The Anonymous Widower

A Trip To Huddersfield

Yesterday, I took the train to Huddersfield to see the two Towns share a goal-less draw.

I went via Manchester Piccadilly, as I wanted to have a decent lunch in Carluccio’s at the station, where I know the wi-fi is also excellent, as it incidentally was on Virgin’s trains and in their First Class lounge at Euston. The same can’t be said for their food and drink offering on the trains at the weekend.

It was very cold outside and as I passed through Highbury and Islington station to get to Euston, it was actually trying to snow.

It may seem strange to get to Huddersfield via Manchester, but then there are four trains about every hour on that route. They are new trains, but are only three coaches and often are completely full with standing everywhere. It was a classic case of the Treasury deciding how many coaches should have been bought for the Trans Pennine route and then dividing it by three to fit their budget. It’s a pleasant enough half-hour route though through the Pennines as this picture shows.

Manchester To Huddersfield

Manchester To Huddersfield

Although, the cleaner at Piccadilly was a bit slapdash.

Slapdash Cleaning At Piccadilly

Slapdash Cleaning At Piccadilly

I feel right to blame the cleaner, as he actually came into the carriage whilst I was waiting to sit down.

I should point out that these Trans Pennine trains, illustrate some of what is wrong with the layout of Piccadilly station, which was probably designed by a Scouser with a bizarre sense of humour, to get at their rival city. These trains turn up at all sorts of places in the station and are often the second or even the third train on the platform, counting from the concourse. I think it was the third yesterday. It must be a nightmare for staff to get passengers on the right train. But I’ve changed trains at Piccadlly so many times now, that I know the traps the station sets for you. Hopefully things will get better with the Northern Hub works.  But this won’t be fully implemented until 2018.

At present. there are two solutions for passengers to avoid the problems; allow plenty of time and have drink or a meal in the station or take another route. For Huddersfield yesterday, I could have gone via Leeds, but that would have meant a walk up the hill in the cold to get a meal, as Leeds station doesn’t have a restaurant only snack bars.

The journey on to Huddersfield was enlivened with one of those bizarre incidents that seem to happen to me. A screw fell out of the bottom of my camera onto the floor.  In crawling around the floor looking for it, I was assisted by a retired lady doctor from Hull, who like me had gone to Liverpool University. We must have looked an odd pair. I’ve now got the problem of finding a screw for the camera. Or should that be an independent camera shop?

Huddersfield station is not your ordinary drab station, as the picture shows.

Huddersfield Railway Station

Huddersfield Railway Station

It is a Grade 1 listed building and actually contains two pubs. Pevsner described it as one of the best early railway stations in England. The statue by the way is Harold Wilson. The football ground is a twenty-minute walk downhill from the station and despite Huddersfield Town not being on television very often, the ground is well-known to viewers because of Rugby League.

John Smith's Stadium

John Smith’s Stadium

The John Smith’s Stadium was one of the first modern grounds to be built in recent years. As the picture shows, the view is good and I’d rate it one of the best seats for visiting supporters along with Barnsley, Burnley or Wolverhampton.  You would never describe it as pokey or restricted like Charlton or QPR, although the stewards were complaining of the cold. So that must have been bad!

A steward incidentally told me that Ipswich had attracted a thousand fans.  This must be quite a lot considering the distance from Suffolk and the weather.  But on the other hand Ipswich, Suffolk and the football club must have one of the largest diaspora of any part of the UK.

February 24, 2013 - Posted by | Sport, Transport | , , , , , ,

4 Comments »

  1. […] is the tenth largest town in England, with a population of 146,000 or so. As I found on my trip yesterday, it has a grand railway station with good connections to Manchester and Leeds, but it doesn’t […]

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  4. […] I think, I can throw in here, one other useful piece of information.  I saw no improvement on my trips to Blackburn or Huddersfield. […]

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