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Goole is strategically placed on the national motorway network with direct access to Junction 36 of the M62 and only 20 minutes from the North - South route of the M1.

The port of Goole has regular freight services to all major North Sea ports on the European mainland and further a field.

Goole is situated on the main Hull to London Kings Cross rail line, which feeds directly into the East coast mainline and Euro tunnel services. There are also 6 international airports accessible within 1 hour by road or rail.

Goole is a town, civil parish and port located approximately 45 miles (75 Km) inland on the River Ouse in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England. The population as of the 2001 census was 17,600.[1] Goole is twinned with Złotów, Poland (and was twinned with Rostock, north of Germany in 1969 although this seems to have lapsed). Goole was twinned with Gibraltar in the 1960s, at that time Gibraltar Court was named in Goole and Goole Court was named in Gibraltar.


This is an example for an imageThe civil engineer Cornelius Vermuyden from The Netherlands diverted the River Don northward to the Ouse in 1627 to drain the marshland of Hatfield Chase at the behest of King Charles I. This also made the lower Don navigable for small barges so that coal from the southern Yorkshire coalfield was transported to "Gool" at the new mouth of the Don (or "Dutch River") for transfer to seagoing vessels.

The Aire and Calder Navigation Company opened their broad canal from Knottingley in the northern sector of the coalfield in 1826 together with two transshipment docks at Goole and a company-built town. This gave rise to several innovations in materials handling by the chief engineer, William Bartholomew. In 1863 he introduced the Tom Pudding system of compartment boats which could each carry around 40 tons of coal. In the docks Bartholomew introduced large boat hoists which could lift the Puddings and discharge directly into sea going ships which exported the coal to all parts of the world. These managed to compete with rail and were used until 1985.

The Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway built a line from Pontefract and Wakefield in 1848 and the North Eastern Railway connected with Doncaster and Hull in 1870. The prosperity from the coal and general cargo trade with the West Riding industrial area continued for 150 years after the opening of the canal. After a period of decline, these commodities were more than replaced by containers, the export of steel and the import of timber from north-eastern Europe. The two original 1826 docks, along with all six others built later, are still in full operation.

Glass and clothing are produced in Goole and it is the focus of an agricultural district.



Prior to the 1974 local government reform it was an urban district in the West Riding of Yorkshire. It was then in the Boothferry district of Humberside until that was abolished in 1996. Because Goole was historically in the West Riding, it was briefly considered to link it with the district of Selby, borough of Doncaster and even the new North East Lincolnshire Council instead.

Goole's population of 19,951 returns six councillors to the East Riding Council and it is the western component of the Brigg and Goole parliamentary constituency.

In March 2006, the go-ahead was given by the East Riding of Yorkshire Council for a new £237.5 million Centreport development, although there was significant opposition from local residents. This will surround the Guardian Glass factory, at Junction 36 of the M62, to the west of the town. A new Tesco Distribution Centre has recently opened on this land bringing thousands of jobs to the Goole District.

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