Moorthorpe railway station

Moorthorpe National Rail

The restored Moorthorpe railway station
Place Moorthorpe
Local authority City of Wakefield
Coordinates 53°35′42″N 1°18′18″W / 53.5949°N 1.3050°W / 53.5949; -1.3050Coordinates: 53°35′42″N 1°18′18″W / 53.5949°N 1.3050°W / 53.5949; -1.3050
Grid reference SE460111
Station code MRP
Managed by Northern
Number of platforms 2
DfT category F1
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
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Annual rail passenger usage*
2010/11 Increase 0.191 million
2011/12 Increase 0.200 million
2012/13 Increase 0.227 million
2013/14 Increase 0.241 million
2014/15 Increase 0.264 million
Passenger Transport Executive
PTE West Yorkshire (Metro)
Zone 5(WYPTE)& Barnsley(SYPTE)
National Rail – UK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Moorthorpe from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Moorthorpe railway station serves Moorthorpe and South Kirkby, near Pontefract, in the City of Wakefield district of West Yorkshire, England. It lies on the Wakefield Line and the Dearne Valley Line, 18 14 miles (29.4 km) north of Sheffield and is served by Northern.

The station was opened in May 1879, jointly by the Midland Railway and North Eastern Railway, as part of their Swinton and Knottingley Joint Railway scheme. A short chord was also built at the same time to link the S&K Joint line with the main Doncaster to Leeds line at South Kirkby Junction. Upon opening, Moorthorpe marked the northern limit of the part of the line maintained by the Midland Railway; the southern end of the intersection bridge over the Doncaster to Leeds line, marked the actual boundary. North of that point, the North Eastern Railway undertook the maintenance. Moorthorpe station is of North Eastern Railway design, as is Pontefract Baghill.[1]

This latter connection is now part of the main line between Sheffield and Leeds, and is used by CrossCountry services between Edinburgh Waverley and Birmingham New Street, and beyond. In addition, local trains on the Leeds – Rotherham Central – Sheffield route (Wakefield Line) use the spur and call at the station. This connecting line is now effectively the main line, and it splits from the S & K route immediately north of the station, with the track to York then bridging the GNR main line on its way northwards. This junction (and the adjacent loops to the south of the station) was controlled from the nearby Midland Railway signal box until May 2011, but following signalling equipment renewal work the area is now under the control of the ROC at York.[2]

After the station was reduced to the status of an unstaffed halt in the 1970s, the station building was converted into a pub. This closed in the 1980s and the building became derelict. However it has recently been restored by the town council, with funding from the Railway Heritage Trust, to include office space, a community cafe and a booking office.[3][4]

A footbridge was opened at the station at the end of May 2010; previously passengers had to cross the tracks at a flat crossing.[5][6]


Monday to Saturdays, an hourly service operates from Moorthorpe to Leeds via Wakefield Westgate and to Sheffield. Sundays the service is two-hourly in both directions.

Two services daily operate on the Dearne Valley line to York and Sheffield.[7]

The station is less than 1 mile (1.6 km) away from South Elmsall railway station which means the South Kirkby/South Elmsall area has a half-hourly service (hourly Sundays) to Leeds.

The station is less than 1 mile (1.6 km) away from Frickley Athletic F.C.


The station is in West Yorkshire but South Yorkshire PTE tickets are valid to and from this station on services into South Yorkshire.


  1. "Sheffield Daily Telegraph". 24 April 1879.
  2. "Moorthorpe and Hickleton Area Signalling Renewals"Network Rail Consulting; Retrieved 18 November 2016
  3. Paul Salveson (January 2012). "Moorthorpe - Yorkshire's New Showpiece". RailProfessional.
  4. Andy Savage (30 April 2014). "Conserving the railway's past". Rail Magazine (747). pp. 52–57.
  5. Rail (631). p. 15. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. "Moorthorpe bridge opens to improve pedestrian safety" (Press release). Network Rail. 1 June 2010. Retrieved 1 June 2010.
  7. GB eNRT December 2015 Edition, Tables 31 & 33

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Dearne Valley Line
Wakefield Line

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