New platform to capitalise on railway success

Crowds at the opening of platform 2 . Picture Kathryn Bulmer.
Crowds at the opening of platform 2 . Picture Kathryn Bulmer.

The North Yorkshire Moors Railway has seen a ten percent increase in visitor numbers since the opening of a second platform in Whitby a year ago.

Bosses at the historic heritage railway say that in the past year 120,000 passengers travelled to and from Whitby using the NYMR, an increase of 10 per cent on the previous year.

The additional platform and improved track works, which cost over £2million to implement, have enabled the organisation to increase its daily services from three to five in and out of Whitby.

Before the improvements, which were officially unveiled at a special ceremony in August last year, access in and out of the station was constrained due to the layout of the track and as a result of having to share a single platform with Northern Rail’s Esk Valley service which runs on the national network between Whitby and Middlesbrough.

NYMR managing director, Philip Benham said: “The figures paint an upbeat picture of the growing popularity in taking a step back in time by using our services for a day out at the seaside or on the moors.

“To think that the line was closed 50 years ago, it is testimony to all who have been involved in its resurgence that we are now celebrating such a positive milestone.”