Bridlington railway station
|Local authority||East Riding of Yorkshire|
|Number of platforms||3|
|Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|Original company||York and North Midland Railway|
|Pre-grouping||North Eastern Railway|
|Post-grouping||London and North Eastern Railway|
|6 October 1846||opened|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Bridlington from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
Bridlington railway station serves the town of Bridlington in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England. It is located on the Yorkshire Coast Line and is operated by Northern who provide all passenger train services.
The station buffet at Bridlington is one of only three original station buffets left in the UK, and provides the prizewinning flower display in the station.
The station was opened on 6 October 1846 by the York and North Midland Railway as the terminus of their line running from Hull railway station. An extension northwards to Filey railway station leading to a junction at Seamer railway station connecting with the York to Scarborough Line was opened just over a year later.
The original station buildings and platforms (numbered 1–3) were located a few yards to the west of the current station. These consisted of a train shed designed by G T Andrews and similar to his work at Filey and Beverley. Platform 3 was an extension to the original scheme and was a bay platform used for many years by the 'Malton Dodger' until the 1950s. Bridlington expanded as a resort at the start of the 20th century largely as a result of the railway. Direct trains ran from the industrial heartlands via Selby and Market Weighton in the summer. The new holiday market led to a huge expansion of the resort and the need for a larger station to take the long excursion trains.
The present concourse and the main platforms date from the 1912 expansion of the station which included Bell's wrought iron canopies over the lengthy platforms 5 and 6. A new roofed concourse was built and the new station entrance included the original canopy from the old entrance. After the First World War, excursion platforms were added to cope with the many special trains. On summer Saturdays the timetable would include through trains to Leeds, London, the Midlands and Derbyshire. The inter-war period saw the greatest extent of the station complete with engine shed and two turntables with extensive sidings. The fine compact Station Buffet was built at this time.
After the Second World War, the excursion market continued to thrive until the early 1960s particularly with the opening of Butlin's at Filey which had its own station. After the Beeching closures of the Wolds' lines excursions continued but the demand weakened. By the 1980s, rationalisation was overdue as many lines in the station were rarely used except on summer weekends. The timetable was changed to create a regular 30-minute clockface service south of Bridlington with fewer trains to Scarborough. A winter Sunday service was introduced south of Bridlington in the late 1980s.
Today's station is much changed from the extensive original and is a fragment. The original train sheds were removed and replaced by concrete canopies as at Driffield and Pickering during the late 1950s. These original platforms (Nos 1 and 2) were taken out of use in March 1983 and subsequently demolished (the site is now occupied by housing).
The excursion platforms on the opposite side (7 & 8) were taken out of regular use before signalling changes in 2000 that put the line northwards towards Filey & Scarborough under the control of the signal boxes at Bridlington South and Seamer, leaving only three platforms (4–6) in operation. Platform 8 was reinstated as a siding (i.e. not for passenger trains) for a time (2003-2007), but then abandoned once again (the track to it was eventually removed in 2015).
Today's station has preserved the wide concourse and the sweeping curved platforms of the 1912 extension, and it has many floral displays.
Accidents and incidents
- In July 1958, locomotive No. 62703 Hertfordshire ran into the turntable pit and rolled into its side.
The station is staffed part-time, covering approximately 'shop hours'. Facilities include a waiting room, ticket office, lost property and car park. Wheelchair access is not complete due to a bridge to platform 4 (for Scarborough), meaning access to that platform is via a barrow crossing on the track which may require staff assistance.
A ticket-vending machine was installed on 26 January 2011, near to the Council Information Point inside the concourse.
The station buffet, now privately managed and licensed serves refreshments, including teas and real ales, and is fitted out in 'steam era' style. Other parts of the building unused by the railway are now used for local interest groups – the parcel office is now an arts centre run by MIND mental health charity, and other parts of the building are used by Bridlington Model Railway Society.
A Selecta Vending Machine is also available on platform 5.
