How railway station plans could offer boost to Knaresborough

Talks are ongoing with Network Rail for how work could proceed on the station
Talks are ongoing with Network Rail for how work could proceed on the station

The Knaresborough Chamber of Trade has welcomed the push to re-open a historic railway station on the Leeds to York line by a developer behind plans for  2,750 new homes.

Flaxby Park Ltd has said that Goldsborough Railway Station would become a new park and ride station, and renamed Flaxby Parkway Station, if their vision for a new settlement at the former Flaxby golf course is approved by Harrogate Borough Council.

Talks are ongoing with Network Rail for how work could proceed on the station but the company has highlighted that ‘no significant technical obstacles’ have so far been flagged.

Owner Chris Musgrave said: “We’re delighted to announce our plans for the former Goldsborough Railway Station. It will be a key feature of Flaxby Park, as well as significantly benefitting Flaxby Green Park, by making the science park much more accessible for its employees.

“We’re now working closely with Network Rail to ensure that the station’s timetabling requirements can be accommodated, in order to maximise connections for the two-way traffic that the station will attract throughout the day.

This will provide opportunities for residents who live at Flaxby Park to commute by rail to nearby towns and cities in the morning, before returning home in the evening, at the same time as employees at Flaxby Green Park are travelling in the opposite directions.

“When this is combined with the park and ride scheme, that will serve commuters, shoppers, tourists and all other visitors who travel to Harrogate and Knaresborough, it will make the new Parkway Station highly sustainable, as well as significantly reducing traffic on the A59.”

Originally opened in 1850 the station was closed to passengers in 1958 and freight services ceased in 1965. The chance to have another station open on the line could provide boost for traders, says Stephen Teggin President of the Knaresborough Chamber of Trade.

He said: “Without a doubt it would be great news if it comes through. Looking at our current car parking facilities in Knaresborough any extra station we could get on the line and bringing people to the town without the need of a car would be really advantageous.

“This could draw people from further afield, and I think that with a park and ride in place with buses bringing people across would be a big benefit for the town.”

He added: “To be honest I am not with the potential of the site at Green Hammerton being chosen, it is prime agricultural land, and I would be in favour of Flaxby Park.”