The station concourse
|Local authority||East Lindsey|
|Managed by||East Midlands Railway|
|Number of platforms||6|
|Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections|
from National Rail Enquiries
|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|Key dates||Opened 1873|
|Original company||Wainfleet and Firsby Railway|
|Pre-grouping||Great Northern Railway|
|Post-grouping||London and North Eastern Railway|
|28 July 1873||Station opened|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Skegness from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
Skegness was dubbed "the Blackpool of the East Coast" or "Nottingham by the Sea", and has a mascot, the Jolly Fisherman (designed by John Hassall in 1908 for the Great Northern Railway), and a slogan - Skegness is so bracing - a reference to the chilly prevailing north-easterly winds that can and frequently do blow off the North Sea. A statue of The Jolly Fisherman now greets passengers as they arrive at the station when entering through the main entrance.
Up until 1966 the railway station used to have a goods yard with sheds, however this area along with platform one was demolished between 1980 and 1983. This area is now used as a car park belonging to nearby offices. There was a Seacroft railway station located just outside Skegness but this has also now closed. The next station on the line is Havenhouse. In 2006, all locomotive hauled services to Skegness were halted due to the weight of the locos buckling the rails frequently. However this ban has since been lifted after Network Rail began a track renewal scheme which is now entering the final phase.
As of December 2018 there is an hourly service to Nottingham via Grantham on weekdays and Saturdays, although certain peak services bypass Grantham and continue straight to Nottingham.
On summer Sundays some services start and terminate at Mansfield Woodhouse. In the winter a limited service (four departures per day, all after midday) operates.
Passengers can catch onward trains from Grantham station to and from Peterborough, Norwich, Sheffield, Manchester, Liverpool, Doncaster, York, Leeds, Hull, Darlington, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
|East Midlands Railway||Terminus|
|Seacroft||Great Northern Railway
The current station has toilet facilities with a baby change and a specialist service for the disabled, and a small refreshment/newsagent stall. There is 24-hour CCTV in operation at this station and there are staff patrolling the concourse area to give information when trains are due to arrive or depart. There is also a ticket office, staffed for part of the traffic day, and a self-service ticket vending machine (TVM) has been installed; this also enables customers who have booked their tickets online to collect them outside office hours.
Six platforms remain in place (numbered 2 to 7), however platforms 2 and 7 are now out of use and in practice only two platforms (3 and 4) are used regularly.
Network Rail and Lincolnshire County Council announced a major renovation programme costing £290,000, which has seen the derelict buildings demolished, the customer toilets being modernised and the gents relocated. There was much debate in Skegness about the old stationmaster's house being part of Skegness' heritage and should have been refurbished rather than demolished.
Local transport connections
Skegness railway station has good links to local public transport with a taxi rank at the front of the station.
- Bradshaw's 1905, p. 112
- Butt 1995, p. 213
- "Jolly Fisherman". Archived from the original on 8 November 2005.
- "Skegness". Stamford Mercury. England. 10 November 1899. Retrieved 4 September 2017 – via British Newspaper Archive.
- "Retired Horncastle Stationmaster". Lincolnshire Standard and Boston Guardian. England. 23 March 1929. Retrieved 4 September 2017 – via British Newspaper Archive.
- "Mr. William Mountain". Sheffield Daily Telegraph. England. 29 August 1921. Retrieved 4 September 2017 – via British Newspaper Archive.
- "Local Happenings". Nottingham Evening Post. England. 10 January 1930. Retrieved 4 September 2017 – via British Newspaper Archive.
- Table 19 National Rail timetable, December 2018
- "Funds to revamp Lumley Lodge at Skegness Train Station could be in jeopardy". Skegness Standard. 16 June 2010.
- Bassett, Herbert (1905), Bradshaw's Railway Manual, Shareholders' Guide and Directory, Henry Blacklock & Co., Ltd.
- Butt, R.V.J. (1995), The Directory of Railway Stations, Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd, ISBN 1-85260-508-1, R508