The platforms at York have been renumbered several times. The station was renovated in 2009. Platform 9 has been reconstructed and extensive lighting alterations were put in place.
New automated ticket gates (similar to those at Leeds Railway Station) were planned, but the City of York Council wished to avoid spoiling the historic nature of the station. The then operator National Express East Coast planned to appeal the decision but the plans were scrapped altogether upon handover to East Coast. The southern side of the station has been given new track and signalling systems.
An additional line and new junction was completed in early 2011. This work has helped take away one of the bottlenecks on the East Coast Main Line. The current platform use is:
Platform 1: South-facing bay platform mostly used for services to Hull and for stabling empty stock.
Platform 2: North-facing bay platform connected only to the Scarborough branch, used mostly for stabling a spare TPX unit (along with the accompanying station siding).
Platform 3: Main southbound platform (but is signalled bi-directionally), accessible directly from the station concourse. Most southbound East Coast or CrossCountry services and some Westbound First Trans-Pennine Express services use this.
Platform 4: Northward continuation of platform 3 connected only to the Scarborough branch, used by most First Trans-Pennine Express services from Scarborough Railway Station.
Platform 5: Main northbound platform (but is signalled bi-directionally), accessible by footbridge or tunnel. Most northbound East Coast or CrossCountry services, some North/Eastbound First Trans-Pennine Express services use this from Leeds Railway Station and Summer Saturday only East Midlands Trains services to Scarborough. Southbound Semi Fast East Coast services stop here which generally call at Doncaster, Newark North Gate, Peterborough and London Kings Cross.
Platform 6: South-facing bay platform used mostly by Northern Rail commuter services, East Coast services to King’s Cross station and on non summer Saturdays by East Midlands Trains services to London St. Pancras.
Platform 7: South-facing bay platform used mostly by Northern Rail commuter services, East Coast services to King’s Cross station and on non summer Saturdays by East Midlands Trains services to London St. Pancras.
Platform 8: North-facing bay platform used almost exclusively by Northern Rail trains on the Harrogate Line.
Platforms 9, 10, 11: Bidirectional platforms used by East Coast, Cross-Country, First TransPennine Express services and sometimes Northern Rail heading for Blackpool North.
Platforms 10 and 11: These exist outside the main body of the station. Another siding (the former fruit dock) exists opposite Platform 11.