Huddersfield Line services towards Leeds or Wakefield and Castleford
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
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
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
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 linksNorthern
Metro West Yorkshire passenger transport authority Metro's website (exter link)
National Rail National Rail Enquiries and journey planner (external link)