Huddersfield Line services towards Leeds or Wakefield and Castleford

Click Huddersfield Line to Manchester for services to Slaithwaite, Marsden and stations to Stalybridge and Manchester Piccadilly or Victoria.

Visit our Calder Valley Line page if travelling to the upper Calder Valley or to Halifax or Bradford.

Huddersfield - Deighton - Mirfield - Raventhorpe - Dewsbury - Batley - Morley - Cottingley - Leeds

A TransPennine Express train at Bradley TransPennine Express hourly stopping trains run between Huddersfield and Leeds calling at all the above stations. The stopping service generally takes around 40 minutes.

In addition to the all-stop service between Huddersfield and Leeds, the new timetables include at least three fast trains per hour towards Leeds during weekday daytime, although there is generally a gap of nearly half an hour between trains during part of each hour. The fastest non-stop journeys to Leeds take around 19 minutes.

The fast trains operate towards Hull, Newcastle (occasionally Edinburgh) and to Redcar Central. The Newcastle and Redcar Central trains usually call at Dewsbury. Hull trains do not usually call at Dewsbury. In the May 2021 to December 2021 timetable only one daily journey is operating through to Scarborough and just two from Scarborough. An hourly service runs from York to Scarborough.

Fast services to and from Leeds are not generally overtaking the stopping service as previously. If everything is on time, a fast train will leave Huddersfield only minutes ahead of the stopping train. The next fast train after the stopping service should arrive in Leeds only two minutes later than the stopping train.

Between the direct stopping trains from Huddersfield, there is the possibility, with an appropriate ticket, of reaching Mirfield, Batley and Morley stations by changing at Dewsbury (from TransPennine Express) to Northern Calder Valley line trains. Cottingley can be reached between direct trains by travelling express to Leeds then back to Cottingley.

Huddersfield - Deighton - Mirfield - Wakefield Kirkgate - Normanton - Castleford

The Northern service between Huddersfield and Wakefield is still reduced to three trains a day Since May 2019 the regular service from Huddersfield to Wakefield was extended beyond Wakefield Kirkgate to Normanton and Castleford.

The route is essentially a segment of a circle line around West Yorkshire and provides a very useful commuter service between Huddersfield, Deighton, Mirfield, Wakefield Kirkgate and now further.

The journey from Huddersfield to Wakefield takes 24 minutes, which is much quicker than other modes of transport on some of the most congested roads in the area. The fastest bus from Huddersfield to Wakefield takes 1 hour 5 minutes.

It also provides a much faster link than travelling via Leeds for people from the Wakefield district wishing to travel to Manchester and Manchester Airport. If timetables provided good connections, the journey from Wakefield Kirkgate to Manchester ought to be achievable in under an hour via Huddersfield, compared with the time of around 1 hour 43 minutes it takes changing among the big city congestion of Leeds.

That said, however, the May 2021 timetable continues the cut of this formerly hourly service to Northern's Covid-19 Key Worker Timetable service of just three peak-time trains each way a day. These journeys are now back to being operated by train after a bus replacement during the opening weeks of the new timetable taking 1 hour 8 minutes to Castleford rather than 37 minutes by train.

At times other than when the three trains run it leaves travellers considering a trip changing trains at Leeds with a minimum daytime journey time of 59 minutes to Wakefield Kirkgate and often longer for a fare of £2 more.

Mirfield travellers may be helped to get to Wakefield in around 15 minutes instead of a minimum 1 hour 6 min via Leeds if they book a seat on one of three Grand Central trains a day. However, trains from Huddersfield currently connect well at Mirfield with only the mid-afternoon Grand Central service.

Before the Covid-19 outbreak there had even been expectation of an even better service as journey planners had shown an extension of the TransPennine Express Manchester to Huddersfield services to Wakefield Kirkgate, a change which has not now been implemented.

There is still no service on this route on a Sunday, although the TransPennine Express trains would have introduced one.

PLEASE NOTE: This travel study is provided for basic guidance and indicates the general daytime pattern of Monday to Saturday trains. We recommend checking your route on journey planners before travelling, particularly in the evening and on Sundays.

Useful web links

Northern Timetables    The Huddersfield - Mirfield - Wakefield - Castleford service is now among the many services on Northern timetable 36.

Metro   West Yorkshire passenger transport authority Metro's website (exter link)
National Rail   National Rail Enquiries and journey planner (external link)

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