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Written by Neil Scarlett - 04 May 2011
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Location notes
Southfield Lane Bridge is located on the Wakefield Kirkgate to Huddersfield line, about 5 miles west of Wakefield. It is in a quiet rural location well away from any main road yet only a few yards from residential properties.
Railway type and traffic
The main traffic on the line is Northern Rail DMUs consisting of Class 142, 144 , 150 and 158 providing hourly services from Wakefield to Huddersfield and frequent Leeds to Sheffield/Nottingham workings.
There are occasional freight workings, but only a handful during daylight hours. The busiest time for freight is between 12:00 and 14:00 when it might be possible to see two Freighliner Class 66 hauled binliners, the Preston Docks to Lindsey DBS Class 66 hauled empty bitumen tanks and possibly a Hunslet East to Tunstead DBS Class 66 empty cement tanks train.
The line is also used by rail tours from the Crewe/Manchester/Preston areas heading towards York, Scarborough and Edinburgh and in the summer by Crewe to Scarborough steam excursions.
Because of the infrequency of loco hauled trains it is one of those locations where it is best to visit when you know in advance which workings are running.
A quiet rail over bridge in a pleasant rural area where you will only meet dog walkers and occasional vehicles to the nearby Slazengers Sports fields. Not regarded as a problem area for vandals and overlooked by housing.
Road directions
Horbury Town Centre is about 5 minutes drive from M1 Junction 40. Head through Horbury and onto the A642 Horbury Bypass. Once on the bypass head westwards and turn left onto Daw Lane and then immediately right onto the downward sloping Southfield Lane. As you turn the bend on Southfield Lane you will see a lane on the left. Follow this over the railway bridge and park up at the far side of the bridge.

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Southfield Lane Bridge, Horbury, Wakefield map co-ordinates
There is sufficient space for one car at the far side of the bridge and this is hardly ever used as it is not a vehicle thoroughfare except for traffic accessing the sports fields which have their own car park. Your car will be in full view. If the space is being used, return over the bridge and park on Southfield Lane. There are unlikely to be any safety problems given the proximity of houses.
Public transport
The location is about 20 minutes walk from Horbury Town Centre. Frequent buses from Wakefield and Dewsbury call at Horbury and you would follow the directions as above (i.e. onto the Bypass and then down Southfield Lane.)

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The nearest cafes, shops, pubs etc are in Horbury and there are plenty to choose from.
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Southfield Lane Bridge, Horbury, Wakefield

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Photographic notes
Good shots can be had in both directions with a stone cutting making the westward looking one particularly interesting. On very sunny days the sunlight favours the westward looking shot until early afternoon and the eastward shot can be in shadow. Noise from highways is not particularly high for video shots.

General views - All photographs © Neil Scarlett unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking west

Fig 1 - Looking west

Looking towards Addingford Bridge and Healey Mills Yard.

Fig 2 - Looking east

Fig 2 - Looking east

Looking towards Horbury Junction.

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