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
System National Rail
Locale County Durham
North Yorkshire
North East England
Owner Network Rail
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Tees Valley Line
Weardale Railway
Durham to Bishop
Auckland Line
Bishop Auckland
South Durham and
Lancashire Union Railway
Clarence Railway to Ferryhill 1963
Brusselton Lane
& Freight lines
Newton Aycliffe
A1(M) motorway
Darlington & Tebay Branch
to Barnard Castle
North Road
East Coast Main Line
to Newcastle
to Eaglescliffe
East Coast Main Line to York
Teesside Airport Durham Tees Valley Airport
Allens West
Northallerton to Eaglescliffe Line
to Northallerton
Durham Coast Line to Hartlepool
River Tees
Tees Marshalling Yard
Newport 1915
Esk Valley Line to Whitby
Cargo Fleet 1990
Cleveland Railway
(later Normanby Branch)
Eston Branch Railway closed
South Bank
Freight lines to
Lackenby, Teesport and Wilton
Grangetown 1991
Tata Steel Europe
Redcar Works
British Steel Redcar
Redcar Central
Redcar East
Saltburn West Junction
Freight line to Boulby Mine

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 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.[2] First TransPennine Express operate one service per day in each direction from York to Middlesbrough via the line.[3]

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.[2]

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


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.[4][5]


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