Driffield railway station

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Driffield National Rail
Northern158902 at Driffield station.jpg
Local authorityEast Riding of Yorkshire
Coordinates54°00′05″N 0°25′55″W / 54.00150°N 0.43200°W / 54.00150; -0.43200Coordinates: 54°00′05″N 0°25′55″W / 54.00150°N 0.43200°W / 54.00150; -0.43200
Grid referenceTA027573
Station codeDRF
Managed byNorthern
Number of platforms2
DfT categoryF1
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2014/15Decrease 0.246 million
2015/16Decrease 0.244 million
2016/17Increase 0.246 million
2017/18Increase 0.259 million
2018/19Decrease 0.250 million
National RailUK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Driffield from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.

Driffield railway station serves the town of Driffield in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England. It is located on the Yorkshire Coast Line and is operated by Northern, providing all passenger train services.


The station was opened by the York and North Midland Railway on 6 October 1846, at the same time as the line from Hull to Bridlington. The independent Malton & Driffield Railway company obtained parliamentary approval to build a branch line between there and Malton in the same year, but more than six years would pass before it was ready for traffic, the first train running in May 1853. This was never more than a rural branch line, but the final route into the town, from Selby via Market Weighton (opened on 1 May 1890), proved rather more important as it soon became busy with holiday traffic from the West Riding heading for the resorts further up the coast. Today, though only the original coast line remains in use, the Malton line having succumbed to road competition as long ago as June 1950, the Selby line falling victim to the Beeching Axe almost exactly fifteen years later[1] (closing on 14 June 1965).

Station Masters[edit]

  • Francis Warwick 1846 – 1883[2]
  • Thomas House 1883 – 1902[3]
  • John Mace/Mais 1902[4] – 1920
  • William James Chapman 1920 – 1925[5] (formerly station master at Market Weighton)
  • E.H. Fowler 1925[6] – 1932 (afterwards station master at Northallerton)
  • Thomas E. Allen 1932[7] – 1936 (afterwards station master at Bridlington)
  • James T. Batty 1936[8] – 1942 (afterwards station master at Beverley)
  • James Dennis 1942 – 1944[9] (afterwards station master at Beverley)
  • E.W. Hope 1944 – ????
  • H. Mattison 1946 – 1951 (formerly station master at Leyburn, afterwards station master at Malton)
  • H. Bradshaw 1951 – 1953
  • A.R. Binner 1953 (formerly station master at Newsham)
  • F. Newlove 1956 – 1961 (formerly station master at Church Fenton, afterwards station master at Malton)
  • L. Haigh 1961 – ???? (formerly station master at Bubwith)


The station is staffed part-time, with the ticket office open from 07:15 to 13:30 six days per week (closed on Sundays). A ticket machine is also available. Waiting rooms are provided on both platforms. Train running information is offered by digital information screens, telephone and timetable posters. Both platforms have step-free access.[10]


The station has a twice hourly service in each direction to Hull and Bridlington on weekdays, with alternate northbound trains continuing on to Scarborough. Many of the Hull services run through to Doncaster and Sheffield or York. There is an hourly service each way on Sundays to Scarborough and Sheffield throughout the year (rather than in summer only) since the timetable change in December 2009.[11]


  1. ^ Body 1988, p. 63.
  2. ^ "Driffield. Retirement of the Station-Master". Beverley and East Riding Recorder. England. 24 February 1883. Retrieved 16 September 2017 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  3. ^ "Presentation to the Driffield Stationmaster". Hull Daily Mail. England. 14 May 1902. Retrieved 16 September 2017 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  4. ^ "Driffield. New Stationmaster". Hull Daily Mail. England. 5 May 1902. Retrieved 16 September 2017 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  5. ^ "Driffield 52 years' service". Leeds Mercury. England. 11 September 1925. Retrieved 16 September 2017 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  6. ^ "Mr Fowler". Hull Daily Mail. England. 23 October 1925. Retrieved 16 September 2017 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  7. ^ "Driffield's New Stationmaster". Leeds Mercury. England. 30 May 1932. Retrieved 16 September 2017 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  8. ^ "Mr. James. T. Batty". Leeds Mercury. England. 27 May 1936. Retrieved 16 September 2017 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  9. ^ "Beverley Station". Hull Daily Mail. England. 12 October 1944. Retrieved 16 September 2017 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  10. ^ Driffield station facilities National Rail Enquiries; Retrieved 8 December 2015
  11. ^ Table 43 National Rail timetable, December 2019


  • Body, G. (1988). PSL Field Guides – Railways of the Eastern Region Volume 2. Wellingborough: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 1-85260-072-1.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)

External links[edit]

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