Chester-le-Street railway station
|Local authority||County of Durham|
|Number of platforms||2|
|Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections|
from National Rail Enquiries
|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|Original company||North Eastern Railway|
|Pre-grouping||North Eastern Railway|
|Post-grouping||London and North Eastern Railway|
|1 December 1868||Station opened|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Chester-le-Street from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
|UK Railways portal|
Chester-le-Street railway station is on the East Coast Main Line in the United Kingdom, serving the town of Chester-le-Street, County Durham. It is 260 miles 32 chains (419.1 km) north of London King's Cross and on the main line it is situated between Durham to the south and Newcastle to the north. Its three-letter station code is CLS.
The Team Valley line of the North Eastern Railway, which connected Newton Hall Junction near Durham with Gateshead, was authorised in 1848 but not opened until 2 March 1868 (the powers having been renewed in 1862). At first only freight trains used the route, but passenger services began on 1 December 1868, and the station at Chester-le-Street opened the same day.
Mondays to Saturdays there is a mostly two-hourly TransPennine Express service from Chester-le-Street, northbound to Newcastle and southbound to Durham, Darlington, York, Leeds, Manchester Victoria and Liverpool Lime Street. Most services run to and from Liverpool since the May 2014 timetable change, though certain early morning trains come from Manchester Airport. On Sundays there is also a two-hourly service in each direction.
The station also has a very limited service provided by other operators - CrossCountry have a single service to Southampton Central calling in the evening peak, whilst Northern have three a.m northbound services to Newcastle calling on weekdays & two on Saturdays (from Middlesbrough and Saltburn) and one late night weekday southbound service to Darlington. The latter also runs on a Sunday, running through to Middlesbrough.
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
Tees Valley Line
Line open, station closed
|North Eastern Railway
East Coast Main Line
Line open, station closed
Operator and facilities
Chester-le-Track, an independent private limited company, operates the station as an agent for the local franchised train operating company, which, as of 2017, is Northern. Chester-le-Track began operating the station in 1999, Chester-le-Street having lost its part-time staff some 10 years previously. However, Chester-le-Track ceased trading on 31 March 2018.
The ticket office is staffed six days per week, between 07:30 and 18:00 on weekdays and 07:30 and 13:00 on Saturdays (closed evenings and Sundays). At other times tickets must be bought on the train or prior to travel. There are toilets and a waiting room in the main building, along with standard shelters on each platform. Vending machines are also available for the purchase of snacks and cold drinks. However, some of these station services may be unavailable following the closure of operator Chester-le-Track on 31 March 2018. Train running information is offered via timetable posters and telephone. Step-free access is available to both platforms.
- "National Rail Train Ticket booking hosted by Chester-le-track - Rail Ticket Booking provided by the Trainline and Raileasy". www.chester-le-track.co.uk.
- Allen, Cecil J. (1974) . The North Eastern Railway. Shepperton: Ian Allan. pp. 137, 141. ISBN 0-7110-0495-1.
- Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 60. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508.
- GB National Rail Timetable May - December 2016, Tables 26 & 39 (Network Rail)
- "About Us". Chester-le-Track. Retrieved 2008-04-15.
- Chester-le-Street station facilities National Rail Enquiries; Retrieved 7 February 2017