Durham Coast Line

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Durham Coast Line
System National Rail
Locale North East England
Owner Network Rail
Operator(s) Northern Rail First TransPennine Express Grand Central Railway
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
Durham Coast Line
East Coast Main Line to Edinburgh
Newcastle Tyne and Wear Metro
River Tyne King Edward VII Bridge or High Level Bridge
East Coast Main Line to Darlington and Tyne Valley Line to Carlisle
Heworth Tyne and Wear Metro
Leamside branch to East Coast Main Line (non-operational)
Tyne and Wear Metro to Tyne Dock
Boldon Junctions - Freight line to Tyne Dock
Brockley Whins (now Metro-only)
East Boldon (now Metro-only)
Seaburn (now Metro-only)
Stadium of Light (now Metro-only)
St Peter's (now Metro-only)
River Wear Wearmouth Rail Bridge
Sunderland Tyne and Wear Metro
Tyne and Wear Metro to South Hylton
Freight line to Sunderland docks
Seaham Colliery
Blackhall Rocks
Freight line to Middleton
Seaton Carew
Freight line to Hartlepool Nuclear Power Station
Delivery depot
Greatham (closed 24 November 1991)[1]
Freight line to Seal Sands
Norton Junction - Stillington branch freight line to ECML
Norton-on-Tees(closed 1960)
Tees Valley Line to Darlington
River Tees
Newport (closed 1915)
Esk Valley Line to Whitby
Tees Valley Line to Saltburn

The Durham Coast Line (DCL) is the name given to the railway line which links Newcastle upon Tyne with Middlesbrough, via Sunderland and Hartlepool. The services are operated by Northern Rail and the majority continue on from Newcastle to the MetroCentre and a few to Carlisle. It is an important diversionary route during closures on the East Coast Mainline.

The lines which make up the route were originally part of the North Eastern Railway, which became part the London and North Eastern Railway at the 1923 Grouping. The DCL comes under the aegis of the Tees Valley Rail Strategy, whose aims are to enhance services in the region. Under that scheme, Phase 1 undertaken on DCL resulted in an hourly service between Newcastle and Hartlepool from 2000; a half-hourly service was later to come into operation. Plans for Phase 2, including opening new stations, has been on hold since the Strategic Rail Authority came into being, when funding for the scheme was brought to a virtual standstill.

A halt at Greatham was downgraded to a partial service during the early 1980s and was closed on the 24 November 1991.

The section between the junction just south of Sunderland and Pelaw Junction (just south of Pelaw Metro station) is the only Network Rail route electrified at 1500V DC overhead for use by the Tyne and Wear Metro, which shares this section of the line.



  1. ^ "List of dates from 1 January 1985 to 20 January 2006 of last passenger trains at closed BR (or Network Rail stations since privatisation)". Department for Transport Website: Freedom of Information Act responses, February 2006. Department for Transport. 2006. Retrieved 2012-02-06. 

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