Teesside Airport railway station

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Teesside Airport National Rail
TeesValleyLine Tees-side Airport2.JPG
Place Durham Tees Valley Airport
Local authority Darlington
Coordinates 54°31′07″N 1°25′31″W / 54.5185°N 1.4252°W / 54.5185; -1.4252Coordinates: 54°31′07″N 1°25′31″W / 54.5185°N 1.4252°W / 54.5185; -1.4252
Grid reference NZ373138
Station code TEA
Managed by Northern Rail
Number of platforms 2
DfT category F1
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05 Increase 74
2005/06 Decrease 72
2006/07 Increase 85
2007/08 Decrease 52
2008/09 Decrease 44
2009/10 Increase 68
2010/11 Decrease 18
2011/12 Decrease 14
2012/13 Decrease 8
2013/14 Steady 8
Original company Eastern Region of British Railways
3 October 1971 (1971-10-03) Station opened
National RailUK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Teesside Airport from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Teesside Airport railway station serves Durham Tees Valley Airport in the borough of Darlington and the ceremonial county of County Durham, England. With 8 passenger entries and exits between April 2013 and March 2014, Teesside Airport is the least used station in Great Britain.[1][2]


The station is located on the original route of the Stockton and Darlington Railway, 5 miles 43 chains (8.9 km) from Darlington South Junction;[3] it was opened by British Rail on 3 October 1971.[4] There are two platforms, each long enough for a four-coach train.[3] The airport changed its name to Durham Tees Valley Airport in 2004; however, the station name remained unchanged. In 2007, Northern Rail erected new signs reading Teesside Airport, replacing older signs which had used a hyphen; however, National Rail still lists the station as Tees-side Airport.[5]


Located on the Tees Valley Line and operated by Northern Rail, the station has two trains per week, which call on Sundays only. Other services use this line, but pass the station without stopping. The airport is a 15-minute walk from the station and accessibility issues are a major factor in its lack of usage.[6][7] The station did have a more frequent service in the past (the 1986 BR timetable had one train per hour each way calling here seven days per week), but since the early 1990s has received only a bare minimum 'parliamentary' service to avoid the need for formal closure proceedings.


Map showing location of Teesside Airport railway station

On Saturday 24 October 2009, a group of 26 people travelled to and from the airport station on the only scheduled service, to highlight the station's existence and its poor rail service, and to persuade rail authorities to move it 500 metres closer to the airport terminal.[6][8][9]

The station was featured on 27 October 2010 in the BBC Radio 4 programme "The Ghost Trains of Old England"[10] which mentioned the campaign and the fact that the station has a working payphone. It was also suggested that a large proportion of the tickets sold for this station are bought by collectors who wish to own tickets with rare destinations, and do not necessarily travel.

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Previously, other public transport access was frequent with the airport being served by the Sky Express bus service from Middlesbrough and Darlington. In 2011 the links with Middlesbrough were lost as Stockton borough council withdrew funding but services to Darlington and Hurworth remained on Arriva service 12. By the beginning of 2012, passenger numbers had decreased so much that all journeys to and from the airport were withdrawn.


The Tees Valley Line, which serves this station, is one of the lines that would be upgraded as part of the proposed Tees Valley Metro project, and if it goes ahead will result in the station being re-sited closer to the airport's access road. This should also lead to the re-introduction of regular services, with a projected 4 trains per hour between Darlington and Saltburn.[11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Pigott, Nick, ed. (June 2012). "Waterloo still London's busiest station". The Railway Magazine (Horncastle, Lincs: Mortons Media Group) 158 (1334): 6. 
  2. ^ "Station usage". Rail-reg.gov.uk. 2012-03-29. Retrieved 2012-04-26. 
  3. ^ a b 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. 
  4. ^ Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 227. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508. 
  5. ^ "National Rail Enquiries – Station Facilities for Tees-side Airport". Nationalrail.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-04-26. 
  6. ^ a b "Rail buffs to highlight Teesside Airport 'ghost station'". The Journal. Trinity Mirror. 2009-10-14. Retrieved 2009-10-26. 
  7. ^ "Britain's least visited railway station had just fourteen passengers in a year" Armstrong, Jeremy; Daily Mirror news article 2-05-2013; Retrieved 2014-04-09
  8. ^ "Airport outing bid to promote station". The Northern Echo. Newsquest. 2009-10-14. Retrieved 2009-10-26. 
  9. ^ "Busy day at rarely-used train station". The Northern Echo. Newsquest. 2009-10-26. Retrieved 2009-10-26. 
  10. ^ "The Ghost Trains of Old England". Radio 4. BBC. 2010-10-27. Retrieved 2010-11-11. 
  11. ^ "Tees Valley Metro" (PDF). Darlington Transport Forum. 2008-10-06. Retrieved 2008-12-29. 

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Media related to Teesside Airport railway station at Wikimedia Commons

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