Station Name: HALIFAX NORTH BRIDGE

 

[Source: Chris Armour]


Date opened: 25.3.1880
Location: At the end of an unnamed cobbled road leading from Northgate
Company on opening: Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway/Great Northern Joint
Date closed to passengers: 23.5.1955
Date closed completely: 1974
Company on closing: British Railways (North Eastern Region)
Present state: Demolished - the iron footbridge over the site is intact, but the station has been demolished and the site is now the leisure centre car park.
County: Yorkshire
OS Grid Ref: SE094257
Date of visit: October 2005

Notes: The line from Halifax to Queensbury was opened by the Halifax & Ovenden Joint Railway 1874 and 1878. The line was extended to Keighley in 1884. Once out of Halifax, the line was mostly rural and necessitated the construction of many earthworks, viaducts and tunnels. Its hilly nature earned it the nicknames of 'the Alpine route' or 'the switchback' from its loyal drivers.

Despite being the first station to open, the construction of Halifax North Bridge probably caused the biggest headache. Firstly, massive slum clearances had to be undertaken to build a 400 yard viaduct from Halifax (Old) station. Then, the North Bridge carrying the main road into the town from Leeds and Bradford had to be demolished and rebuilt 11 ft higher to clear the tracks. Another viaduct had to be built north of the station to clear a culvert, and then the line ascended steeply through the Woodside tunnel, where a landslip delayed construction of the line northwards for twelve months.

Whilst the station boasted a large goods yard to cater for the coal traffic serving the nearby gasworks, the passenger facilities were cramped & gloomy and were not particularly well used - the main station (Halifax Old, later renamed Halifax Town and then just Halifax) was barely a mile away and had much better facilities.

Although goods facilities at North Bridge station ceased in 1960 with the closure of the High Level branch to St. Pauls, the goods yard and coal depot were the last part of the entire line to be closed in 1974 when the site was cleared for a supermarket, car park and leisure centre.


To see the other stations on the Halifax - Bradford - Keighley lines click on the station name: Halifax St. Pauls, Pellon,
Ovenden, Holmfield, Queensbury, Clayton, Great Horton, Horton Park, Manchester Road, St. Dunstan's, Bradford Adolphus Street, Thornton, Denholme, Wilsden, Cullingworth & Ingrow East

 


Halifax North Bridge Station in the 1950's






Looking north from Halifax North Bridge Station in 2004
P
hoto by Chris Armour

Halifax North Bridge Station in the 1950's

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[Source: Chris Armour]


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