Hartlepool railway station

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Hartlepool Train Station in 2010.jpg
General information
LocationHartlepool, Borough of Hartlepool
Coordinates54°41′13″N 1°12′28″W / 54.6868261°N 1.2078320°W / 54.6868261; -1.2078320Coordinates: 54°41′13″N 1°12′28″W / 54.6868261°N 1.2078320°W / 54.6868261; -1.2078320
Grid referenceNZ512327
Owned byNetwork Rail
Managed byNorthern Trains
Platforms3 (2 in use)
Other information
Station codeHPL
ClassificationDfT category D
Original companyStockton and Hartlepool Railway
Pre-groupingNorth Eastern Railway
Key dates
9 February 1841Opened as Hartlepool West
February 1848Renamed West Hartlepool
3 May 1880Resited
26 April 1967Renamed Hartlepool
2017/18Steady 0.638 million
2018/19Decrease 0.629 million
2019/20Steady 0.629 million
 Interchange 1,619
2020/21Decrease 0.169 million
 Interchange Decrease 232
2021/22Increase 0.530 million
 Interchange Increase 774
Hartlepool is located in County Durham
Location in County Durham, England
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road

Hartlepool is a railway station on the Durham Coast Line, which runs between Newcastle and Middlesbrough via Hartlepool. The station, situated 18 miles 5 chains (29 km) south-east of Sunderland, serves the port town of Hartlepool in County Durham, England. It is owned by Network Rail and managed by Northern Trains.


The Stockton and Hartlepool Railway, which connected the town of West Hartlepool with the Clarence Railway near Billingham, was opened for goods on 12 November 1839 and to passengers on 1 December 1839.[1] A station named Hartlepool West was opened on 9 February 1841; this was renamed West Hartlepool in February 1848, and closed on 3 May 1880 when it was replaced by a new West Hartlepool station. This in turn was renamed Hartlepool on 26 April 1967,[2] when West Hartlepool was merged with Hartlepool[3] and following the complete closure of the former Hartlepool Dock & Railway station in the Headland, previously known as Hartlepool, in 1964.[4]

The station has two platforms currently in use: a bi-directionally signalled through platform (the original down platform), used by almost all timetabled services and a south-facing bay platform (with only one weekly booked departure). The former up platform 1 has been disused since the footbridge linking the platforms was removed in the late 1990s. In August 2013 Grand Central proposed reopening the disused up platform as part of its track access application extension[5] although they never implemented this proposal. In September 2020, Tees Valley Combined Authority launched a £1.5 million study to investigate the feasibility of a similar scheme to reopen the former up platform so as to improve capacity through the station.[6] In March 2022, it was announced that funding had been secured to bring the old platform back into use, with a new footbridge and lifts installed, by June 2023.[7] This is the only station on the route to have only one through platform. Trains travelling to and from Newcastle and Middlesbrough have to wait if there is another train in the station coming out in the other direction before they can go in.

Between November 2009 and August 2010 (ahead of the town hosting the Tall Ships' Races), the station was extensively refurbished as part of a £4 million scheme to improve station facilities and integrate it into the new Hartlepool Interchange.[8][9] The line through the station was also re-signalled in spring 2010 as part of the Durham Coast modernisation scheme, with the consequent loss of three manual signal boxes in and around the station.[10] A new waiting room was also added to the station in 2011.


The station has a staffed ticket office, which is open from 07:25 to 18:20 Mondays through Saturdays (closed Sundays). A self-service ticket machine is also provided near the station entrance for use when the ticket office is closed and for collecting pre-paid tickets. Ticket barriers have been operation at the station since September 2017.[11] Train running information is offered via automatic announcements, digital display screens and timetable posters. There are toilets in the ticket office and a waiting room on the concourse, along with vending machines dispensing snacks and cold drinks. Step-free access is available from the entrance to the platforms.[12]


Grand Central[edit]

Grand Central
North Eastern and
West Riding
Sunderland Tyne and Wear Metro
Bradford Interchange
Low Moor
Wakefield Kirkgate
Pontefract Monkhill
London King's Cross London Underground
Some services do not
call at Pontefract Monkhill.

