Additional train services planned for Newcastle and Middlesbrough route
Written by Callum Rowe on 27th April 2023
A train operator in the region has announced its intention to increase the frequency of services between two major North East destinations.
Northern is planning to increase the frequency of the semi-fast service between Newcastle and Middlesbrough from one train an hour to three every two hours.
However, the implementation of the plan is dependent on platform infrastructure works at Hartlepool being completed.
Kerry Peters, Northern regional director, said: “We are looking to increase services between Newcastle and Middlesbrough.
“The extra services are dependent on increased platform availability at Hartlepool – which is an infrastructure project outside of our control.
“As and when that project is complete, we will look to get these extra services into the timetable at the earliest opportunity.”
The news of the extra service has been welcomed by independent transport campaign groups.
Ian Walker, Railfuture North East secretary, said: “Railfuture North East is delighted that Northern is planning to increase the frequency of services on the Durham Coast Line between Middlesbrough and Newcastle.
“The line provides a vital link between Tyneside, Wearside & Teesside.
“Railfuture would also like to see a reduction in journey times on the route as a further step in improving rail services within the region.”
The infrastructure improvement works at Hartlepool station are being carried out by Network Rail.
Anna Weeks, Network Rail’s North and East route principal programme sponsor, said: “The work we’re doing to reinstate the disused platform at Hartlepool railway station will enable more services to run in the future.
“The work was always planned for completion in late summer this year, and the programme remains on schedule for the platform and bridge to be completed in late summer and available for public use shortly thereafter.
“We know just how important this project is, and we’ll continue to work closely with Northern and industry partners on this scheme which will improve travel opportunities for passengers.”