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Mexborough railway station

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Place  Mexborough
Station code  MEX
DfT category  D
Opened  4 March 1871
Grid reference  SK472996
Managed by  Northern
2011/12  0.327 million
Number of platforms  2
Mexborough railway station
Address  Old Denaby, Mexborough S64 9AQ, United Kingdom
Local authority  Metropolitan Borough of Doncaster
Pte  South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive
Similar  Conisbrough railway station, Thorne South railway st, Kirk Sandall railway st, Swinton (South Yorkshire, Thorne North railway st

Mexborough railway station top 12 facts


Mexborough railway station serves the former mining town of Mexborough, South Yorkshire, England. It is a station on the Sheffield to Doncaster Line 7 miles (11 km) south west of Doncaster.

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As the original station at Mexborough Junction did not serve the line to Rotherham and Sheffield when this opened it was replaced by a new station built immediately on the Doncaster side of the junction. The new station was approximately halfway between Mexborough Junction and Mexborough (Ferry Boat) Halt and was able to serve the town centre at the top of Station Road.

It was on 1 June 1874 that the third side of the triangle (Mexborough Reverse Curve) was put in place which allowed trains to work from the Sheffield line to Barnsley without need of reversal. This was closed on 5 September 1966.

The Barnsley to Doncaster local passenger services were withdrawn on 29 June 1959 and further changes in the area took place with the opening of Aldwarke Junction in 1966. From this date all passenger trains to Sheffield were routed to Sheffield Midland: at first via the Swinton curve, until its closure in January 1968, and thereafter via the Great Central route through the closed Kilnhurst Central. Nowadays trains mostly operate via the re-instated Swinton curve to the new Swinton (a few passenger trains still use the old GCR line for operational reasons).

Mexborough once had a third platform which, in effect, made the Sheffield-bound platform an "island". This was used occasionally for regular passenger services travelling via the Great Central line to Sheffield but more often by excursion trains to East Coast resorts such as Scarborough, Bridlington and Cleethorpes. This platform face ceased to be used in the late 1970s but can still be seen.

As part of the South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive's 4-year plan for upgrading the railways in the county, Mexborough received an upgraded waiting area and ticket office which were completed in May 1989.

In 2009/2010, Mexborough was further improved by help points, an updated PA system, refurbished toilets and booking office area, additional shelters and CCTV, information screens and improved access for the disabled.

In 2011 Mexborough won the category 'Station of the Year (Small)' at the National Rail Awards.

Facilities

The station's booking office is manned each day on a part-time basis (06:00-19:00 Monday to Saturday, 08:00-16:00 Sundays). Outside these times, tickets must be bought on the train or in advance. There are waiting rooms on both platforms and a customer help point on platform 2. Digital display screens, timetable posters and automated train announcements offer train running information and there is step-free access to both platforms.

Service

Monday to Saturday services consist of two westbound services per hour: one terminates at Sheffield and the other carries on to Worksop, Gainsborough and Lincoln Central. The two eastbound services travel through Doncaster to Scunthorpe or Adwick, though a few business peak & evening trains run to and from Hull. On Sundays there is an hourly service to Sheffield and to Doncaster; every 2 hours this service continues to Goole.

TransPennine Express operates a very limited service from the station. Monday-Saturday, there is one train per day westbound from Cleethorpes to Sheffield in the evening; there is no return service eastbound. On Sundays there is an eastbound service from Manchester Airport to Cleethorpes in the morning, with no return service westbound.

References

Mexborough railway station Wikipedia


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