Seaham railway station

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Seaham National Rail
Seaham railway station in 1992.jpg
Place Seaham
Local authority County Durham
Coordinates 54°50′13″N 1°20′28″W / 54.837°N 1.341°W / 54.837; -1.341Coordinates: 54°50′13″N 1°20′28″W / 54.837°N 1.341°W / 54.837; -1.341
Grid reference NZ420495
Station code SEA
Managed by Northern
Number of platforms 2
DfT category F1
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2012/13 Increase 123,440
2013/14 Decrease 120,199
2014/15 Increase 124,252
2015/16 Increase 137,948
2016/17 Increase 145,362
Original company Londonderry, Seaham and Sunderland Railway
Pre-grouping North Eastern Railway
Post-grouping London and North Eastern Railway
2 July 1855 Opened as Seaham Colliery
1 March 1925 Renamed Seaham
National RailUK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Seaham from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
170433 at Edinburgh Waverley.JPG UK Railways portal

Seaham railway station serves the town of Seaham in County Durham, England. The station is located on the Durham Coast Line and is operated by Northern, which provides all of its passenger services.

The station facilities have recently[when?] been improved and include new fully lit waiting shelters and CCTV. The long-line Public Address system (PA) was renewed and upgraded with pre-recorded announcements.

The first rail route into the town (the Seaham & Sunderland Railway) was built as a means of exporting coal from nearby collieries owned by the Marquess of Londonderry. Completed in 1854, it ran from a station near the harbour to Ryhope Grange near Sunderland, where it joined the North Eastern Railway. The station was opened on 2 July 1855 and was originally named Seaham Colliery.[1] The NER eventually purchased the line in 1900 and then opened a line southwards along the coast to West Hartlepool on 1 April 1905[2] to create a new coastal route between Sunderland, Hartlepool and Middlesbrough. A new through station was constructed at the same time and it is this that remains in use, the original Seaham Harbour terminus having closed to passengers on 11 September 1939.[2] On 1 March 1925 the original Seaham station was renamed Seaham Harbour, and Seaham Colliery renamed Seaham.[1]


The station is unstaffed, but a self-service ticket machine is provided on the northbound platform to allow passengers to buy tickets before boarding or to collect pre-paid tickets. Train running information is offered via timetable posters, digital CIS displays and automatic announcements. Step-free access is available to both platforms.[3]


Northbound, an hourly service is provided to Sunderland and Newcastle upon Tyne (journey time approximately 35 minutes). One additional service is provided during morning peak time. Most services continue along the Tyne Valley Line to MetroCentre and Hexham.[4]

Southbound, trains follow a similar pattern with an hourly service to Hartlepool and Middlesbrough (journey time approximately 45 minutes). Two additional services run at peak times. Most services continue beyond Middlesbrough to Nunthorpe.

Trains are also hourly on Sundays, generally running between Middlesbrough and MetroCentre, though the first services are not until mid-morning. During the summer, there is usually a morning through service from Newcastle to Whitby with an evening return working, allowing day trippers around five hours at the Yorkshire coastal resort.

Grand Central services between Sunderland and London King's Cross use the line through Seaham but do not call there.


  1. ^ a b Butt 1995, p. 207
  2. ^ a b Body 1988, p. 150
  3. ^ Seaham station facilitiesNational Rail Enquiries; Retrieved 3 February 2017
  4. ^ GB National Rail Timetable December 2016 Edition, Table 44 (Network Rail)


  • Body, G. (1988). PSL Field Guides - Railways of the Eastern Region Volume 2. Wellingborough: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 1-85260-072-1. 
  • Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 207. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508. 

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Preceding station   National Rail National Rail   Following station
  Historical railways  
Seaham (Harbour)
Line and station closed
  Londonderry, Seaham and
Sunderland Railway
Seaham-Sunderland Central
  Seaham Hall Dene
(Private station)
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    Ryhope East
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Hawthorn Tower Halt
(For workmen)
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  London and North Eastern Railway
Durham Coast Line
  Ryhope East
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