Scarborough railway station

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This article is about the railway station in England. For the station in New York, see Scarborough (Metro-North station). For the station in Ontario, see Scarborough GO Station. For the station in Sydney, see Scarborough railway station, New South Wales.
Scarborough National Rail
The entrance to the station
Place Scarborough
Local authority Scarborough
Coordinates 54°16′47″N 0°24′20″W / 54.279800°N 0.405500°W / 54.279800; -0.405500Coordinates: 54°16′47″N 0°24′20″W / 54.279800°N 0.405500°W / 54.279800; -0.405500
Grid reference TA039883
Station code SCA
Managed by First TransPennine Express
Number of platforms 5
Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2002/03   0.667 million
2004/05 Increase 0.748 million
2005/06 Increase 0.752 million
2006/07 Increase 0.766 million
2007/08 Increase 0.773 million
2008/09 Increase 0.803 million
2009/10 Increase 0.829 million
2010/11 Increase 0.857 million
2011/12 Increase 0.906 million
2012/13 Increase 1.032 million
Key dates Opened 1845 (1845)
National RailUK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Scarborough from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Scarborough railway station, formerly called Scarborough Central, serves the seaside town of Scarborough in North Yorkshire, England. It lies 42 miles (68 km) east of York and is one of the eastern termini on the North TransPennine route operated by First TransPennine Express. The station is also at the northern end of the Yorkshire Coast Line, and has the longest station seat in the world at 152 yards (139 m) in length.[1]

From 1907 until 2010 the station approaches were controlled from a 120-lever signal box named Falsgrave (at the outer end of platform 1 and close to the former excursion station at Londesborough Road). In its final years, Falsgrave box controlled a mixture of colour-light and semaphore signals, including a gantry carrying 11 semaphores. The signal box and gantry were dismantled and removed in October 2010. The new signalling is a relay-based interlocking with two- and three-aspect LED signals controlled from an extension to the existing panel at nearby Seamer.[2][3] Simplification of the track layout and major renewals took place at the same time.


Until 1965 the station also served a line from Whitby and until 1950 from Pickering. The station was previously named Scarborough Central to distinguish it from Scarborough Londesborough Road, now closed, on the York to Scarborough Line.

The current York to Blackpool service used to continue to Scarborough alongside other TransPennine Express services. This was operated by Arriva Trains Northern until Northern Rail took over the franchise in 2004. This service was usually worked by Metro-liveried Class 158 DMU, occasionally a Class 155 DMU. There was also a local service from York to Scarborough, usually worked by a Pacer or a Class 156 train.


The long seat on Platform 1.

Scarborough station has a Travel Centre, ticket office, touch-screen ticket machines and the Pumpkin Cafe. The main building has a small waiting room.

Platforms 3–5 are partly covered, as is platform 1, which features the longest railway bench in the world.[1]

Outside the station is a taxi rank and several bus shelters/stops where local and longer-distance bus services depart and arrive. These include Arriva service 93 to Whitby and Middlesbrough via A171; Coastliner services to West Yorkshire via A64; and East Yorkshire Motor Services 128 (to Pickering/Helmsley via A170) and 120/121 (south along A165 to Filey/Bridlington and further south).

Benches are provided throughout the station, which is staffed at all times.

The station also has two payphones, a vending machine and luggage trolleys, as well as toilets and cycle racks.


Two Class 185 Desiro DMUs (from Liverpool Lime Street) and a Class 222 Meridian DEMU (from London St Pancras International stand at Platforms 3–5.

On Monday to Saturday there is generally an hourly First TransPennine Express service to York, Leeds, Manchester Piccadilly and Liverpool Lime Street, with a two-hourly service to York and beyond on Sunday.

Northern Rail currently operates a daily two-hourly service to Filey, Bridlington, Hull and Sheffield via the Yorkshire Coast Line, with extra trains in peak hours.

East Midlands Trains provide a single direct summer service every Saturday to and from London St Pancras using the Midland Main Line via Sheffield and Leicester, as well as a connecting service to Sheffield.

Scarborough also sees summer specials from York, usually hauled by a variety of steam locomotives.

Preceding station   National Rail National Rail   Following station
First TransPennine Express Terminus
Northern Rail
East Midlands Trains
London St Pancras-Scarborough
Summer Saturdays only
Historical railways
Y&NMR Terminus
Disused railways
Terminus Scarborough & Whitby Railway

Future of the station[edit]

Three different proposals were put forward at the November 2009 Town Team meeting by SNAP Architects (Hull) with Local Transport Projects (Beverley) on the development of the Scarborough station area. The proposals all focused on different aspects (such as community/green/transport) of development. All three proposed idea of improving the station frontage and opening up an entrance to the south of the station.


On 10 August 1943, Scarborough station was the scene of an accident between two trains at platform 5. The late-running 09:05 express from Hull was wrongly routed by the signalman, and hit the 11:18 stopping train, which was waiting to depart. Four passengers in the first coach of the stopping train – all soldiers – were killed, 8 received serious injuries, and a further 22 suffered minor injuries. Nobody was injured on the express train.[4]

Local connections[edit]

This station offers access to the Cleveland Way
Distance to path 1 mile
Next station anticlockwise Whitby 21 miles
Next station clockwise Filey 7 miles


  1. ^ a b "Fun Facts". Trakkies – for kids who love trains. Network Rail. Archived from the original on 28 March 2012. Retrieved 16 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "Signalling In The Future at Scarborough" (Press release). Network Rail. 18 December 2009. Retrieved 21 December 2009. 
  3. ^ Williams, Alan (December 2010). "Farewell, Falsgrave". Modern Railways (London). pp. 16–17. 
  4. ^ "LNER report on the 1943 accident". 

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