Redcar Central railway station

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Redcar Central National Rail
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Location
Place Redcar
Local authority Redcar and Cleveland
Coordinates 54°36′58″N 1°04′16″W / 54.616°N 1.071°W / 54.616; -1.071Coordinates: 54°36′58″N 1°04′16″W / 54.616°N 1.071°W / 54.616; -1.071
Grid reference NZ600249
Operations
Station code RCC
Managed by Northern
Number of platforms 2
DfT category E
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2011/12 Increase 0.377 million
2012/13 Decrease 0.365 million
2013/14 Increase 0.385 million
2014/15 Decrease 0.361 million
2015/16 Decrease 0.343 million
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Redcar Central from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Redcar Central railway station serves the town of Redcar in the unitary authority of Redcar and Cleveland and the ceremonial county of North Yorkshire, England. The railway station is located on the Tees Valley Line 7 12 miles (12.1 km) east of Middlesbrough and operated by Northern who provide all passenger train services.

Redcar Central has a staffed ticket office, open Monday to Saturday (07:50-14:45) but not on Sunday. A self-service ticket machine is available for use outside these hours or for collecting pre-paid tickets. There is also a waiting room that is open Monday to Saturday - these are both on the southern side (platform 1). Platform 2 has a shelter, timetable poster boards and bench seating.[1]

Unusually, unlike most stations, the two platforms are not opposite each other. Platform 1 is further west than platform 2 and there is a bridge over the track which connects the two. There is a level crossing over one of the major roads into Redcar at the end of platform 1 which can also be used to cross over the track. Nearby is the Redcar Station business park which houses a few local business units, contained within the old train shed.

Station facilities here were improved in 2013. The package for this station included improved platform lighting, renewed station signage, digital information screens and the installation of CCTV. The long-line Public Address system (PA) has been renewed and upgraded with pre-recorded train announcements.[2] Step-free access is available to both sides.

History[edit]

The line into the town from the west was opened as the Middlesbrough & Redcar Railway on 4 June 1846.[3] The company that constructed it was nominally independent, but in reality was backed financially by the Stockton and Darlington Railway and the Great North of England Railway (one of the constituent companies of the North Eastern Railway). The S&D had formally taken over by the time an extension eastwards to Saltburn was completed in August 1861 – this diverged from the original line just short of the existing terminus (part of which remained in use for goods traffic) and so a new through station had to be constructed. This was built in a similar style to that used by G T Andrews elsewhere on the NER, with an impressive frontage and overall roof. However it also had only a single platform (a configuration popular elsewhere on the S&D and NER), which led to congestion and delays during the summer months when traffic levels were at their heaviest. A second platform outside the train shed was eventually provided for westbound services by the LNER in 1935.[4] Today the original train shed is no longer used, a replacement eastbound platform having been constructed alongside it at the end of the 1980s.

The level crossing here utilised motorised wooden boom gates that swung out across the road for many years, but these latterly became increasingly unreliable and prone to failure in high winds. Infrastructure operator Network Rail replaced them in 2015 with telescopic metal ones - a design unique to this particular location.[5]

Services[edit]

The station has a half-hourly service on weekdays to Middlesbrough & Darlington westbound and to Saltburn eastbound. One train every two hours to Darlington continues to Bishop Auckland and there are two early morning through trains to Durham and Newcastle.[6] There is an hourly service on Sundays.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Redcar Central station facilities National Rail Enquiries; Retrieved 20 February 2017
  2. ^ "Report of meeting with Steve Payne, Tees Valley Unlimited" North East Coastliners news article 29 June 2015; Retrieved 17 February 2017
  3. ^ Body, p. 144
  4. ^ NERA Tour Middlesbrough to Saltburn Tour
  5. ^ "Relief for motorists and pedestrians as new wind-proof level crossing barriers open in Redcar" Barley, Sophie Gazette Live news article 14 December 2015; Retrieved 16 February 2017
  6. ^ GB National Rail Timetable, December 2016 Edition, Table 44

References[edit]

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

External links[edit]

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