Nunthorpe railway station
Nunthorpe railway station in 2008
|Local authority||Redcar and Cleveland|
|Number of platforms||2|
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|Annual rail passenger usage*|
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|* 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.|
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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. 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
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.
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)
One train per hour (thirteen each way per day) to/from Middlesbrough & Newcastle via the Durham Coast line (two trains run to Darlington rather than Newcastle). 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 runs for approximately 32 weeks from the end of March to early November. Four trains each way operate.
- Suggitt, G. (2005). Lost Railways of North & East Yorkshire: Countryside Books. ISBN 1-85306-918-3
- Nunthorpe station facilities National Rail Enquiries; Retrieved 13 March 2017
- Table 45 National Rail timetable, December 2016
- "Esk Valley Railway : Northern Rail Timetable". Esk Valley Railway Development Company. Retrieved 31 March 2014.
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
Esk Valley Line
|Ormesby||Middlesbrough & Guisborough Railway||Pinchinthorpe|