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Have you thought about catching the train?

Your nearest train station – Pontefract Baghill can be reached by bike in just 2 minutes or on foot in just over 5 minutes. Pontefract Baghill station is served by Northern, which operates services between York and Sheffield, stopping at places such as Rotherham, Meadowhall and Swinton.

Pontefract also benefits from two other stations – Pontefract Tanshelf and Pontefract Monkhill, which can both be reached by bike within 10 minutes and just over 15 minutes on foot; both stations have cycle storage facilities available.

From Pontefract Tanshelf, frequent services run to Knottingley, Wakefield Kirkgate and Featherstone. From Pontefract Monkhill you can also catch services to Castleford, Leeds and even London.

Planning a Journey by Train

By connecting with other services at stations such as Leeds it is of course possible to travel by train to a wide range of destinations both locally and nationally. The easiest way to plan a journey by train is to use one of the online rail enquiry websites, such as National Rail Enquiries. Simply select the station you wish to travel from and to, and the dates/times, and the system will not only tell you which trains you should catch, but will also tell you how much your journey will cost and then let you book your tickets.

Further Useful Links:

  • Live Departures

    To view live departure information for Pontefract’s train stations please use the links below:

    Pontefract Baghill

    Pontefract Monkhill

    Pontefract Tanshelf
  • Personalised Pocket Timetables

    You can create a personalised timetable at the National Rail Website, and download it as a PDF for printing. You can do this for up to 3 departure or arrival stations and you can choose your date and time of travel that is best suited for you. Timetables are available for the next 12 weeks and will include any known changes to train times.

    To create a personalised train timetable, click here
  • Ticket Options

    If your journey by train is regular, and within West Yorkshire, an MCard could be the best ticket option for you. To find out more about the MCard and how much it costs, please click here

    If your journey is frequent but goes outside of West Yorkshire a season ticket may be the best option for you. Find out more by clicking here

    Alternatively, if your journey is infrequent please click here to find train times and costs, and to book a ticket online.
  • Station Information

    To find out what facilities are available at Pontefract’s train stations please use the links below:

    Pontefract Baghill

    Pontefract Monkhill

    Pontefract Tanshelf
  • Travel Tools

    National Rail Enquiries has a whole host of useful tools to make planning your trip and travelling by train really easy. Click here to access a train tracker tool and a range of phone and web apps.
  • Rail Cards

    Did you know that there are a number of railcard offers available, including the ‘Two Together’ and the ‘Family and Friends’ Railcard where you can get great discounts on rail travel when travelling either with one other person or with the whole family? Both Railcards can be obtained through the Railcard website, which can be accessed here

    If you regularly make journeys that involve catching both the train and bus you may benefit from PLUSBUS, a discount price bus pass that you can buy with your train ticket. PLUSBUS grants you unlimited bus and tram travel across 290 towns and cities across the UK. To find out whether you would benefit from PLUSBUS click here
  • Commuter Club

    Annual rail travel can offer great savings when compared to weekly or monthly rail tickets. However, due to the upfront cost, annual travel may not be the most attractive option for everyone. Commuter Club allows you to split the cost of annual travel over the course of 11 months so that you don’t have to pay the upfront cost.

    To find out more please click here