Sunday, 4 October 2020

Slaithwaite Railway Station

Slaithwaite Railway Station is a village stop 4 miles west of Huddersfield towards Manchester. Opened in December 1982 to replace a earlier station.

The original station was a larger complex, consisting of 4 platforms all with canopies and waiting areas, and all in alignment with each other, and it also had a large goods area, the modern day Manchester bound trains platform is now sighted here. It remained a popular busy station until closure in October 1968, despite campaigns to keep it open, these continued after closure and site clearance until the early 1980's when Metro (West Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive) revealed plans to re-open the station.

The new station features 2 platforms staggered either side of Crimble Bank Bridge. There are limited facilities, only basic cover, no toilets or refreshments and the station is unmanned. Step free access to both platforms is available. Passenger numbers in 2018/19 were 208000 per year at an average of approx. 4000 per week.

These pictures were taken  on the 25th July 2020 using a Nikon d3300 SLR camera. There are a total of 15 which can be seen here, on Flickr and Clickasnap.

Slaithwaite Railway Station

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Slaithwaite Station Cobbled Entrance
The station entrance to the Manchester bound platform. The cobbled road used to lead up to the goods yard.

Train Approaching Platform 2, Slaithwaite Railway Station
Train passing platform 1 for Huddersfield bound trains. Platform 1 sits upon the site of the original  station which featured 4 platforms including a central island one. When the original station closed the line capacity was halved.

Platform 2 from Platform 1, Slaithwaite Railway Station
Looking towards platform 2 from platform 1. The Manchester bound platform is built on the site of the former goods yard which was closed in 1964.

Platform 1 Entrance, Slaithwaite Entrance
Platform 1 station entrance, this was also an entrance to the original station.

Welcome to Slaithwaite Bench at the Station
A artistic bench at the entrance to platform 1.

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