North Road railway station

North Road is a railway station on the Tees Valley Line, which runs between Bishop Auckland and Saltburn via Darlington. The station, situated 1 mile 23 chains (2.1 km) north-west of Darlington, serves the market town of Darlington in County Durham, England. It is owned by Network Rail and managed by Northern Trains.

North Road

North Road (Darlington)
National Rail
General information
LocationDarlington, Borough of Darlington
Coordinates54°32′08″N 1°33′13″W / 54.5356878°N 1.5537227°W / 54.5356878; -1.5537227
Grid referenceNZ289157
Owned byNetwork Rail
Managed byNorthern Trains
Other information
Station codeNRD
ClassificationDfT category F2
Original companyStockton and Darlington Railway
Pre-groupingNorth Eastern Railway
Key dates
1 April 1842Opened as Darlington
1 October 1868Renamed Darlington North Road
1 September 1934Renamed North Road
2018/19Increase 39,968
2019/20Increase 46,138
2020/21Decrease 16,448
2021/22Increase 43,168
2022/23Increase 47,222
Preceding station Northern Following station
Heighington Tees Valley Line Darlington
towards Saltburn via Darlington
Listed Building – Grade II*
FeatureOriginal Stockton and Darlington Railway station buildings
Designated28 April 1952
Reference no.1322962[1]
North Road is located in County Durham
North Road
North Road
Location in County Durham, England
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road


The station portico

The railway station is closely linked with the history of the Stockton and Darlington Railway, being the site of the original Darlington station. The station building, now a museum entitled Head of Steam, was first opened in 1842 and is listed Grade II*.[2] It replaced a depot on the opposite side of North Road, built in 1833. The building was constructed to a design by the S&D resident engineer of the time John Harris and was expanded and rebuilt on several subsequent occasions (e.g. in 1856 following the opening of the line to Barnard Castle and again in 1864 and 1876 by the NER and their main architect William Peachey).[3]

The opening of the main line station at Bank Top in 1887 saw the importance of North Road decline and it was twice threatened with closure in the 20th century (initially in 1930 and again under the Beeching cuts of 1963), but was reprieved each time. The closure of the Stainmore route to Penrith in 1962 and the Middleton-in-Teesdale branch line two years later did see the route through here reduced to single track (with only one platform remaining) and by the early 1970s, the train shed had suffered badly from vandalism and was in a poor state of repair. This prompted the local council, the town's tourist board, Darlington Museums service and a consortium of local people to join together to restore the station and Hopetown works complex nearby as a museum (currently known as Head of Steam), whilst maintaining a single active platform for the Bishop Auckland branch line. This work was completed in time for the 150th anniversary of the Stockton & Darlington Railway in 1975, with the opening ceremony carried out by the Duke of Edinburgh.[4]

Trains do not however stop under the train shed roof, instead using the eastern end of the platform in the open air.



The station is unstaffed and has no ticketing provision, so all tickets must be bought on the train or prior to travel. A Harrington Hump has been installed to improve accessibility to the trains for mobility-impaired passengers and the waiting shelter here was replaced in 2015 as part of the Tees Valley line improvement programme - this also saw the installation of a digital CIS display, new signage and CCTV.[5] Train running information is also available via a public telephone and timetable posters. The station is not listed as suitable for wheelchair users on the National Rail website due to the approach path being steeply graded.[6]


Northern Trains
Route 3
Tees Valley line
Bishop Auckland      
Newton Aycliffe
North Road
Allens West
South Bank
Redcar Central
Redcar East

As of the May 2021 timetable change, the station is served by an hourly service between Saltburn and Bishop Auckland via Darlington. All services are operated by Northern Trains.[7]

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


  1. ^ Historic England. "North Road Railway Station (Grade II*) (1322962)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 31 January 2021.
  2. ^ Historic England. "NORTH ROAD RAILWAY STATION (NOW RAILWAY MUSEUM) (1322962)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 11 December 2014.
  3. ^ Darlington North Road Station; Retrieved 17 February 2017
  4. ^ Disused Stations - Darlington North Road Disused Stations Site Record; Retrieved 17 February 2017
  5. ^ "Report of meeting with Steve Payne, Tees Valley Unlimited" North East Coastliners news article 29 June 2015; Retrieved 17 February 2017
  6. ^ North Road (Darlington) station facilities National Rail Enquiries; Retrieved 17 February 2017
  7. ^ "Train times: Bishop Auckland and Darlington to Middlesbrough and Saltburn" (PDF). Northern Trains. 16 May 2021. Retrieved 6 June 2021.
Preceding station   National Rail Following station
Darlington   Northern Trains
Tees Valley Line
  Historical railways  
Fighting Cocks   North Eastern Railway
Stockton and Darlington Railway
  Aycliffe Lane
Disused railways
Terminus   North Eastern Railway
Darlington and Barnard Castle Railway