Billingham railway station

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Not to be confused with Bellingham railway station.
Billingham National Rail
Billingham
Location
Place Billingham
Local authority Stockton-on-Tees
Grid reference NZ466236
Operations
Station code BIL
Managed by Northern Rail
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures and station information
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Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05 43,972
2005/06 Increase 55,751
2006/07 Increase 62,181
2007/08 Increase 69,375
2008/09 Increase 72,218
2009/10 Decrease 67,854
2010/11 Increase 68,428
2011/12 Increase 71,328
2012/13 Decrease 68,720
History
Key dates Opened 7 November 1966 (7 November 1966)
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Billingham from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Billingham railway station serves the town of Billingham, within the borough of Stockton-on-Tees and the ceremonial county of County Durham, England. The railway station is located on the Durham Coast Line and is operated by Northern Rail who provide all of the station's passenger services.

Station facilities here have recently been improved and included new fully lit waiting shelters and the installation of CCTV. The long-line Public Address system (PA) has been renewed and upgraded with pre-recorded train announcements.

History[edit]

Billingham's earlier station in 1965

The station is a modern-style halt on the line and was opened on Monday 7 November 1966 to replace the town's original larger grander station located further west towards Norton; this closed the previous day[1] & was subsequently demolished in the early 1970s. It was located next to the level crossing carrying the old route of the A19 across the railway. Only the signal box and footbridge survive on the site of the original station. The new Billingham station was provided with a booking hall, waiting room, parcels office and lavatories. These facilities were lost when the station was reduced to unstaffed halt status towards the end of the 1960s. The station building of 1966 still stands, and is used as the office of local taxi company Binks Taxis.

The Tees Valley Rail Strategy calls for the re-opening of the original station as 'Old Billingham' as a new additional station on the Durham Coast Line. However, the plans have yet to come to fruition.

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On 2 December 1953, a train ran off the end of the loop and was derailed. An express freight train then ran into the wreckage and was also derailed.[2]

Services[edit]

The station has a basic hourly service in each direction on weekdays (with a few peak period extras), northwards to Hartlepool, Sunderland and Newcastle and southwards to Middlesbrough. Most northbound trains continue onto the Tyne Valley line to MetroCentre & Hexham, whilst some southbound trains are extended to & from Nunthorpe.[3]

Sundays see a two-hourly service each between Middlesbrough & MetroCentre and two additional direct services to/from Darlington.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Poster for New Billingham Station 1966Picture Stockton Archive; Retrieved 2013-12-02
  2. ^ Hoole, Ken (1983). Trains in Trouble: Vol. 4. Truro: Atlantic Books. ISBN 0-906899-07-9. 
  3. ^ GB National Rail Timetable Dec 2013 - May 2014, Table 43

External links[edit]

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Coordinates: 54°36′22″N 1°16′44″W / 54.606°N 1.279°W / 54.606; -1.279