"A Voice for Durham Coast Rail Users"

Monthly Archives: October 2017

Grand Central

Throughout November there are changes to train times at weekends due to engineering work closing the East Coast Main Line at Grantham. Trains are diverted via Lincoln extending the journey time by about one hour. Some afternoon/evening trains are cancelled or run earlier and most trains leave Kings Cross around one hour earlier than normal. Check times before yon travel.

On  Saturdays 9th & 16th December an additional train will run from Sunderland to York for the Christmas markets as follows

Sunderland      0911

Hartlepool       0935

Eaglescliffe     0955

Northallerton  1027

Thirsk              1036

York arr           1100

Passengers for York are encouraged to travel on this service which is expeced to be less crowded than the preceding Kings Cross train


TransPennine Express 

Until 9th December TPE have introduced a revised ‘leaf-fall’ timetable on the North TransPennine route. This gives better connections at Thornaby from the Coastline into TPE southbound York/Leeds/Manchester services on Monday to Friday mornings.



Northern will be introducing an improved Sunday timetable on the Coastline from 10th December, more closely replicating the weekday timetable with hourly services  between Metro Centre and Nunthorpe starting earlier than at present and with three through trains to Whitby

Unfortunately the meeting on 19th October had to be postponed due circumstances outside our control. The rearranged meeting with Graham Meiklejohn will now take place on Wednesday morning 1st November at 1000am in the Scarborough Street Business Centre. See previous post  for more details.

The next Open Meeting of the Coastliners Rail User Group will take place on Thursday 19 October 2017 at 10.00am in the Boardroom of The Business Centre, 9-13 Scarborough Street, Hartlepool. Please take note of the change from the norm for both the time of the meeting (in the morning) and different venue, which is still only two minutes walk from the railway station. 

Our Guest Speaker will be Mr Graham Meiklejohn, Regional Development Manager, TransPennine Express.  TPE is very important to many Durham Coast rail users because they change onto TPE services at such as Thornaby and York.  Even if you don’t use TPE services, it is always interesting to learn about railway matters as they affect our region. 

Everyone welcome