York
National Rail
York station & Great Northern Hotel (6679871819).jpg
General information
LocationYork, North Yorkshire,
England
Coordinates53°57′30″N 1°05′35″W / 53.9583°N 1.0930°W / 53.9583; -1.0930Coordinates: 53°57′30″N 1°05′35″W / 53.9583°N 1.0930°W / 53.9583; -1.0930
Grid referenceSE596517
Owned byNetwork Rail
Managed byLondon North Eastern Railway
Platforms11
Other information
Station codeYRK
ClassificationDfT category A
Key dates
25 June 1877Opened
1909Extended
Passengers
2015/16Increase 8.848 million
 Interchange Increase 1.419 million
2016/17Increase 9.264 million
 Interchange Increase 1.449 million
2017/18Increase 9.832 million
 Interchange Decrease 1.142 million
2018/19Increase 9.991 million
 Interchange Decrease 1.034 million
2019/20Increase 10.089 million
 Interchange Decrease 0.775 million
2020/21Decrease 1.836 million
 Interchange Decrease 0.116 million
Listed Building – Grade II*
FeatureStation buildings
Designated1 July 1968
Reference no.1256554[1]
Notes
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road

York railway station is on the East Coast Main Line serving the city of York, North Yorkshire, England. It is 188 miles 40 chains (303.4 km) north of London King's Cross and on the main line it is situated between Doncaster to the south and Thirsk to the north. As of June 2018, the station is operated by London North Eastern Railway.[2]

York station is a key junction approximately halfway between London and Edinburgh. It is approximately five miles (eight kilometres) north of the point where the Cross Country and TransPennine Express routes via Leeds join the main line, connecting Scotland and the North East, North West, Midlands and southern England. The junction was historically a major site for rolling stock manufacture, maintenance and repair.

In Britain's 100 Best Railway Stations by Simon Jenkins, the station was one of only ten to be awarded five stars.[3]

History

The first York railway station was a temporary wooden building on Queen Street outside the walls of the city, opened in 1839 by the York and North Midland Railway. It was succeeded in 1841, inside the walls, by what is now York old railway station.[4] In due course, the requirement that through trains between London and Newcastle needed to reverse out of the old York station to continue their journey necessitated the construction of a new through station outside the walls.

The present station, designed by the North Eastern Railway architects Thomas Prosser and William Peachey and built by Lucas Brothers,[5] opened on 25 June 1877. It had 13 platforms and was at that time the largest in the world.[6] As part of the new station project, the Royal Station Hotel (now The Principal York), designed by Peachey, opened in 1878.

York station in the early 20th Century
York station in the early 20th Century

In 1909 new platforms were added, and in 1938 the current footbridge was built and the station resignalled.

The building was heavily bombed during the Second World War.[7] On one occasion, on 29 April 1942,[8] 800 passengers had to be evacuated from a King's Cross-Edinburgh train which arrived during a bombing raid.[7] On the same night, two railway workers were killed, one being station foreman William Milner, who died after returning to his burning office to collect his first aid kit. He was posthumously awarded the King's Commendation for Brave Conduct.[9] A plaque in his memory has been erected at the station.[7][8] The station was extensively repaired in 1947.

The station in 2010
The station in 2010

The station was designated as a Grade II* listed building in 1968.[1]

The track layout through and around the station was remodelled again in 1988 as part of the resignalling scheme that was carried out prior to the electrification of the ECML shortly afterwards by British Rail. This resulted in several bay platforms (mainly on the eastern side) being taken out of service and the track to them removed. Consequently, the number of platforms was reduced from 15 to 11. At the same time a new signalling centre (York IECC) was commissioned on the western side of the station to control the new layout and also take over the function of several other signal boxes on the main line. The IECC here now supervises the main line from Temple Hirst (near Doncaster) through to Northallerton, along with sections of the various routes branching from it. It has also (since 2001–2) taken over responsibility for the control area of the former power box at Leeds and thus signals trains as far away as Gargrave and Morley.

In 2006–7, to improve facilities for bus, taxi and car users as well as pedestrians and cyclists, the approaches to the station were reorganised. The former motive power depot and goods station now house the National Railway Museum.

The station was renovated in 2009. Platform 9 has been reconstructed and extensive lighting alterations were put in place. New automated ticket gates (similar to those in Leeds) were planned, but the City of York Council wished to avoid spoiling the historic nature of the station. The then operator National Express East Coast planned to appeal the decision but the plans were scrapped altogether upon handover to East Coast.[10]

Stationmasters

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Accidents and incidents

Layout

The entrance to the station, as seen from the City Walls
The entrance to the station, as seen from the City Walls

All the platforms except 9, 10 and 11 are under the large, curved, glass and iron roof. They are accessed via a long footbridge (which also connects to the National Railway Museum) or via lifts and either of two pedestrian tunnels.[26] Between April 1984 and 2011 the old tea rooms housed the Rail Riders World/York Model Railway exhibition.[27]

Platforms

The platforms at York have been renumbered several times, the most recent being in the late 1980s to coincide with a reduction in the number of platforms from 15 to 11. The current use is:[28]

Platforms 10 and 11 are outside of the main body of the station. Another siding, the former fruit dock, exists opposite platform 11.

