Dewsbury railway station

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Dewsbury National Rail
Dewsbury Station 2018.jpg
Dewsbury railway station, in June 2018
Local authorityKirklees
Coordinates53°41′31″N 1°37′59″W / 53.692°N 1.633°W / 53.692; -1.633Coordinates: 53°41′31″N 1°37′59″W / 53.692°N 1.633°W / 53.692; -1.633
Grid referenceSE243217
Station codeDEW
Managed byTransPennine Express
Number of platforms2
DfT categoryD
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2013/14Increase 1.670 million
2014/15Increase 1.691 million
2015/16Increase 1.697 million
2016/17Increase 1.737 million
2017/18Decrease 1.700 million
Passenger Transport Executive
PTEWest Yorkshire Metro
Original companyLondon and North Western Railway
Pre-groupingLondon and North Western Railway
Post-groupingLondon, Midland and Scottish Railway
18 September 1848Station opened as Dewsbury
2 June 1924Renamed Dewsbury Wellington Road
20 February 1969Renamed Dewsbury
National RailUK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Dewsbury from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.

Dewsbury railway station serves the town of Dewsbury in West Yorkshire, England. Situated 9.25 miles (15 km) south west of Leeds on the main line to Huddersfield and Manchester, the station was opened by the London and North Western Railway in 1848.

The station is now managed by TransPennine Express, who provide trains to Leeds, Huddersfield, Manchester, York, Hull and Middlesbrough.

Northern also serve the station with trains on the Calder Valley line.


A 1911 Railway Clearing House Junction Diagram showing railways in the vicinity of Dewsbury (upper right)

The line between Leeds and Ravensthorpe was built by the Leeds, Dewsbury and Manchester Railway, which was absorbed by the London and North Western Railway prior to opening.[1] Dewsbury railway station was opened on 18 September 1848 and was subsequently named Dewsbury Wellington Road from 2 June 1924 until 20 February 1969, when it reverted to the original name.[2]

Dewsbury was also served by three other stations which have since closed:

No trace of Market Place station remains, but the façade of Dewsbury Central was incorporated into a bridge supporting the Dewsbury Ring Road in 1985.


The station is staffed through the day, with the ticket office on Platform 1 open from 06:15 until 19:30 each day (except Sunday, when it opens at 07:30). Self-service ticket machines are also provided in the booking hall.

There are waiting rooms on each platform, along with digital display screens, customer help points, timetable poster boards and automated announcements to offer train running information. A public house and a shop offer refreshment facilities. Lifts integrated into the footbridge provide step-free access to both platforms.

Ticket barriers were installed in 2018.[3]

In summer 2018, Kirklees Council started work on making improvements to the outside of the station. Plans included pedestrianizing the area directly outside the station and redesigning the car park entrances to improve traffic flow; the improvements are part of the "North Kirklees Growth Zone" initiative, intended to be a kick start to improvements to the town.[4]


As of May 2018, Dewsbury is served by four trains per hour to Leeds and four trains per hour to Manchester; the regular service pattern is as follows:

  1. A TransPennine Express service to Middlesbrough calling at Leeds, York, Thirsk, Northallerton, Yarm and Thornaby.
  2. A TransPennine Express service to Hull calling at Batley, Leeds, Garforth, Selby and Brough.
  3. A TransPennine Express service to Leeds calling at Batley and Morley.
  4. A Northern service to Leeds calling at Morley and Cottingley.
  5. A TransPennine Express service to Manchester Airport calling at Huddersfield, Manchester Victoria, Manchester Oxford Road and Manchester Piccadilly.
  6. A TransPennine Express service to Manchester Piccadilly calling at Huddersfield, Slaithwaite, Mossley and Stalybridge.
  7. A TransPennine Express service to Manchester Piccadilly calling at Ravensthorpe, Mirfield, Deighton, Huddersfield, Marsden, Greenfield and Stalybridge.
  8. A Northern service to Southport calling at Mirfield, Brighouse, Sowerby Bridge, Mytholmroyd, Hebden Bridge, Todmorden, Walsden, Smithy Bridge, Rochdale, Manchester Victoria, Salford Central, Salford Crescent, Swinton, Walkden, Atherton, Daisy Hill, Wigan Wallgate, Gathurst, Appley Bridge, Parbold, Burscough Bridge and Meols Cop.[5]

On Sundays the Northern services do not run, so the TransPennine Express service terminating at Leeds also calls at Cottingley.


  1. ^ Awdry, Christopher (1990). Encyclopaedia of British Railway Companies. London: Guild Publishing. p. 87. CN 8983.
  2. ^ Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 79. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508.
  3. ^ Dewsbury station facilities National Rail Enquiries; Retrieved 16 January 2017
  4. ^ "Improving the access to Dewsbury Rail Station begins this summer". Kirklees Together. 1 June 2018. Retrieved 28 February 2019.
  5. ^ GB National Rail Timetable May–December 2018, Table 39

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Railways in North Kirklees
Past, present and future
Great Northern Railway
to Bradford
Leeds New Line
to Leeds
Howden Clough
Upper Batley
enlarge… to Leeds
Birstall Town
Lower Birstall
enlarge… to Leeds
Chickenley Heath
Cleckheaton Spen
Liversedge Spen
Batley Carr
Staincliffe and Batley Carr
Heckmondwike Spen
Dewsbury Wellington Road
Dewsbury Central
Dewsbury Market Place
Northorpe North Road
Ravensthorpe Lower
Dewsbury Goods
Huddersfield Line
to Wakefield
Leeds New Line
to Huddersfield
North Midland Railway
to Royston and Notton
Huddersfield Line
to Huddersfield
Preceding station   National Rail National Rail   Following station
Huddersfield   TransPennine Express
North TransPennine (Manchester - Middlesbrough)
  TransPennine Express
North TransPennine (Manchester - Hull)
Ravensthorpe   TransPennine Express
North TransPennine (Manchester - Leeds)
Mirfield   Northern
Calder Valley Line (Southport - Leeds)