Chester-le-Street railway station
|Managed by||Northern Rail|
|Number of platforms||2|
|Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|Original company||North Eastern Railway|
|Pre-grouping||North Eastern Railway|
|Post-grouping||London and North Eastern Railway|
|1 December 1868||Station opened|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Chester-le-Street from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
|UK Railways portal|
Chester-le-Street railway station serves the town of Chester-le-Street in County Durham, England. The station is on the East Coast Main Line 8 miles (13 km) south of Newcastle upon Tyne. It is mentioned in the song "Slow Train" by Flanders and Swann.
The Team Valley line of the North Eastern Railway, which connected Newton Hall Junction near Durham with Gateshead, was authorised in 1848 but not opened until 2 March 1868 (the powers having been renewed in 1862). At first only freight trains used the route, but passenger services began on 1 December 1868, and the station at Chester-le-Street opened the same day.
Mondays to Saturdays there is a mostly two-hourly First TransPennine Express service from Chester-le-Street, northbound to Newcastle Central and southbound to Durham, Darlington, York, Leeds, Manchester Victoria and Liverpool Lime Street. Most services run to and from Liverpool since the May 2014 timetable change, though certain early morning trains come from Manchester Airport. On Sundays there is also a two-hourly service in each direction.
The station also has a very limited service provided by other operators - CrossCountry have a single service to Southampton Central calling in the evening peak, whilst Northern Rail have three a.m northbound services to Newcastle calling on weekdays & two on Saturdays (from Middlesbrough and Saltburn) and one late night weekday southbound service to Darlington. The latter also runs on a Sunday, running through to Middlesbrough.
Other CrossCountry services as well as all East Coast services pass through the station but do not stop.
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
|First TransPennine Express|
Chester-le-Track, an independent private limited company, operates the station as an agent for the local franchised train operating company, which, as of 2011, is Northern Rail. Chester-le-Track began operating the station in 1999, Chester-le-Street having lost its part-time staff some 10 years previously.
- Allen, Cecil J. (1974) . The North Eastern Railway. Shepperton: Ian Allan. pp. 137, 141. ISBN 0-7110-0495-1.
- Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 60. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508.
- GB National Rail Timetable May - December 2014, Tables 26 & 39 (Network Rail)
- "About Us". Chester-le-Track. Retrieved 2008-04-15.
- Train times and station information for Chester-le-Street railway station from National Rail
- Chester-le-Track – operator of Chester-Le-Street station
- Buses from the station
- Buses to the station