Alnmouth railway station

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Alnmouth National Rail
GNER train steams into Alnmouth Station - 07 June 2005.jpg
GNER train enters the station from the north
Place Alnmouth
Local authority County of Northumberland
Coordinates 55°23′31″N 1°38′10″W / 55.392°N 1.636°W / 55.392; -1.636Coordinates: 55°23′31″N 1°38′10″W / 55.392°N 1.636°W / 55.392; -1.636
Grid reference NU230110
Station code ALM
Managed by Northern
Number of platforms 2
DfT category E
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2012/13 Increase 0.258 million
2013/14 Increase 0.283 million
2014/15 Increase 0.305 million
2015/16 Decrease 0.294 million
2016/17 Increase 0.312 million
Original company Newcastle and Berwick Railway
Pre-grouping North Eastern Railway
Post-grouping LNER
1 July 1847 Opened as Bilton[1]
2 May 1892 Renamed Alnmouth[1][2]
National RailUK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Alnmouth from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Alnmouth railway station is on the East Coast Main Line in the United Kingdom, serving the village of Alnmouth and neighbouring settlements including Alnwick, in Northumberland. It is 303 miles 45 chains (488.5 km) down the line from London King's Cross and is situated between Acklington to the south and Chathill to the north. Its three-letter station code is ALM.


The station was opened on 1 July 1847 as Bilton by the Newcastle and Berwick Railway[1][3] and from 1854 run by the North Eastern Railway. On 1 October 1850 it became the junction for the Alnwick branch line and was significantly upgraded by the NER in 1887-88.[4] On 2 May 1892 the station's name was changed to Alnmouth.[1][2]

It became part of the London and North Eastern Railway during the Grouping of 1923. The station then passed on to the North Eastern Region of British Railways on nationalisation in 1948. The Alnwick branch service was withdrawn in January 1968, with freight traffic ending in October the same year. The station had an additional platform face on the 'down' (northbound) side for use by branch trains, but this lost its track in the early 1970s after the branch closed (along with the buildings on that side) and was removed altogether prior to the station being refurbished in 2004.[5] The main building on the southbound platform is not original - it was erected in 1987 to replace the original structures constructed when the Alnwick branch opened in 1850.

When Sectorisation was introduced, the station was served by the Intercity Sector until the Privatisation of British Railways.[citation needed]


The station is staffed, with the ticket office on platform 1 manned each day (06:40-18:15 Mon-Sat, 10:20-21:30 Sundays). A self-service ticket machine is also provided (this can be used to collect pre-paid tickets as well as for use when the booking office is closed). There is a waiting shelter and help point on platform 2 as well as a waiting room, vending machine and toilets on platform 1. Level access is available to both platforms via lifts in the footbridge. Train running information is offered via automated announcements, digital displays and timetable posters.[6]


Alnmouth station is managed by Northern, even though the majority of its services are provided by other operators.

The majority of services are provided by CrossCountry trains running between Newcastle and Edinburgh. Virgin Trains East Coast services calling here were reduced in the May 2011 timetable change so that they are less frequent. However, these services are every two hours during the day for both Newcastle/London and Edinburgh. With CrossCountry also calling every second hour, the net frequency provided is approximately hourly each way.[7]

Occasional Northern local services operating to and from Chathill also call here - currently these consist of one morning and one evening train in each direction (except Sundays). Of these, the northbound evening service from Newcastle starts from the MetroCentre whilst the return goes through to Hexham (except on Saturdays).[8]

Alnmouth will also become the eastern terminus of the Aln Valley (Heritage) Railway which is being reconstructed along the Alnwick branch line.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Morpeth   CrossCountry
Cross Country Network
Morpeth   Virgin Trains East Coast
Newcastle   Virgin Trains East Coast
  Edinburgh Waverley
Acklington   Northern
East Coast Main Line
Mondays-Saturdays only
  Historical railways  
Line open, station closed
  York, Newcastle and Berwick Railway
East Coast Main Line
Line open, station closed
Terminus   North Eastern Railway
Alnwick branch line
Line and station closed



  1. ^ a b c d Butt 1995, p. 34
  2. ^ a b Butt 1995, p. 15
  3. ^ Body 1989, p. 193
  4. ^ "A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE EAST COAST MAIN LINE IN NORTHUMBERLAND" Young, Alan Disused Stations Site Record; Retrieved 13 February 2017
  5. ^ "An up ECML express runs south through Alnmouth station during refurbishment works in May 2004. Crawford, E Railscot; Retrieved 9 February 2017
  6. ^ Alnmouth station facilities National Rail Enquiries; Retrieved 8 February 2017
  7. ^ GB eNRT December 2016 Edition, Table 26 (Network Rail)
  8. ^ GB eNRT May 2016 Edition, Table 48 (Network Rail)