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Keighley railway station

Place Keighley
Local authority City of Bradford
Grid reference
Station code KEI
Managed by Northern Rail
Number of platforms 2 (National Rail) +
2 (K&WVR)
DfT category C2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05  1.088 million
2005/06 Increase 1.127 million
2006/07 Increase 1.155 million
2007/08 Increase 1.183 million
2008/09 Increase 1.572 million
2009/10 Decrease 1.513 million
2010/11 Increase 1.653 million
2011/12 Increase 1.683 million
2012/13 Decrease 1.628 million
2013/14 Increase 1.639 million
Passenger Transport Executive
PTE West Yorkshire (Metro)
Zone 4
Original company Leeds and Bradford Extension Railway
Pre-grouping Midland Railway
Post-grouping London, Midland and Scottish Railway
16 Mar 1847 Opened (north of road bridge)[1]
6 May 1883 Relocated (south of road bridge)[1]
National RailUK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Keighley from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Keighley and Worth Valley Railway

Keighley railway station serves the town of Keighley in West Yorkshire, England.

First opened in March 1847 by the Leeds and Bradford Extension Railway (although rebuilt on the present site in 1883),[1] the station is located on the Airedale Line 17 miles (27 km) north west of Leeds. It is managed by Northern Rail, who operate most of the passenger trains serving it. Electric trains operate frequently from Keighley towards Bradford Forster Square, Leeds and Skipton. Longer distance trains on the Leeds to Morecambe Line and Settle to Carlisle Line also call here.

Keighley is also the northern terminus of the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway. This is a heritage branch-line railway run by volunteers that was originally built by the Midland Railway and opened in 1867. Closed to passenger traffic in 1962, it was reopened by the K&WVR Preservation Society six years later and is now a popular tourist attraction. Trains on the former GNR lines to Bradford and Halifax via Queensbury also served the station from 1882 until closure in May 1955.

The Airedale Line runs from platforms 1 and 2 and Keighley and Worth Valley railway operate from platforms 3 and 4.

The Keighley and Worth Valley service runs daily during the summer and at weekends in other seasons, but has resisted offers to introduce a true commuter service in conjunction with the local authority.


During Monday to Saturday daytimes, 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 other. In the evenings there is a half-hourly service to Leeds, an hourly service to Bradford Forster Square and three trains per hour to Skipton.[2]

On Sundays there is an hourly service to Leeds and a two-hourly service to Bradford with two or three trains per hour to Skipton.

There are also a number of trains each day from Leeds to Carlisle (seven on weekdays and four on Sundays) and Morecambe (four on weekdays and Sundays) - both routes are operated by Northern Rail.

There is also a daily service from Skipton to London King's Cross (via Leeds), which is operated by Virgin Trains East Coast. A return service also operates from King's Cross to Skipton each day.

The Keighley and Worth Valley service runs daily during the summer and at weekends in other seasons.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Shipley   Virgin Trains East Coast
East Coast Main Line
Crossflatts   Northern Rail
Airedale Line
  Steeton and Silsden
Bingley   Northern Rail
Leeds-Morecambe Line
Bingley   Northern Rail
Settle-Carlisle Line

Disused railways
Ingrow (East)   GN
Queensbury Lines
Historical railways
Thwaites   Midland Railway
Leeds and Bradford Extension Railway
  Steeton and Silsden


The station was featured in the Head & Shoulders advert "Don't break up with your hair" in early 2009. The advert uses the platform that serves the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway, notable for the period features that it has retained over the years.[3]

The station was most famously used in the filming of the film 'Yanks' (1979) and in the Pink Floyd film, 'The Wall' (1982). It was most recently used in the filming of Peaky Blinders, a BBC television drama about criminals in Birmingham just after World War I.[4]


  1. ^ a b c p.128
  2. ^ GB National Rail Timetable 2013-14, Table 36
  3. ^
  4. ^
  • PSL Field Guides - Railways of the Eastern Region Volume 2, Geoffrey Body (1988) Patrick Stephens Ltd, Wellingborough, ISBN 1-85260-072-1
  • Railways Through Airedale & Wharfedale Martin Bairstow (2004) ISBN 1-871944-28-7

External links

  • Train times and station information for Keighley railway station from National Rail
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