As of the June 2021 timetable change, there are four trains per day heading south towards London King's Cross via York. Heading north towards Sunderland, there are five trains per day on weekdays, with four and three trains per day on Saturday and Sunday respectively.[13]

Rolling stock used: Class 180 Adelante

Northern Trains[edit]

Northern Trains
Route 2
Durham Coast Line
Newcastle Parking Bicycle facilities Handicapped/disabled access Tyne and Wear Metro
Heworth Parking Bicycle facilities Tyne and Wear Metro
Sunderland Handicapped/disabled access Tyne and Wear Metro
Seaham Parking Bicycle facilities
Horden Parking Bicycle facilities Handicapped/disabled access
Hartlepool Parking Bicycle facilities
Seaton Carew Parking Bicycle facilities
Billingham Bicycle facilities
Stockton Bicycle facilities
Thornaby Parking Bicycle facilities
Middlesbrough Parking Bicycle facilities Handicapped/disabled access
Most services extend to/from
Hexham or Nunthorpe.

As of the May 2021 timetable change, the station is served by an hourly service between Newcastle and Middlesbrough. Most trains continue to Hexham (or Carlisle on Sunday) and Nunthorpe. Two trains per day (three on Sunday) continue to Whitby. Two trains operate between Hartlepool and Darlington on Sunday, one of which operates the once-weekly parliamentary service to Teesside Airport.[14]

Rolling stock used: Class 156 Super Sprinter and Class 158 Express Sprinter

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Seaton Carew   Northern Trains
Durham Coast Line
Eaglescliffe   Grand Central
North Eastern
  Historical railways  
Seaton Carew
Line and station open
  London and North Eastern Railway
Durham Coast Line
Line open; station closed
Terminus   London and North Eastern Railway
Line and station closed
Terminus   London and North Eastern Railway
Hartlepool–Sunderland via Haswell
Line and station closed
Terminus   London and North Eastern Railway
Hartlepool–West Hartlepool
  Hartlepool (HD&R)
Line and station closed


  1. ^ James, Leslie (November 1983). A Chronology of the Construction of Britain's Railways 1778-1855. Shepperton: Ian Allan. p. 29. ISBN 0-7110-1277-6. BE/1183.
  2. ^ Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. pp. 115, 245, 114. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508.
  3. ^ "Hartlepool — a brief History" Archived 23 September 2010 at the Wayback Machine, History.UK.com. Retrieved 6 February 2011.
  4. ^ Hoole, K. (1978). North Eastern Railway branch lines since 1925. Shepperton: Ian Allan Ltd. p. 114. ISBN 0711008299.
  5. ^ Grand Central hope to reinstate disused platform at Hartlepool Station
  6. ^ "Plans to re-develop Hartlepool railway station revealed | Hartlepool Borough Council". Hartlepool Borough Council. 24 September 2020. Retrieved 31 October 2020.
  7. ^ "Hartlepool Station redevelopment secures £12m funding". BBC News. 26 March 2022. Retrieved 27 March 2022.
  8. ^ "Transport hub opens in time for Hartlepool Tall Ships". BBC News. 29 July 2010. Retrieved 2 February 2011.
  9. ^ "£4m transport interchange to be unveiled". Hartlepool Mail. Retrieved 2 February 2011.
  10. ^ "Route Plans 9 - Route 9 - North East Routes - Connecting Local Communities" (PDF). London: Network Rail. March 2009. pp. 12, 15. Archived from the original (PDF) on 7 June 2011. Retrieved 17 March 2011.
  11. ^ "New Ticket Gates for Hartlepool | North East Coast Liners". North East Coastliners. 27 August 2017. Retrieved 31 October 2020.
  12. ^ Hartlepool Station facilities National Rail Enquiries; Retrieved 3 February 2017
  13. ^ "Train times: North East and West Riding routes" (PDF). Grand Central. 6 June 2021. Retrieved 6 July 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  14. ^ "Train times: Nunthorpe and Middlesbrough to Newcastle and Metrocentre" (PDF). Northern Trains. 16 May 2021. Retrieved 13 June 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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