Keighley

Welcome to the KWVR

Keighley Station is the Railway’s main connection with the outside world via the national railway network. This is a four platform station, with Platforms 1 and 2 in use by services westward though Skipton and beyond, and to Leeds and Bradford to the east. The Keighley and Worth Valley Railway services depart from Platforms 3 and 4 which also once served services to Bradford and Halifax as well as the Worth Valley branch.

Features:

Connections with the national railway network, Platforms 1 (Eastbound) & 2 (Westbound)
Platform 3 & 4 for KWVR services
Limited Free Parking
Shop, Café Bar & Restaurant, Platform Buffet & Picnic Area
Level Access
Toilets

Our interchange with the ‘Big Railway’

Keighley (pronounced Keith-lee) station is owned by Network Rail. KWVR leases platforms 3 & 4 and Northern Rail leases platform 1 & 2. Main line rail services are provided by both Northern and East Coast, which has a daily direct service to and from London (King’s Cross).

Platform 4 is the usual departure platform for the KWVR branch. It retains many of the original features. For example, a superb glass canopy and the original waiting room, although the original toilets succumbed in recent times to modern hygiene standards. Still in use are two rooms under the ramp, now housing the Station Master’s office and the staff mess room. The booking office on platform 4 is a newly constructed addition while the ticket collector’s hut was originally a telephone box at Wakefield Kirkgate.

Look to platform 3 you will see that it is quite bare in comparison to platform 4. Between the 1950s & 1990s with limited financial resources, British Railways was forced to make serious cut backs hence the removal of the canopies and even the closure of the Worth Valley branch. The KWVR has collected a large quantity of suitable ironwork with the hope that the platform 3 canopies will, one day, be restored.

There is a turntable at the end of platform 3 which was acquired in 1990 from Garsdale where it used to turn engines on the Settle to Carlisle line. The signal box at the end of the Platform 3 might look as though it has always been there but it was dismantled and moved to the Railway from Shipley, Bingley Junction. When it is brought into use it will control all movements on the KWVR side of the station. The original Keighley West signal box was further round the curve and gradient leading away from the station.

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