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UPGRADE WORKS: Middlesbrough train station weekend closure

UPGRADE WORKS: Middlesbrough train station weekend closure

Middlesbrough Station, Image: Network Rail

There will be no trains to or from Middlesbrough station this weekend due to major upgrade works.

A bus replacement service will be in place between Saturday, November 13, and Monday, November 15.

As part of the work carried out by National Rail, around six miles of signalling equipment will be renewed and the control of signals will be transferred from traditional signal boxes to York’s Rail Operating Centre.

This is part of a £45m project, which will see two signal boxes – one just outside of Middlesbrough Station and one near Middlesbrough Dock – demolished.

The last major work to be carried out on these signal boxes was more than 40 years ago.

Bus replacement services will also be in place between Middlesbrough and Whitby on Saturday, November 27, and Sunday, November 28.

Chris Gee, Operations Director for Network Rail’s North and East Route, said: “While signal boxes and lever frames are iconic reminders of our railway heritage, we need to invest in modern techniques to improve reliability for passengers and create a railway fit for the future.

“This work has been planned carefully to avoid any unnecessary disruption whilst still allowing our teams to work safely on site. I’m pleased that we’ve been able to work closely with Northern and TransPennine Express to keep passengers moving as we complete this essential work.”

Kerry Peters, Regional Director at Northern said: “The upgrades being carried out by Network Rail will provide our customers with an even more reliable railway.”

“We are sorry for any disruption during the improvement work and our customers can be assured that both Northern and Network Rail will do everything possible to keep it to a minimum. Bus replacement services will be available for our customers.”

Ahead of the Government Spending Review, it was revealed that the Tees Valley would receive £310m for transport schemes including upgrading Middlesbrough and Darlington stations.

The first direct train services between London and Middlesbrough are set to start next month.

From December 13 there will be a daily weekday service with trains departing Middlesbrough at 7.08am and Thornaby at 7.15am, which will arrive into Kings Cross at 10.22am.

The northbound service back to Middlesbrough will leave London at 3.25pm and arrive in Thornaby at 6.08pm and Middlesbrough at 6.18pm.

More regular services are planned for the future once further work is completed at Middlesbrough Station, but details are yet to be revealed.

Saturday, November 13 and Sunday, November 14

Buses will replace trains between:

  • Sunderland and Middlesbrough
  • Darlington and Saltburn
  • Middlesbrough and Whitby
  • TransPennine Express services to Redcar will start and terminate at Darlington
  • Northallerton to Redcar

Monday, November 15

Buses will replace trains between:

  • Hartlepool and Middlesbrough
  • Darlington and Saltburn
  • Middlesbrough and Whitby
  • TransPennine Express services to Redcar will start and terminate at Darlington
  • Northallerton to Redcar

Saturday, November 27 and Sunday, November 28

Buses will replace trains between:

  • Middlesbrough and Whitby
  • TransPennine Express services to Redcar will start and terminate at Darlington
  • Northallerton to Redcar

 

Words: Emily Craigie, Local Democracy Reporter


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