Knaresborough railway station
|Knaresborough looking towards the tunnel|
|Managed by||Northern Rail|
|Number of platforms||2|
|Live arrivals/departures and station information
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|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|Original company||East and West Yorkshire Junction Railway|
|Pre-grouping||North Eastern Railway|
|Post-grouping||London and North Eastern Railway|
|30 October 1848||Temporary station opened at Hay Park Lane, Knaresborough|
|21 July 1851||Permanent Knaresborough station opened|
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|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Knaresborough from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
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Knaresborough railway station is a station serving the town of Knaresborough in North Yorkshire, England. It is located on the Harrogate Line 16.75 miles (27 km) west of York and is operated by Northern Rail who provide all passenger train services.
The East and West Yorkshire Junction Railway (E&WJR) was opened from York (Poppleton Junction) to a temporary terminus known as Hay Park Lane, Knaresborough on 30 October 1848. The E&WYJR was absorbed by the York and North Midland Railway on 1 July 1851. Three weeks later, with the completion of the stone viaduct crossing the River Nidd at Knaresborough on 21 July 1851, the temporary station was closed and a new Knaresborough station opened on the current site just beyond the stone viaduct.
Beyond the platforms eastbound was a tunnel which separated the station from the goods yard (now a bus depot) and the line's major junction. The Knaresborough to Boroughbridge branch (1875–1950 for passengers, 1964 for goods) diverged from the main line to York opposite the goods yard. This line continued north-east until it met the East Coast Main Line between York and Northallerton at Pilmoor. The tunnel is still extant with both north and south portals are now listed structures.
The station signal box (built 1890) is somewhat unusual in that it was built onto the end of an adjoining row of terraced houses on Kirkgate. - it supervises the single line section eastwards to Cattal, an adjacent level crossing and a crossover that is used to reverse those trains from Leeds that terminate here.
During evenings and on Sundays, there is an hourly service in each direction.
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