Leeds, Dewsbury and Manchester Railway

The Leeds, Dewsbury & Manchester Railway (LD&MR) was a scheme to build a new line from a junction east of Mirfield (Dewsbury Junction) through Dewsbury and on to Leeds, and acted as a companion scheme to the Huddersfield & Manchester Railway. Together, the two schemes opened up a new route from Stalybridge to Leeds via Huddersfield, providing a more direct journey from Leeds to Manchester.

The Parliamentary Act received Royal Assent on 30 June 1845.

Before the line opened, it was amalgamated into the London & North Western Railway (L&NWR) in 1847.

The surviving railway station at Dewsbury was built as part of the scheme and opened on 18 September 1848.


The stations on the line were:

  • Ravensthorpe & Thornhill
  • Dewsbury
  • Staincliffe & Batley Carr (closed 1952)
  • Batley
  • Morley
  • Churwell (later replaced by Cottingley Station)
  • Wortley & Farnley (closed 1952)
  • Leeds Central (closed 1967)


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