Cleethorpes railway station

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Cleethorpes National Rail
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Cleethorpes railway station in 2012
Place Cleethorpes
Local authority North East Lincolnshire
Coordinates 53°33′45″N 0°01′44″W / 53.5626°N 0.029°W / 53.5626; -0.029Coordinates: 53°33′45″N 0°01′44″W / 53.5626°N 0.029°W / 53.5626; -0.029
Grid reference TA306090
Station code CLE
Managed by TransPennine Express
Number of platforms 3
DfT category D
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2011/12 Increase 0.265 million
2012/13 Decrease 0.240 million
2013/14 Increase 0.278 million
2014/15 Decrease 0.270 million
2015/16 Decrease 0.260 million
Original company Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway
Pre-grouping Great Central Railway
Post-grouping London and North Eastern Railway
6 April 1863 opened
Listed status
Listed feature Former Cleethorpes Railway Station Buildings (1884)
Listing grade Grade II listed
Entry number 1161596[1]
Added to list 17 September 1980
National RailUK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Cleethorpes from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Cleethorpes railway station is a terminal railway station serving the seaside town of Cleethorpes in north-east Lincolnshire, England. The station is managed and primarily served by TransPennine Express, and is also served by Northern and East Midlands Trains.


The station opened on Easter Monday, 6 April 1863[2] when the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway extended the line from Grimsby into the town.

The station buildings were constructed in 1884[1] with refreshment rooms and a clocktower by John Mann Lockerbie and Arthur Wilkinson of Birmingham. Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence and Avondale used the station on 2 July 1885 when he visited Cleethorpes to open the promenade and gardens facing the sea constructed by H.B James CE of Westminster for the railway company.[3]

The station layout was remodelled in 1889 to give six platforms and two carriage sidings extending in the direction of Grimsby. By 1891 the carriage sidings had been increased to six and extended to a new signal box at Suggitt's Lane. This layout also included a turntable to the rear of the signal box. A 1910 report into work carried out the previous year refers to new crossovers to enable trains to arrive and depart from any platform. The signal box by this time had 100 levers and was jointly the third largest on the Great Central system with Marylebone. The original GCR station buildings on platform one were replaced by the current single storey structure on 14 July 1961,[4] [5] but they still stand and are now used as train crew accommodation.

Until 1985 the station and surrounding area was still controlled by a mechanical signal box with full semaphore signalling, including double track throughout to Grimsby and beyond. However, a resignalling scheme for the entire area saw the line to Grimsby singled & the number of platforms reduced to four (numbers 1–3 and 5). Platform 5 was renumbered 4 and the Diesel Fuelling Road is what used to be platform 6. The signal box was closed & demolished and new colour light signals installed which were operated from a panel in the signal box at Pasture Street in Grimsby. In later works the platform surfaces have been rebuilt to modern specifications. Since January 2016, all signalling here is supervised from the Rail Operating Centre at York.

In the 1970s Cleethorpes had a twice daily return service to London King's Cross, typically hauled by a Class 55 Deltic.

Even after resignalling until the withdrawal of locomotive hauled cross-Pennine services and the through London King's Cross service, evening time at Cleethorpes was a very busy time with most arrivals requiring cleaning through the carriage washer, fuelling on the small fuel point and shunting into the various departure positions for the following morning. Locomotives returned to the diesel depot at Immingham for overnight servicing, and the High Speed Train from King's Cross was fuelled at the fuelling point at the rear of what used to be called Hawkeys Cafe via a siding that went round the back of the Wash Plant control building and joined up with the old Platform 6 road.

The station building on platform 1 was deemed unsafe and closed in 2001.[6] As of 2004 only platforms 2 and 3 remained in use, but as of 2007, Platform 1 has reopened and all platforms have been fitted with new information displays. Other platforms at the station remain unused are in a state of neglect as sand has blown from the nearby beach onto the lines and formed drifts. Platform 1 is used by only TransPennine Express services to Manchester Airport, platform 2 for Northern services to Barton-on-Humber, and platform 3 for peak hour services to/from Sheffield (including the Saturdays-only service via Brigg and Retford).

About half a mile north are the station's cleaning facilities, which are used in the evenings by the units off the TransPennine Express Manchester trains. These first arrive on no.3 platform then go out to the washer and then on to the fuelling point. This happens every night with all four units that are stabled there.

First TransPennine Express built a small depot, to provide stabling, light maintenance and re-fuelling at Cleethorpes for their DMU fleet. The Class 153 units used by other operators do not berth here overnight but work in and out either in service or empty from Doncaster (Northern) or Lincoln (EMT).


