The village has a poorly-served railway station at Whitley Bridge, where the Knottingley and Goole Canal is crossed towards the smaller village of Whitley, which now lies mostly beyond junction 34 of the M62 motorway. The canal forms part of the Aire and Calder Navigation which in the early days of the industrial revolution provided an important link from industrial towns of the West Riding to the port of Goole.
While the area has a long history of agriculture, small industries including a flour mill developed at Eggborough.
In the 1960s the village changed dramatically with the building of a large coal-fired power station with its associated cooling towers. The station was officially opened by the then Central Electricity Generating Board in 1970, a time when the nearby Selby coalfield was about to see a major expansion in production.
Mining ended in 2004 but the power station continued to operate with coal brought by rail and road by a succession of private owners. The power station was acquired in 2015 by a Czech Republic-based company. A number of closure plans and reprieves saw it continuing to produce some power until 2018 and a future plan has been drawn up for a new gas-fired power station at the site. In August 2021, four of the eight landmark cooling towers were demolished as part of site redevelopment plans.
Industry has also expanded in Eggborough since 2000 with a large glass factory. An associated insulation board factory has also recently been built there.
Eggborough is on the Aire and Calder Navigation - (Knottingley and Goole Canal).
Eggborough has a pub.
Eggborough has a village store and local traders.
The village has a Post Office.
The village has tea-rooms.
Takeaway food outlets in the village include fish and chips, chicken, pizzas, burgers, kebabs.
The village has a visiting mobile library.
The village has a pharmacy.
Eggborough has a village hall.
Places of worship: Methodist, other.
Eggborough was formerly in the West Riding of Yorkshire.
Whitley Bridge station (near Eggborough)
Station managed by: NORTHERN. Operator/s: NORTHERN.
NORTHERN - Departure and station info
Link to Northern - external website providing information on all services at this station.
Bus travelThe village has buses to neighbouring towns and villages.
Road travelEggborough can be reached via the M62 A19 A645
Places to visit
Selby AbbeyThe Crescent, Selby
More information at
Skipwith CommonSituated four mile north-east of Selby, Skipwith Common is a National Nature Reserve and Special Area of Conservation as one of a few remaining areas of lowland heath in northern England. The common features a 270 hectare ancient landscape including a huge variety of plants and animals and small signs of around 4,000 years of human impact, such as bronze and iron age burial mounds. Skipwith Common is managed by the landowner, the Escrick Park Estate, in partnership with Natural England and is supported by a Friends group.
Yorkshire Air Museum
The Yorkshire Air Museum is at the former RAF Elvington, about 3 miles south-west of York. During World War II it was an RAF Bomber Command Station used by Allied bomber crews, including French Air Force squadrons. The museum now situated there has a huge range of exhibits taking visitors from the earliest pioneers of aviation, including Yorkshireman George Cayley, through both World Wars and the Cold War era. More than 60 aircraft and flight-related vehicles are on show at the airfield. The museum is also the location of the Allied Air Forces Memorial, commemorating all allied airmen and women.
More details at the
YorkThe Selby district is not far from Yorkshire's principal city by road with bus and in some places train connections. Find out more about the historic city on our
Emergency servicesNorth Yorkshire Police
North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service
Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust
Civil parish councilEggborough Parish Council
Provides some local services in the area.
Link to council website:
The southernmost district of North Yorkshire is centred on
The district is a mostly rural area and has boundaries with the City of York unitary authority, the East Riding of Yorkshire unitary authority, the Doncaster district of South Yorkshire, Wakefield and Leeds districts of West Yorkshire and its shortest border with the North Yorkshire district of Harrogate.
The council is made up of 31 councillors who are elected each four years across 19 wards. There are between one and three councillors per ward.
Selby District Council website.
The political composition of the council after the May 2019 election was:
County authorityNorth Yorkshire County Council
Includes the Selby district and six other non-unitary districts of North Yorkshire.
Police, Fire and Crime CommissionerPolice, Fire and Crime Commissioner North Yorkshire
Covers the county of
Ceremonial countyNorth Yorkshire
Historic1894-1974: Within the West Riding of Yorkshire.
1974-present: Within Selby district of the county of North Yorkshire.