Chathill railway station

Chathill is a railway station on the East Coast Main Line, which runs between London King's Cross and Edinburgh Waverley. The station, situated 46 miles 1 chain (74 km) north-west of Newcastle, serves the villages of Chathill and Seahouses in Northumberland, North East England. It is owned by Network Rail and managed by Northern Trains.

Chathill
National Rail
Chathill railway station MMB 04.jpg
LocationChathill, Northumberland
England
Coordinates55°32′12″N 1°42′24″W / 55.5367939°N 1.7067301°W / 55.5367939; -1.7067301Coordinates: 55°32′12″N 1°42′24″W / 55.5367939°N 1.7067301°W / 55.5367939; -1.7067301
Grid referenceNU186270
Owned byNetwork Rail
Managed byNorthern Trains
Platforms2
Tracks2
Other information
Station codeCHT
ClassificationDfT category F2
History
Original companyNewcastle and Berwick Railway
Pre-groupingNorth Eastern Railway
Post-grouping
Key dates
29 March 1847Opened
Passengers
2015/16Increase 2,574
2016/17Increase 2,768
2017/18Decrease 2,162
2018/19Increase 2,546
2019/20Increase 2,840
Location
Chathill is located in Northumberland
Chathill
Chathill
Location in Northumberland, England
Notes
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road

HistoryEdit

The station was opened by the Newcastle and Berwick Railway on 29 March 1847.[1] At the time of opening, four passenger trains ran each way every weekday between Newcastle and Morpeth, and between Chathill and Tweedmouth. Road coaches filled in the gaps for the time being, and a four-hour transit from Newcastle to Berwick-upon-Tweed was achieved.[2]

Between 1 August 1898 and 27 October 1951, the station served as the south-western terminus of the North Sunderland Railway, which ran between Chathill and the fishing village of Seahouses. The railway operated independently, until takeover by the London and North Eastern Railway in 1939.[3]

An average of 3 or 4 stopping services each way per day ran between Newcastle and Edinburgh Waverley via Berwick-upon-Tweed until the late 1980s. Following the electrification of the East Coast Main Line, these services were curtailed at Berwick-upon-Tweed. Services were further reduced to their current level by British Rail in May 1991, due to a shortage of rolling stock.[4]

Owing to the limited service (two trains per day towards Morpeth and Newcastle), an easement permits passengers travelling north towards Berwick-upon-Tweed and Scotland to double back via Alnmouth for Alnwick.[5] The local rail user group SENRUG has been campaigning since September 2016 to have local services on the corridor between Newcastle and Edinburgh Waverley increased, to offer more choice for commuters and offer leisure opportunities for visitors to locations such as Lindisfarne and St Cuthbert's Way.

The station has retained its Grade II listed building and signal box on the northbound platform, though neither is in operational use. The station house is now privately owned and the signal box houses signalling equipment.[6][7]

FacilitiesEdit

The station is unstaffed and has no ticket facilities, so intending passengers must buy tickets on the train or prior to travel. There is a large stone waiting shelter on the southbound platform, but there are no other amenities other than information posters on each side. Step-free access is available to both platforms.[8]

ServicesEdit

Route 1
East Coast Main Line
 
Chathill  
 
Alnmouth    
 
Acklington    
 
Widdrington    
 
Pegswood
 
Morpeth    
 
Cramlington    
 
Manors  
 
Newcastle        
 
MetroCentre
Most services extend to/from
Carlisle.

As of June 2021, the station is served by two trains per day (excluding Sunday) towards Morpeth and Newcastle. All services are operated by Northern Trains.[9]

Rolling stock used: Class 156 Super Sprinter and Class 158 Express Sprinter

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Quick, Michael E. (2009). Railway passenger stations in Great Britain: a chronology (4th ed.). Oxford: Railway and Canal Historical Society. p. 121. ISBN 978-0-901461-57-5. OCLC 612226077.
  2. ^ Addyman, John F. (2011). A history of the Newcastle and Berwick Railway. North Eastern Railway Association. ISBN 978-1-873513-75-0. OCLC 931398920.
  3. ^ Wright, 1988
  4. ^ BR National Rail Timetable May 1991 Edition, Table 47
  5. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 July 2011. Retrieved 30 December 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ Historic England. "Chathill Station and Down Platform (Grade II) (1276357)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 12 December 2018.
  7. ^ Historic England. "Signal Box at Chathill Station (Grade II) (1276364)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 12 December 2018.
  8. ^ "Station facilities for Chathill". National Rail. Retrieved 20 June 2021.
  9. ^ "Train times: Alnmouth and Morpeth to Newcastle and Metrocentre" (PDF). Northern Trains. 12 June 2021. Retrieved 20 June 2021.

SourcesEdit

  • Wright, A., (1988), The North Sunderland Railway, The Oakwood Press, Locomotion Papers No. 36, ISBN 0-85361-335-4

External linksEdit

Preceding station   National Rail Following station
Alnmouth for Alnwick   Northern Trains
East Coast Main Line
  Terminus
  Historical railways  
Alnmouth for Alnwick   British Rail (Eastern Region)
East Coast Main Line
  Berwick-upon-Tweed
Terminus   London and North Eastern Railway
North Sunderland Railway
  North Sunderland
Fallodon   York, Newcastle and Berwick Railway
East Coast Main Line
  Newham