Goole railway station

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Goole National Rail
Goole railway station.jpg
Local authorityEast Riding of Yorkshire
Coordinates53°42′18″N 0°52′19″W / 53.705124°N 0.872000°W / 53.705124; -0.872000Coordinates: 53°42′18″N 0°52′19″W / 53.705124°N 0.872000°W / 53.705124; -0.872000
Grid referenceSE744237
Station codeGOO
Managed byNorthern
Number of platforms2
DfT categoryE
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2014/15Increase 0.296 million
2015/16Decrease 0.294 million
2016/17Steady 0.294 million
2017/18Steady 0.294 million
2018/19Decrease 0.278 million
– Interchange 1,125
Key datesOpened 1 October 1869 (1 October 1869)
National RailUK railway stations
  • Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Goole from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
Diesel-hauled goods trip in 1961

Goole railway station is a railway station in town of Goole on the Hull and Doncaster Branch in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England.

The station and its passenger services are managed and provided by Northern. Lines from Goole run north to the Hull and Selby Line at Gilberdyke (formerly Staddlethorpe); south to the South Humberside Main Line near Thorne; there is also a westward line to Knottingley mostly used by freight, with an infrequent passenger service.

The station opened in 1869 replacing a terminus station in the Goole docks.


The station has a ticket office on platform 2 (southbound), which is staffed part-time (07:00 - 13:30) on weekdays and Saturdays only. A self-service ticket machine is available for use outside of these times and for collecting pre-paid tickets. A waiting room and vending machine are provided on platform 2 and a shelter on platform 1, along with extensive canopies on each side. Digital display screens, timetable posters and automated announcements are used to give train running information. Step-free access is available to both platforms via the ramped subway linking them.[1]


Monday to Saturday daytimes there are two trains an hour eastbound to Hull (one of which continues to Scarborough via the Yorkshire Coast Line) and towards Doncaster and Sheffield southbound.[2] One of the latter runs express to Sheffield, whilst the other stops at all stations.

On Sundays, there are two trains per hour each to Hull and Doncaster, with hourly extensions to Sheffield and Bridlington/Scarborough.

The Pontefract Line has Parliamentary trains of just two trains per day (Monday to Saturday) to Knottingley and Leeds: one in the early morning (07:42) and one in the evening (19:58).[3] Only one train (the 17:58 from Leeds) runs in the opposite direction (the other early morning one runs empty from Leeds to take up its return working). The service was more frequent in the 1980s, but was reduced in 1991 (due to a DMU shortage) and again in 2004 (when the mid-day service was curtailed at Knottingley).[4] It continues to run mainly so that the TOC meets its statutory franchise requirements and avoids the need for the line to be put through the formal closure process.[5]

There is no Sunday service on this route. Services on this line have been suspended since 27 February 2020 due to flooding at Snaith, with a rail replacement bus service in operation.

In February 2013 the line northeast of Hatfield and Stainforth station towards Thorne was blocked by the Hatfield Colliery landslip, with all services over the section halted. As a result, from Goole rail services to Doncaster & Sheffield were suspended and replaced by road transport. The line reopened to traffic in July 2013.


The Wakefield, Pontefract and Goole Railway obtained authorisation in 1845[6] to build a railway to Goole as well as building a pier and improving the harbour. However, it was amalgamated before construction with the Manchester and Leeds Railway in 1846.[7] In 1847 the Manchester and Leeds Railway was authorised to change its name to the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway,[8] and in 1848 the L&YR was Goole's first connected railway.[9]

The current station was opened by the NER on 1 October 1869 (along with their line from Thorne Junction to Gilberdyke). Passenger trains from the Knottingley direction initially ran to a terminus station next to the docks but this was closed when the NER station opened, trains then using a short curve to join the main line at Potter's Grange Junction 440 yards (400 m) south of the new station. The former L&Y line into the docks remained a busy freight route for many years afterwards, but has now been lifted (though access to the remaining dock sidings is still possible from the main line).

Goole station is mentioned in the song "Slow Train" by Flanders and Swann about various closed lines on the British railway network.

No one departs, no one arrives, From Selby to Goole, from St Erth to St Ives.[10]

The Selby to Goole Line which opened in 1910, ran via the villages of Rawcliffe, Drax & Barlow until its closure in 1964.

There was a small buffet run by the Kitwood family on the up platform and a small office on the down platform serving a wholesale newspaper business run by Joe Kelbrick; nearby there is a small goods yard used by EWS steel trains. The station saw heavy redevelopment in the 1970s.


  1. ^ Goole station facilities National Rail Enquiries; Retrieved 20 January 2017
  2. ^ Table 29 National Rail timetable, December 2019
  3. ^ Table 32 National Rail timetable, December 2019
  4. ^ GB National Rail Timetable, May 1990, 1991 and 2004 Editions, Table 32
  5. ^ "The ghost trains haunting Britain’s rail network" Freeman, Sarah, Yorkshire Post article 28 April 2015; Retrieved 20 July 2016
  6. ^ Scrivenor 1849, pp. 150–151
  7. ^ Scrivenor 1849, p. 152
  8. ^ Scrivenor 1849, p. 157
  9. ^ Body 1989, p. 74
  10. ^ Flanders and Swan online "Slow Train" Archived 13 April 2013 at the Wayback Machine lyrics


  • Body, G. (1989). PSL Field Guides - Railways of the Eastern Region Volume 2: Northern operating area (1st ed.). Wellingborough: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 1-8526-0072-1. OCLC 59892452.

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