Widdrington railway station

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Widdrington National Rail
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Location
Place Widdrington Station and Stobswood
Local authority County of Northumberland
Grid reference NZ244941
Operations
Station code WDD
Managed by Northern
Number of platforms 2
DfT category F2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2011/12 Increase 5,268
2012/13 Decrease 3,630
2013/14 Increase 4,962
2014/15 Decrease 4,028
2015/16 Decrease 3,408
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Widdrington from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Widdrington railway station is on the East Coast Main Line in the United Kingdom, serving the villages of Widdrington Station and Stobswood, Northumberland. It is 291 miles 76 chains (469.8 km) down-line from London King's Cross and is situated between Pegswood to the south and Acklington to the north. Its three-letter station code is WDD.

In the current (December 2016) timetable the only trains calling at Widdrington are one northbound and two southbound local services on Mondays to Saturdays only by Northern, which also manages the station. This has been the default frequency since British Rail's Provincial Sector reduced the service level on the local route in 1991 due to a rolling stock shortage.

Local rail users group SENRUG has been campaigning since September 2016 to improve local services here and at neighbouring Pegswood in order to serve a planned £50 million sports and leisure park development due to be built on an old open-cast mining site near to Widdrington village.[1]

Facilities[edit]

The station is unstaffed and has only basic amenities - waiting shelters and timetable poster boards on both platforms, along with a public telephone on platform 1. Tickets must be purchased prior to travel or on the train. The old station buildings survive, but are now privately occupied. Step-free access is available to both platforms via the level crossing at the north end of the station.[2]

Services[edit]

As noted above, there are only three departures a day on weekdays and Saturdays, with no Sunday service. The solitary northbound train runs to Alnmouth and Chathill, whilst the two southbound trains run to Newcastle Central; the weekday evening service is extended through to Hexham.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ North of Morpeth local services SENRUG website news article; Retrieved 9 February 2017
  2. ^ Widdrington station facilities National Rail Enquiries; Retrieved 9 February 2017
  3. ^ Table 48 National Rail timetable, December 2016

External links[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Pegswood   Northern
East Coast Main Line
Mondays-Saturdays only
  Acklington
Historical railways
Longhirst
Line open, station closed
  North Eastern Railway
York, Newcastle and Berwick Railway
  Chevington
Line open, station closed

Coordinates: 55°14′28″N 1°36′58″W / 55.241°N 1.616°W / 55.241; -1.616