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Ben Rhydding railway station

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Ben Rhydding
National Rail
Ben Rhydding stn p2.jpg
Platform 2
LocationIlkley, City of Bradford
Coordinates53°55′33″N 1°47′50″W / 53.9257°N 1.7973°W / 53.9257; -1.7973
Grid referenceSE134477
Managed byNorthern Trains
Transit authorityWest Yorkshire Metro
Other information
Station codeBEY
Fare zone4
ClassificationDfT category F1
2015/16Increase 0.221 million
2016/17Increase 0.230 million
2017/18Decrease 0.219 million
2018/19Increase 0.221 million
2019/20Increase 0.227 million
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road
The station in 1961
The station in 1961

Ben Rhydding railway station is a railway station in Ben Rhydding, situated a mile to the east of Ilkley, West Yorkshire, England. On the Wharfedale Line between Ilkley and Leeds/Bradford Forster Square, it is served by Class 333 electric trains run by Northern Trains, who also manage the station.


During Monday to Saturday daytimes services run to/from Leeds and Bradford twice per hour, and there are four services every hour to Ilkley. During Monday to Saturday evenings and all day on Sundays, services are hourly to/from both Leeds and Bradford Forster Square (service to/from the latter was doubled on Sundays from two-hourly at the December 2017 timetable change), with two departures per hour to Ilkley.[1] The station has a small car park, but no other amenities.


Ben Rhydding station, built as part of the Otley and Ilkley Joint Railway, was opened to passenger traffic on 1 July 1866, eleven months after the opening of the railway. In April 1865 the North Eastern Railway Board had "ordered that a small wooden station consisting of booking office, waiting room and retiring room for ladies be provided as a temporary accommodation at Ben Rhydding." Six years later, in May 1871, the Joint Committee reached an agreement with the proprietor of the Ben Rhydding Hydro, that a more permanent station structure should be built at the expense of the Hydro, with a ground rent of a penny per annum, so long as the structures met the approval of the railway engineer, a Mr. Crossley. The Hydro's arrangements with the company lasted until 1885, when the structures - a stone built station house on the south (down) platform and a wooden structure on the north (up) platform - were sold to the railway company for £240. Clients of the hydro were met by the hydro's horse-bus, and later by motor-bus, up until some time after the first world war. The station was opened to goods traffic in 1888, and trailing access sidings were provided on the down side for this purpose. A new signal box was opened in 1901, situated at the Ilkley end of the northern platform. The signal box closed in December 1965. Goods traffic ceased on 5 July 1965, and the sidings later removed. Station staff were withdrawn on 7 October 1968, when 'pay-trains' were introduced.[2] The stone station building has subsequently been demolished, and shelter on both platforms is restricted to simple bus-stop type covered areas.


  1. ^ Table 38 National Rail timetable, December 2019
  2. ^ The Railways of Wharfedale, Peter E. Baughan (1969) David & Charles (Publishers) Ltd
  • Railways Through Airedale & Wharfedale, Martin Bairstow (2004) ISBN 1-871944-28-7

External links

Platform 1.
Platform 1.
Preceding station  
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  Following station
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