Tees Valley Line

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For the old railway line between Barnard Castle and Middleton-in-Teesdale, see Tees Valley Railway.
Tees Valley Line
Overview
System National Rail
Locale County Durham
North Yorkshire
North East England
Operation
Owner Network Rail
Operator(s) Northern
TransPennine Express
Technical
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Tees Valley Line
Year
closed
Weardale Railway
Durham to Bishop Auckland Line 1968
Bishop Auckland
South Durham and Lancashire Union Railway 1962
Clarence Railway
to Ferryhill
1963
Brusselton Lane
& Freight lines
pre-
1955
Shildon
Newton Aycliffe
Heighington
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Darlington & Tebay Branch
to Barnard Castle
1964
North Road
East Coast Main Line
to Newcastle
to Eaglescliffe
Darlington
East Coast Main Line
to York
Dinsdale
Teesside Airport Durham Tees Valley Airport
Allens West
Northallerton to Eaglescliffe Line
to Northallerton
Eaglescliffe
Durham Coast Line
to Hartlepool
River Tees
Thornaby
Tees Marshalling Yard
Newport 1915
Middlesbrough
Esk Valley Line
to Whitby
Cargo Fleet 1990
Cleveland Railway
(later Normanby Branch)
1966
Eston Branch Railway
South Bank
Freight lines to
Lackenby, Teesport and Wilton
Grangetown 1991
Tata Steel Europe
Redcar Works
British Steel Redcar
Redcar Central
Redcar East
Longbeck
Marske
Saltburn West Junction
Whitby, Redcar and Middlesbrough Union Railway (freight)
to Boulby Mine
Saltburn

The Tees Valley Line is a name for the railway route between Bishop Auckland and Saltburn via Darlington, Middlesbrough and Redcar. Also operated on the line are services from Newcastle-upon-Tyne to Middlesbrough, Redcar and Saltburn via Darlington (using the East Coast Main Line between Newcastle and Darlington). The line between Darlington and Bishop Auckland has been re-branded The Bishop Line and is supported by the Bishop Line Community Rail Partnership.[1]

Beyond Bishop Auckland, the railway line continues as the re-opened heritage Weardale Railway. A regular freight service used to operate on weekdays moving coal from Wolsingham to Ratcliffe-On-Soar power station and Scunthorpe Steelworks, but this working ceased in 2013.[2]

Service[edit]

All trains along the route are currently operated by Northern with Class 142 Pacers and occasionally Class 156 SuperSprinters.[3] TransPennine Express operate fifteen services per day in each direction from Manchester Airport to Middlesbrough via the line.[4]

Between Darlington and Middlesbrough/Saltburn there is a service running almost every half-hour during the daytime, becoming roughly hourly in the evenings. The service to Bishop Auckland is more sparse, running hourly at peak times and two hourly off peak. A once weekly parliamentary service in each direction stops at Tees-side Airport.[3] The new Northern Rail franchise operator Northern has announced its intention to increase the service to Bishop Auckland to hourly (15 each way weekdays and 12 each way on Sundays) once the new franchise agreement comes in to force from 1 April 2016.[5] The unpopular Pacer units are also to be withdrawn once new rolling stock is delivered in 2018.

The towns and villages served by the line are listed below.

The Bishop Line between Bishop Auckland and Darlington is designated as a community rail route and has its own Community rail partnership (CRP).[6]

History[edit]

The section of line between Bishop Auckland and the East Coast Main Line, as well as the section between Dinsdale Station near Middleton St George and Eaglescliffe station, follow the original route of the Stockton and Darlington Railway.[7]

The line from Middlesbrough to Saltburn, as well as the freight line to Boulby mine, were part of the Whitby Redcar and Middlesbrough Union Railway (WRMU). This extended to Whitby, until it was closed on 5 May 1958.[8]

In March 2015, a one kilometre section of electrified track was laid to the west of the line between Heighington and Newton Aycliffe to allow low speed testing of the Class 800/801s being built at the adjacent Hitachi factory.[9][10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Home Bishop Line
  2. ^ Shannon, Paul (February 2014). "Railways Illustrated". Freight Review 2013 (132). Retrieved October 2015. 
  3. ^ a b Bishop Auckland-Saltburn timetable Northern Rail
  4. ^ North East to Manchester Airport & Liverpool timetable First Transpennine Express
  5. ^ Northern Franchise Improvements - DfT
  6. ^ "ACORP Summary map" (PDF). Association of Community Rail Partnerships. 28 July 2014. Retrieved 28 October 2015. 
  7. ^ "The Stockton Railway". This is Stockton on Tees. Retrieved 15 January 2016. 
  8. ^ "Whitby, Redcar and Middlesbrough Union Railway". www.gracesguide.co.uk. Retrieved 15 January 2016. 
  9. ^ Hitachi Rail Europe's Newton Aycliffe factory connected to national rail network The Journal 25 March 2015
  10. ^ Newton Aycliffe's Hitachi train plant connected to main line BBC News 25 March 2015

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