Eaglescliffe station is to be upgraded so that it is fully accessible and can accommodate future demands for passenger rail services and support housing and economic growth in the local area, including the Durham Lane Industrial Estate.
This will include a new fully accessible footbridge including lifts to the platforms and at all station entry points. This new bridge will replace the existing footbridge which links the east side to the platforms but in addition will create a new span to extend the bridge to the western side of the railway line to provide full accessibility to the station from both sides. The existing bridge and ramps will be removed. In addition, there will be various improvements to station buildings/waiting areas and other passenger facilities. Proposed enhancements on the west side include a new car park of approximately 120 spaces accessed from Durham Lane.
Meanwhile at Thirsk, a £5.4m scheme will also offer step-free access to every platform. The proposals include replacing the footbridge and installing new lifts.
And work on Hartlepool’s improvements to bring platform 3 back into use is expected to start next month with a tight schedule to be ready for the Tall Ships event in July next year. The first job will be to demolish what remains of the existing platform which will result in part closure of the station over the weekends of 17th/18th and 24th/25th September with rail replacement buses operating.
Work to make Billingham station more accessible is going ahead, as part of a programme to improve journeys for Northern passengers.
Diggers moved in earlier in the week to start building a base for rail workers to move the £3.59m plan forward.
A new and improved bridge will connect the station’s two platforms by Spring 2023, and step free access will be made possible using two two state-of-the-art lifts. It will be the biggest change to the station since 1966.
There will be no trains running on the Durham coast line on strike days, but Grand Central will be operating a reduced service between Eaglescliffe and Kings Cross for which details can be found here. There will also be some cancellations of early and late trains on adjacent days and these are also shown.