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Steeton and Silsden railway station

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Steeton and Silsden
National Rail
Steeton & Silsden Railway station, Yorkshire (geograph 3330774).jpg
LocationSteeton, City of Bradford
Coordinates53°54′00″N 1°56′40″W / 53.899980°N 1.944380°W / 53.899980; -1.944380
Grid referenceSE037448
Managed byNorthern
Transit authorityWest Yorkshire (Metro)
Other information
Station codeSON
Fare zone5
ClassificationDfT category F1
Original companyLeeds and Bradford Railway
Pre-groupingMidland Railway
Post-groupingLondon, Midland and Scottish Railway
Key dates
December 1847First station opened as Steeton
1 September 1868Renamed Steeton and Silsden
1 March 1892Station re-sited
22 March 1965Station closed
14 May 1990Reopened
2014/15Increase 0.862 million
2015/16Decrease 0.839 million
2016/17Increase 0.852 million
2017/18Decrease 0.839 million
2018/19Decrease 0.804 million
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road

Steeton and Silsden railway station serves the village of Steeton and the town of Silsden in West Yorkshire, England. It is situated closer to Steeton than to Silsden, and is on the Airedale Line. The station, and all trains serving it, are operated by Northern. Steeton & Silsden closed on 20 March 1965 (a victim of the Beeching Axe) but reopened in 1990.[1] The current (staggered) station platforms built by British Rail are located on the site of the old A6068 level crossing, which was replaced by the current road bridge in 1988 as part of the Aire Valley Trunk Road project.[2] Until its closure, both platforms were situated to the north of the former crossing, although the original station building (which survives as a private residence) was located on the Keighley side (south of the current northbound platform).

Because the station is the first station within the West Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive subsidised ticketing region on the line into Leeds and Bradford from Skipton, there are perceived to be problems with car parking at the station,[2] as people from outside the region drive in from North Yorkshire and Lancashire to take advantage of the subsidised ticketing.[3] An extension to the Metro area, to include Skipton, was hoped to alleviate that[4] when it took effect on 17 May 2009.[5][6] However, the crowded car park problem still exists, so the West Yorkshire Combined Authority will build a new multi-storey car park with 247 spaces by the end of 2020, costing £3.89 million.[7]

Until recently, the station lacked full access for disabled users, which led some to catch trains in the opposite direction to change platforms.[8] Access is now possible via a fairly steep ramp to the Leeds & Bradford-bound platform.[9] Though the station is normally unstaffed, there are ticket machines available at the station for passengers to use. The station has digital information screens and a long-line PA system.

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During Monday to Saturday in the daytime, there is a half-hourly service to both Leeds and Bradford Forster Square in one direction and four trains an hour towards Skipton. In the evening, there is a half-hourly service to Leeds, an hourly service to Bradford Forster Square and three trains per hour to Skipton.

On Sundays, there is an hourly service to both Leeds and Bradford Forster Square, with two trains per hour to Skipton.[10]

The services are mostly operated by Northern Class 333 electric multiple units, but Class 331 sets are used on some weekday workings.

Most regional services to destinations beyond Skipton (to Morecambe and Carlisle) do not stop here - connections are available at Skipton. A limited number do stop though - one early a.m Carlisle service and one afternoon Morecambe train call on weekdays and Saturdays (as do one from Lancaster and one from Ribblehead in the opposite direction), whilst on Sundays the first morning trains to each destination do so.

Services are provided by a variety of Diesel Multiple Units (of classes Class 142, Class 144, Class 150, Class 153 and Class 158).

Preceding station
National Rail
National Rail
Following station
Keighley   Northern
Airedale Line
Keighley   Northern
Leeds-Morecambe Line
Keighley   Northern
Settle-Carlisle Line
  Historical railways  
Keighley   Midland Railway
Leeds and Bradford Extension Railway
  Kildwick and Crosshills


  1. ^ Bairstow, Martin (2004). Railways Through Airedale & Wharfedale. ISBN 1-871944-28-7.
  2. ^ a b Moore, Lindsey (21 May 2015). "Steeton and Silsden Railway Station reopened 25 years ago". Telegraph and Argus. Retrieved 6 March 2016.
  3. ^ Knights, David (7 February 2019). "Plans for multi-storey car park at railway station welcomed". Bradford Telegraph and Argus. Retrieved 9 October 2019.
  4. ^ "Cheap rail fare plan for Skipton". Craven Herald & Pioneer. 6 July 2007. Retrieved 4 February 2008.
  5. ^ "Metrocard extension to Skipton gets a welcome". Craven Herald and Pioneer. 24 April 2009. Retrieved 8 November 2015.
  6. ^ "Metrocard Zones 6 & 7". WYMetro. WYPTE. Retrieved 8 November 2015.
  7. ^ Shand, Alistair (2 October 2019). "Multi-storey car park for railway station is approved". Craven Herald. Retrieved 9 October 2019.
  8. ^ "A bridge that's too far for disabled travellers". Keighley News. 24 January 2008. Retrieved 4 February 2008.
  9. ^ Steeton & Silsden station facilities National Rail Enquiries
  10. ^ Table 36 National Rail timetable, May 2019

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