Headingley railway station

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Headingley National Rail
Headingley Stn.jpg
144008 at Headingley, May 2006. Class 144 Diesel Multiple Unit.
Local authorityCity of Leeds
Coordinates53°49′05″N 1°35′38″W / 53.818°N 1.594°W / 53.818; -1.594Coordinates: 53°49′05″N 1°35′38″W / 53.818°N 1.594°W / 53.818; -1.594
Grid referenceSE268358
Station codeHDY
Managed byNorthern
Number of platforms2
DfT categoryF1
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2013/14Increase 0.357 million
2014/15Increase 0.365 million
2015/16Increase 0.400 million
2016/17Increase 0.437 million
2017/18Decrease 0.409 million
Passenger Transport Executive
PTEWest Yorkshire (Metro)
Key datesOpened 1849 (1849)
National RailUK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Headingley from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.

Headingley railway station (formerly known as Headingley and Kirkstall railway station until some point early in the 20th century) is off Kirkstall Lane in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England, on the Harrogate Line, 3 miles (5 km) north west of Leeds. The station was opened in 1849 by the Leeds & Thirsk Railway, later part of the Leeds Northern Railway to Northallerton.


The station is not staffed, though ticket vending machines are available on each platform.[1] Passenger information screens were also installed in 2015. There is step free access via the carpark to platform 2 (Harrogate bound) but not currently platform 1 (Leeds Bound) although work is currently ongoing to install a lift shaft to both platforms as well as a ramp to platform 1.

The old station building and platform it stands on is no longer in railway use (the building is privately owned) - a replacement platform has been built a few yards further up the line towards Horsforth, giving the station a staggered platform configuration.[2]

Location and areas served[edit]

The station is halfway between Headingley centre and Kirkstall, just down the road from the Headingley Stadium's rugby and cricket grounds, it is over half a mile from the centre of Headingley itself, but close to local bus routes on Kirkstall Hill, Kirkstall Road and Kirkstall Lane. It is also close to local shops and services in Kirkstall, including Kirkstall Leisure Centre; the station also serves the West Park and Queenswood Drive areas, which it is linked to by a pedestrian footpath through the Headingley Station allotments. The predominantly student occupied houses between Kirkstall Lane and St. Ann's Drive are also within a short walk, it is the closest railway station to Leeds Beckett University's Beckett Park campus.


Monday to Saturday daytimes, is generally a half-hourly service southbound to Leeds and a half-hourly service northbound to Knaresborough with one train per hour onwards to York. In peak hours, there are extra services to and from Leeds.[3]

In the evening there is an hourly service in each direction (with the last two northbound departures terminating at Harrogate), whilst on Sundays there are two departures per hour to Leeds & Knaresborough and one per hour through to York (the half-hourly service frequency beyond Horsforth was introduced at the December 2017 timetable change).

Services are mostly operated by Class 170 as well as Class 142, 144, 150 and 155 diesel multiple units.

Daily return expresses between Harrogate and London operated by London North Eastern Railway pass through the station but do not stop.


The station has a small car park which is free to use for rail users, although no form of proof of travel or ticket is required.


Rolling stock[edit]

In 2014 the replacement of the Pacers that were developed from the Leyland National buses in the 1980s was raised with Chancellor George Osborne; both the 142s and 144s that serve this line are both Pacers. New Northern franchise operator Arriva Rail North has since agreed to withdraw the Pacers by 2019 and replace them with either cascaded stock or new DMUs.[4] A contract for new diesel & electric units was agreed with Spanish train builder CAF and rolling stock leasing company Eversholt in January 2016.[5]


In July 2011, Harrogate Chamber of Commerce proposed to electrify the line with 750 V DC third rail, using D Stock of the London Underground, to substantially increase capacity;[6] this idea has not been backed by Metro, Northern Rail or National Rail and seems unlikely to garner support given the age of the D stock, the need to adapt the D stock to third rail as it runs with a fourth and the preference for overhead electrification.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ NRE Station Facilities page - Headingley (HDYNational Railway Enquiries website; Retrieved 18 November 2016
  2. ^ Headingley Railway Station Morgan, Chris Geograph.org; Retrieved 18 November 2016
  3. ^ GB National Rail Timetable December Edition, Table 35
  4. ^ Massive boost to rail services brings Northern Powerhouse to life DfT Press release 9 December 2015; Retrieved 28 January 2016
  5. ^ CAF awarded Arriva Rail North rolling stock contractRailway Gazette article 22 January 2016; Retrieved 28 January 2016
  6. ^ "HARROGATE LINE NEWS 1 1st Meeting supports bid" (PDF). Harrogate Chamber of Commerce. 12 August 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on 1 October 2011. Retrieved 12 December 2014.
  • Bacon G.W (Circa 1900) Plan of Leeds, Kelly's Directories Ltd, London

External links[edit]

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