Tees Valley Line

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For the old railway line between Barnard Castle and Middleton-in-Teesdale, see Tees Valley Railway.
Tees Valley Line
System National Rail
Locale County Durham
North Yorkshire
North East England
Owner National Rail
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Tees Valley Line
Continues as Weardale Railway
Durham to Bishop Auckland Line(closed 1968)
Bishop Auckland
South Durham and Lancashire Union Railway(closed 1962)
Clarence Railway to Ferryhill(closed 1963)
Brusselton Lane & Freight lines(closed pre-1955)
Newton Aycliffe
A1(M) motorway
Darlington & Tebay Branch to Barnard Castle(closed 1964)
North Road
East Coast Main Line to Newcastle
To Eaglescliffe
East Coast Main Line to York
Teesside Airport Airport interchange
Allens West
Northallerton to Eaglescliffe Line to Northallerton
Durham Coast Line to Hartlepool
River Tees
Tees Marshalling Yard
Newport(closed 1915)
Esk Valley Line to Whitby
Cargo Fleet(closed 1990)
Cleveland Railway (later Normanby Branch)(closed 1966)
Eston Branch Railway (closed)
South Bank
Freight lines to Lackenby, Teesport and Wilton
Grangetown(closed 1991)
Tata Steel Europe Redcar Works
British Steel Redcar
Redcar Central
Redcar East
Saltburn West Junction - freight line to Boulby Mine

The Tees Valley Line is a name for the railway route between Bishop Auckland and Saltburn via Darlington, Middlesbrough and Redcar. Also operated on the line are services from Newcastle-upon-Tyne to Middlesbrough, Redcar and Saltburn via Darlington (using the ECML between Newcastle and Darlington). The Line between Darlington and Bishop Auckland has been re-branded The Bishop Line and is supported by the Bishop Line Community Rail Partnership.

Beyond Bishop Auckland, the railway line continues as the newly re-opened Heritage Weardale Railway. A regular freight service operates on weekdays moving coal from Wolsingham to power stations further south.


All trains along the route are currently operated by Northern Rail, with the exception of First TransPennine Express services starting at Middlesbrough and calling at Thornaby. The majority of the Northern Rail services are worked by Class 142 Pacer units, with occasional services provided by Class 156 SuperSprinter units.

Between Darlington and Middlesbrough/Saltburn there is a service running almost every half-hour during the daytime, becoming roughly hourly in the evenings. The service to Bishop Auckland is more sparse, running hourly at peak times and two hourly off peak. A once weekly service in each direction stops at Tees-side Airport station to service Durham Tees Valley Airport.

The towns and villages served by the line are listed below.


The section of line between Bishop Auckland and the East Coast Main Line, as well as the section between Dinsdale Station near Middleton St George and Eaglescliffe station, follow the original route of the Stockton and Darlington Railway.

The line from Middlesbrough to Saltburn, as well as the freight line to Boulby mine, were part of the Whitby Redcar and Middlesbrough Union Railway (WRMU). This extended to Whitby, until it was closed on 5 May 1958.

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