Northallerton railway station

Northallerton railway station is on the East Coast Main Line serving the town of Northallerton in North Yorkshire, England. It is 218 miles 36 chains (351.6 km) north of London King's Cross between Thirsk to the south and Darlington to the north. Its three-letter station code is NTR.

Northallerton National Rail
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802215 in Northallerton railway station with a service for Newcastle
Local authorityDistrict of Hambleton
Coordinates54°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 referenceSE364931
Station codeNTR
Managed byTransPennine Express
Number of platforms2
DfT categoryD
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2014/15Increase 0.671 million
2015/16Increase 0.689 million
2016/17Increase 0.706 million
2017/18Increase 0.715 million
2018/19Increase 0.718 million
Original companyGreat North of England Railway
Pre-groupingNorth Eastern Railway
Post-groupingLondon and North Eastern Railway
31 March 1841Opened
National RailUK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Northallerton from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.

The station is managed by TransPennine Express and also served by Grand Central (GC) and London North Eastern Railway (LNER) trains. The station is on one of the fastest parts of the East Coast Main Line. LNER and CrossCountry express services pass through the station at speeds of up to 125 mph (200 km/h).

In 2014 the Wensleydale Railway opened a temporary station at Northallerton West.[1] The heritage railway aims to run trains into the station from Redmire and eventually Garsdale on the Settle–Carlisle line.[2]


The station was opened by the Great North of England Railway on 30 March 1841. Eleven years later the Leeds Northern Railway's line from Leeds to Stockton passed through the town, but did not initially connect with the main line. Instead trains called at nearby Northallerton Town station near where it passed beneath the line to Darlington. By 1854 the GNoE and the LN had become part of the North Eastern Railway which began running through trains on the LN route via Thirsk. These rejoined the line towards Eaglescliffe on a new link from the main line at High Junction that 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 junction at the southern end of the station and used it as the primary route from West Yorkshire to Teesside.

The Wensleydale branch line to Bedale, Leyburn and Hawes opened in stages between 1848 and 1878. It joined the main line 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,[3] although it remains open for occasional MoD trains to Redmire and heritage trains operated by the Wensleydale Railway. The old down passenger loop platform and Hawes bay were removed in the early 1970s and there is no direct route to the branch from the station as its junction faces north; 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. The link to Leeming Bar was by bus until late 2014 until a temporary terminus was constructed approximately one mile (1.6 km) away.

Services were withdrawn on the line towards Ripon on 6 March 1967,[3] after the route was earmarked for closure in the Beeching Report. The line north-eastwards towards Stockton had 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.


In plans published in 2020, Network Rail unveiled a proposal to provide two fast lines through the station and to move both platforms outwards with new loops. There are other possible variations including the installation of a grade-separated junction north of the station, to allow trains to access the Middlesbrough line without conflicting with trains heading south, and even a proposal to move the station south of the town so that it can be furnished with platforms that have access to all lines.[4]


The station is staffed, its ticket hall opens from 05:30 each day (except Sundays, when it opens at 08:45) until 20:00. Self-service ticket machines are available for the collecting advance purchase/pre-paid tickets. Toilets and a newsagents are provided on the concourse, along with heated waiting rooms on both platforms. Train running information is offered via digital CIS displays, timetable posters, customer help points and automated announcements. Step-free access is available to both platforms via ramps from the subway.[5]


TransPennine Express is the main train operator at the station: on weekdays and Saturdays the company serves Northallerton with three trains an hour each way. In the southbound direction, trains generally run to Manchester Victoria via York, Leeds and Huddersfield; of the three hourly services, two continue to Manchester Airport (via Manchester Piccadilly) and one runs further to Liverpool Lime Street. Northbound, there is one train per hour to Redcar Central via Middlesbrough, as well as two trains per hour to Newcastle, of which one continues to Edinburgh Waverley.[6]

London North Eastern Railway serves the station with trains between London King's Cross and Edinburgh Waverley; these call at Northallerton on an approximately two-hourly basis for most of the day.[7] In February 2017, the platforms were extended to accommodate Azuma trains which are longer than the East Coast electrics.[8]

All Grand Central services between London King's Cross and Sunderland stop at Northallerton (five services per day each way).[9]

CrossCountry services between Newcastle, Birmingham and beyond pass through but do not call at the station.


