Nunthorpe railway station

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Nunthorpe National Rail
Nunthorpe railway station in 2008.jpg
Nunthorpe railway station in 2008
Local authorityRedcar and Cleveland
Coordinates54°31′40″N 1°10′10″W / 54.527895°N 1.169580°W / 54.527895; -1.169580Coordinates: 54°31′40″N 1°10′10″W / 54.527895°N 1.169580°W / 54.527895; -1.169580
Grid referenceNZ538150
Station codeNNT
Managed byNorthern
Number of platforms2
DfT categoryF2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2014/15Increase 32,510
2015/16Increase 35,766
2016/17Increase 35,814
2017/18Decrease 34,596
2018/19Increase 36,346
National RailUK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Nunthorpe from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.

Nunthorpe railway station serves the Middlesbrough suburb of Nunthorpe; the station lies within the borough of Redcar and Cleveland in the ceremonial county of North Yorkshire, England. It is located on the Esk Valley Line and is operated by Northern who provide all of the station's passenger services. One of the two passing loops on the line is located here and there is a level crossing at the eastern end. The signal box that operates it also supervises the movements of trains on the entire branch and remotely controls the junction further down the line at Battersby.


Nunthorpe was originally on the Middlesbrough and Guisborough Railway line from Middlesbrough to Guisborough and opened in 1854. In 1964, the line between Nunthorpe and Guisborough was closed, meaning Nunthorpe was no longer a junction and only a station on the line to Whitby via Battersby.[1] The December 2007 timetable brought about significant changes, and the service is now better than it has been since the mid-1980s when there was an hourly Nunthorpe – Middlesbrough service including seven Whitby trains.

Tees Valley Metro[edit]

Nunthorpe station is included, along with other sections of the Esk Valley Line, in the proposed Tees Valley Metro. This is a project to upgrade the Esk Valley Line, Tees Valley Line and Durham Coast Line to provide a faster and more frequent service. In the initial phases the services will be heavy rail mostly along existing alignments. The later phase may introduce tram-trains to allow street running. The project is backed by all the local authorities through which the system would run. These include Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland, Stockton-On-Tees and Darlington. Support has also been forthcoming from the Department for Transport.

This has brought some improvements to Nunthorpe station, including a new waiting shelter, CCTV cameras and digital information screens. The plans for larger-scale upgrades have been dropped due to lack of available funding.


The station is unmanned and has no ticketing provision, so all tickets must be purchased prior to travel or on the train. The main buildings still stand, but are now used as private residential accommodation. A waiting shelter is located on platform 2 (used by trains to Whitby and those that terminate here and return to Newcastle), whilst platform 1 has a canopied waiting area adjoining the main building. Digital CIS displays, timetable posters and a public telephone are provided to offer train running information. Step-free access is available to both platforms via the level crossing.[2]


Northern Route 2
Newcastle Bicycle facilities Parking Handicapped/disabled access Tyne and Wear Metro
Heworth Bicycle facilities Parking Tyne and Wear Metro
Chester-le-Street Parking
Sunderland Handicapped/disabled access Tyne and Wear Metro
Seaham Parking Bicycle facilities
Durham Parking Bicycle facilities Handicapped/disabled access
Hartlepool Parking Bicycle facilities
Seaton Carew Parking Bicycle facilities
Billingham Bicycle facilities
Stockton Bicycle facilities
Darlington Parking Bicycle facilities Handicapped/disabled access
Thornaby Parking Bicycle facilities
Middlesbrough Parking Bicycle facilities Handicapped/disabled access Bus interchange
James Cook
Marton Parking Bicycle facilities
Gypsy Lane Bicycle facilities
Nunthorpe Parking Bicycle facilities
Northern Route 5 - Esk Valley
Middlesbrough Parking Bicycle facilities Handicapped/disabled access
James Cook
Marton Parking Bicycle facilities
Gypsy Lane Bicycle facilities
Nunthorpe Parking Bicycle facilities
Great Ayton Parking Bicycle facilities
Battersby Parking
Kildale Parking Bicycle facilities
Castleton Moor Parking
Danby Parking
Pickering Heritage railway
Levisham Heritage railway
Glaisdale Parking
Goathland Heritage railway
Grosmont Heritage railway
Grosmont Parking
Sleights Parking
Whitby Heritage railway Parking Bicycle facilities

Monday to Saturday – the service is made up of two components:

The Esk Valley service between Middlesbrough and Whitby - four trains each way per day, plus a fifth as far as Danby in early afternoon and one evening peak return trip to/from Battersby. From December 2019 this will incresase to six throughout, whilst the lunchtime trip will run to Castleton Moor instead of Danby.[3]

One train per hour (thirteen each way per day) to/from Middlesbrough & Newcastle via the Durham Coast line (certain trains terminate at Middlesbrough, others run through to MetroCentre and Hexham).[4] The service on this route was substantially improved at the May 2014 timetable change, so as to provide a regular interval service to the new station serving the James Cook University Hospital that opened on 18 May 2014.


The Esk Valley Middlesbrough – Whitby service also runs on Sundays with four trains each way throughout the year, whilst there's an hourly through service to Newcastle from mid-morning onward.


  1. ^ Suggitt, G. (2005). Lost Railways of North & East Yorkshire: Countryside Books. ISBN 1-85306-918-3
  2. ^ Nunthorpe station facilities National Rail Enquiries; Retrieved 13 March 2017
  3. ^ Northern Timetable 5 - Middlesbrough to Whitby (Esk Valley Railway) 15 December 2019 - 16 May 2020 Northern, retrieved 21 November 2019
  4. ^ Table 45 National Rail timetable, May 2019

External links[edit]

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Disused railways
Ormesby   Middlesbrough & Guisborough Railway   Pinchinthorpe