforms 1 (for Skipton) and 2 (Leeds and Ilkley) – platform 3 is mainly used during weekday peak periods and in the evening, though a spare set is usually stabled here between 09.00 and 16.00 each weekday.

London North Eastern Railway operate two services each way (only one on Saturdays and Sundays) per day via Leeds and the East Coast Main Line to London King's Cross. [16]

Related Research Articles

Wharfedale line

The Wharfedale line is one of the rail services in the West Yorkshire Metro area of northern England. The service connects Ilkley with Leeds and Bradford, and is operated by Northern Trains. West Yorkshire Metrocards are available for use on the line, covering Zones 3–5. The line is served predominantly by four-coach Class 333 electric multiple units.

Airedale line

The Airedale line is one of the rail services in the West Yorkshire Metro area centred on West Yorkshire in northern England. The service is operated by Northern, on the route connecting Leeds and Bradford with Skipton. Some services along the line continue to Morecambe or Carlisle. The route covered by the service was historically part of the Midland Railway.

Guiseley railway station Railway station in West Yorkshire, England

Guiseley railway station is a railway station in Guiseley, in the City of Leeds metropolitan borough, West Yorkshire, England. On the Wharfedale Line between Ilkley and Leeds/Bradford Forster Square, it is served mostly by Class 333 electric trains run by Northern Trains, which also manages the station.

Menston railway station Railway station in West Yorkshire, England

Menston railway station is a railway station in Menston, in the City of Bradford, West Yorkshire, England. On the Wharfedale Line between Ilkley and Leeds/Bradford Forster Square, it is served by Class 331 and 333 electric trains run by Northern Trains, who also manage the station.

Burley-in-Wharfedale railway station Railway station in West Yorkshire, England

Burley-in-Wharfedale railway station serves the village of Burley in Wharfedale in West Yorkshire, England, in the City of Bradford. The station lies on the Wharfedale Line between Ilkley and Leeds/Bradford Forster Square. It is served by Class 333 units run by Northern Trains, who also manage the station.

Ben Rhydding railway station Railway station in West Yorkshire, England

Ben Rhydding railway station is a railway station in the Ben Rhydding area of Ilkley, West Yorkshire, situated about a mile East of the town centre. On the Wharfedale Line between Ilkley and Leeds/Bradford Forster Square, it is served by Class 331 Electric multiple unit (EMUs) and Class 333 Electric multiple units run by Northern Trains, who also manage the station.

Ilkley railway station Railway station in West Yorkshire, England

Ilkley railway station is a railway station in Ilkley, in the City of Bradford, West Yorkshire, England. On the Wharfedale Line, it is served by Class 333 electric trains run by Northern Trains, which also manages the station.

Shipley railway station Railway station in West Yorkshire, England

Shipley railway station serves the market town of Shipley in West Yorkshire, England. It is 2+34 miles (4.4 km) north of Bradford Forster Square and 10+34 miles (17.3 km) northwest of Leeds.

Baildon railway station Railway station in West Yorkshire, England

Baildon railway station serves the town of Baildon near Shipley in West Yorkshire, England. The station reopened under British Rail on 5 January 1973, by the Chairman of Baildon Council - Arnold Lightowler, having been closed for exactly 20 years, and is 4 miles (6 km) north of Bradford Forster Square on the Wharfedale Line. The station, and all trains serving it, are operated by Northern Trains.

Frizinghall railway station Railway station in West Yorkshire, England

Frizinghall railway station is situated in the Frizinghall district of Bradford, West Yorkshire, England. The station, an unstaffed halt 2 miles (3 km) north of Bradford Forster Square is on the Airedale Line, and all trains serving it are operated by Northern Trains.

Saltaire railway station Railway station in West Yorkshire, England

Saltaire railway station serves the village of Saltaire near Shipley in West Yorkshire, England. It is situated 3+12 miles (6 km) north of Bradford Forster Square.

Bingley railway station Railway station in West Yorkshire, England

Bingley railway station is a grade II listed railway station that serves the town of Bingley in West Yorkshire, England, and is 13.5 miles (21.7 km) away from Leeds and 5.5 miles (8.9 km) away from Bradford Forster Square on the Airedale line operated by Northern Trains.

Crossflatts railway station Railway station in West Yorkshire, England

Crossflatts railway station serves the Crossflatts area of Bingley, north of Bradford in West Yorkshire, England. The station is on the Airedale Line, 14.5 miles (23 km) north west of Leeds and 6.5 miles (10 km) north west of Bradford Forster Square. The station, and all trains serving it, are operated by Northern.

Keighley railway station Railway station in West Yorkshire, England

Keighley railway station serves the town of Keighley in West Yorkshire, England. The station is located on the Airedale line, with electric services to Leeds, Skipton and Bradford Forster Square provided by Northern, along with longer distance services to Morecambe and Carlisle. The station is split in half, with National Rail operating from platforms 1 and 2, while platforms 3 and 4 are the northern terminus of heritage services to Oxenhope on the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway.

Steeton and Silsden railway station Railway station in West Yorkshire, England

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.

Skipton railway station Railway station in North Yorkshire, England

Skipton railway station is a Grade II listed station which serves the town of Skipton in North Yorkshire, England on the Airedale Line, which gives Skipton access to destinations such as Leeds, Bradford, Carlisle, Lancaster and Morecambe. The station is operated by Northern Trains and is situated 27 miles (43 km) north-west of Leeds.

