Teesside Airport railway station
|Place||Durham Tees Valley Airport|
|Number of platforms||2|
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections|
from National Rail Enquiries
|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|Original company||Eastern Region of British Railways|
|3 October 1971||Station opened|
|National Rail – UK 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.|
|UK Railways portal|
Despite its name, it is almost a 1 mile (1.6 km) walk from Durham Tees Valley Airport (formerly Teesside International Airport), only one train stops per week (on Sunday), and bus links to the airport and other destinations were withdrawn many years ago. Consequently, the station has become one of the country's least-used, with an estimated 30 passenger entries/exits in 2016/17; in 2012/13 and 2013/14 patronage was just eight a year.
There are two platforms, each long enough for a four-coach train. The airport changed its name to Durham Tees Valley Airport in 2004, however, the station's name was not updated. In 2007, the train operating company Northern erected new signs reading "Teesside Airport", replacing signs which had used a hyphen in Teesside. National Rail now also lists the station as "Teesside Airport".
In December 2017, it was announced by Durham Tees Valley Airport (DTVA) that the footbridge and eastbound platform would be closed to save DTVA having to spend £6 million on maintenance of the station up until 2022. The one weekly train to Hartlepool will still be able to be boarded on the platform nearest to the airport.
Located on the Tees Valley Line and operated by Northern, the station sees only one train call per week on a Sunday, travelling westbound from Hartlepool to Darlington, at 14:56. The eastbound service was withdrawn in the December 2017 timetable change because of concerns over the weak footbridge. Other services use this line, but pass the station without stopping. The airport is an approximate 15-minute walk from the station and accessibility issues are a major factor in its lack of usage.
The station did have a more frequent service in the past (the 1986 British Rail timetable had one train per hour in each direction, seven days a week), but since the early 1990s it has received only a bare minimum "parliamentary" service to avoid the need for formal closure proceedings.
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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 500 metres closer to the airport terminal. The station was featured in October 2010 on the BBC Radio 4 programme "The Ghost Trains of Old England", 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 the station are bought by collectors who wish to own tickets with rare or unusual destinations, and do not necessarily travel.
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
Tees Valley Line
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. By 2012, passenger numbers had decreased so much that all journeys to and from the airport were withdrawn.
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