Yorkshire Times
Weekend Edition
Graham Clark
Features Writer
9:50 AM 11th July 2020

Kirklees Light Railway Back On Track

The Kirklees Light Railway closed its doors to the public in mid-March as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and only five weeks into its 2020 season.

Although the period of enforced closure and no income has been tough for the railway, there is now light at the end of the tunnel as they have announced a public reopening date of Saturday 11 July.

Staff are being brought back from furlough leave and volunteer activity has resumed as the reopening preparations get into full swing. During this time, local residents are reminded that it is both illegal and dangerous to access or walk on the railway line which stretches from Clayton West to Shelley.

Preparation trains will be running daily and at unscheduled times.

As a COVID-secure visitor attraction, the railway has implemented many news measures including reduced capacities, social distancing, hand sanitiser stations and one-way systems. Cleaning regimes have been ramped up and adult visitors are asked to wear face masks/coverings when journeying on the trains or when within 1-2m of people from outside their ‘social bubbles.’

Like many visitor attractions, it will now be necessary to book your tickets online in advance of your visit at

Activities at the popular attraction include a seven mile return journey on the unique fleet of steam engines, outdoor adventure playgrounds, a ride-on miniature railway, the Buffer Stop Café and a gift and toy shop.

Good to see another local attraction back on track.