Middlesbrough railway station

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Middlesbrough National Rail
Middlesbrough Station 2011.jpg
Middlesbrough railway station in 2011
Place Middlesbrough
Local authority Middlesbrough
Coordinates 54°34′45″N 1°14′05″W / 54.579100°N 1.234720°W / 54.579100; -1.234720Coordinates: 54°34′45″N 1°14′05″W / 54.579100°N 1.234720°W / 54.579100; -1.234720
Grid reference NZ495207
Station code MBR
Managed by First TransPennine Express
Number of platforms 2
DfT category C1
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05   1.121 million
2005/06 Increase 1.201 million
2006/07 Increase 1.242 million
2007/08 Increase 1.301 million
2008/09 Increase 1.412 million
2009/10 Decrease 1.393 million
2010/11 Increase 1.426 million
2011/12 Decrease 1.423 million
2012/13 Decrease 1.364 million
2013/14 Increase 1.370 million
Key dates Opened December 1877 [1] (December 1877 [1])
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Middlesbrough from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Middlesbrough railway station serves the large town of Middlesbrough in the unitary authority of Middlesbrough and the ceremonial county of North Yorkshire, England. The station is managed by First TransPennine Express and has two covered platforms. Each platform is subdivided into two sections i.e. platform 1 (1a and 1b) and platform 2 (2a and 2b). The station is staffed and has a range of facilities including car parking, cafe, newsagent, cycle storage, lifts etc.[2]

Two freight lines bypass to the north of the station.

According to the Office of Rail Regulation statistics, Middlesbrough railway station is the fourth busiest in the North East region, with 1,370,172 total entries and exits (2013-14 period).[3]


Middlesbrough station, July 1977

Although the first railway was built in the area as long ago as 1830 as an extension of the Stockton and Darlington Railway and extended eastwards to Redcar in 1846, the current station dates from 1877.[4] The site was previously home to the original 1847 station, demolished to make way for its successor.[5]

The current station was designed by the North Eastern Railway's chief architect, William Peachey, with an ornate Gothic style frontage. Behind this an overall roof of elliptical design once existed. Constructed out of wrought iron of lattice design, with glass covering the middle half and timber (inside)/slate (outside) covering the outer quarters. The two end screens were glazed with timber cladding around the outer edges. The roof was high in relation to its width.[6] This was destroyed in a German daylight air raid in the afternoon of 3 August 1942.[7]


Middlesbrough station, July 2014

The station is served by a number of routes:

The Tees Valley Line from Bishop Auckland & Darlington to Saltburn. Monday to Saturday daytimes there is a service every 30 minutes to Darlington & Saltburn and every second hour to Bishop Auckland. There are also two a.m peak services to Newcastle via Durham.[8] Sundays see an hourly service to Darlington/Saltburn and a two-hourly service to Bishop Auckland.

The Esk Valley Line to Whitby via Nunthorpe and Grosmont. The hourly service runs up to seventeen trains a day to Nunthorpe with four of the trains continuing to the terminus at Whitby. Sunday services (four each way, some running through to/from Darlington or Newcastle) operate during the spring/summer timetable period from late March until early November.[9] A new station on the Esk Valley Line to serve the James Cook University Hospital (between Middlesbrough and Marton railway stations) was opened on 18 May 2014.[10]

The Durham Coast Line to Newcastle Central via Hartlepool and Sunderland.[8] There is a train every hour to Newcastle (some of which continue along the Tyne Valley Line) and every two hours on Sundays.

The North Trans-Pennine line to Manchester Airport via York and Leeds (operated by First TransPennine Express). Monday to Saturdays there is an hourly service to Manchester Airport and every two hours on Sundays. First Transpennine also operate one daily return service to Liverpool.[11]

All routes apart from that to Manchester are operated by Northern Rail.

On 27 November 2014, it was announced that as part of the new Virgin Trains East Coast franchise, direct rail services from Middlesbrough to London will be re-introduced from May 2020.[12]


  1. ^ "Railway Architecture of North East England : Middlesbrough Station". W. Fawcett, 2011. Retrieved 31 March 2014. 
  2. ^ "National Rail Enquiries : Middlesbrough (MBR)". National Rail. Retrieved 31 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "Waterloo wins the battle to be top stop". Office of Rail Regulation Website. Retrieved 5 December 2014. 
  4. ^ Body 1988, pp. 118–9
  5. ^ "Railway Architecture of North East England : Middlesbrough Station". W. Fawcett, 2011. Retrieved 31 March 2014. 
  6. ^ Delplanque, Paul. "Middlesbrough Railway Station...Then and now". GazetteLive. Retrieved 21 January 2011. 
  7. ^ Hitches, M - Steam Around Middlesbrough (Amberley Publishing, 2014) p. 69
  8. ^ a b GB National Rail Timetable 2013-14, Table 44 (Network Rail)
  9. ^ "Esk Valley Railway : Northern Rail Timetable". Esk Valley Railway Development Company. Retrieved 31 March 2014. 
  10. ^ "Middlesbrough James Cook Hospital railway station opens". BBC Tees News. Retrieved 18 May 2014. 
  11. ^ GB NRT, Table 39
  12. ^ "'Mixed feelings' as plans for Teesside - London rail link announced". Middlesbrough Gazette Live. Retrieved 27 November 2014. 


  • Body, G (1988). PSL Field Guides - Railways of the Eastern Region Volume 2. Wellingborough: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 1-85260-072-1. 

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