The Wakefield line is a railway line and service in the West Yorkshire Metro and South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive areas of northern England. The Wakefield line is coloured yellow on maps and publications by West Yorkshire Metro. The line was electrified in 1989, between Leeds & Wakefield Westgate, as part of the programme to electrify the East Coast Main Line.
Yorkshire and the Humber
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The service connects Leeds and Wakefield with Sheffield and Doncaster with the section of the line between Leeds and Doncaster forming part of the East Coast Main Line. The local stopping service is operated by Northern with services between Leeds, Wakefield and either Doncaster or Sheffield. Inter-city operators are London North Eastern Railway, East Midlands Railway and CrossCountry who provide services from Leeds to London and the South of England.
At the time of the 1923 Grouping the line was owned by different railway companies:
- Leeds Central–Wakefield
West Riding and Grimsby Joint Railway (WRGJt) itself being of joint Great Northern Railway and Great Central Railway ownership.
Midland Railway (MidR)
Trains on the line serve the following places; however, some stations have closed:
- Beeston (closed)
At Outwood there were junctions with two joint undertakings; East & West Yorkshire Union (a short line connecting the Great Northern / Midland Railway main lines via Rothwell and Methley Joint Railway (owners being Great Northern, Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway and North Eastern Railway) connecting to various lines in the Castleford area.
- Wakefield Westgate
- Sandal and Agbrigg (originally 'Sandal', closed 1957; reopened 1987 by British Rail with new name)
- Hare Park & Crofton (closed)
Nostell North & South Junctions with Great Central Railway
- Nostell (closed)
- Fitzwilliam (replaced an earlier station of the same name a short distance away)
- Hemsworth (closed)
Junction with the Hull and Barnsley Railway (HBR)
Junction with Sheffield branch to the south
- South Elmsall
- Hampole (closed)
- Adwick (originally 'Carcroft & Adwick-le-Street' station, closed 1967; reopened by British Rail a short distance away with new name in 1993)
Part of this section is also worked as the Dearne Valley line:
Branch line to Frickley Colliery
Hickleton Junction for the Dearne Valley Railway (worked by the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway)
Junction with the Great Central Railway Penistone–Doncaster line.
From Swinton towards Sheffield, the Midland Railway and Great Central had parallel lines following the course of the River Don. The lines of the competing companies were so close that in 1965 British Railways built a new junction complex at Aldwarke and the current Wakefield Line now follows the former Great Central line to reach the reopened Rotherham Central. Intermediate stations were to be found at:
Taking a new curve, the line joins the Sheffield and Rotherham Railway.
- Meadowhall(opened 1990; replaced Wincobank railway station which closed in 1956 which was on same site)
- Brightside (closed)
Grimesthorpe Junction the line leaves the Sheffield & Rotherham and takes the Midland Railway line built in 1870.
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