Northallerton railway station

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Northallerton National Rail
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An East Coast InterCity 125 passes through the station with a service to London King's Cross.
Place Romanby
Local authority District of Hambleton
Coordinates 54°19′58″N 1°26′29″W / 54.3327°N 1.4415°W / 54.3327; -1.4415Coordinates: 54°19′58″N 1°26′29″W / 54.3327°N 1.4415°W / 54.3327; -1.4415
Grid reference SE364931
Station code NTR
Managed by First TransPennine Express
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05   0.381 million
2005/06 Increase 0.413 million
2006/07 Increase 0.453 million
2007/08 Increase 0.489 million
2008/09 Increase 0.582 million
2009/10 Decrease 0.544 million
2010/11 Increase 0.557 million
2011/12 Increase 0.574 million
2012/13 Increase 0.588 million
2013/14 Increase 0.641 million
Original company Great North of England Railway
Pre-grouping North Eastern Railway
Post-grouping London and North Eastern Railway
31 March 1841 Opened
National RailUK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Northallerton from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Northallerton railway station serves the town of Northallerton in North Yorkshire, England. The station lies on the East Coast Main Line 30 miles (48 km) north of York. It is currently managed by First TransPennine Express and also served by Grand Central and Virgin Trains East Coast.

A long-term aim of the Wensleydale Railway is to run trains into the station from Redmire and eventually Garsdale on the Settle-Carlisle Railway.[1] From 22–23 November the Wensleydale Railway is going to be opening a new temporary station at Northallerton West railway station.[2]

The station is very popular with rail enthusiasts due to its location on one of the fastest parts of the East Coast Main Line. Trains operated by Virgin Trains East Coast and CrossCountry pass the station at speeds up to 125 mph.


The station was opened by the Great North of England Railway on 30 March 1841. Eleven years later the Leeds Northern Railway completed its line from Leeds to Stockton through the town, although this did not initially connect with the main line. Instead trains called at nearby Northallerton Town station a short distance away, near the point where it passed beneath the line towards Darlington. By 1854 the GNoE and the LN had both become part of the North Eastern Railway which soon began running through trains on the LN route via Thirsk. These then rejoined the line towards Eaglescliffe by means of a new link from the main line at High Junction that was opened in 1856. The original LN route southwards towards Melmerby was then operated as a branch line until 1901, when the NER connected it to the main line via another new junction at the southern end of the station and started using it as the primary route from West Yorkshire to Teesside once more.

Meanwhile the Wensleydale branch line to Bedale, Leyburn and Hawes had been opened in stages between 1848 and 1878. It joined the main line immediately north of the station and its trains used a bay at the northern end of the northbound island platform. Passenger trains on the branch were withdrawn from 26 April 1954,[3] although it remains open for occasional M.o.D trains to Redmire and heritage trains operated by the Wensleydale Railway. There is however currently no direct route to the branch from the station as its junction faces north and trains must access it by means of a reversing siding off the northbound main line. The defunct south to west curve will need to be reinstated and a new platform constructed before Wensleydale trains can run to and from the station once again (the link to and from Leeming Bar is currently made by bus).

Services were withdrawn on the line towards Ripon on 6 March 1967,[3] after the route was earmarked for closure in the Beeching Report. The line north-eastwards towards Stockton had already lost its local passenger services by this time, but it was retained for freight traffic to and from Teesside and occasional longer distance passenger trains. It now carries a regular service to and from Middlesbrough.


First TransPennine Express is the main train operator at the station. On Mondays to Saturdays there are generally two trains an hour southbound - one to Manchester Airport via York, Leeds and Manchester Piccadilly and one to Liverpool Lime Street via Leeds & Manchester Victoria. Northbound there is an hourly service to both Middlesbrough and to Newcastle Central.

Sundays there is generally a two-hourly service towards Manchester Airport & Liverpool and a two-hourly service towards both Newcastle Central and Middlesbrough.

The station used to be served by very few direct Virgin Trains East Coast services to London King's Cross. However, East Coast undertook a significant revamp of their timetables in May 2011. As a result of this, there are now more frequent daily weekday direct services from Newcastle Central to London King's Cross and more direct services from London King's Cross to Newcastle Central which call at Northallerton. Furthermore, there are now also additional peak direct services between London and Edinburgh Waverley.

All Grand Central Railway services between London Kings Cross and Sunderland stop at Northallerton each day (5 services each way)[4]

CrossCountry services to and from Newcastle Central and Scotland pass through Northallerton, but do not call there.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
York   Virgin Trains East Coast
First TransPennine Express
Grand Central
Disused railways
Line and station closed
  North Eastern Railway
York, Newcastle and Berwick Railway
Terminus   North Eastern Railway
Leeds-Northallerton Railway
  Newby Wiske
Line and station closed
Northallerton Town
Line open, station closed
  North Eastern Railway
Northallerton–Eaglescliffe Line
Heritage Railways  Proposed Heritage railways
Line and station closed
  Wensleydale Railway   Terminus

Accidents and incidents[edit]

Ripon Railway[edit]

The city was previously served by Ripon railway station on the Leeds-Northallerton line that ran between Leeds and Northallerton.[6] It was once part of the North Eastern Railway and then LNER.

The Ripon line was closed to passengers on 6 March 1967 and to freight on 5 September 1969 as part of the wider Beeching Axe, despite a vigorous campaign by local campaigners, including the city's MP.[6] Today much of the route of the line through the city is now a relief road and although the former station still stands, it is now surrounded by a new housing development. The issue remains a significant one in local politics and there are movements wanting to restore the line.[6] Reports suggest the reopening of a line between Ripon railway station and Harrogate railway station would be economically viable, costing £40 million and could initially attract 1,200 passengers a day, rising to 2,700.[6][7][8] Campaigners call on MPs to restore Ripon railway link.[9]


  1. ^ Wensleydale Railway Association - History & Heritage Accessed 29 August 2008
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  3. ^ a b Body, p. 136
  4. ^
  5. ^ Hoole, Ken (1983). Trains in Trouble: Vol. 4. Redruth: Atlantic Books. p. 30. ISBN 0 906899 07 9. 
  6. ^ a b c d "Reopening line makes economic sense, says study". Retrieved 1 February 2009. [dead link]
  7. ^ "Backing for restoring rail link". BBC News Online (BBC). 11 May 2004. Retrieved 4 January 2010. 
  8. ^ "Railway plan may be back on track". This× Retrieved 1 February 2009. 
  9. ^ "Campainers call on MPs to restore Ripon railway link". Yorkshire Post. Retrieved 2 March 2015. 
  • Body, G. (1988), PSL Field Guides - Railways of the Eastern Region Volume 2, Patrick Stephens Ltd, Wellingborough, ISBN 1-85260-072-1

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