Filey Railway Station and cheaper rail tickets

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Situated at a listed building, its roof was saved from demolition in the 1990’s. The station is a gem, a time capsule dating back to Georgian times! Retaining so many original features. Though Filey railway station has been unstaffed for many years it is covered by 24 hour CCTV and benefits from a 24 hour private hire taxi firm on the premises, for onward journeys (Radio Cars 01723 515515)

On the station is Buffers Café.  The railway authorities have allowed the community to take on several rooms, the station is now becoming an important ‘gateway’ to the seaside town.

There is ample free car parking for station users. Better still why not arrive by train! or build it into your day out? The station is served by direct trains to Scarborough, Bempton, Bridlington, Beverley, Hull, Goole, Doncaster, Meadowhall and Sheffield.
The station toilets and waiting room have been repainted by local volunteers.

The café décor is in keeping with the ambiance of a grand old building! Both the café and taxi offices have flower tubs to brighten up your visit.
Following the severe floods last summer, that hit Filey the Community Café reopened in time for Half Term. The first day, Saturday 20th October 2007, saw the volunteers serving complimentary drinks to passengers waiting for replacement buses, which were being run instead of the normal trains due to sections of new railway track being put down as part of investment in the rural railway line. This provided a community service and along with clean toilets and travel information on hand at the unstaffed station, made journeys easier for locals and visitors alike.




Radio Cars of Filey:

As well as being based at Filey Railway Station, being a local firm, with friendly staff the taxi office also sell local Free Range Eggs at £1.25 a dozen, and their own honey , (borrage or field & forest) £2.75 a jar
Ideal to purchase just before you get on the train!

Full details of Filey Railway station are on the National Rail website
http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/stations/fil/details.html

The local train service is operated by Northern Rail the details of your local trains are available on the link below

http://www.northernrail.org/travel/timetables/806200



The link below is helpful to see how trains are running

www.livedepartureboards.co.uk/ldb/station.aspx?T=FIL


Facilities near the station
Outside the station is 'The Brigg Complex' a converted former cinema. Handy shops for train users include:

Carline's Bakery 01723 512115 (14 Station Avenue)
A family bakery, offering a range of home made breads. They have mouth watering hot and cold sandwiches and great fresh cream cakes!

Sight & Sound Newsagents 01723 513843 (4 Station Avenue)
Like Post Offices, The Corner Shop and the 'local' pub a Traditional Newsagent is an endangered species. Sight and Sound offer what newsagents are best for newspaper, a wide range of magazines and confectionary.

Touring the Yorkshire Wolds Coast?
If you are aiming to explore the area particularly on foot or by bike, a useful site is run by the North Yorkshire Cycle Touring Club, listing local cafes, as well as cycle shops and events

www.amkirby.co.uk

Local Pubs:
Bonhommes, located 8 minutes from the station on Royal Crecent Court (01723 514054) serve usually 5 real ales. They held their first Beer Festival over the Easter Bank Holiday Weekend 2008 and are in the Good Beer Guide. Scarborough CAMERA awarded them Rural Pub of the Year Runner up 2007-8
Children and dogs are welcome
Quiz every Tuesday at 9pm, Saturday at 3.30pm and Sunday at 9pm

Local Cafe's
The Lighthouse Cafe 44 Belle Vue Street Filey. A traditional tea room and coffee

2008 Access for All Funding at Filey Railway Station
Filey Railway station has just been awarded £7,900 by the Government (under the access for all funding) to a project costing £15,800 submitted by North Yorkshire County Council

Information below kindly supplied via a Freedom of Information Act request to the Railways for All Team at the Department for Transport. (this information may be of particular interest to elderly and disabled passengers intending on using the railway station.)

The project will see
'improvements to accessibility to comply with Code of Practice requirements, specifically:
 

Mark out parking bays to the station car park and provide appropriate signage to indicate its use. Include for the provision of 1 disabled parking bay complete with signage as defined in Strategic Railways Authority technical notes 18, 19, 20, 22 and B3.2 parking.

Provide additional seating on both platforms of varying heights and support as defined in the Strategic Rail Authority Code of Practice.

Apply bands of contrasting nosing to each step on the access to platform 2. Provide tactile warnings to the top and bottom of the flights of steps.

Provide new handrails to entire bridge structure as defined in B5.2 Changing Level. Handrails should be mounted between 900mm and 1000mm of the pitch line of the stairway and have a circular profile between 40-45mm as defined in the Strategic Rail Authority Technical note 105.
Total Project Cost £15,800
Total Access for All funding £7,900


 
 

Getting to and from Filey, helpful hints on buying cheaper rail tickets:


Filey railway station has seen one of the highest growth in passenger numbers on the Yorkshire Coast Line, 3 times the line’s average increase over the last 4 years. Though the station is unstaffed there are ways of purchasing cheaper train tickets by booking in advance either over the internet, through a rail appointed travel agent, or at a staffed station (the nearest being Scarborough, an excellent travel centre, well rated by local rail users for their helpful service.) While booking in advance does commit you to travelling on a certain train, on a certain date, it does include reserved seats on the trains where seat reservations are possible.  

While Northern Rail (who operate the local train service) do not generally offer cheaper tickets for advance booking most long distance train operators do, many also offer highly discounted through tickets to Filey.

Book on line and get a 10% discount on many fares that use East Coast Trains at:  www.nationalexpresseastcoast.com

Example single tickets to Filey from Lincoln £8.45, Skegness £8.90, London £11, Cromer £11.55, Inverness £16, (price includes the 10% discount for booking on line)


As a rough guide good value tickets can be bought where parts of your rail journey uses the 'Cross Country' 'East Midlands Trains' or 'National Express East Coast'  networks ie cheap singles are on offer to Derby (but not Sheffield) 

It is not just larger destinations that good value single tickets can be purchased to:
Here are a few ‘one way’ prices:

Spondon railway station, Long Eaton railway station, Beeston railway station to Filey railway station all £9 single

Stratford-upon-Avon railway station, Stourbridge Town railway station, Four Oaks railway station to Hunmanby railway station, Nuneaton railway station to Filey railway station all £11 single

Birmingham New Street railway station to Filey railway station £11 each way travelling via Sheffield or Manchester

Aberystwyth railway station to Filey railway staton £20 single

Tenby railway station to Filey railway station £23.50 single

Penzance railway station to Filey railway station £27 single

Some railway companies offer very good advance purchase tickets for travel only on their own train services. Locally Transpennine Express www.tpexpress.co.uk
It may be worth looking for cheap fares on their core route and purchasing a separate ticket for the remaining journey. This may be helpful if part of your journey happen to fall when there are restrictions that prevent the purchace of cheap day return or saver tickets. Their nearest station to Filey is Seamer. The company offer very good rates on most trains booked in advance. Book your tickt in advance for the long distance journey, you can by the ticket on the Yorkshire Wolds Coast Line train from the jouney between Seamer and Filey.
for example
Manchester Piccadilly to Seamer can be as little as £12 each way
Leeds to Seamer from as little as £7 each way


As a general guide, you can normally book up to 12 weeks in advance and the earlier a booking is made the more likelihood of cheaper tickets on a range of services being available (though Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays often have limited cheap tickets available.)