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Down Express departing in 1957

A Deltic locomotive coupling to the Hull-King's Cross train, July 1975

Doncaster railway station is on the East Coast Main Line in England, serving the town of Doncaster, South Yorkshire. It is 155 miles 77 chains (251 km) down the line from London King's Cross and is situated between Retford and York on the main line. It is managed by London North Eastern Railway.

It is a major passenger interchange between the main line, Cross Country Route and local services running across the North of England. It is also the point for which London North Eastern Railway services branching off to Leeds diverge from the main route continuing north towards Edinburgh.


The railway station was built in 1849 replacing a temporary structure constructed a year earlier.[2] It was rebuilt in its present form in 1938 and has had several slight modifications since that date, most notably in 2006, when the new interchange and connection to Frenchgate Centre opened.

In May 2015, construction commenced on a new Platform 0 to the north-east of the station adjacent to the Frenchgate Centre on the site of the former cattle dock. It is used by terminating Northern Trains services to Hull, Beverley, Bridlington and Scarborough. This allowed these services to operate independently of the East Coast Main Line.[3][4] It is joined to the rest of the station via a fully accessible overbridge.[5]

Station Masters[edit]


The station has nine platforms on three islands. Platforms 1, 3, 4 and 8 can take through trains. Platforms 2 and 5 are south-facing bays; platforms 0, 6 and 7 are north facing bays. A first class lounge is available on platform 3A.

There are presently no ticket barriers in operation at this station; however, on race days at Doncaster Racecourse, manual ticket checks are in operation in the subway.

The station was refurbished in 2006 and is now directly connected to the Frenchgate Centre extension in Doncaster town centre. The station now has a new booking office for tickets and information, three new lifts, refurbished staircases and subway. There is a newsagent and some food outlets. More recently, interactive touch screens have been installed around the station by London North Eastern Railway services to provide information about local attractions, live departures and disruptions and station facilities. In addition, mobile phone charging points are now available on the concourse, touch screen and self-service ticketing machines have been installed across the concourse; the stairways to the subway have now been divided into two way systems to improve the flow of passengers during peak times.

In a route study by Network Rail, it was proposed that new platforms could be built on the western side of the station to meet expected demand in the future.[15]

In March 2019, it was revealed that there were plans, as part of the East Coast improvement programme in Control Period 6, to add an additional platform at Doncaster.[16]

Accidents and incidents[edit]


Seven train operating companies call at Doncaster, which is the highest number of companies in the UK and is also equal in number only to Crewe and Liverpool Lime Street in the UK. Train operators include the following:


CrossCountry operated hourly services to Newcastle and Reading with one service per day running through to both Edinburgh Waverley and Guildford or Southampton Central.[18]

East Midlands Railway

East Midlands Railway offer a limited services to London St Pancras, York and Scarborough. It also operates a local service to Lincoln which occasionally extends to Sleaford and Peterborough.[19]

Grand Central

Grand Central operates services between Bradford Interchange and King's Cross.

Hull Trains

Hull Trains operates services between London King's Cross and Hull or Beverley via Selby.

London North Eastern Railway

London North Eastern Railway offers regular (55 trains per day) direct trains services to London King's Cross, Leeds, Harrogate, York, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow Central.[20]

Northern Trains

Northern Trains generally offers services from Doncaster to Sheffield, Leeds and Lincoln.

TransPennine Express

TransPennine Express operates services eastbound to Cleethorpes, and westbound to Manchester Airport. TransPennine services operate hourly in each direction generally.[21] There were plans to add platforms 9 and 10 to cope with Eurostar trains but this project was cancelled when it was decided that Eurostar would not serve Britain outside the South East of England.

In the media[edit]

In 1973 the station was featured in the first episode of Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads?, entitled Strangers on a Train, featuring James Bolam and Rodney Bewes. Although it is not stated where the scenes in the station were filmed, signs for Grimsby Town and Scunthorpe are visible in the background.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Historic England, "Station Booking Hall and Offices (1193202)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 29 July 2018
  2. ^ "Drinking fountain, about 1957". Science and Society Picture Library. Retrieved 29 July 2018.
  3. ^ "Doncaster to get a Platform 0 in £21m upgrade" The Railway Magazine issue 1371 June 2015 p. 81
  4. ^ Nigel Harris, ed. (24 June 2015). "Roll up, roll up for Doncaster's Platform 0". Rail. No. 777. p. 15. ISSN 0953-4563.
  5. ^ "WATCH: Incredible time-lapse footage of new bridge being installed at Doncaster rail station". Doncaster Free Press. 26 April 2016. Retrieved 13 December 2016.
  6. ^ "Changes in the Situation of Station-master at the Boston Station". Lincolnshire Chronicle. England. 28 September 1855. Retrieved 2 September 2017 - via British Newspaper Archive.
  7. ^ "Popular GNR Official". Lincolnshire Chronicle. England. 28 September 1855. Retrieved 2 September 2017 - via British Newspaper Archive.
  8. ^ "Mr Thomas Christopher". Hull Daily Mail. England. 21 April 1915. Retrieved 7 March 2020 - via British Newspaper Archive.
  9. ^ "Doncaster Station-Master to Be Superintendent". Sheffield Daily Telegraph. England. 19 August 1921. Retrieved 2 September 2017 - via British Newspaper Archive.
  10. ^ "Official Changes at the GNR". Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer. England. 4 December 1922. Retrieved 2 September 2017 - via British Newspaper Archive.
  11. ^ "New Station-Master". Yorkshire Evening Post. England. 15 August 1933. Retrieved 2 September 2017 - via British Newspaper Archive.
  12. ^ "Former Driffield Station Master Retiring". Driffield Times. England. 13 April 1946. Retrieved 2 September 2017 - via British Newspaper Archive.
  13. ^ "Former Driffield Station Master Retiring". Driffield Times. England. 13 April 1946. Retrieved 2 September 2017 - via British Newspaper Archive.
  14. ^ Marshall, Sarah (12 December 2016). "Platform 0 opens at Doncaster train station". The Star. Retrieved 29 July 2018.
  15. ^ East Coast Main Line Route Study (PDF). Network Rail. 1 June 2018. p. 32.
  16. ^ [1] p.66
  17. ^ Hoole, Ken (1982). Trains in Trouble: Vol. 3. Redruth: Atlantic Books. p. 3. ISBN 0-906899-05-2.
  18. ^ Table 51 National Rail timetable, May 2016
  19. ^ Table 18 National Rail timetable, May 2016
  20. ^ Table 26 National Rail timetable, May 2016
  21. ^ Table 29 National Rail timetable, May 2016

External links[edit]

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