Starbeck railway station
|Location||Starbeck, Borough of Harrogate|
|Owned by||Network Rail|
|Managed by||Northern Trains|
|Classification||DfT category F1|
|Original company||Leeds and Thirsk Railway|
|Pre-grouping||North Eastern Railway|
|14 September 1848||Opened as Harrogate and Knaresborough|
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+1⁄4 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+1⁄2 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. 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.
There are proposals to create another station between Starbeck and Harrogate at Bilton.
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.
York & Harrogate – Leeds
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.
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- 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.
- "National Rail Enquiries - Station facilities for Starbeck". National Rail. Retrieved 25 May 2021.
- "Train times: York to Harrogate and Leeds (Harrogate Line)" (PDF). Northern Trains. 16 May 2021. Retrieved 8 May 2021.
- Media related to Starbeck railway station at Wikimedia Commons
- Train times and station information for Starbeck railway station from National Rail
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|