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Beeching Reversal – Restoration Of A Daily Train Service On The Keighley & Worth Valley Railway

This is one of the Beeching Reversal projects that the Government and Network Rail are proposing to reverse some of the Beeching cuts.

The route starts at Keighley station, which is shown in this Google Map.

Keighley station is effectively a double station.

The basic plan appears to be to run daily passenger services on the heritage railway between Keighley and Oxenhope via Haworth.

But there is a lot more than meets the eye.

Commuter Use

The Wikipedia entry of the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway has a section called Commuter Use, where this is said.

On weekends – in particular Saturday mornings, local residents who live in Oxenhope, Haworth, Oakworth and Ingrow catch the early morning diesel service to Keighley, returning later on steam hauled services. During the weekday outside of the summer months, locals instead use the local bus services.

It then says that studies have been done to investigate the railway’s use as a commuter route.

Heritage Use

There are attractions in the area to attract everybody.

In addition to the major centres of Leeds and Bradford, these stations are worth a visit for the sites they serve.

Haworth for the Brontes

Saltaire for the World Heritage Site of Salts Mill and the Hockneys.

Skipton for the Settle and Carlisle Railway.

LNER To Skipton

LNER run a single daily service to Skipton, that calls at Keighley and Shipley and it is rumoured on Wikipedia, that they would like to run more services.

My feeling, is that the company wants to run pairs of five-car Class 800 or Class 801 trains to Leeds, where they will split and go on to places like Bradford, Harrogate, Huddersfield and Skipton.

Skipton And Colne

This project appears to be a favourite of Governments, as I suspect it solves problems across the North. I last wrote about it in May this year in Colne – Skipton Reopening Moves Closer.

Short Breaks In Yorkshire

Is Yprkshire and Leeds and Bradford in particular, making a bit for the short break market?

It all fits!

What Needs To Be Added To The Keighley And Worth Valley Railway?

If the railway is going to run a regular commuter or tourist service on the route between Keighley and Oxenhope, the following issues must be covered.

Rolling Stock

The railway has an extensive collection of rolling stock, which include a couple of diesel multiple units, that should be able to handle the service.

I would think, that if they wanted something more modern with a heritage feel, that a battery electric version of one of Vivarail’s Class 230 trains would fit the bill. They could run using Vivarail’s Pop-up Metro concept.


The stations on the railway seem to be in good condition, but I’m sure to handle commuters for Leeds and Bradford, there may be some updating required.


There must be through ticketing.


I don’t feel that this would be the most expensive of schemes, as the major expense of an interchange station between the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway and the Airedale Line is already built.



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    Comment by Jonathan Caswell | July 4, 2020 | Reply

  3. It’s almost as if there’s a rail aficionado, either in the Government, near the top of the Department for Transport or Network Rail.

    Or perhaps they’ve got Michael Portillo or his producer or one of the other rail broadcasters on board.

    My money, though is on Peter Hendy, who has a pet Routemaster bus and probably thought up the Overground or at least backed it. There are a lot of heritage schemes on the master list, but others like the Arundel Chord are all about efficient operation of existing railways.

    Camberwell could be a Hendy scheme, that he knew about from his time in London. I think that could be one of those schemes, where the costs don’t add up too well, but that everyone believes the passengers will turn up!

    I think Heaton-Harris will need all his diplomatic skills as a football referee to sort this lot out.

    Comment by AnonW | July 4, 2020 | Reply

  4. Keithley is the pronunciation of Keighley! Confusing and doubtless many others throughout the land!

    Comment by James | July 4, 2020 | Reply

  5. Thanks for that! One of the problems is that cut and paste in Windows 10 with WordPress is as useful as a chocolate tea-pot, so I have to do a lot more typing. As I only have one fully-working hand, I’m not the best typist, so I do a lot of cut and paste with the mouse and right clicks.

    Comment by AnonW | July 4, 2020 | Reply

  6. How will the Virus panic affect re social distancing affecting capacity, and the clash with holiday makers for room, as stations are small. Another concern is a lack of toilets all year round.

    Comment by jagracer | July 4, 2020 | Reply

    • I suspect everybody will develop a strategy.

      I certainly always visit the toilet before I leave home!

      Comment by AnonW | July 4, 2020 | Reply

  7. Did the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway take receipt of a Pacer recently. Perhaps that is part of their plans…

    Comment by Matthew Goode | July 5, 2020 | Reply

  8. My view is that the only places for a Pacer are in a museum or a scrapyard or a novelty use like a restaurant, classroom or village haul.

    For running commuter services on a heritage railway, a battery-electric Class 230 train is surely a better bet!

    They are a superb example of upcycling.

    They are actually older than Pacers.

    Comment by AnonW | July 5, 2020 | Reply

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