Sidetracked - The Wharfedale Line - Guiseley
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The Wharfedale Line is like a two pronged fork, one line runs from Leeds, initially on The Airdale Line, before leaving this at Apperly Bridge, on a single line to Esholt Junction where it joins the Bradford line, and then runs on to Guiseley the 1st station for Leeds trains.
The other line starts at Bradford Foster Square, Frizinghall, Shipley (where it crosses The Airedale Line), Baildon and then joins the Leeds branch to form the handle of the fork running via Guiseley, Menson, Burley in Wharfedale, Ben Rydding before terminating at Ilkey
The line was originally owned by the Midland Railway from Leeds to Burley-in-Wharfedale. At this point the line became joint property, with the North Eastern Railway, and was known as the Otley & Ilkley Joint Railway (O&IJt). The line originally carried on from Ilkley, this Midland line served Addingham, Bolton Abbey and Embsay to Skipton. The section from Embsay to Bolton Abbey has been reopened by enthusiasts and operates steam locomotives as the Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway.
The line was electrified between 1994 and 1995, and is mainly served by four-coach Class 333 electric multiple units operated by Northern Rail
During Monday to Saturday daytimes services run to/from Leeds and Bradford twice per hour, there are four services every hour to Ilkley. During Monday to Saturday evenings, services are hourly to/from both Leeds and Bradford Forster Square. On Sundays, services are hourly to/from Leeds and every two hours to/from Bradford.
The station facilities were redeveloped in 2002 to give a new waiting room on platform two (for trains to Leeds and Bradford) and a waiting room and ticket office on platform one (for trains to Ilkley). This office is open from 0615-1930 Mon-Sat and 0915-1630 on Sundays. A small car park, which gets rather full on weekdays, is accessible from Station Road. Passengers on foot can also access the station via a path from Netherfield Road or a path that connects with Morton Terrace and Otley Road.
Along with Horsforth station on the Harrogate line, Guiseley is one of the two closest railway stations to Leeds Bradford International Airport, at nearby Yeadon. An hourly bus service (Monday to Saturday daytimes, service 737) between the airport and Bradford Interchange runs along nearby Oxford Road. However, a more frequent bus service to/from the airport runs from Leeds railway station but this, in the long run, could take longer.
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