Goole railway station

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Goole National Rail
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 and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
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 station serves the town of Goole in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England.

The service is operated and the station is managed by Northern Rail. The station is located 17 12 miles (28.2 km) east of Doncaster and 23 34 miles (38.2 km) west of Hull on the Sheffield-Hull Line and is 32 12 miles (52.3 km) east of Leeds on the Pontefract Line.


Monday to Saturday daytimes there are two trains an hour eastbound to Hull and towards Doncaster 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.

From 11 February 2013, services to Doncaster & Sheffield were suspended due to a major landslip blocking the line between Thorne Junction and Hatfield and Stainforth.[1] A revised timetable is in operation with trains to and from Hull starting/terminating here and connecting with replacement buses serving stations towards Doncaster. A limited through service to & from Doncaster and Sheffield resumed from 8 July 2013 following the completion of clearance & repair work, with a full timetable in operation from 29 July.[2]


The Wakefield, Pontefract & Goole Railway obtained authorization in 1845[3] 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.[4] In 1847 the Manchester and Leeds Railway was authorized to change its name to the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway,[5] and in 1848 the L&YR was Goole's first connected railway.[6]

In 1846 the Sheffield, Rotherham, Wakefield, Huddersfield and Goole Railway also obtained authorization to build a railway through Goole.[7] However, it was amalgamated in 1847 with the South Yorkshire, Doncaster and Goole Railway Company[8] before building any railways.

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.[9]

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. ^ Photo of the landslip and damaged lines at Hatfield Colliery Network Rail website; Retrieved 2013-02-13
  2. ^ Lowe, Rachel (13 June 2013). "Rail services to resume through Hatfield & Stainforth" (Press release). Network Rail. Retrieved 2013-06-24. 
  3. ^ Scrivenor 1849, pp. 150–151
  4. ^ Scrivenor 1849, p. 152
  5. ^ Scrivenor 1849, p. 157
  6. ^ Body 1989, p. 74
  7. ^ Scrivenor 1849, p. 531
  8. ^ Scrivenor 1849, p. 528
  9. ^ Flanders and Swan online "Slow Train" lyrics


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