Garforth railway station

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Garforth railway station. 185106 in Trans-pennine Express livery is passing platform 1 at speed
Location
Place Garforth
Local authority City of Leeds
Coordinates 53°47′48″N1°22′57″W / 53.7966°N 1.3824°W / 53.7966; -1.3824 Coordinates: 53°47′48″N1°22′57″W / 53.7966°N 1.3824°W / 53.7966; -1.3824
Grid reference SE407335
Operations
Station codeGRF
Managed by Northern
Number of platforms2
DfT category E
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2013/14Increase2.svg 0.637 million
2014/15Increase2.svg 0.652 million
2015/16Increase2.svg 0.675 million
2016/17Increase2.svg 0.701 million
2017/18Decrease2.svg 0.661 million
Passenger Transport Executive
PTE West Yorkshire Metro
Zone2
History
Key datesOpened 1834 (1834)
National RailUK 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 estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Garforth from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Garforth railway station serves the town of Garforth, near Leeds in West Yorkshire, England. It is one of the two stations in Garforth the other being East Garforth which is situated about 0.5 miles east from the main station. It lies on the Selby Line. Garforth is 7.1 miles (11.5 km) east of Leeds. The station is served by Northern and TransPennine Express services.

Garforth town in England

See also People named Garforth.

Leeds City in England

Leeds is a city in West Yorkshire, England. Leeds has one of the most diverse economies of all the UK's main employment centres and has seen the fastest rate of private-sector jobs growth of any UK city. It also has the highest ratio of private to public sector jobs of all the UK's Core Cities, with 77% of its workforce working in the private sector. Leeds has the third-largest jobs total by local authority area, with 480,000 in employment and self-employment at the beginning of 2015. Leeds is ranked as a gamma world city by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network. Leeds is the cultural, financial and commercial heart of the West Yorkshire Urban Area. Leeds is served by four universities, and has the fourth largest student population in the country and the country's fourth largest urban economy.

West Yorkshire County of England

West Yorkshire is a metropolitan county in England. It is an inland and in relative terms upland county having eastward-draining valleys while taking in moors of the Pennines and has a population of 2.2 million. West Yorkshire came into existence as a metropolitan county in 1974 after the passage of the Local Government Act 1972.

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History

The station was originally opened by the Leeds and Selby Railway in 1834. The road bridge crosses the line at an oblique angle; this was considered something of a marvel at the time of construction. The station then linked the town with the former Leeds Marsh Lane railway station. The current buildings date from 1872 and were designed by NER architect Thomas Prosser. [1]

The Leeds and Selby Railway was an early British railway company and first mainline railway within Yorkshire. It was opened in 1834.

Marsh Lane railway station was built as the Leeds terminus of the Leeds and Selby Railway. The combined passenger and goods station opened in 1834.

North Eastern Railway (United Kingdom) British railway company, active 1854–1922

The North Eastern Railway (NER) was an English railway company. It was incorporated in 1854 by the combination of several existing railway companies. Later, it was amalgamated with other railways to form the London and North Eastern Railway at the Grouping in 1923. Its main line survives to the present day as part of the East Coast Main Line between London and Edinburgh.

Garforth station also connected with the privately owned Aberford Railway (known locally as the 'fly line' or simply 'the lines') which closed in 1924, and is now a public path commonly used for horses, dog walkers and travelling to and from Garforth Academy part way upon it. East of the station was the junction to the branch line to Castleford via Ledston which closed to passengers in 1951 and completely in 1969.

Aberford village and civil parish in the City of Leeds metropolitan borough in West Yorkshire, England

Aberford is a large village and civil parish on the eastern outskirts of the City of Leeds metropolitan borough in West Yorkshire, England. It had a population of 1,059 according to the 2001 census, increasing to 1,180 at the 2011 Census. It is situated 10 miles (15.5 km) east, north east of Leeds city centre and lies in the LS25 Leeds postcode area.

Garforth Academy

Garforth Academy is a secondary school and sixth form for pupils aged 11–18 and is located on Lidgett Lane (B6137) in Garforth, West Yorkshire, England.

Castleford railway station

Castleford railway station is a railway station serving the town of Castleford in West Yorkshire. It lies on the Hallam and the Pontefract Lines 11 miles (18 km) south east of Leeds.

