Finningley railway station

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Finningley
Finningley Station - geograph.org.uk - 503647.jpg
Location
Place Finningley and Blaxton
Area Doncaster
Coordinates 53°29′26″N 0°59′25″W / 53.49064°N 0.99014°W / 53.49064; -0.99014Coordinates: 53°29′26″N 0°59′25″W / 53.49064°N 0.99014°W / 53.49064; -0.99014
Grid reference SK670997
Operations
Pre-grouping Great Northern and Great Eastern Joint Railway
Post-grouping London and North Eastern Railway
British Railways
Platforms 2
History
15 July 1867[1] opened
11 September 1961 Closed for regular passenger service
6 September 1965 closed completely
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
A B C D–F G H–J K–L M–O P–R S T–V W–Z
170433 at Edinburgh Waverley.JPG UK Railways portal

Finningley railway station was a railway station built to serve the villages of Finningley and Blaxton, South Yorkshire, England.[2]

History

The first railway station to be built was some 500 yards (460 m) to the west of the level crossing on the main Bawtry to Thorne road (A614). The second station, still in South Yorkshire, was on the east of the level crossing, some 2 miles (3 km) west of the county boundary. It was located on the Doncaster to Lincoln Line approximately 1 mile (1.6 km) from RAF Finningley (now Doncaster Sheffield Airport). Although the station closed to passengers on 11 September 1961[3] it was opened specially for trains from Doncaster to the Finningley Air Show until 1965 and on one occasion to serve the Royal Train when H.M. The Queen visited the Royal Air Force airfield.

Nowadays only the derelict platforms remain, along with the former station buildings (which are a private residence) and the signal box, which remains in use to operate the adjacent level crossing.

Future

Planning permission for a new station further north to serve the airport was granted by Doncaster Council in 2008[4] and discussions regarding station design and service levels took place between the local authority, Network Rail and the various TOCs with a view to opening the new station in 2012. To date (June 2016) there has been no progress on building a new station. A 2012 report by Network Rail stated that more trains on the line would be required to make the station viable.[5] The current service over the line is sparse, with just five Doncaster to Lincoln Central trains each way Mon-Sat in the May 2017 timetable.[6] There has been a call since then from Sheffield Chamber of Commerce[7] to provide a rail link to the airport and a new railway station by the air terminal.[8]

The council did apply for the station in the New Stations Fund 2 but was unsuccessful.[9]

Preceding station Historical railways Following station
Bessacarr
Line open, station closed
  Great Northern and Great Eastern Joint   Park Drain
Line open, station closed

References

  1. ^ http://www.disused-stations.org.uk/f/finningley/
  2. ^ Historic England. "Monument No. 509007". PastScape. Retrieved 2 January 2011.
  3. ^ Subterranea Britannica - Finningley
  4. ^ "Take-Off For Airport Station Plans". Railnews.co.uk. 2 July 2008. Retrieved 15 September 2010.
  5. ^ Network Rail, Route Specifications 2012 – London North Eastern, p76
  6. ^ Table 18 National Rail timetable, May 2017
  7. ^ "Calls for rail link to Doncaster’s Robin Hood Airport Peace, Lee, Doncaster Free Press 8 August 2014; Retrieved 13 June 2016
  8. ^ Dyson, Andrew, ed. (September 2017). "Feasibility study to belaunched into Doncaster Airport link". Today's Railways. No. 189. Sheffield: Platform 5. p. 20. ISSN 1475-9713.
  9. ^ [1]
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