Apperley Bridge railway station Railway station in West Yorkshire, England

Apperley Bridge station is situated in Bradford on the line between Leeds and Shipley, West Yorkshire, England. It serves the district of Apperley Bridge in the north-east of the city.

Yorkshire Dales Railway Railway line in North Yorkshire, England

The Yorkshire Dales Railway was a branch line linking the town of Skipton with the villages of Rylstone, Threshfield and Grassington in North Yorkshire, England. There were two stations on the line - Grassington & Threshfield and Rylstone - and a connection via the Skipton to Ilkley Line to Skipton.

Kirkstall Forge railway station Railway station in Leeds, West Yorkshire

Kirkstall Forge railway station is a suburban station serving the Kirkstall area of Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. It is on the Leeds to Bradford Line between Leeds City and Shipley and was opened on 19 June 2016, near the site of an earlier station with the same name.

Otley and Ilkley Joint Railway

The Otley and Ilkley Joint Railway was a railway line running between the towns of Otley and Ilkley in West Yorkshire. The line was managed and run jointly by the Midland Railway (MR) and the North Eastern Railway (NER) and was 6+12 miles (10 km) long. Opened to passenger traffic on 1 August 1865 and freight traffic some months later, the line ran for almost 100 years before partial closure in July 1965 when the line to Otley closed. Today passenger services run over the rest of the line as part of the West Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (WYPTE) Wharfedale Line.

References

  1. 1 2 3 Whitaker, Alan; Myland, Brian. Railway Memories No. 4: Bradford. Bellcode Books. ISBN   1-871233-03-8.
  2. 1 2 Sheeran, George (1994). Railway Buildings of West Yorkshire, 1812–1920. Keele, Staffs: Ryburn Publishing. ISBN   1-85331-100-6.
  3. 1 2 Dixon; Hindle (1987) [1871]. Willmott, Elvira (ed.). The Ryburn Map of Victorian Bradford [Plan of the Town of Bradford]. Keele, Staffs: Ryburn Publishing. ISBN   1-85331-004-2.
  4. 1 2 Bradford. Ordnance Survey 1906. Alan Godfrey Maps. 1989. Sheet 216.08. ISBN   0-85054-281-2.
  5. UK Retail Price Index inflation figures are based on data from Clark, Gregory (2017). "The Annual RPI and Average Earnings for Britain, 1209 to Present (New Series)". MeasuringWorth. Retrieved 2 December 2021.
  6. "£60,000 station improvements" . Bradford Observer. England. 9 September 1953. Retrieved 7 March 2021 via British Newspaper Archive.
  7. "1859-1866". Midland Railway Miscellaneous Depts: 298. 1914. Retrieved 10 March 2021.
  8. "Death of the Bradford Midland Stationmaster" . Bradford Daily Telegraph. England. 11 August 1897. Retrieved 10 March 2021 via British Newspaper Archive.
  9. "Promotion for the Bradford Midland Station Master" . Bradford Weekly Telegraph. England. 30 September 1899. Retrieved 10 March 2021 via British Newspaper Archive.
  10. "Bradford Midland Station Master" . Yorkshire Evening Post. England. 14 April 1908. Retrieved 10 March 2021 via British Newspaper Archive.
  11. "Northern Items" . Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer. England. 9 September 1930. Retrieved 10 March 2021 via British Newspaper Archive.
  12. "New Stationmaster" . Yorkshire Evening Post. England. 11 July 1936. Retrieved 10 March 2021 via British Newspaper Archive.
  13. "Mr. David Mathieson" . 8 December 1948. England. 11 July 1936. Retrieved 10 March 2021 via British Newspaper Archive.
  14. Dewick, Tony (2002). Complete Atlas of Railway Station Names. Ian Allan Publishing. ISBN   0-7110-2798-6.
  15. Table 36, 37 & 38 National Rail timetable, December 2017
  16. Table 26 National Rail timetable, December 2017

Further reading

Bradford Forster Square
National Rail logo.svg
2020-08-31 13-23-42 Forster Sq Station entrance with sign.jpg
View of the station entrance, with the sign visible, taken on 31 August 2020
General information
Location Bradford, City of Bradford
England
Coordinates 53°47′49″N1°45′11″W / 53.7970°N 1.7530°W / 53.7970; -1.7530 Coordinates: 53°47′49″N1°45′11″W / 53.7970°N 1.7530°W / 53.7970; -1.7530
Grid reference SE163334
Managed by Northern Trains
Transit authority West Yorkshire (Metro; 19??-2014)
Platforms3
Other information
Station codeBDQ
Fare zone3
Classification DfT category C2
History
Original company Leeds and Bradford Railway
Key dates
1846Opened
1853Rebuilt
1890Rebuilt
1990Rebuilt on new site
Passengers
2016/17Increase2.svg 2.113 million
 Interchange Increase2.svg 46,206
Preceding station National Rail logo.svg National Rail Following station
Shipley   London North Eastern Railway
East Coast Main Line
(Limited service)
 Terminus
Frizinghall   Northern Trains
Airedale Line
 Terminus
Frizinghall   Northern Trains
Wharfedale Line
 Terminus
Frizinghall   Northern Trains
Leeds-Bradford Lines
 Terminus
  Historical railways  
Manningham   Midland Railway
Leeds and Bradford Extension Railway
 Terminus
Manningham   Midland Railway
Leeds and Bradford Railway
 Terminus