With just over 5 weeks to go, the national railway companies have been planning the logistics for moving thousands of people around Yorkshire to watch the various stages of the Tour de France. With road closures forecast to cause chaos on the roads around the County the railways are seen as the most effective way of getting around the course and close to the action.
The second stage of the Yorkshire section on Sunday 6th July, not only comes into the Worth Valley, but will pass alongside Haworth station before taking a right turn into Bridgehouse Lane before crossing the Railway and heading up the hill into Haworth – cobbles and all. Haworth Park has been designated as an event “Hub” by the organisers.
For most of Sunday A629 Halifax Road out of Keighley, the B6142 that brings visitors down to the Railway at Haworth and the A6033 that takes the cyclists ‘over the top’ to Hebden Bridge, will all be closed to all but those involved in the event. The details of Le Grand Depart can be found at Tour de France Grand Départ 2014 and specifically for the route of Stage 2, click here.
Effectively, for anyone wanting to see the race as it passes up the Valley, the only way up the Worth Valley will be by train on the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway. As a result of the road closures and the many people arriving into the area by train, the Railway is rising to the challenge and will be running an intensive timetable throughout the day.
Friday 4th & Saturday 5th July
The Railway will be operating our standard peak train service between 09:00 and 18:00 with trains departing Keighley and Oxenhope every 45 minutes from 11:00 to 17:00. A detailed timetable will be published on the main website. Normal fares and discounts will apply.
Sunday 6th July (Race day)
A special intensive train service will operate on this date.
Trains will depart Keighley calling at Ingrow West, Oakworth, Haworth and Oxenhope at least every 45 minutes (more frequently in the morning) between 07.30 and 20.00.
Trains will depart Oxenhope calling at Haworth, Oakworth, Ingrow West and Keighley at least every 45 minutes (more frequently in the morning) between 06.45 and 19.15.
No trains will call at Damems station on this date.
A full timetable will be available on the main website nearer the time.
On Sunday 6th July only, all normal fares will be suspended and a special ticket allowing unlimited journeys will be available priced £10 adults and £5 children. Local residents in possession of a valid Local Residents Railcard will be £5. There will be no other tickets or discounts available for travel on this date.
Monday 7th July
We will be operating our standard peak train service between 09:00 and 18:00 with trains departing Keighley and Oxenhope every 45 minutes from 11:00 to 17:00. A detailed timetable will be published on the main website. Normal fares and discounts will be apply.