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Billingham railway station

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Billingham
National Rail
Looking down on Billingham Railway Station (geograph 3816427).jpg
LocationBillingham, Stockton-on-Tees
England
Coordinates54°36′21″N 1°16′46″W / 54.6057149°N 1.2795366°W / 54.6057149; -1.2795366
Grid referenceNZ466236
Owned byNetwork Rail
Managed byNorthern Trains
Platforms2
Tracks2
Other information
Station codeBIL
ClassificationDfT category F2
History
Original companyStockton and Hartlepool Railway
Pre-groupingNorth Eastern Railway
Post-grouping
Key dates
10 February 1841Opened as Billingham
1 March 1870Renamed Billingham Junction
1 May 1893Renamed Billingham
1 October 1926Renamed Billingham-on-Tees
7 November 1966Resited and renamed Billingham
Passengers
2015/16Increase 86,016
2016/17Increase 94,994
2017/18Decrease 81,862
2018/19Decrease 78,004
2019/20Increase 91,504
Location
Notes
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road

Billingham railway station serves the town of Billingham, within the borough of Stockton-on-Tees, part of the ceremonial county of County Durham, North East England. The railway station is located on the Durham Coast Line 10 miles (16 km) north of Middlesbrough and is operated by Northern Trains who provide all of the station's passenger services.

Facilities

The station is unstaffed but has a ticket machine. New fully lit waiting shelters, digital information screens and CCTV cameras have been installed here whilst the long-line public address system (PA) has been renewed and upgraded with pre-recorded train announcements; train running information can also be obtained by telephone, a customer help point and timetable poster boards. The only access to the island platform is via a stepped footbridge, so it is not accessible for wheelchair or mobility-impaired passengers.[1]

History

Billingham's earlier station in 1965
Billingham's earlier station in 1965

The station is a modern-style halt on the line and was opened on Monday 7 November 1966 to replace the town's original grander station located further west towards Norton; this closed the previous day[2] and was subsequently demolished in the early 1970s. It was located to the west of the junction between the Durham Coast Line and the earlier Port Clarence Branch of the Clarence Railway,[3] adjacent to the level crossing carrying the old route of the A19 across the railway. Only the signal box and footbridge survive on the site of the original station.

The new Billingham station, built by the Eastern Region of British Rail, was provided with a booking hall, waiting room, parcels office and lavatories. These facilities were lost when the station was reduced to unstaffed halt status towards the end of the 1960s. The station building of 1966 still stands, and was used as the office of local taxi company Binks Taxis, but is now unoccupied.

The Tees Valley Rail Strategy calls for the re-opening of the original station as 'Old Billingham' as a new additional station on the Durham Coast Line. However, the plans have yet to come to fruition.[citation needed]

Accidents and incidents

  • On 2 December 1953, a train ran off the end of the loop and was derailed. An express freight train then ran into the wreckage and was also derailed.[4]

Services

Route 2:
Durham Coast Line
Newcastle Tyne and Wear Metro
Heworth Tyne and Wear Metro
Sunderland Tyne and Wear Metro
Seaham
Horden
Hartlepool
Seaton Carew
Billingham
Stockton
Thornaby
Middlesbrough
Most services extend to/from
Hexham or Nunthorpe.

The station has a basic hourly service in each direction on weekdays (with a few peak period extras), northwards to Hartlepool, Sunderland and Newcastle and southwards to Middlesbrough. Most northbound trains continue onto the Tyne Valley line to MetroCentre and Hexham, whilst southbound trains are usually extended to and from Nunthorpe (with a pair running to Whitby and a third to Castleton Moor).[5]

Sundays see an hourly service each between Nunthorpe/Middlesbrough and Newcastle and two additional direct services to/from Darlington (these terminate/start at Hartlepool). Three southbound trains run to Whitby via the Esk Valley Line.

References

  1. ^ Billingham station facilitiesNational Rail Enquiries; Retrieved 8 February 2017
  2. ^ Poster for New Billingham Station 1966Picture Stockton Archive; Retrieved 2013-12-02
  3. ^ Hill, Norman (2001). Teesside Railways A View From The Past. Hersham: Ian Allan Publishing Ltd. p. 4. ISBN 0711028036.
  4. ^ Hoole, Ken (1983). Trains in Trouble: Vol. 4. Truro: Atlantic Books. ISBN 0-906899-07-9.
  5. ^ GB National Rail Timetable Dec 2019 - May 2020, Table 44

External links

Preceding station
National Rail
National Rail
Following station
Stockton   Northern Trains
Durham Coast Line
  Seaton Carew
  Historical railways  
Stockton-on-Tees
Line and station open
  British Rail (Eastern Region)
Durham Coast Line
  Greatham
Line open; station closed
Norton-on-Tees
Line open; station closed
  London and North Eastern Railway
Durham Coast Line
  Greatham
Line open; station closed
Norton-on-Tees
Line open; station closed
  London and North Eastern Railway
  Belasis Lane
Line open; station closed
This page was last edited on 17 February 2021, at 06:23
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