Grimsby Town railway station

Grimsby Town railway station serves the town of Grimsby in North East Lincolnshire, England. It is operated by TransPennine Express, and is also served by East Midlands Railway and Northern Trains services.

Grimsby Town National Rail
The main entrance to the station
Local authorityNorth East Lincolnshire
Coordinates53°33′49″N 0°05′13″W / 53.56355°N 0.08700°W / 53.56355; -0.08700Coordinates: 53°33′49″N 0°05′13″W / 53.56355°N 0.08700°W / 53.56355; -0.08700
Grid referenceTA267091
Station codeGMB
Managed byTransPennine Express
Number of platforms3
DfT categoryD
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2014/15Increase 0.452 million
– Interchange Increase 8,725
2015/16Decrease 0.422 million
– Interchange Increase 9,686
2016/17Increase 0.438 million
– Interchange Increase 10,518
2017/18Increase 0.454 million
– Interchange Increase 10,834
2018/19Increase 0.457 million
– Interchange Increase 11,483
Key datesOpened 29 February 1848 (29 February 1848)
Original companyGreat Grimsby and Sheffield Junction Railway
National RailUK railway stations
  • Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Grimsby Town from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.


Grimsby Town station was opened on 29 February 1848 when the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway opened its line from New Holland to Grimsby, and thence by the East Lincolnshire Railway to Louth.[1]

It was the terminus of the East Lincolnshire Line from Peterborough and Boston via Louth until the line's closure to passengers in October 1970. The remaining line runs east to west, terminating at Cleethorpes on the northeast Lincolnshire seafront, and runs west to Habrough where the line to Barton-upon-Humber branches northwards, and further to Barnetby, where at Wrawby Junction the line splits into three, going to Scunthorpe/Doncaster/Sheffield, Gainsborough/Retford/Sheffield and Market Rasen/Lincoln/Newark.

On 13 November 1907 a fireman was killed in an accident at the station when oiling his locomotive, five trucks were shunted on to the end of the train. The impact sent the train forward and the fireman was trapped in the machinery. He could not be extricated without the engine being reversed and backed to the original place, and this action resulted in him being mangled in the machinery and he was killed.[2]

In a collision on 15 July 1930, 32 people were injured when a train from New Holland crashed into an express train from Sheffield which was stationary in Grimsby Station.[3]

The station was refurbished by First TransPennine Express in 2007/2008. Brand new departure screens have been fitted and are now in use, along with an automated announcement system (CIS). The ticket office has also been refurbished, the refurbishment includes new lighting, seating, flooring and a refurbished ticket desk. The waiting room on platform 2 and the station buffet have also been refurbished. Two new lifts at a cost of £2 million were installed in 2011 and were opened by Grimsby MP Austin Mitchell on Tuesday 19 July 2011.

In December 2017, the announcement system was changed from Rob Randall (TransPennine Express's old Announcement System) with SIEMENS, to ATOS Anne, which is now the announcement system in use across the TransPennine Express network.


The station has three platforms in use, with an overall roof (renewed in 1978) covering platforms 1 and 2.[4] Platform 1 is the main eastbound through platform, whilst platform 2 is the corresponding platform for westbound trains but is also signalled for eastbound services if required. Platform 3 is the outer face of the southern island platform and is located outside the train shed - this was formerly a through platform used by Doncaster and Lincoln trains but is now only accessible from the west and is normally used by EMR trains from the Lincoln direction that turn back here. The main facilities (ticket office, buffet & waiting room) are all located on platform 1.

The ticket office is manned daily from 06:00 (weekdays)/05:30 (Saturdays)/08:45 (Sundays) until 19:30. A self-service ticket machine is also available at the station entrance for use outside these times and for collecting pre-paid tickets. Customer help points are available on platforms 1 and 2 and step-free access is available to all platforms.[5]

The station has the PlusBus scheme where train and bus tickets can be bought together at a saving, it is in the same area as Grimsby Docks and Cleethorpes stations.


The station is served on weekdays by TransPennine Express trains between Cleethorpes and Manchester Airport via Sheffield and Manchester Piccadilly, Northern services between Cleethorpes and Barton-On-Humber local stopping service and by East Midlands Railway services to Lincoln and Newark. Three Northern trains to and from Sheffield via Retford also operate on Saturdays only.

Sundays see a two-hourly service to Manchester in the morning, increasing to hourly in the afternoon. A limited service to Barton (four each way) and Lincoln (three each way) operates during the summer months only.[6]

Preceding station     National Rail   Following station
East Midlands Railway
Limited service
TransPennine Express
South TransPennine
Northern Trains
Saturdays only
Northern Trains
Barton Line
Disused railways
TerminusGreat Northern Railway
Line and station closed

Proposed changesEdit

In August 2007, after National Express East Coast was awarded the InterCity East Coast franchise, it proposed to start services between Lincoln and London King's Cross from December 2010 with one morning service and one evening service extending from Lincoln to Cleethorpes giving Cleethorpes a link to London and calling at Grimsby Town and Market Rasen. These services were to be operated using the Class 180s but was never introduced. These services were scrapped when East Coast took over the franchise.[7][8][9]

