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Tuesday 24 July 1951 Baildon station closure threat

About Baildon station

Bradford Observer - Tuesday 24 July 1951
Baildon station closure threat
Baildon Urban Council's opposition to the proposal of the Railway Executive to close Baildon Station and goods depot is receiving support.
Shipley and Baildon District Traders' Association decided last night to send a letter of protest to the District Goods Superintendent at Leeds and a similar protest has already been made by Messrs. J. S. Whitaker and Sons, local coal merchants.
Mr. R. Howard Moore (Clerk to the Council) said yesterday that he had pointed out that there was land in the vicinity of the station which would ultimately be developed for residential purposes.
At last night's traders' meeting, Mr. Clive Webster, secretary, pointed out that though the railway pass-holders had dwindled to a very small number, each week 50 tons of coal were delivered at Baildon station.

Thursday 01 January 1953 BAILDON STATION TO CLOSE DOWN

Bradford Observer - Thursday 01 January 1953
BAILDON railway station is to be closed down for ordinary passenger train service from Monday next.
This announcement has been made by the Railway Executive, who state that the "present services at Baildon station are being maintained at a considerable loss. It will be necessary they say, to withdraw the ordinary passenger train service and convert the goods depot into an unstaffed public delivery siding on and from Monday. January 5."
Arrangements are to be made for excursion trains to call when the demand is sufficient-and "so long as the platforms remain in a reasonable condition."
Alternative facilities for passengers are provided by the West Yorkshire Road Car Company who operate a seven-minute service to Ilkley, Otley, Yeadon, Harrogate and Bradford which passes within half a mile of Baildon station.
Alternative facilities for parcels traffic are available at Shipley station and the collection and delivery service at present operating from that point will continue.
There will be no alteration in the existing arrangement whereby goods "smalls" traffic is dealt with in Bradford  and carted full loads traffic at Shipley. Non - carted freight traffic and coal will be dealt with at the public delivery siding.