Morpeth railway station

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Morpeth National Rail
Morpeth
Morpeth railway station buildings
Location
Place Morpeth
Local authority Northumberland
Coordinates 55°09′44″N 1°40′58″W / 55.1622°N 1.6829°W / 55.1622; -1.6829Coordinates: 55°09′44″N 1°40′58″W / 55.1622°N 1.6829°W / 55.1622; -1.6829
Grid reference NZ202853
Operations
Station code MPT
Managed by Northern Rail
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05   0.164 million
2005/06 Increase 0.177 million
2006/07 Increase 0.189 million
2007/08 Increase 0.206 million
2008/09 Increase 0.227 million
2009/10 Increase 0.228 million
2010/11 Increase 0.244 million
2011/12 Increase 0.268 million
2012/13 Increase 0.285 million
History
Original company Newcastle and Berwick Railway
Pre-grouping North Eastern Railway
Post-grouping LNER
1 March 1847 (1847-03-01)[1] Station opened
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Morpeth from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Morpeth railway station is a railway station on the East Coast Main Line in Northumberland, northern England, serving the town of Morpeth.

History[edit]

The station was opened by the Newcastle and Berwick Railway on 1 March 1847.[1] It was designed by Benjamin Green, in the Scottish Baronial style and retains its original station buildings.

A severe ninety degree curve in the line of the railway immediately to the south of the station has been the site of four serious rail accidents, two of them fatal.

Blyth and Tyne Railway[edit]

Another station was opened by the Blyth and Tyne Railway on 1 April 1858 and closed 24 May 1880.[2] This was a terminus station that was also used by North British Railway trains from the west from Scots Gap[3] from the opening of their line in 1862 until 1872.[4] The B&T line to Bedlington lost its passenger trains in April 1950 (although occasional summer services between Scotland and the North Eastern coastal resorts continued operating over it until the 1960s), but it remains in use for freight and may have its passenger trains restored in the future (as an extension of the current local stopping service) - the South East Northumberland Rail User Group is currently campaigning for this.[5] Passenger trains over the old NBR line from Scots Gap and Reedsmouth/Rothbury ended in September 1952[6] and it closed completely in 1966 - few traces of this route now remain.

Services[edit]

Morpeth station is served by East Coast intercity trains running to London and Edinburgh. Northern Rail operates a regular local service from here to Newcastle Central & MetroCentre (hourly Mondays - Saturdays) - two services per day continue northwards to Alnmouth and Chathill.[7] Since December 2005 a few long distance services operated by CrossCountry Trains have also stopped at Morpeth.[8]

In December 2011 a self-service FastTicket machine was installed by Northern Rail. Pre-purchased tickets can now also be collected from Morpeth.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Newcastle Central   CrossCountry
Cross Country Network
  Alnmouth
  East Coast
East Coast Main Line
 
Cramlington   Northern Rail
East Coast Main Line
  Terminus
or
Pegswood
Historical railways
Stannington
Line open; Station closed
  North Eastern Railway
Newcastle and Berwick Railway
  Pegswood
Line and Station open
Meldon
Line and Station closed
  North British Railway
Wansbeck Railway
  Terminus
Terminus   North Eastern Railway
Blyth and Tyne Railway
  Hepscott
Line open; Station closed

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Butt 1995, p. 163
  2. ^ "Northumbrian Railways; Blyth and Tyne stations". Northumbrian-railways.co.uk. Retrieved 2009-03-29. 
  3. ^ "SENRUG // South East Northumberland Rail User Group: Morpeth 'Then & Now'". Senrug.co.uk. Retrieved 2009-03-29. 
  4. ^ Disused Stations - Morpeth B & T www.disused-stations.org.uk; Retrieved 2013-12-04
  5. ^ "Re-open Ashington Blyth Tyne Line". Senrug.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-05-22. 
  6. ^ Body (1989), p.126
  7. ^ GB National Rail Timetable 2013-14, Table 48
  8. ^ GB NRT, Tables 26 & 51

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