Teesside Airport railway station

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Teesside Airport
National Rail
Teesside Airport Station (geograph 6306442).jpg
General information
LocationTeesside International Airport, Middleton St George
Coordinates54°31′07″N 1°25′31″W / 54.5185307°N 1.4253339°W / 54.5185307; -1.4253339Coordinates: 54°31′07″N 1°25′31″W / 54.5185307°N 1.4253339°W / 54.5185307; -1.4253339
Grid referenceNZ373138
Owned byTeesside International Airport
Managed byNorthern Trains
Platforms2 (0 in use)
Other information
Station codeTEA
ClassificationDfT category F1
Original companyBritish Rail (Eastern Region)
Key dates
3 October 1971 (1971-10-03)Opened
May 2022 (2022-05)Closed
2017/18Increase 74
2018/19Increase 206
2019/20Increase 338
2020/21Decrease 2
2021/22Increase 42
Teesside Airport is located in County Durham
Teesside Airport
Teesside Airport
Location in County Durham, England
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road

Teesside Airport railway station is on the Tees Valley line which runs between Bishop Auckland and Saltburn via Darlington in County Durham, England. The station is 5 miles 43 chains (9 km) east of Darlington and is situated relatively close to Teesside International Airport, which owns the station, but not near enough to be considered as a viable means of travelling to the airport. It is managed by Northern Trains, which also operated the limited service calling at the station prior to its temporary closure in 2022.

Teesside Airport is one of Britain's least-used railway stations, with an estimated 338 passenger journeys made during 2019/20. In both 2012/13 and 2013/14 it was the least-used station in the country, serving just eight passengers per year.[1][2] In 2020/21, due to decreased travel throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the station saw only two passenger journeys made.

The station has been closed since May 2022 with the one operational platform condemned as unsafe.


The station is on the original route of the Stockton & Darlington Railway. Funded by the Teesside Airport Joint Committee, it was opened by British Rail on 3 October 1971.[3][4][5][6] The airport is located around a mile from the station, and accessibility issues are a major factor in its lack of usage.[7][8]

In 2004, the airport changed its name to Durham Tees Valley Airport, but reverted to Teesside International Airport in 2019.[9] The station's name was never updated to reflect the change. In 2007, Northern Rail erected new signs reading Teesside Airport, replacing previous signs which had used a hyphen in Tees-side. National Rail now also lists the station as Teesside Airport.[10]

On 24 October 2009, a group of 26 people travelled to and from the station on the only scheduled service, to highlight the station's existence and its limited service, and to try to persuade railway authorities to move it closer to the airport terminal.[11][12][13]

The station was featured on the BBC Radio 4 programme The Ghost Trains of Old England in October 2010.[14] It was suggested that a large proportion of the tickets sold for the station are bought by collectors who wish to own tickets with rare or unusual destinations, and do not necessarily travel.

The station has two platforms, each long enough for a four-carriage train.[15] In December 2017, it was announced by Durham Tees Valley Airport that the station's footbridge and Middlesbrough-bound platform would be closed, in order to save a quoted total of £6 million on maintenance of the station up until 2022.[16][17][18]

The station closed in May 2022, being deemed unsafe with owner Teesside Airport refusing to fund repairs.[19]


The station has two platforms, with very basic amenities. There is a waiting shelter on the former Middlesbrough-bound platform, which is no longer accessible using the metal footbridge. There is step-free access to the Darlington-bound platform.[20]


As of the May 2021 timetable change, the station was served by a once-weekly westbound service on a Sunday, between Hartlepool and Darlington.Services were operated by Northern Trains.[21]

The 1986 British Rail timetable shows that the station was served by an hourly service, which operated seven days a week. However, since the early 1990s, the station has received only a bare minimum parliamentary service, to avoid the need for formal closure proceedings.

Service before closure[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Allens West   Northern Trains
Tees Valley Line


  1. ^ Pigott, Nick, ed. (June 2012). "Waterloo still London's busiest station". The Railway Magazine. Vol. 158, no. 1334. Horncastle, Lincs.: Mortons Media Group. p. 6.
  2. ^ "Revealed: Britain's busiest and quietest stations". BBC News. 15 December 2015. Retrieved 15 December 2015.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ Teesside Airport Halt agreed The Railway Magazine issue issue 813 January 1969 page 45
  4. ^ In Brief Railway Gazette International October 1971 page 374
  5. ^ Durham Coast services revised The Railway Magazine issue 847 November 1971 page 616
  6. ^ Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens. p. 227. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508.
  7. ^ "Rail buffs to highlight Teesside Airport 'ghost station'". The Journal. 14 October 2009. Archived from the original on 7 March 2012. Retrieved 26 October 2020.
  8. ^ Armstrong, Jeremy (2 May 2013). "Britain's least visited railway station had just fourteen passengers in a year". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 26 October 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. ^ "Airport gets its original name back". BBC News. 25 July 2019. Retrieved 25 July 2019.
  10. ^ "Station facilities for Teesside Airport". National Rail. Retrieved 26 October 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  11. ^ "Rail buffs to highlight Teesside Airport 'ghost station'". The Journal. 14 October 2009. Archived from the original on 7 March 2012. Retrieved 26 October 2020.
  12. ^ "Airport outing bid to promote station". Northern Echo. 14 October 2009. Retrieved 26 October 2009.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  13. ^ "Busy day at rarely-used train station". The Northern Echo. 26 October 2009. Retrieved 26 October 2009.
  14. ^ "The Ghost Trains of Old England". BBC Radio 4. 27 October 2010. Retrieved 11 November 2010.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  15. ^ Yonge, John (September 2006) [1994]. Jacobs, Gerald (ed.). Railway Track Diagrams 2: Eastern (3rd ed.). Bradford on Avon: Trackmaps. map 47C. ISBN 0-9549866-2-8.
  16. ^ Bowe, Charlotte (27 December 2017). "£6 million - what Durham Tees Valley Airport says it will save by closing platform at one of UK's least used railway halts". Northern Echo. Retrieved 27 December 2017.
  17. ^ "'Little-used' Teesside Airport Station loses platform". BBC News. 29 December 2017. Retrieved 26 October 2020.
  18. ^ Regional News Rail issue 844 17 January 2018 page 24
  19. ^ Regional News Rail issue 963 10 August 2022 page 28
  20. ^ "Teesside Airport (TEA) Station Train Tickets, Departures and Timetables". Northern Trains. Retrieved 26 October 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  21. ^ "Train times: Bishop Auckland and Darlington to Middlesbrough and Saltburn" (PDF). Northern Trains. 16 May 2021. Retrieved 6 June 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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