Garforth also has another railway station, East Garforth, situated approximately 0.56 miles (900 m) east of the main station which was opened in 1987. Though East Garforth is fully accessible to wheelchair users, the main Garforth station is not; wheelchair users can only access platform 2 which serves trains towards Leeds.

East Garforth railway station

East Garforth railway station serves Garforth in West Yorkshire, England. It lies on the Selby Line, operated by Northern 8 miles (13 km) east of Leeds. The station was opened by West Yorkshire Metro on 1 May 1987, to serve the new housing developments in the area.

In 2015 additional shelters were placed on either platform doubling the sheltered capacity.

Facilities

The station buildings and platform 2 (Leeds bound) seen from the footbridge. Garforth Station - geograph.org.uk - 45029.jpg
The station buildings and platform 2 (Leeds bound) seen from the footbridge.

The station buildings are concentrated on the Leeds bound platform, which is disabled accessible (the opposite platform can only be accessed via footbridge). [2] There is a ticket office (open 06:00-14:00 Mondays to Saturdays) and waiting room in the buildings; the remaining space is leased out to a taxi company. The Leeds bound platform also has an automatic ticket machine that can be used out of hours and a vending machine. As well as the heated waiting room on the Leeds bound platform, there are two shelters available for use out of office hours. The York bound platform has two passenger shelters. The two platforms are connected by a footbridge with stepped access, this also links to Aberford Road. The station has a large car park which is free for passenger use; part of the car park is leased to a veterinary practice which has a compound and temporary building on this land. There is CCTV and lighting throughout the station and car park. Refreshments can purchased from the Station House Café, which opened in August 2016, and is situated on the Leeds bound platform (2).

Services

Northern operates a half-hourly service to Leeds, as well as hourly services to York and Selby to the east. [3] This drops to hourly in the evening (to York only eastbound) and on Sundays (to Blackpool North & York).

Northern (train operating company) A British train company operating in Northern England

Northern is a train operating company in Northern England which began operating the Northern franchise on 1 April 2016 and inherited units from the previous operator Northern Rail. A subsidiary of Arriva UK Trains, Northern is the second largest train franchise in the United Kingdom with its services calling at 528 stations - representing approximately a quarter of all stations in the country.

York railway station main-line railway station serving the city of York in North Yorkshire, England

York railway station is on the East Coast Main Line in the United Kingdom, serving the city of York, North Yorkshire. It is 188 miles 40 chains (303.4 km) north of London King's Cross and on the main line it is situated between Doncaster to the south and Thirsk to the north. As of June 2018 the station is operated by London North Eastern Railway.

Selby railway station Selby, Selby, North Yorkshire, YO8

Selby railway station is a Grade II listed station which serves the town of Selby in North Yorkshire, England. The original terminus station was opened in 1834 for the Leeds and Selby Railway. The Hull and Selby Railway extended the line in 1840, and a new station was built, with the old station becoming a goods shed. The station was rebuilt in 1873 and 1891, the 1891 rebuilding being required due to the replacement of the swing bridge over the Ouse at the same time.

TransPennine Express trains also stop at Garforth hourly towards Leeds, Huddersfield and Manchester Piccadilly westbound and Hull via Selby eastbound. [4] No TPE trains call here on Sundays.

Proposed services

National Express East Coast proposed to operate trains directly between Garforth and London from December 2009. [5] This proposal was supported by the Office of the Rail Regulator in January 2009, however the Department of Transport had rejected the plans because the proposal would require changes to franchised services and there was not enough capacity for these services, however Virgin Trains East Coast plans to increase capacity and introduce a number of direct services between Garforth and London from 2019.

Taxis at the rank outside the station Taxis outside Garforth railway station (14th December 2016) 001.jpg
Taxis at the rank outside the station

The station has a taxi-office with taxirank outside the main buildings. Buses serve the station on Aberford Road, to which there is a direct link from the stations' footbridge.

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References

  1. "Garforth" Railway Architecture of North East England; Retrieved 18 November 2016
  2. Garforth station facilities National Rail Enquiries; Retrieved 29 November 2016
  3. GB eNRT, December 2018 Edition, Table 40
  4. GB eNRT, December 2018 Edition, Table 39 (Network Rail)
  5. National Express Group PLC - National Express submits exciting proposals for new services and faster journeys Archived 6 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine
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