Starbeck railway station

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Starbeck National Rail
Starbeck
Location
Place Starbeck
Local authority Harrogate
Coordinates 53°59′56″N 1°30′02″W / 53.999004°N 1.500653°W / 53.999004; -1.500653Coordinates: 53°59′56″N 1°30′02″W / 53.999004°N 1.500653°W / 53.999004; -1.500653
Grid reference SE328560
Operations
Station code SBE
Managed by Northern Rail
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05   0.133 million
2005/06 Steady 0.133 million
2006/07 Decrease 0.128 million
2007/08 Decrease 0.126 million
2008/09 Increase 0.132 million
2009/10 Increase 0.146 million
2010/11 Increase 0.161 million
2011/12 Increase 0.161 million
2012/13 Increase 0.167 million
History
Key dates Opened 1848 (1848)
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Starbeck from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Starbeck railway station is located in the eastern suburbs of Harrogate in North Yorkshire, England. It is located on the Harrogate Line 2.25 miles (3 km) east of Harrogate and is operated by Northern Rail who provide all passenger train services.

Background[edit]

The station dates from 1 September 1848 and was the first to serve Harrogate, although intending passengers initially had to make the two and a half mile connection from the town centre on foot or by horse bus as the Leeds & Thirsk company had elected to take an easily graded route to the east rather than cross the Crimple Valley and serve the town itself. The line on to Ripon and Thirsk was opened the following July, with a further line to Knaresborough and York (courtesy of the East & West Yorkshire Junction Railway) being completed on 1 October 1851. However it was not until both concerns had been absorbed by the North Eastern Railway some years later that the issue of a link into the centre of Harrogate was addressed, with a route via Dragon Junction to a new central station (and on via Crimple Valley Viaduct to Pannal Junction) being commissioned on 1 August 1862.[1] This new loop soon became the preferred route for most through traffic between Leeds and Teesside, leaving Starbeck to be served primarily by York trains although some freight and excursion traffic continued to use the original L&T line for many years thereafter.

Services on the old line to Pannal ended in October 1951,[2] whilst the Leeds Northern main line to Ripon & Northallerton was closed to passengers in 1967 and completely two years later.

Services[edit]

During Monday to Saturday off-peak, there is a half-hourly service from Starbeck westbound to Leeds and a half-hourly service eastbound to Knaresborough with one train per hour onwards to York.

During evenings and on Sundays there is an hourly service in each direction.

There are proposals to create another station between Starbeck and Harrogate at Bilton.[citation needed]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Harrogate   Northern Rail
Harrogate Line
  Knaresborough

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Body, p. 160
  2. ^ Body, p. 109

References[edit]

  • Body, G. (1988), PSL Field Guides - Railways of the Eastern Region Volume 2, Patrick Stephens Ltd, Wellingborough, ISBN 1-85260-072-1

External links[edit]

Media related to Starbeck railway station at Wikimedia Commons