Northallerton railway station

Northallerton railway station
Northallerton National Rail
Place Northallerton
Local authority Hambleton
Coordinates 54°19′58″N 1°26′29″W / 54.3327°N 1.4415°W / 54.3327; -1.4415Coordinates: 54°19′58″N 1°26′29″W / 54.3327°N 1.4415°W / 54.3327; -1.4415
Grid reference SE364931
Station code NTR
Managed by First TransPennine Express
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage
2004/05 *   0.381 million
2005/06 * increase 0.413 million
2006/07 * increase 0.453 million
2007/08 * increase 0.489 million
2008/09 * increase 0.582 million
Original company Great North of England Railway
Pre-grouping North Eastern Railway
Post-grouping London and North Eastern Railway
31 March 1841 Opened
National Rail - UK railway stations
* Annual passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Northallerton from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Please note: methodology may vary year on year.
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Northallerton railway station serves the town of Northallerton in North Yorkshire, England. The station lies on the East Coast Main Line 30 miles (48 km) north of York. It is currently managed by First TransPennine Express and also served by Grand Central and East Coast.

A long-term aim of the Wensleydale Railway is to run trains into the station from Redmire and eventually Garsdale on the Settle-Carlisle Railway.[1](Although a bay platform or two would need to be constructed once funding could be made officially, over the next couple of years).

It is also very popular with rail enthusiasts, as the station is situated on one of the fastest parts of the East Coast Mainline, and trains pass at speeds up to 125 mph.



The station was opened by the Great North of England Railway on 30 March 1841. Eleven years later the Leeds Northern Railway completed its line from Leeds to Stockton through the town, although this did not initially connect with the main line - trains instead called at nearby Northallerton Town station a short distance away near the point where it passed beneath the line towards Darlington. By 1854 however, both the GNoE and LN had become part of the North Eastern Railway which soon began running through trains on the LN route via Thirsk. These then rejoined the line towards Eaglescliffe by means of a new link from the main line at High Junction that was opened in 1856. The original LN route southwards towards Melmerby was then operated as a branch line until 1901, when the NER connected it to the main line via another new junction at the southern end of the station and started using it as the primary route from West Yorkshire to Teesside once more.

Meanwhile the Wensleydale branch line to Bedale, Leyburn and Hawes had been opened in stages between 1848 and 1878 - this joined the main ECML immediately north of the station and its trains used a bay at the northern end of the northbound island platform. Passenger trains on the branch were withdrawn from 26 April 1954,[2] although it remains open for occasional M.o.D trains to Redmire and heritage trains operated by the Wensleydale Railway. There is however currently no direct route to the branch from the station as its junction faces north and trains must access it by means of a reversing siding off the northbound main line. The defunct south to west curve will need to be reinstated and a new platform constructed before Wensleydale trains can run to and from the station once again (the link to and from Leeming Bar is currently made by bus).

Services were withdrawn on the line towards Ripon on 6 March 1967,[2] the route having been earmarked for closure in the Beeching Report. The line north-eastwards towards Stockton had already lost its local passenger services by this time, but it was retained for freight traffic to and from Teesside and occasional longer distance passenger trains. It now carries a regular service to and from Middlesbrough.


Monday to Saturdays generally two trains an hour go southbound towards York and beyond (usually Manchester Airport), and northbound an hourly service to both Middlesbrough and Newcastle respectively.

Sundays there generally an hourly service towards York and a two-hourly service towards both Newcastle and Middlesbrough.

A few East Coast services between London Kings Cross and Newcastle and all Grand Central Railway services between London Kings Cross and Sunderland stop at Northallerton each day.

Cross Country services to and from Newcastle and Scotland pass through Northallerton, but do not call there.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
York   East Coast
East Coast Main Line
First TransPennine Express
Grand Central
Disused railways
Line and station closed
  North Eastern Railway
York, Newcastle and Berwick Railway
Line open, station closed
  North Eastern Railway
Leeds-Northallerton Railway
  Newby Wiske
Line and station closed
Heritage Railways  Proposed Heritage railways
Line and station closed
  Wensleydale Railway   Terminus

The Future

Under Network Rail's Eureka! timetable, the East Coast services to the station are set to improve drastically. These are the services set to be implemented in May 2011


  • 12:00, 14:58, 19:00 & 21:00 (Monday - Thursday), 22:23 all depart for Newcastle
  • 17:54, 19:00 & 21:00 (Fridays Only) all depart for Edinburgh


  • 05:18 (Mondays Only), 05:28 (Tuesday - Friday), 06:08, 07:13, 09:45, 14:46, 18:51 depart for London Kings Cross.

In the new timetable there is going to be a regular service in both directions. They are as follows:


  • All depart for Newcastle unless stated otherwise: 08:55, 10:55 , 12:55 , 14:55 , 15:55, 16:55, 17:55, 18:57 (Edinburgh), 20:57, 21:53.


  • All for London Kings Cross unless stated otherwise: 05:28, 07:13, 08:08, 09:07, 11:07, 13:07, 15:07, 17:07, 18:08, 21:43, 23:10 (York)


  1. ^ Wensleydale Railway Association - History & Heritage Accessed 2008-08-29
  2. ^ a b Body, p. 136
  • Body, G. (1988), PSL Field Guides - Railways of the Eastern Region Volume 2, Patrick Stephens Ltd, Wellingborough, ISBN 1-85260-072-1

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