Mytholmroyd railway station

Mytholmroyd railway station serves the communities of Mytholmroyd, Luddendenfoot, Midgley, Cragg Vale, and surrounding areas. It has disabled access via ramps instead of steps on both platforms,[1] although the station is the only one to be built on a viaduct. It lies on the Calder Valley Line operated by Northern and is situated 7.5 miles (12 km) west of Halifax and 25 miles (40 km) west of Leeds.

Mytholmroyd National Rail
Mytholmroyd station 1.jpg
Platform 1 at Mytholmroyd
Location
PlaceMytholmroyd
Local authorityCalderdale
Coordinates53°43′45″N 1°58′55″W / 53.729120°N 1.981840°W / 53.729120; -1.981840Coordinates: 53°43′45″N 1°58′55″W / 53.729120°N 1.981840°W / 53.729120; -1.981840
Grid referenceSE012258
Operations
Station codeMYT
Managed byNorthern
Number of platforms2
DfT categoryF1
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2014/15Increase 0.172 million
2015/16Decrease 0.165 million
2016/17Increase 0.166 million
2017/18Increase 0.172 million
2018/19Increase 0.198 million
Passenger Transport Executive
PTEWest Yorkshire (Metro)
Zone5
History
Original companyManchester and Leeds Railway
Pre-groupingLancashire and Yorkshire Railway
Post-groupingLondon, Midland and Scottish Railway
5 October 1840Line opened
May 1847Station opened
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 Mytholmroyd from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.

HistoryEdit

The Manchester and Leeds Railway (M&LR) was opened in stages. The section between Normanton and Hebden Bridge was opened on 5 October 1840 and completed in 1841, without a station between Luddendenfoot and Hebden Bridge.[2]

 
Old station building

The station was opened by the M&LR in May 1847;[3] within a few weeks of this, the company became the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway.[4]

FacilitiesEdit

The entrance to the station is by way of two long step-free paths from each side of the Mytholmroyd Viaduct. The original station building (as seen above) included a ticket office, as the main entrance to both platforms. The station building was later closed and tickets had to be purchased on the train but later sheltered ticket machines were installed on platform 2, payable by card. Northern's online 'click and collect' system Application, allows the user to purchase tickets, which are then collected on Platform 2. In October 2004, the first arch of the viaduct on the access ramp was cleaned, the path was extended and new fencing was installed. Two live information screens have been added showing the trains service, type and stops / calls. In 2013, a bicycle area was added at the top of one of the ramps, covered by CCTV.[1]

In August 2016, planning permission was granted to return the station into commercial use. The planning permission allowed for the floors to be ripped out and reinstated, fireplaces to be refurbished and floors / windows to be installed. The station partnership is currently looking for the community to develop a business plan to use the building for community use. Ideas raised include a 'Ted Hughes' museum, bar and cafe. There is an active station user group - Mytholmroyd Station Partnership, which has enhanced the station area with gardens, flower tubs and school art - including the Northern Mosaic by students from Calder High School.[5] A car park, at the top of platform 2 access road, which engineers use to get machinery onto the tracks in the area, can hold around 20 cars.

ServicesEdit

The station has seen its daytime service cut significantly at the winter 2019 timetable change, as the York to Blackpool service no longer calls here on weekdays. There are now two trains per hour each way, both running to Leeds eastbound (one via Bradford, the other via Brighouse) and Manchester Victoria westbound; the latter then continue to either Chester or Wigan Wallgate.[6]

On Sundays, the service is hourly and is provided by York to Blackpool North trains - Manchester-bound passengers must change at Hebden Bridge.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Mytholmroyd station facilities National Rail Enquiries; Retrieved 30 November 2016
  2. ^ Marshall, John (1969). The Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway, volume 1. Newton Abbot: David & Charles. pp. 48–50. ISBN 0-7153-4352-1.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  3. ^ Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 166. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  4. ^ Marshall 1969, p. 65
  5. ^ "Renovated murals back at railway station - Hebden Bridge Today". www.hebdenbridgetimes.co.uk. Retrieved 31 January 2009.
  6. ^ Table 41 National Rail timetable, December 2019

External linksEdit

Preceding station   National Rail Following station
Hebden Bridge   Northern
Caldervale Line
  Sowerby Bridge
  Historical railways  
Hebden Bridge   L&YR
Caldervale Line
  Luddendenfoot