Horden railway station

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Horden
Durham Coast Line, site of Horden railway station 2. 17 07 2017.jpg
Site of Horden station in July 2017.
Location
Place Horden
Area County Durham
Coordinates 54°45′39″N 1°18′13″W / 54.7608°N 1.3035°W / 54.7608; -1.3035Coordinates: 54°45′39″N 1°18′13″W / 54.7608°N 1.3035°W / 54.7608; -1.3035
Operations
Original company North Eastern Railway
Pre-grouping North Eastern Railway
Post-grouping LNER
British Rail (North Eastern)
Platforms 2
History
1 April 1905 Opened
4 May 1964 Closed
March 2020 Proposed reopening
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
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Horden railway station is a former railway station, scheduled for reopening, located in Horden in County Durham, North east England. The station original station was located on the Durham Coast Line and was situated between the stations at Blackhall Colliery and Easington. The planned Horden Peterlee railway station is located to the north of the old station site,[1] and has been awarded Department for Transport funding for a proposed opening in March 2020.[2]

History

The original station was opened by the North Eastern Railway as stop on their new coastal line between the former Londonderry, Seaham and Sunderland Railway at Seaham and the former Hartlepool Dock and Railway at Hart when that line was opened to passenger traffic on 1 April 1905.[3] This line was built, primarily, to avoid the steep gradients of the inland route at Ryhope Bank and Hesleden[4] but also provided access to the newly developed collieries along the Durham Coast.[5] A 6-inch Ordnance Survey map from 1922 shows the station, along with a station hotel, located at what was then the southern end of the new settlement built to house workers from Horden Colliery.[6]

The new town of Peterlee was established in 1948[7] and is located a short distance to the west of Horden. Horden was therefore the closest station to the town for the first few years of its existence though the distance between the centre of Peterlee and the station meant that traffic was primarily from the village itself and thus the station, along with others on the Durham Coast Line, was recommended for closure as part of the Beeching Axe. This occurred on 4 May 1964[8] when all stopping services on the line between Sunderland and Hartlepool were withdrawn. Passenger services continue to pass through the site of the station but run non-stop between Seaham and Hartlepool.[9]

Reopening

It has been a long held ambition of Durham County Council to reopen a station on the Durham Coast Line between Seaham and Hartlepool to serve the communities of the south east of the county. The council investigated seven potential sites in the area but it was initially decided that a site adjacent to the Sea View Industrial Estate in Horden was the most suitable location for the new station.[10] The site was 0.75 miles (1.21 km) to the north of the original station. It was identified that one of the key benefits of reopening Horden station rather than any of the other closed stations on the line was its close proximity to Peterlee which has grown significantly since 1964 and thus, if constructed, a new station in Horden could allow 61,000 residents to benefit from improved access to employment opportunities across the region.[11] The County Council had applied for funding from the first round of the Department for Transport New Stations Fund in 2013 but were unsuccessful at that stage.[12][11]

In September 2016, Durham County Council announced that a new preferred site had been identified at South East View, a site closer to that of the original station than the previous suggestion, and a public consultation was launched[13] to gauge potential usage of a reopened station. [1] In July 2017 it was announced that the station would be built with a contribution of £4.4 million in funding from the second round of the New Stations Fund,[14] with the remainder of the scheme's £10.5 million cost being covered by funding which has already been provided by Durham County Council and the North East Combined Authority.[15] The station is expected to be open by March 2020,[14] at which point it will be served by more than 20 trains per day.[15] The station will have 2 platforms with waiting shelters, benches, lighting, help points and CCTV. The platforms will be linked by a covered footbridge and the station would have a car park with space for up to 100 cars as well as facilities for drop-off, taxis and bus services.[16]

References

  1. ^ a b "Proposal for a new railway station at Horden". Durham County Council. Retrieved 1 August 2017. 
  2. ^ "Planned Horden station gets Government funding". ITV. Retrieved 1 August 2017. 
  3. ^ Body, Geoffrey (1989). PSL Field Guides - Railways of the Eastern Region Volume 2. Patrick Stephens Limited. pp. 66, 85 &150. ISBN 1852600721. 
  4. ^ Hill, Norman (2001). Teesside Railways A View From The Past. Ian Allen Publishing Ltd. p. 48. ISBN 0711028036. 
  5. ^ "blackhall_history_1_7" (PDF). Retrieved 14 July 2017. 
  6. ^ "horden_history" (PDF). Retrieved 14 July 2017. 
  7. ^ "Peterlee history". Retrieved 14 July 2017. 
  8. ^ Waller, Paul (2013). Rail Atlas The Beeching Era. Ian Allan Publishing ltd. pp. 67 & 104. ISBN 9780711035492. 
  9. ^ "Route 02 - Nunthorpe and Middlesbrough to Newcastle and Metrocentre" (PDF). Retrieved 14 July 2017. 
  10. ^ "New Peterlee rail station is still right on track - The Journal". Retrieved 30 January 2016. 
  11. ^ a b "Plans to build long-awaited Horden station 'progressing' - Rail Technology Magazine". Retrieved 30 January 2016. 
  12. ^ "New Stations Fund - Proposed Railway Schemes". Retrieved 14 July 2017. 
  13. ^ "Plans for new railway station in Horden remain on track (From The Northern Echo)". The Northern Echo. Retrieved 1 August 2017. 
  14. ^ a b DfT https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-station-boost-for-passengers-thanks-to-16-million-government-investment
  15. ^ a b "East Durham to get new railway station after £4.4 million Government funding announcement - Sunderland Echo". Sunderland Echo. Retrieved 29 July 2017. 
  16. ^ "Proposal for a new railway station at Horden - Durham". Durham. Retrieved 14 July 2017. 

External links

Preceding station National Rail Historical railways Following station
Blackhall Colliery
Line open, station closed
  London and North Eastern Railway
Durham Coast Line
  Easington
Line open, station closed


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