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Moorthorpe railway station

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National Rail
Moorthorpe Railway Station.jpg
The restored Moorthorpe railway station
LocationMoorthorpe, City of Wakefield
Coordinates53°35′42″N 1°18′18″W / 53.5949°N 1.3050°W / 53.5949; -1.3050
Grid referenceSE460111
Managed byNorthern
Transit authorityWest Yorkshire (Metro)
Other information
Station codeMRP
Fare zone5(WYPTE)& Barnsley(SYPTE)
ClassificationDfT category F1
2014/15Increase 0.264 million
2015/16Decrease 0.263 million
2016/17Decrease 0.260 million
2017/18Decrease 0.253 million
2018/19Decrease 0.232 million
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road

Moorthorpe railway station serves Moorthorpe and South Kirkby, near Pontefract, in the City of Wakefield district of West Yorkshire, England. It lies on the Wakefield Line and the Dearne Valley Line, 18 14 miles (29.4 km) north of Sheffield and is served by Northern.

The station was opened in May 1879, jointly by the Midland Railway and North Eastern Railway, as part of their Swinton and Knottingley Joint Railway scheme. A short chord was also built at the same time to link the S&K Joint line with the main Doncaster to Leeds line at South Kirkby Junction. Upon opening, Moorthorpe marked the northern limit of the part of the line maintained by the Midland Railway; the southern end of the intersection bridge over the Doncaster to Leeds line, marked the actual boundary. North of that point, the North Eastern Railway undertook the maintenance. Moorthorpe station is of North Eastern Railway design, as is Pontefract Baghill.[1]

This latter connection is now part of the main line between Sheffield and Leeds, and is used by CrossCountry services between Edinburgh Waverley and Birmingham New Street, and beyond. In addition, local trains on the Leeds – Rotherham Central – Sheffield route (Wakefield Line) use the spur and call at the station. This connecting line is now effectively the main line, and it splits from the S & K route immediately north of the station, with the track to York then bridging the GNR main line on its way northwards. This junction (and the adjacent loops to the south of the station) was controlled from the nearby Midland Railway signal box until May 2011, but following signalling equipment renewal work the area is now under the control of the ROC at York.[2]

After the station was reduced to the status of an unstaffed halt in the 1980s, the station building was converted into a pub. This closed in the early 1990s and the building became derelict. However it has recently been restored by the town council, with funding from the Railway Heritage Trust, to include office space and a cafe.[3][4]

A footbridge was opened at the station at the end of May 2010; previously passengers had to cross the tracks at a flat crossing.[5][6]


Monday to Saturdays, an hourly service operates from Moorthorpe to Leeds via Wakefield Westgate and to Sheffield. An hourly service also runs on Sundays.

Three trains each way operate on the Dearne Valley line to York and Sheffield Mondays to Saturdays, with two each way on Sundays.[7]

The station is less than 1 mile (1.6 km) away from South Elmsall railway station which means the South Kirkby/South Elmsall area has a half-hourly service to Leeds.

The station is less than 1 mile (1.6 km) away from Frickley Athletic F.C.


The station is in West Yorkshire but South Yorkshire PTE tickets are valid to and from this station on services into South Yorkshire.


  1. ^ Sheffield Daily Telegraph. 24 April 1879. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ "Moorthorpe and Hickleton Area Signalling Renewals"Network Rail Consulting; Retrieved 18 November 2016
  3. ^ Paul Salveson (January 2012). "Moorthorpe - Yorkshire's New Showpiece". RailProfessional.
  4. ^ Andy Savage (30 April 2014). "Conserving the railway's past". Rail Magazine (747). pp. 52–57.
  5. ^ Rail (631). p. 15. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ "Moorthorpe bridge opens to improve pedestrian safety" (Press release). Network Rail. 1 June 2010. Archived from the original on 29 February 2012. Retrieved 1 June 2010.
  7. ^ GB eNRT December 2019 Edition, Tables 31 & 33

External links

Preceding station  
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  Following station
  Historical railways  
Frickley   Midland Railway
Cross Country Route
This page was last edited on 10 November 2020, at 17:17
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