Pontefract Baghill railway station
Pontefract Baghill railway station is the least busy of the three railway stations in Pontefract, West Yorkshire, England. The other stations, Monkhill and Tanshelf, both lie on the Pontefract Line, while Baghill lies on the Dearne Valley Line 21 1⁄4 miles (34 km) south of York towards Sheffield.
View from Platform 2 with a train towards Sheffield
|Local authority||City of Wakefield|
|Number of platforms||2|
|Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections|
from National Rail Enquiries
|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|Passenger Transport Executive|
|PTE||West Yorkshire Metro|
|Key dates||Opened 1879|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Pontefract Baghill from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
The station was opened together with the Ferrybridge to Moorthorpe section of the Swinton and Knottingley Joint Railway. Public passenger train services began on 1 July 1879, freight traffic had already started by then. The design of the station followed basic principles of the North Eastern Railway, it was, however, larger than the other stations opened on the line at the same time. Pontefract Baghill was also once linked to the Wakefield, Pontefract & Goole main line by means of a short chord to Pontefract Monkhill near the intersection of the two lines as shown on the accompanying RCH map. This connection closed in November 1964, but the bay platform it once used at the northern end can still be made out. Two short curves north of the station near Ferrybridge connect the Dearne Valley Line to the western end of Knottingley station westbound and the eastern end of Monkhill station (both on the Pontefract Line), but are now only in use for freight and diverted passenger services.
In the Strategic Rail Authority's 2002/3 financial year, only 15 people bought tickets for journeys from Pontefract Baghill station, and 21 bought tickets for journeys ending there, making it the sixth least busy station in the United Kingdom at that time. The annual usage in recent years is still considerably lower than that of Monkhill and Tanshelf stations.
The station has very basic amenities - it is unstaffed and has no ticketing provision of any kind, so anyone travelling from here needs to buy their ticket on the train or in advance of travel. The only other facilities offered are bench seating, a public telephone and timetable information posters (the old main building still stands but is in private use). Step-free access is available to both platforms. Neither platforms have any shelters; though it is possible to shelter under the passage in the former station building on the York bound platform.
The low level of usage can be attributed to there being only six trains each day (four on Sundays), three serving the station northbound to York and three southbound to Sheffield, at times that are not favourable to commuters. Furthermore, the neighbouring cities of Leeds and Wakefield cannot be reached by direct services from the station.
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
From the May 2019 timetable change, an additional service in each direction has been introduced on Mondays to Saturdays (15:37 northbound to York, 17:49 southbound to Sheffield).
References and notesEdit
- Michael Norfolk, ed. (2012). "Pontefract Steam Railways by Peter Cookson. Gallery Three".
- Body, p.52
- The usage information (Station Entries and Station Exits) is based on ticket sales in the financial year 2002/03 and covers all National Rail stations. By 2004/05 the figure has risen to 53. The SRA finds it difficult to allocate passenger usage numbers for stations grouped together (tickets are booked to Pontefract Stations and not a particular station). Adjusted figures can be wrong either way (hence the sudden increase in the figures right). In any event usage is low although the figure can probably never be ascertained accurately. Continued usage notes Archived 4 March 2006 at the Wayback Machine, and Excel format table for all stations Archived 13 February 2006 at the Wayback Machine available.
- Pontefract Baghill station facilities National Rail Enquiries; Retrieved 18 January 2017
- National Rail Timetable December 2018, Table 33 (Network Rail)
- Christopher R. Hyomes, ed. (18 October 2013). Rail North Strategy Consultation, Response from Railfuture (Report). Railfuture. p. 5.
- Table 33 National Rail timetable, May 2019