Rail travel in and around Huddersfield

Huddersfield Railway Station Huddersfield railway station is the fourth busiest in Yorkshire after Leeds, York and Sheffield and is used for around five million passenger journeys per year.
Huddersfield is usually served by more than 250 trains a day, although possibly a little fewer at present. They offer direct services to and from more than 80 destinations throughout the north of England, with connecting services to many other places.
More than 100 stations can be reached from Huddersfield in under an hour. Virtually all destinations have at least an hourly service during weekday daytime. As at September 2020, there are 4 trains per hour to Leeds and Manchester, 2 to York and 1 to Manchester Airport.
A new five-coach Transpennine Expess Nova 3 train bound for Scarborough and a new Northern Class 195 three-car diesel unit, both built by CAF of Spain, are pictured at Huddersfield Railways also play an important part in the local commuter network with several Huddersfield area villages and other towns in the Kirklees metropolitan district able to achieve faster times into Huddersfield by train than by bus or car on the congested road network.
If travelling by rail to London, this can be achieved on one of several trains per hour which connect at various points with main routes to the capital. Many journeys take under 3 hours. While the various connecting routes offer departure times at just about any time of day, there are no direct services from Huddersfield to London.
Our Calder Valley Line page provides information on
Huddersfield - Brighouse - Halifax - Low Moor - Bradford Interchange
and where to change for journeys from Huddersfield to
Sowerby Bridge - Mytholmroyd - Hebden Bridge - Todmorden - Walsden

The Penistone Line page provides information on the useful commuter services to and from Huddersfield from several villages to the south-east of the town on the line which continues to Penistone then via Barnsley and Meadowhall to provide a slow but only direct link to the city of Sheffield.

Our Huddersfield Line page provides details of services in the directions of Leeds and Wakefield, including:
Huddersfield - Deighton - Mirfield - Ravensthorpe - Dewsbury - Batley - Morley - Cottingley - Leeds
Huddersfield - Deighton - Mirfield - Wakefield Kirkgate - Normanton - Castleford

Our Huddersfield Line to Manchester page has information on westbound trains, including those calling at Slaithwaite and Marsden.

Rail operators running trains from Huddersfield are Transpennine Express, run by First, and Northern, which since March 2020 has been operated by Northern Trains Ltd, run by the UK Department for Transport.

Typical journey times   

Comparison of typical weekday journey times from and to Huddersfield.

Times in minutes
Italics - involves a change
Dec - May 2020 | May - Dec 2019 | Dec - May 2019 | before May 2018
Brighouse10-1310-21 !9-20 !14
Halifax22-2321-33 ! 20-34 !24
Wakefield (Kirkgate)2524-262330
Manchester (Victoria)30-3629-3129-3131-50
Bradford Interchange36-3736-47 !35-48 !42
Manchester (Piccadilly)39-4636-4139-4231-35
Wakefield (Westgate)49-65 *DD L49-53 *DD L53 *DD L38
Oldham58-60 #MV
Manchester Airport63-6556-6258-6259-71
Liverpool (Lime Street)71-7567-7168-7165-89
Warrington (Central)80 *DD M79-85 *DD M80-84 *DD M59

Our green is faster, red is slower compares the current timetable with the best achievements of recent timetables, while ignoring small differences.
*DD - Direct service discontinued.
! - Timetable amendmends by Northern in 2019 created a large discrepancy between improved outbound and much worsened inbound journey times.
#MV - Oldham is no longer on the national rail network as its railways were replaced with a slower tram system. However, this time can be achieved by travelling by train to Manchester Victoria then tram to Oldham. This journey is marginally quicker than bus (79 mins) and considerably quicker than the route in National Rail journey planners of train from Huddersfield to Manchester Victoria, train from there to Rochdale then tram to Oldham.
L - Now involves change at Leeds to ensure fastest arrival at Wakefield Westgate by train.
M - Now involves change at Manchester Piccadilly. Warrington Bank Quay can also be reached via Manchester Oxford Road in 79 minutes or via Manchester Victoria in 75 minutes, depending on departure time from Huddersfield.

Please check timetables or with rail operators for full and up-to-date details. This travel study is provided for general guidance.

Useful web links

The website of West Yorkshire passenger transport authority Metro offers live departure information for all stations and for bus stops in West Yorkshire together with timetables. National Rail offers a journey planner and live station departure and arrival information across the country.

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

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