Harrogate railway station
|Harrogate railway station sign|
|Managed by||Northern Rail|
|Number of platforms||2|
|Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|Passenger Transport Executive|
|PTE||West Yorkshire (Metro)|
|Opened 1 August 1862|
|Original company||North Eastern Railway|
|Post-grouping||London and North Eastern Railway|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
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|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Harrogate from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
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Harrogate railway station serves the town centre of Harrogate in North Yorkshire, England. It is located on the Harrogate Line 18.25 miles (29 km) north of Leeds railway station. Northern Rail operate the station and provide nearly all passenger train services except a daily East Coast service to and from London Kings Cross.
The station opened for traffic on 1 August 1862 to designs by the architect Thomas Prosser. The new station was the first building in Harrogate built of brick, and had two platforms. A storm in November 1866 caused a chimney stack to fall through the roof of the station causing considerable damage. In 1873, a footbridge was added.
The booking office was the subject of a robbery on 7 December 1868 when thieves drilled through the ticket window covering with a bit and brace, and stole a small amount of cash.
The capacity was increased in 1883 when it was lengthened by 100 yards
In 1892, the well known actor, Harry Fischer, was shot at by Violet Gordon at the station. She missed however, and was arrested by the police.
The station was largely demolished in 1964/65 and replaced with a more utilitarian one by Taylor Bown and Miller, Architects (Harrogate).
There is a staffed ticket office open seven days a week. Also at the station are also a newsagent, key cutters, ATMs, photo booths and a waiting room. All of the facilities are located on the main concourse on Platform 1. There are 3 platforms, but only platforms 1 and 3 are used regularly because the bay platform 2 faces in the direction of Knaresborough and York, and no train to either destination originates from Harrogate.
The Monday to Saturday daytime service is generally a half-hourly from Harrogate to Leeds (southbound) calling at all stations and to Knaresborough (eastbound) on the Harrogate Line with an hourly service onwards to York also calling at all stations en route.
Services double in frequency at peak time to Leeds, resulting in 4tph (trains per hour) with 1tph running fast to Horsforth. There are 4tph in the opposite direction between 16:29 and 18:00 from Leeds with one running fast from Horsforth to Harrogate.
Evenings and Sundays there is generally an hourly service from Leeds through Harrogate towards Knaresborough and York.
East Coast operates a daily service starting in Harrogate towards Leeds, stopping once at Horsforth, then onto London King's Cross. The evening service from London King's Cross to Harrogate does not call at Horsforth.
There are proposals to create another station between Harrogate and Starbeck at Bilton.
Most trains are operated by Class 150 DMUs although Class 142, 144 & 153 are also found; Class 155 units are also fairly common and occasionally Class 158 units are used. There are two High Speed Trains per day to and from London Kings Cross via Leeds respectively.
Harrogate (Brunswick) station
Harrogate's first railway station, Brunswick, was the end of the branch line of the York and North Midland Railway and the first train arrived at Brunswick Station on 20 July 1848. This station was situated on the site where Trinity Church now stands, close to the Prince of Wales roundabout and some distance from either High or Low Harrogate. When the new line of the North Eastern Railway entered Harrogate via a cutting through The Stray, Brunswick was closed and the first train into the town centre station was on 1 August 1862.
- Church Fenton - This route ran via Wetherby, where it interchanged with the Cross Gates to Wetherby Line (closed in January 1964).
- Northallerton - This route ran via Ripon (closed to passengers in 1967 and completely in 1969) with a spur off to Pateley Bridge.
- Kendal Mercury - Saturday 10 November 1866
- Leeds Times - Saturday 12 December 1868
- The Building news and engineering journal: Volume 44, 1883
- Morpeth Herald - Saturday 30 July 1892
- Bilton Historical Society, accessed 18 September 2007
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East Coast Main Line
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