The civic society is a charity for the public benefit for the district, our residents, businesses and visitors. We campaign on a broad range of issues, and rail is no exception encompassing services and the facilities at all three stations, namely Monkhill, Tanshelf and Baghill.

Current Services

  • Monkhill offers services to Leeds, Wakefield, Knottingley and Goole from Northern Rail, as well as the Grand Central service to London, and Bradford via Halifax.
  • Tanshelf has services to Wakefield Kirkgate and Westgate, and Knottingley.
  • Baghill allows travel to York and Sheffield.
  • Full services details can be found for all operators on their own websites, and

Our achievements

These services exist is in part due to our campaigning which has provided additional services to Leeds, York and Sheffield, as well as the routing of the London service via Monkhill; had Peter Cookson, our President, not worked tirelessly in welcoming senior management from Grand Central on several visits to Pontefract, then Pontefract would have been ignored when the service was launched in May 2010, which saw the return of a direct service King’s Cross; the last direct London service having ceased in 1866 so quite an achievement to see it return. There is though room for further improvements in return services and a useful weekend service – let us know if you agree?


We have campaigned to extend the Huddersfield to Wakefield service onto Pontefract, in fact better still, if it went onto Doncaster, though current funding only permits the extension to Castleford; this is ludicrous when it should continue onto to the additionally lucrative areas of Glasshoughton (for Xscape, Junction 32 Shopping Outlet and other opportunities for work), and of course Pontefract Monkhill, then Doncaster. The latter would open up access to the intercity service to the north and south, and the East Midlands & Lincolnshire area, too.

Similarly, we are campaigning at Baghill for additional services to York and Sheffield which will connect passengers to Scarborough and the Peak District.

Beyond rail services, we continue to advocate for Monkhill station facilities to be further developed, including accessibility, waiting rooms, more car parking, lighting and CCTV.

At Baghill, we’d like to see the last remaining Victorian building of its type on this line to be ‘locally listed’ by Wakefield MDC, and for the landlord to fully let the building.

We have also recently signed up to Northern Rail’s Station Adoption Scheme for all three Pontefract stations, and you’ll see more benefits of that in the future as we work with rail users, schools, the local community and rail industry to improvement services and stations, so the latter will become a pleasant place to arrive at and depart from, as you travel in and out of Pontefract.

Your participation will be welcomed.

Whilst we are campaigning, negotiating and managing relationships with stakeholders, we can’t do it alone, thus we need your help. If you are a business or leisure rail user and you experience issues these need reporting to the service provider, if you experience vandalism that should be reported to the police; we’d like to be informed too, either on social media or via email to

You can get further involved by helping with the station adoption scheme, and more broadly by becoming a member of the civic society (; get on board.

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