Huddersfield and Manchester Railway and Canal Company
After the completion of the Manchester & Leeds Railway (M&LR) in 1841, which passed three miles to the north of Huddersfield, a number of schemes were proposed to provide a rail link to the town.
In April 1844 the Huddersfield & Manchester Railway & Canal scheme was proposed with the aim of building a line through Huddersfield with a capital of £600,000:
- a high-level line northwards from Huddersfield to the existing Manchester & Leeds Railway (M&LR) station at Cooper Bridge
- a high-level line southwards from Huddersfield to connect to the proposed station at Stalybridge, which was to be the terminus of both the Ashton-under-Lyne to Stalybridge Branch of the Sheffield, Ashton-under-Lyne & Manchester Railway (SA&MR) and also the Ashton, Stalybridge and Liverpool Junction Railway (AS&LJR)
The company's Parliamentary Act was given Royal Assent on 21 July 1845. A second shorter Act was passed in July 1846 to amend the route through Huddersfield and to formally agree that a section of the line — including the section through Huddersfield Railway Station — would be operated jointly with the Huddersfield & Sheffield Junction Railway (H&SJR). The two companies also agreed to jointly operate the new railway station.
At a meeting held on 28 February 1846, the company decided against becoming part of the proposed Manchester, Sheffield & Lincolnshire Railway (MS&LR). Instead, the MS&LR was formed on 1 January 1847 from the following companies:
- Sheffield & Lincolnshire Junction Railway (S&LJR)
- Great Grimsby & Sheffield Junction Railway (GG&SJR)
- Sheffield, Ashton-under-Lyne & Manchester Railway (SA&MR)
The company was acquired in 1847 by the London & North Western Railway (L&NWR).
Although the Manchester & Huddersfield Railway Company no longer existed as a separate entity, its logo was incorporated into the right-hand booking office of the railway station at Huddersfield.
- Articles about the Huddersfield and Manchester Railway
- The Leeds, Huddersfield and Manchester Railway: The Standedge Line (1984) by Martin Bairstow
Notes and References
- "Huddersfield and Manchester Railway and Canal" in Railway Times (07/Mar/1846).