Doncaster railway station
|The impressive frontage at Doncaster|
|Managed by||East Coast|
|Number of platforms||8 platform 2 not in public use|
|Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|- Interchange||1.284 million|
|- Interchange||1.278 million|
|Passenger Transport Executive|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z|
|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Doncaster from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
|UK Railways portal|
Doncaster railway station serves the town of Doncaster, in South Yorkshire, England. It is situated on the East Coast Main Line 156 miles (251 km) north of London Kings Cross, and is about five minutes walk from Doncaster town centre. The station is managed by East Coast. It is a major passenger interchange between the East Coast Main Line and Cross Country Route and local services running across the North of England. It is also the point for which East Coast services from London divide, either branching off to Leeds or continuing north to Scotland via Newcastle and the North East.
The station was built in 1849 replacing a temporary structure constructed a year earlier. It was rebuilt in its present form in 1938 and has had several slight modifications since that date, most notably in 2006, when the new interchange and connection to Frenchgate Centre opened.
The station has 8 platforms on two islands. Platforms 1, 3, 4 and 8 take through trains. Platforms 2 and 5 are south-facing bays, and 6 and 7 are north facing bays. A First Class Lounge for passengers with 'First Open' tickets is available on platform 3A.
Platform 2 is not available for public use.
Platform 3A takes southbound East Coast Main Line trains towards (London) Kings Cross - these services generally call at most stations on the East Coast Main Line (or services calling at just Newark North Gate and Peterborough), and most southbound First Hull Trains services to (London) Kings Cross.
Between platforms 3 and 4 are the high speed up and down lines from London
Platform 4 takes (normally) northbound East Coast Main Line services towards York, Newcastle and Edinburgh; First Hull Trains services to Hull; Northern Rail through services to Bridlington; and First TransPennine Express services to Cleethorpes. Also, CrossCountry services towards Birmingham New Street depart from this platform.
The station has recently been refurbished and is now directly connected to the new Frenchgate Centre extension in Doncaster town centre. The station now has a new booking office for tickets and information, three new lifts, refurbished staircases and subway. There is a newsagent and some food outlets.
Whilst all platforms are currently operational, platform 2 is not currently used for any timetabled service.
On 16 March 1951 a derailment occurred south of the station in which 14 passengers were killed and 12 seriously injured.
Seven train operators (or TOCs) call at Doncaster, which is equal in number only to Crewe in the UK. Train operators include the following:
CrossCountry have dropped most Doncaster to Edinburgh services. They offer an hourly service to Newcastle and Reading with one service per day running through to both Edinburgh Waverley and Guildford or Southampton Central.
East Coast offers regular direct trains services to London, which can be reached in 100-115 mins, depending on the service. All trains to Leeds call at Doncaster, and an hourly service to Newcastle or Scotland (Edinburgh and the once daily Glasgow Central service). East Coast also offers services to the North to cities such as Leeds (terminating services), York, Darlington, Durham, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen.
East Midlands Trains
East Midlands Trains offer a limited direct service to London St. Pancras and to Leeds and York. Services to London (St Pancras) run via Sheffield, Chesterfield, Derby and Leicester but less often than East Coast; They also operate a local service to Lincoln which occasionally extends to Sleaford and Peterborough.
First TransPennine Express
First TransPennine Express serve stations from Doncaster towards the east to Cleethorpes, and to the west, as far as Manchester Airport, providing Doncaster with a direct link to Manchester Piccadilly. First TransPennine services operate hourly in each direction generally.
Northern Rail generally offers services from Doncaster to stations within Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, such as Sheffield, Leeds and Lincoln. It provides stopping services, stopping at every station along-route, and 'fast' services, stopping at just the principal stations. It is possible to travel on Northern Rail to Retford from Doncaster, via Sheffield, on a direct train. However, this involves a journey of 80 min. The direct East Coast service takes, on average, just 14 min.
Grand Central Railway offers three trains a day between Bradford Interchange and King's Cross. All services call at Doncaster. Southbound the next stop is King's Cross with a journey time of 90 minutes (the fastest journey time from Doncaster to London) and northbound it is Pontefract Monkhill, Wakefield Kirkgate or Mirfield towards Bradford Interchange.
There were plans to add platforms 9 and 10 to cope with Eurostar trains but this project was cancelled when it was decided that Eurostar would not serve Britain outside the South East of England.
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
London to York
London to Leeds
|Newark Northgate||East Coast
London to Newcastle
|Newark Northgate||East Coast
London to Hull
One train a day
|Terminus||East Midlands Trains|
|East Midlands Trains
London St Pancras-Scarborough/York
|Retford||First Hull Trains
London - Hull
|First TransPennine Express|
In the media
In 1973 the station was featured in the first episode of Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads?, entitled Strangers on a Train. It starred James Bolam and Rodney Bewes although only Bolam was featured in location filming at the station, which took place in late 1972.
- Joan Croft Halt railway station (North Doncaster Chord project)
- Doncaster Works - a locomotive works adjacent to the station.
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- Train times and station information for Doncaster railway station from National Rail
- Frenchgate Interchange