Goole railway station
|Local authority||East Riding of Yorkshire|
|Managed by||Northern Rail|
|Number of platforms||2|
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|Key dates||Opened 1 October 1869|
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|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Goole from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
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The station and its passenger services are managed and provided by Northern Rail. Lines from Goole run north to the Hull and Selby Line at Staddlethorpe; south to the Barnsley to Barnetby Line near Thorne; there is also a westward line to Knottingley, mostly used by freight, with an infrequent passenger service.
The station opened in 1869 replacing a terminus station in the Goole docks.
On Sundays there is generally an hourly fast service between Sheffield and Hull calling at Goole and a two-hourly service all stops to Doncaster and Sheffield that starts/terminates here.
The Pontefract Line has a very limited service of just two trains per day (Monday to Saturday) to Knottingley and Leeds: one in the early morning (07:04 Mon–Fri/07:09 Saturdays) and one in the early evening (18:49). Only one train (the 17:16 from Leeds) runs in the opposite direction (the other early morning one runs empty from Leeds to take up its return working). The service was more frequent in the 1980s, but was reduced in 1991 (due to a DMU shortage) and again in 2004 (when the mid-day service was curtailed at Knottingley).
There is no Sunday service on this route.
In February 2013 the line northeast of Hatfield and Stainforth station towards Thorne was blocked by the Hatfield Colliery landslip, with all services over the section halted. The line reopened in July 2013. As a result, from Goole rail services to Doncaster & Sheffield were suspended.
The Wakefield, Pontefract & Goole Railway obtained authorisation in 1845 to build a railway to Goole as well as building a pier and improving the harbour. However, it was amalgamated before construction with the Manchester and Leeds Railway in 1846. In 1847 the Manchester and Leeds Railway was authorised to change its name to the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway, and in 1848 the L&YR was Goole's first connected railway.
The current station was opened by the NER on 1 October 1869 (along with their line from Thorne Junction to Gilberdyke). Passenger trains from the Knottingley direction initially ran to a terminus station next to the docks but this was closed when the NER station opened, trains then using a short curve to join the main line at Potter's Grange Junction 440 yards (400 m) south of the new station. The former L&Y line into the docks remained a busy freight route for many years afterwards, but is now out of use.
No one departs, no one arrives, From Selby to Goole, from St Erth to St Ives.
The Selby to Goole Line which opened in 1910, ran via the villages of Rawcliffe, Drax & Barlow until its closure in 1964.
There was a small buffet run by the Kitwood family on the up platform and a small office on the down platform serving a wholesale newspaper business run by Joe Kelbrick; nearby there is a small goods yard used by EWS steel trains. The station saw heavy redevelopment in the 1970s.
- Body, G. (1989). PSL Field Guides - Railways of the Eastern Region Volume 2: Northern operating area (1st ed.). Wellingborough: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 1-8526-0072-1. OCLC 59892452.
- Scrivenor, Harry (1849), The Railways of the United Kingdom, Smith, Elder, and co.
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|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
Line and station closed
|Selby to Goole Line
|Terminus||Axholme Joint Railway||Reedness Junction
Line and station closed