There is a half-hourly service from the station to Hull on weekdays, with alternate departures continuing to Doncaster and Sheffield – some of these are limited stop either side of Hull whilst others serve most intermediate stations en route. In general the stopping pattern of the hourly Sheffield service is Bridlington, Driffield, Beverley, Cottingham, Hull, Brough, Goole, Doncaster, Meadowhall and Sheffield.
There are also nine departures a day to Scarborough, the frequency varying between every ninety minutes and every two hours. There is also one service each way to/from Sheffield that runs via Selby rather than the usual route via Goole.
On Sundays trains operate hourly to Hull and every second hour to Scarborough from mid-morning throughout the year (rather than in summer only as before), with most of the Hull trains continuing to Sheffield via Doncaster. The new Sunday service is the first all year, all line, Sunday train service since at least 1958.
The local Community Rail Partnership is hoping that service improvements, such as the year-round Sunday service and a weekday hourly service to Scarborough, can be implemented once Northern Rail receives additional rolling stock from the Department for Transport as part of a central government investment plan for the local rail network.
Northern Rail confirmed its intentions to institute an improved weekday and all-year Sunday service from December 2009 (subject to approval from the DfT). These changes were implemented with the start of the new timetable on 13 December 2009.
Northern will further upgrade services to/from the station. A new hourly through service to Selby and Leeds will be introduced (likely from the December 2017 timetable change) and the Scarborough route will have an hourly train each way (including Sundays) instead of the current irregular frequency.
Bridlington station has currently 3 platforms (platforms 4-6).
- Platform 4 is for trains to Scarborough currently every 2 hours from Hull, Doncaster or Sheffield.
- Platform 5 is for trains from Scarborough going to and from Hull or Doncaster/Sheffield.
- Platform 6 is a bay platform for services terminating from Hull, Doncaster or Sheffield.
Locomotive hauled and heritage trains
Loco-hauled and steam trains are now permitted access to the line following a nine-day engineering blockade in February 2008 and February 2009 that saw more than 4 miles of track replaced.
On 25 July 2009 the first loco-hauled excursion for some years "The Bridlington Seaside Special" arrived from London King's Cross with Class 66 haulage. Western loco D1015 "Western Champion" visited on 5 December 2009 and a charter to Edinburgh ran on 18 December 2009. In 2010 a railtour to Carlisle began in Bridlington hauled by 2 Class 47 diesel locomotives. On 24 July the line was visited by a charter hauled by Class 67 locomotives.
- "Bridlington Railway Station". www.bridlington.co.uk. Retrieved 24 March 2010.
- Body 1988, p. 49
- Railscot - abandoned excursion platform at Bridlington in 2009 Railscot; Retrieved 8 September 2015
- Historic England. "Bridlington railway station (1096106)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 1 September 2013.
- Hoole, Ken (1983). Trains in Trouble: Vol. 4. Redruth: Atlantic Books. p. 39. ISBN 0 906899 07 9.
- "Bridlington (BDT) Station details". National Rail. Retrieved 24 March 2010.
- "Station Buffet | Bridlington : sections "bar" , "cafe"". www.stationbuffet.com. Retrieved 24 March 2010.
- "Station Buffet | Bridlington : Concourse]". www.stationbuffet.com. Retrieved 24 March 2010.
- GB eNRT 2015-16 Edition, Table 43
- "Breakthrough In Train Service bid". Filey Mercury. 24 January 2009. Retrieved 30 January 2009.
- "Northern Rail Press Release regarding service improvements for Wolds Coast Line". Northern Rail. Retrieved 9 June 2009.
- Gb National Rail Timetable, December 2009 Edition, Table 43
- Northern Franchise Improvements - DfTDepartment for Transport; Retrieved 31 March 2016
- "Investment in Hull to Scarborough Rail Line Continues" (Press release). Network Rail Media Centre. 6 February 2008. Retrieved 31 March 2009.
- Body, G. (1988). PSL Field Guides - Railways of the Eastern Region Volume 2. Wellingborough: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 1-85260-072-1.
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