Redcar British Steel railway station
|Location||Redcar, Redcar and Cleveland|
|Owned by||National Rail|
|Managed by||Northern Trains|
|Classification||DfT category F2|
|Original company||British Rail (Eastern Region)|
|19 June 1978||Opened|
|14 December 2019||Services suspended|
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road
Redcar British Steel (also known as British Steel Redcar) is a temporarily closed railway station on the Tees Valley Line, which runs between Bishop Auckland and Saltburn via Darlington. The station, situated 5+3⁄4 miles (9 km) east of Middlesbrough, served the Teesside Steelworks, Redcar and Cleveland in North Yorkshire, England. At the time of the station's closure, it was owned by Network Rail and managed by Arriva Rail North.
The station was opened by British Rail on 19 June 1978. It is situated on a resited portion of route that was commissioned to allow the previous alignment to be used for an expansion of the Teesside Steelworks. This included a station at Warrenby Halt, which was closed and replaced by the current station.
According to the Strategic Rail Authority, only 486 entries and exits were recorded for the station during the 2004–05 period. This was mainly owing to the station's limited service, and lack of public access, as it was located on property owned by Tata Steel Europe.
In the 2014–15 period, the Office of Rail and Road recorded a total of 1,570 entries and exits. The majority of the Teesside Steelworks closed in 2015, resulting in a drop in passenger usage of the station from the previous year.
In the 2016–17 period the entries and exits dropped to 50, making it the fourth least-used station in Britain. In the 2017–18 period, it was named the least used station in Britain with only 40 entries and exits, surpassing Barry Links.
The station saw a significant increase in passengers in the 2018–19 and 2019–20 periods, with 360 and 1,060 entries and exits respectively, which was likely attributed to its "least-used" status.
Arriva Rail North suspended services from the station from 14 December 2019, and as of June 2021, services have not yet resumed. However, work to regenerate the site of the former Teesside Steelworks is being undertaken by South Tees Development Corporation, which aims to redevelop the station and improve services.
At the time of the station's closure, it had two platforms, both of which had very basic amenities. There was a waiting shelter on both platforms, as well as timetable posters. There was no step-free access between platforms, which could be accessed only by a metal footbridge.
Tees Valley Line
At the time of closure, the station was served by four trains per day. Heading east, two trains per day operated to Saltburn, which commenced at Hexham via Hartlepool (morning) and Bishop Auckland (afternoon) respectively. Heading west, two trains per day operated to Bishop Auckland, both of which commenced at Saltburn. All services were operated by Arriva Rail North.
- Butt, R. V. J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations: details every public and private passenger station, halt, platform and stopping place, past and present (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 44. ISBN 978-1-85260-508-7. OCLC 60251199.
- Delplanque, Paul (14 November 2008). "The Village That Disappeared". Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough). Archived from the original on 31 March 2009. Retrieved 2 December 2013.
- "Loneliest station has biggest rise in use". BBC News. 1 December 2017. Archived from the original on 1 December 2017. Retrieved 1 December 2017.
- "Redcar British Steel station 'least used' in Britain". BBC News. 12 December 2018. Archived from the original on 23 January 2019. Retrieved 22 January 2019.
- "Least used railway station Redcar British Steel gets visitor boost". BBC News. 14 January 2020. Retrieved 6 June 2021.
- "Rail service launch hailed 'huge step forward'". BBC News. 12 September 2019. Archived from the original on 6 December 2019. Retrieved 12 September 2019.
- "Redcar SSI site regeneration plan 'may create 20,000 jobs'". BBC News. 18 October 2017. Archived from the original on 25 June 2018. Retrieved 10 June 2018.
- "Redcar British Steel Station Train Tickets, Departures and Timetables". Northern Trains. Retrieved 6 June 2021.
- Services were suspended on 14 December 2019, and have not yet (as of June 2021) been reinstated.
- The Class 142 Pacer was used at the time of the station's closure, but now no longer operates on the Tees Valley Line.
- Train times and station information for Redcar British Steel railway station from National Rail
- Media related to British Steel Redcar railway station at Wikimedia Commons
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
|Redcar Central||Arriva Rail North
Tees Valley Line
|Redcar Central||British Rail (Eastern Region)
Tees Valley Line