Recent developments

The southern side of the station has been given new track and signalling systems. An additional line and new junction was completed in early 2011. This work has helped take away one of the bottlenecks on the East Coast Main Line.[29]

The York Rail Operating Centre
The York Rail Operating Centre

The station has also become the site of one of Network Rail's modern Rail Operation Centres, which opened in September 2014 on land to the west of the station[30] This took over the functions of the former IECC in December 2018 and will eventually control much of the East Coast Main Line from London to the Scottish border and various subsidiary routes across the North East, Lincolnshire and South, North and West Yorkshire. During Christmas 2020, major track replacement occurred, with Network Rail releasing time lapse footage of the works.[31]

In 2022, work began to redevelop the area outside the station. Queen Street Bridge, built to cross the lines into the old York station within the city walls, will be demolished.[32]

York Central

Located adjacent to the station, York Central is one of the largest city centre brownfield regeneration sites in the UK. The 45 hectare site has been designated as a UK Government ‘Housing Zone’ and has also been awarded ‘Enterprise Zone’ status, which offers commercial occupiers significant incentives. Outline planning approval was given for the site in March 2019. It is anticipated that development of the full site could take between 15 and 20 years to complete.[33]

Platforms 4, 5 and 8 seen from the north
Platforms 4, 5 and 8 seen from the north

Services

York railway station from the air
York railway station from the air
The arched roof over the platforms
The arched roof over the platforms
Replica zero post for ten lines of the North Eastern Railway.
Replica zero post for ten lines of the North Eastern Railway.

The station is operated by London North Eastern Railway and is used by the following train operating companies:

London North Eastern Railway

London North Eastern Railway operates regular services that stop at York between London, Newcastle and Edinburgh. In addition, there are infrequent services to Glasgow, Aberdeen and Inverness. The fastest southbound services run non-stop to London, completing the 188 mile journey in 1 hour and 52 minutes.[34]

Rolling stock used: Inter-City 225 (Class 91 electric locomotive & DVT), Class 800 bi-mode trains and Class 801 electric trains

CrossCountry

CrossCountry provides a number of services that run across the country, running as far north as Aberdeen and south as Penzance and Southampton Central via Birmingham New Street.[35]

Rolling stock used: Inter-City 125 (HST), Class 220 and Class 221 Voyager diesel multiple units.

TransPennine Express

TransPennine Express provides a number of express services across the north of England (to Manchester Piccadilly, Liverpool Lime Street, Newcastle, Scarborough and Middlesbrough).[36]

Rolling stock used: Class 185 Desiro diesel multiple units, Class 68 locomotives with Mark 5a coaching stock and Class 802 bi-mode trains

Grand Central

Grand Central runs an open access service between Sunderland and London.[37]

Rolling stock used: Class 180 Adelante trains.

Northern Trains

Northern Trains operates a mostly hourly service towards Hull, Blackpool North and Leeds (both routes) serving most stations en-route (plus three per day to Sheffield via Pontefract Baghill).[38]

Rolling stock used: Sprinter (Class 150/153/155/158) and Civity Class 195 units. Pacer (Class 142/144) diesel multiple units were in regular use on the Harrogate and Sheffield lines until December 2019, but have now been phased out.

Former services

Until May 2021 East Midlands Railway provided one weekend return journey between York and London St Pancras via the Midland Main Line, this service has since ceased in the May 2021 timetable.

Rolling stock used: Class 222 Meridian diesel multiple units.

Preceding station
National Rail
National Rail
Following station
CrossCountry
TransPennine Express
North TransPennine
Terminus
London King's Cross   Grand Central
London-Sunderland
  Thirsk
Doncaster or
Peterborough
  London North Eastern Railway
London-York
  Terminus
Doncaster or
Retford or
Peterborough
  London North Eastern Railway
London-Newcastle/Edinburgh
  Northallerton
London King's Cross or
Doncaster or
Peterborough
  London North Eastern Railway
London-Newcastle/Edinburgh/Scotland express services
  Darlington
Leeds   London North Eastern Railway
Leeds-Aberdeen
  Darlington
Northern Trains
Dearne Valley Line
Terminus
Northern Trains
Harrogate Line
Northern Trains
Hull-York Line
Northern Trains
Micklefield Line
  Future services  
Leeds   TBA
Northern Powerhouse Rail
  Darlington
Sheffield   TBA
Northern Powerhouse Rail
  Darlington
East Midlands Hub   TBA
Northern Powerhouse Rail
  Darlington
  Former services  
East Midlands Railway
St Pancras-York (Route Ceased May 2021)
Terminus
  Historical railways  
Terminus   Y&NMR
York to Scarborough Line
  Haxby
Station closed; Line open
Disused railways
Terminus   NER
York to Beverley Line
  Earswick
Naburn   NER
East Coast Main Line
  Beningbrough

References

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