Electrification of the railway through the station was carried out by British Rail, with completion by 1991.[10][11]

Accidents and incidentsEdit

On 29 November 1979, a Kings Cross to Edinburgh Service (1S28) was derailed just south of the station.[12] The train completely left the tracks, but stayed upright and came to a halt 1,800 feet (550 m) north of where it hit the trailing points that caused the derailment. Although the complement of passengers was in excess of 440, only one person was kept in hospital overnight.

The leading power car of the High Speed Train (E43110) had a seized front axle because of a gearbox failure and confusion over maintenance schedules and it caused an out of gauge wheelset that derailed on the points.[13]

Ripon RailwayEdit

The city was previously served by Ripon railway station on the Leeds–Northallerton line that ran between Leeds and Northallerton.[14] It was once part of the North Eastern Railway and then LNER.

The Ripon line was closed to passengers on 6 March 1967 and to freight on 5 September 1969 as part of the wider Beeching Axe, despite a vigorous campaign by local campaigners, including the city's MP.[14] Today much of the route of the line through the city is now a relief road and although the former station still stands, it is now surrounded by a new housing development. The issue remains a significant one in local politics and there are movements wanting to restore the line.[14] Reports suggest the reopening of a line between Ripon railway station and Harrogate railway station would be economically viable, costing £40 million and could initially attract 1,200 passengers a day, rising to 2,700.[14][15][16] Campaigners call on MPs to restore Ripon railway link.[17]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Willis, Joe (31 October 2014). "Works starts on new rail platform". The Northern Echo. Retrieved 6 June 2020.
  2. ^ Wensleydale Railway Association - History & Heritage Archived 5 January 2013 at Accessed 29 August 2008
  3. ^ a b Body, p. 136
  4. ^ Haigh, Phillip (15 July 2020). "NR plans more platforms and tracks for North East railway". Rail Magazine. No. 909. Peterborough: Bauer Media. pp. 30–32. ISSN 0953-4563.
  5. ^ Northallerton station facilities National Rail Enquiries; Retrieved 7 February 2017
  6. ^ GB eNRT May 2018 Edition, Table 39
  7. ^ GB eNRT 2016-17 Edition, Table 26
  8. ^ Richardson, Andy, ed. (24 February 2017). "Platform extension work". Darlington & Stockton Times (08). p. 8. ISSN 2040-3933.
  9. ^ Grand Central - North East & Yorkshire Timetables/
  10. ^ Body 1989, p. 207.
  11. ^ "Electrification of the East Coast Main Line, completion certificate" (PDF). British Rail (Intercity). p. 26. Retrieved 18 July 2020.
  12. ^ Hoole, Ken (1983). Trains in Trouble: Vol. 4. Redruth: Atlantic Books. p. 30. ISBN 0 906899 07 9.
  13. ^ King, A.G.B. "Report into 1979 Derailment" (PDF).
  14. ^ a b c d "Reopening line makes economic sense, says study". Retrieved 19 December 2015.
  15. ^ "Backing for restoring rail link". BBC News Online. BBC. 11 May 2004. Retrieved 4 January 2010.
  16. ^ "Railway plan may be back on track". The Northern Echo. 7 April 2003. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  17. ^ "Campaigners call on MPs to restore Ripon railway link". Yorkshire Post. Retrieved 2 March 2015.


  • Body, Geoffrey (1989). Railways of the North Eastern Region; Vol 2, Northern Operating Area. Wellingborough: Patrick Stephens. ISBN 1-85260-072-1.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)

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