Billingham railway station

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Billingham National Rail
Billingham railway station in 2005.jpg
Location
Place Billingham
Local authority Stockton-on-Tees
Grid reference NZ466236
Operations
Station code BIL
Managed by Northern
Number of platforms 2
DfT category F2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2011/12 Increase 71,328
2012/13 Decrease 68,720
2013/14 Increase 73,493
2014/15 Increase 75,980
2015/16 Increase 86,016
History
Key dates Opened 7 November 1966 (7 November 1966)
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Billingham from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Billingham railway station serves the town of Billingham, within the borough of Stockton-on-Tees and the ceremonial county of County Durham, England. The railway station is located on the Durham Coast Line 10 miles (16 km) north of Middlesbrough and is operated by Northern who provide all of the station's passenger services.

Facilities[edit]

The station is unstaffed and has no ticket provision, so all tickets must be purchased in advance or from the conductor on the train. New fully lit waiting shelters, digital information screens and CCTV cameras have been installed here whilst the long-line public address system (PA) has been renewed and upgraded with pre-recorded train announcements; train running information can also be obtained by telephone, a customer help point and timetable poster boards. The only access to the island platform is via a stepped footbridge, so it is not accessible for wheelchair or mobility-impaired passengers.[1]

History[edit]

Billingham's earlier station in 1965

The station is a modern-style halt on the line and was opened on Monday 7 November 1966 to replace the town's original larger grander station located further west towards Norton; this closed the previous day[2] and was subsequently demolished in the early 1970s. It was located next to the level crossing carrying the old route of the A19 across the railway. Only the signal box and footbridge survive on the site of the original station. The new Billingham station of British Rail was provided with a booking hall, waiting room, parcels office and lavatories. These facilities were lost when the station was reduced to unstaffed halt status towards the end of the 1960s. The station building of 1966 still stands, and is used as the office of local taxi company Binks Taxis.

The Tees Valley Rail Strategy calls for the re-opening of the original station as 'Old Billingham' as a new additional station on the Durham Coast Line. However, the plans have yet to come to fruition.

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On 2 December 1953, a train ran off the end of the loop and was derailed. An express freight train then ran into the wreckage and was also derailed.[3]

Services[edit]

The station has a basic hourly service in each direction on weekdays (with a few peak period extras), northwards to Hartlepool, Sunderland and Newcastle and southwards to Middlesbrough. Most northbound trains continue onto the Tyne Valley line to MetroCentre and Hexham, whilst southbound trains are usually extended to and from Nunthorpe.[4]

Sundays see a two-hourly service each between Middlesbrough and MetroCentre and two additional direct services to/from Darlington.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Billingham station facilitiesNational Rail Enquiries; Retrieved 8 February 2017
  2. ^ Poster for New Billingham Station 1966Picture Stockton Archive; Retrieved 2013-12-02
  3. ^ Hoole, Ken (1983). Trains in Trouble: Vol. 4. Truro: Atlantic Books. ISBN 0-906899-07-9. 
  4. ^ GB National Rail Timetable Dec 2016 - May 2017, Table 44

External links[edit]

Preceding station   National Rail National Rail   Following station
Northern
Durham Coast Line
Historical railways
Stockton-on-Tees
Line and station open
  British Rail Eastern Region
Durham Coast Line
  Greatham
Line open, station closed

Coordinates: 54°36′22″N 1°16′44″W / 54.606°N 1.279°W / 54.606; -1.279