Monday, 11 December 2017

Mirfield Railway Station.

Mirfield Railway Station has served the town of Mirfield, West Yorkshire since 1845. The town received its first railway in 1840, when the Manchester and Leeds Railway opened the first section of its cross-Pennine main line between Normanton and Hebden Bridge (completing it through to Manchester on 1 March 1841). It did not actually get a station though until April 1845, when the company opened one shortly before submitting plans to Parliament to build a branch line from the town along the Spen Valley to Bradford via Cleckheaton. The current station is sited approx. 185m to the east of the original station and was opened in March 1866. Upon opening it's facilities included a roof over the island platform, a hotel, buffet and billiard room.

Today the station remains busy, despite the loss of the Spen Valley service to Bradford from 14 June 1965 and the links to Normanton and York on 5 January 1970 (the line via Brighouse also closed at the same time, but this reopened in 2000 for peak hour services). It has also lost its buildings to demolition (in the mid-1980s). but gained a third platform as part of a set of capacity improvements in the late 1980s.
The current facilities it has to be said our quite poor with only step access to platforms 1 and 2, making it difficult for disabled travellers as there is no staff at the station either. Platform 3 does feature a ramp access but this offers no connection to the main island platform. There are glass bus shelter type coverings to provide protection from the weather.
My pictures were taken in April 2015 and can all be seen on Flickr. They were taken using a Polaroid iS2132 digital bridge camera.

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