The station is fully staffed, with the ticket office open 06:45-19:30 Mondays to Saturdays and 09:00-19:30 on Sundays. A self-service ticket machine is provided on the concourse for use outside these times and for collecting pre-paid tickets. There are toilets, a waiting room and refreshment facilities (a public house) also located on the concourse. Customer help points, timetable posters and CIS displays are located on both the concourse and each platform. All platforms have step-free access.[7]

The station has the PlusBus scheme where train and bus tickets can be bought together at a saving, it is in the same area as Grimsby Docks, New Clee and Grimsby stations.


  • TransPennine Express

TransPennine Express operate an hourly service to Manchester Airport via Sheffield and Doncaster along their South TransPennine route. A number of services to/from Sheffield also start or end here.[8]

  • Northern

Northern operate a two-hourly weekdays & Saturday service to Barton-on-Humber (with bus connections to Hull).[9] On Saturdays Northern operate three services to Sheffield via Brigg. A limited Sunday service (four trains per day) runs to Barton in the summer.

  • East Midlands Trains

East Midlands Trains operate a very limited timetable at Cleethorpes with just one morning train from Cleethorpes to Newark North Gate and one evening train from there to Cleethorpes (which then returns to Lincoln) on Monday to Friday. They operate three services each way on Sundays to/from the station in the summer months.[10]

Proposed services and future changes[edit]

In August 2007, after National Express East Coast was awarded the InterCity East Coast franchise, it proposed to start services between Lincoln and London King's Cross from December 2010 with one morning service and one evening service extending from Lincoln to Cleethorpes giving Cleethorpes a link to London and calling at Grimsby Town and Market Rasen. These services were to be operated using the Class 180s but was never introduced. These services were scrapped when East Coast took over the franchise.[11][12][13]

Great North Eastern Railway wanted to create a rail link between Cleethorpes and London King's Cross, calling at Grimsby Town, Habrough, Scunthorpe and Doncaster. This service would have been introduced by December 2017 if the plans had been accepted by the Office of Rail & Road (ORR) and would have created the first direct link to London since 1986.[14] In May 2016 the ORR rejected the track access application.[15]

In October 2017, services between Cleethorpes and Barton-on-Humber will transfer to East Midlands Trains, with Northern to only serve the station with Saturday only Sheffield to Cleethorpes via Brigg services.



  1. ^ a b Historic England, "Former Cleethorpes Railway Station Buildings (1884) (1161596)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 3 March 2017 
  2. ^ "On Easter Monday". Louth and North Lincolnshire Advertiser. England. 11 April 1863. Retrieved 3 March 2017 – via British Newspaper Archive. (Subscription required (help)). 
  3. ^ "The Royal Visit to Grimsby and Cleethorpes". Louth and North Lincolnshire Chronicle. England. 3 July 1885. Retrieved 3 March 2017 – via British Newspaper Archive. (Subscription required (help)). 
  4. ^ Body, p.46
  5. ^ "Reconstruction of Cleethorpes Station" Railway Gazette 18 August 1961 pages 192, 194
  6. ^ "Regional News" Rail Magazine issue 421 31 October 2001 page 22
  7. ^ Cleethorpes station facilities National Rail Enquiries; Retrieved 23 January 2017
  8. ^ GB National Rail Timetable December 2016, Table 29
  9. ^ Table 28 National Rail timetable, December 2016
  10. ^ GB National Rail Timetable December 2016, Table 27
  11. ^ [1]
  12. ^ Rail Magazine Issue 573 29 August 2007 Page 8
  13. ^ "Today's Railways Issue 86"
  14. ^ "£130m plan could see direct superfast trains to London from Cleethorpes and Grimsby" Grimsby Telegraph news article 28 February 2014; retrieved 11 May 2016
  15. ^ "ORR approves new East Coast rail services"RZD Partner Publishing; Retrieved 10 June 2016


  • "Signal Box Diagrams No.14 – Cleethorpes" by Roger Milnes and John Bennett, Forward, the journal of the Great Central Railway Society, No. 83, August 1991. ISSN 0141-4488
  • Body, G. (1986), PSL Field Guides - Railways of the Eastern Region, Volume 1, Patrick Stephens Ltd, Wellingborough, ISBN 0-85059-712-9

External links[edit]

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TransPennine Express Terminus
Barton Line
East Midlands Trains
Limited Service