Goole railway station

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Goole National Rail
Goole railway station.jpg
Place Goole
Local authority East Riding of Yorkshire
Coordinates 53°42′18″N 0°52′19″W / 53.705124°N 0.872000°W / 53.705124; -0.872000Coordinates: 53°42′18″N 0°52′19″W / 53.705124°N 0.872000°W / 53.705124; -0.872000
Grid reference SE744237
Station code GOO
Managed by Northern Rail
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
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Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05  0.243 million
2005/06 Decrease 0.242 million
2006/07 Increase 0.261 million
2007/08 Increase 0.277 million
2008/09 Increase 0.282 million
2009/10 Decrease 0.279 million
2010/11 Decrease 0.272 million
Key dates Opened 1 October 1869 (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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Diesel-hauled goods trip in 1961

Goole railway stationis a railway station in town of Goole on the Hull and Doncaster branch in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England.

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.


Monday to Saturday daytimes there are two trains an hour eastbound to Kingston upon Hull and towards Doncaster station westbound, with an hourly service onwards to Sheffield.

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[1] 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.[2] In 1847 the Manchester and Leeds Railway was authorised to change its name to the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway,[3] and in 1848 the L&YR was Goole's first connected railway.[4]

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.

Goole station is mentioned in the song "Slow Train" by Flanders and Swann about various closed lines on the British railway network.

No one departs, no one arrives, From Selby to Goole, from St Erth to St Ives.[5]

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.


  1. ^ Scrivenor 1849, pp. 150–151
  2. ^ Scrivenor 1849, p. 152
  3. ^ Scrivenor 1849, p. 157
  4. ^ Body 1989, p. 74
  5. ^ Flanders and Swan online "Slow Train" lyrics


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