In 2008, Hull Trains applied for a new service from London to Harrogate as well as a Cleethorpes to London service calling at: Barnetby, Market Rasen, Lincoln Central, Sleaford, Donnington Parkway (new station), Spalding, Peterborough, Huntingdon, Stevenage and London Kings Cross under the First Harrogate Trains brand. In 2009, it was rejected by the Office of Rail Regulations.[10][11][12]

Alliance Rail Holdings had put forward proposals in 2014 to create a rail link between Cleethorpes and London King's Cross, calling at Grimsby Town, Habrough, Scunthorpe and Doncaster. This service would have been introduced by December 2017 if Alliance Rail's plans had been accepted by the Office of Rail & Road and would create the first direct link to London since 1986.[13] In May 2016, it was announced by the ORR that GNER had been refused permission to operate these services.[14]

In December 2017, Grand Central announced plans to bid for a service from London Kings Cross to Cleethorpes in early 2018 for a date of 2020. It would involve the existing Bradford Interchange service extended to 10 coaches from London to Doncaster then dividing with 5 coaches going to Cleethorpes via Scunthorpe, Barnetby, Habrough & Grimsby Town.[15]

Following the release of the Invite to tender for the next East Midlands franchise in June 2018, it was announced that as part of the next East Midlands franchise that from the December 2021 timetable change, the Lincoln service will become hourly and that there must be at least 13 trains per day from Nottingham to Lincoln Central and 14 trains per day from Lincoln to Nottingham will extend to Grimsby Town.[16][17] This was confirmed in April 2019 when it was announced that as part of the new East Midlands Railway franchise that Grimsby will get hourly services to Nottingham via Lincoln Central as well as new Sunday service introduced between Grimsby and Lincoln, replacing the current two-hourly service to Newark Northgate however early morning and late evening services from Newark Northgate (and in the future, from Nottingham as well) will continue to extend to Cleethorpes.[18][19] On 9 May 2019, following the end of the standstill period, Abellio confirmed they planned to extend the Leicester service to Grimsby Town, giving Grimsby its first regular direct trains to Leicester and Nottingham in over 10 years. The Leicester to Lincoln service will initially be extended to Grimsby Town every two hours from December 2020, replacing the Newark Northgate service but this will later become hourly from December 2021.[20][21]

Informed sources[who?] close to LNER reported in June 2019, that LNER would like to extend a number of trains from Lincoln Central to Cleethorpes in the future, but it would take time to do this as the route will need to be checked to see whether the Azuma trains are cleared to use the route, whether there is enough track capacity and whether there is a sufficient business case.[22]


  1. ^ "Opening of the Railway from New Holland to Grimsby and Louth". Hull Packet. England. 3 March 1848. Retrieved 3 March 2017 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  2. ^ "Fireman killed in a Grimsby station". Boston Guardian. England. 16 November 1907. Retrieved 3 March 2017 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  3. ^ "32 people injured in train smash". Derby Daily Telegraph. England. 15 July 1930. Retrieved 3 March 2017 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  4. ^ "Roof renewal at Grimsby Town in 1978". Lincolnshire Rail Gallery. Retrieved 5 May 2016.
  5. ^ "Grimsby Town station facilities". National Rail Enquiries. Retrieved 23 January 2017.
  6. ^ GB eNRT, December 2016 Edition, Tables 27, 28, 29 & 30
  7. ^ "England - Lincolnshire - London route 'will boost county'". BBC News. Retrieved 11 August 2017.
  8. ^ Bowker wins East Coast with £1.4bn premium Rail issue 573 29 August 2007 page 8
  9. ^ "Today's Railways Issue 86"
  10. ^ Hull Trains - Track Access Rights on the East coast Main Line Archived 25 June 2008 at the Wayback Machine Office of the Rail Regulator 19 March 2008
  11. ^ "Three companies want East Coast paths" Today's Railways UK issue 78 June 2008 page 6
  12. ^ "Hull Trains applies to serve Harrogate four times a day" Rail issue 594 18 June 2008 page 12
  13. ^ "£130m plan could see direct superfast trains to London from Cleethorpes and Grimsby". Grimsby Telegraph. 28 February 2014. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 11 May 2016.
  14. ^ "ORR approves new East Coast rail services". RZD-Partner Publishing. 13 May 2016. Retrieved 10 June 2016.[permanent dead link]
  15. ^ "Grimsby and Cleethorpes could get direct trains to London by 2020" Daly, Patrick; "GrimsbyLive" news article, 27 December 2017
  16. ^ "More trains to run between Grimsby and Lincoln in bid to reduce overcrowding O'Flaherty, Rachael; GrimsbyLive news article 8 June 2018
  17. ^ East Midlands Franchise ITT TSR2 weekday p.4 and p.6 Department for Transport; June 2018
  18. ^ [1]
  19. ^ East Midlands rail franchise Department for Transport; 10 April 2019
  20. ^ EMR December 2020 Timetable Consultation p.27
  21. ^ Modern Railways June 2019 p.9
  22. ^ Harby, David (June 2019). "Weekday service returns to Gainsborough Central". Rail Lincs. No. 84. p. 2. ISSN 1350-0031. Retrieved 6 August 2019.

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