Haydon Bridge railway station

Haydon Bridge is a railway station on the Tyne Valley Line, which runs between Newcastle and Carlisle via Hexham. The station, situated 29 miles 68 chains (29.8 mi; 48.0 km) west of Newcastle, serves the village of Haydon Bridge in Northumberland, England. It is owned by Network Rail and managed by Northern Trains.

Haydon Bridge
National Rail
General information
LocationHaydon Bridge, Northumberland
Coordinates54°58′31″N 2°14′50″W / 54.9752903°N 2.2472059°W / 54.9752903; -2.2472059
Grid referenceNY842645
Owned byNetwork Rail
Managed byNorthern Trains
Other information
Station codeHDB
ClassificationDfT category F2
Original companyNewcastle and Carlisle Railway
Pre-groupingNorth Eastern Railway
Key dates
28 June 1836Opened
18 June 1838Resited
2018/19Increase 37,504
2019/20Increase 46,438
2020/21Decrease 13,608
2021/22Increase 35,834
2022/23Increase 38,830
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road

History edit

The Newcastle and Carlisle Railway was formed in 1829, and was opened in stages.[1] The station opened as a terminus in June 1836, following the opening of the line between Hexham and Haydon Bridge.[2] In June 1838, the line was extended to Greenhead.[2][3]

The nearby station at Fourstones closed in January 1967.[4][5] In the same year, the station became an unstaffed halt, along with most of the other stations on the line that escaped the Beeching Axe. The original station building remains as a private residence.

The station's distinctive manually operated wooden level crossing gates were replaced by automated lifting barriers in January 2009,[6] although they remain under the control of the adjacent North Eastern Railway signal box.

Facilities edit

The station has two platforms, both of which have a ticket machine (which accepts card or contactless payment only), seating, waiting shelter, next train audio and visual displays and an emergency help point. There is step-free access to both platforms by level crossing. There is a small car park at the station.[7]

Haydon Bridge is part of the Northern Trains penalty fare network, meaning that a valid ticket or promise to pay notice is required prior to boarding the train.[8]

Services edit

Since the December 2023 timetable change, there is an hourly service (with some two-hourly gaps on Sunday) between Newcastle and Carlisle via Hexham. Some services extend to Morpeth or Nunthorpe via Hartlepool at peak times or in the evening. All services are operated by Northern Trains.[9]

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

Preceding station   National Rail Following station
towards Newcastle
  Northern Trains
Tyne Valley Line
  Bardon Mill
towards Carlisle
  Historical railways  
Fourstones   North Eastern Railway
Newcastle and Carlisle Railway
  Bardon Mill

References edit

  1. ^ James, Leslie (November 1983). A Chronology of the Construction of Britain's Railways 1778-1855. Shepperton: Ian Allan. p. 22. ISBN 0-7110-1277-6. BE/1183.
  2. ^ a b Allen, Cecil J. (1974) [1964]. The North Eastern Railway. Shepperton: Ian Allan. p. 36. ISBN 0-7110-0495-1.
  3. ^ Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 116. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508.
  4. ^ Conolly, W. Philip (January 1976). British Railways Pre-Grouping Atlas and Gazetteer (5th ed.). Shepperton: Ian Allan. p. 27, section B3. ISBN 0-7110-0320-3. EX/0176.
  5. ^ Butt 1995, p. 99
  6. ^ "Crossing changes at Haydon Bridge". Network Rail. 29 December 2008. Archived from the original on 3 September 2012. Retrieved 21 October 2020.
  7. ^ "Haydon Bridge Station Train Tickets, Departures and Timetables". Northern Trains. Retrieved 20 October 2020.
  8. ^ "Penalty Fares Map". Northern Trains. Retrieved 20 October 2020.
  9. ^ Table 42 National Rail timetable, December 2023

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