North Road railway station
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|Key dates||Opened 1842|
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|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at North Road from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
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North Road railway station, also known as North Road (Darlington) on some station announcements and departure boards, serves the northern areas of Darlington and parts of southern County Durham, England. The station is on the Bishop Auckland branch of the Tees Valley Line 1 1⁄4 miles (2.0 km) north of the main Darlington station and is operated by Northern which provides all passenger train services on this line.
The station is closely linked with the history of the Stockton and Darlington Railway, being the site of the original Darlington station. The station building, now the Darlington Railway Centre and Museum, was first opened in 1842 and is listed Grade II*. It replaced a depot on the opposite side of North Road, built in 1833. The building was constructed to a design by the S&D resident engineer of the time John Harris and was expanded and rebuilt on several subsequent occasions (e.g in 1856 following the opening of the line to Barnard Castle and again in 1864 and 1876 by the NER and their main architect William Peachey).
The opening of the main line station at Bank Top in 1887 saw the importance of North Road decline and it was twice threatened with closure in the 20th century (initially in 1930 and again under the Beeching cuts of 1963), but was reprieved each time. The closure of the Stainmore route to Penrith in 1962 and the Middleton-in-Teesdale branch line two years later did see the route through here reduced to single track (with only one platform remaining) and by the early 1970s, the train shed had suffered badly from vandalism and was in a poor state of repair. This prompted the local council, the town's tourist board, Darlington Museums service and a consortium of local people to join together to restore the station and Hopetown works complex nearby as a museum, whilst maintaining a single active platform for the Bishop Auckland branch line. This work was completed in time for 150th anniversary of the Stockton & Darlington Railway in 1975, with the opening ceremony carried out by the Duke of Edinburgh.
Trains do not however stop under the train shed roof, instead using the eastern end of the platform in the open air.
The station is unstaffed and has no ticketing provision, so all tickets must be bought on the train or prior to travel. A Harrington Hump has been installed to improve accessibility to the trains for mobility-impaired passengers and the waiting shelter here was replaced in 2015 as part of the Tees Valley line improvement programme - this also saw the installation of a digital CIS display, new signage and CCTV. Train running information is also available via a public telephone and timetable posters. The station is not listed as suitable for wheelchair users on the National Rail website due to the approach path being steeply graded.
- Historic England. "NORTH ROAD RAILWAY STATION (NOW RAILWAY MUSEUM) (1322962)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 11 December 2014.
- Darlington North Road Station railwayarchitecture.org.uk; Retrieved 17 February 2017
- Disused Stations - Darlington North Road Disused Stations Site Record; Retrieved 17 February 2017
- "Report of meeting with Steve Payne, Tees Valley Unlimited" North East Coastliners news article 29 June 2015; Retrieved 17 February 2017
- North Road (Darlington) station facilities National Rail Enquiries; Retrieved 17 February 2017
- Table 44 National Rail timetable, December 2016
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
Tees Valley Line
|Terminus||Darlington and Barnard Castle Railway||Piercebridge|
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