Tees Valley Line
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|Tees Valley Line|
North East England
|Track gauge||1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in)|
|Tees Valley Line|
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.
Beyond Bishop Auckland, the railway line continues as the re-opened heritage Weardale Railway. A regular freight service operates on weekdays moving coal from Wolsingham to power stations further south.
All trains along the route are currently operated by Northern Rail with Class 142 Pacers and occasionally Class 156 SuperSprinters. First TransPennine Express operate one service per day in each direction from York to Middlesbrough via the line.
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.
The towns and villages served by the line are listed below.
- Bishop Auckland
- Newton Aycliffe
- Middleton St George
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.
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.
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.
- Home Bishop Line
- Bishop Auckland-Saltburn timetable Northern Rail
- North East to Manchester Airport & Liverpool timetable First Transpennine Express
- Hitachi Rail Europe's Newton Aycliffe factory connected to national rail network The Journal 25 March 2015
- Newton Aycliffe's Hitachi train plant connected to main line BBC News 25 March 2015
- GenMaps - Maps of Durham, Yorkshire 1885
- NPEMaps - Maps of area circa 1950
- Network Rail maps of Route 9 - North East Routes
- North Eastern Railway Tour 2000
- Communigate - Grangetown streets and buildings
- The Bishop Line
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