Starbeck railway station

Coordinates: 53°59′56″N 1°30′02″W / 53.9988810°N 1.5004755°W / 53.9988810; -1.5004755
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General information
LocationStarbeck, Borough of Harrogate
Coordinates53°59′56″N 1°30′02″W / 53.9988810°N 1.5004755°W / 53.9988810; -1.5004755
Grid referenceSE328560
Owned byNetwork Rail
Managed byNorthern Trains
Other information
Station codeSBE
ClassificationDfT category F1
Original companyLeeds and Thirsk Railway
Pre-groupingNorth Eastern Railway
Key dates
14 September 1848Opened as Harrogate and Knaresborough
1857Renamed Starbeck
2017/18Increase 0.200 million
2018/19Increase 0.207 million
2019/20Increase 0.215 million
2020/21Decrease 54,194
2021/22Increase 0.157 million
Starbeck is located in North Yorkshire
Location in North Yorkshire, England
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road

Starbeck is a railway station on the Harrogate Line, which runs between Leeds and York via Harrogate. The station, situated 18+14 miles (29 km) west of York, serves the suburb of Starbeck, Borough of Harrogate in North Yorkshire, England. It is owned by Network Rail and managed by Northern Trains.


The station dates from 1 September 1848 and was the first to serve Harrogate. Initially, intending passengers had to make the 2+12 miles (4 km) connection from the town on foot or by horse bus, as the Leeds and Thirsk Railway 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 opened by the East and West Yorkshire Junction Railway on 1 October 1851. However, it was not until both companies 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.

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

The station at one time had canopies and substantial buildings, but these have been demolished. The signal box remains in use to supervise a busy level crossing.

There are proposals to create another station between Starbeck and Harrogate at Bilton.[3]


The station is unstaffed, but has ticket machines available. Shelters, timetable information boards and digital information screens are located on each platform – these are linked by a subway with ramps, so both have step-free access. Running information is also offered by means of automatic P.A announcements.[4]


Northern Trains
route 29
York – Harrogate – Leeds
via Knaresborough
York Parking Bicycle facilities Handicapped/disabled access
Poppleton Parking Bicycle facilities
Hammerton Parking
Cattal Bicycle facilities
Knaresborough Parking
Starbeck Bicycle facilities
Harrogate Parking Bicycle facilities Handicapped/disabled access Bus interchange
Hornbeam Park Parking
Pannal Parking Bicycle facilities
Weeton Parking
Horsforth Parking Bicycle facilities
Headingley Parking
Burley Park Parking
Leeds Parking Bicycle facilities Handicapped/disabled access

As of the May 2021 timetable change, the station is served by two trains per hour between Leeds and Knaresborough, with one train per hour extending to York. Additional services operate at peak times. During the evening and on Sunday, an hourly service operates between Leeds and York. All services are operated by Northern Trains.[5]

Rolling stock used: Class 158 Express Sprinter and Class 170 Turbostar


  1. ^ Body, p. 160
  2. ^ Body, p. 109
  3. ^ Webster, Jacob (18 February 2021). "'Why a new Harrogate train station could help fix traffic in this area of town'". Harrogate Advertiser. Retrieved 25 May 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. ^ "National Rail Enquiries - Station facilities for Starbeck". National Rail. Retrieved 25 May 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. ^ "Train times: York to Harrogate and Leeds (Harrogate Line)" (PDF). Northern Trains. 16 May 2021. Retrieved 8 May 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)


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

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