Rail buffs to highlight Teesside Airport ‘ghost station’
Oct 14 2009 The Journal
THEY call it the ghost station – with every justification.
Just one train a week in each direction stops at Teesside Airport railway station on the Darlington to Middlesbrough line.
Not surprisingly the tiny halt is one of the 10 least used stations on the entire National Rail network. Passenger figures show it is used just 52 times a year.
Now a group of North East rail enthusiasts aim to double that figure in just one day.
On Saturday October 24 they intend to leave Chester-le-Street station in County Durham at 0921, change at Darlington and catch the 1020 for the eight-minute ride to Teesside Airport.
Alex Nelson , the man behind the odyssey, said the excursion is not as pointless as it may sound.
“We want to draw attention to this rail halt which is still called Teesside Airport even though the airport is now called Durham Tees Valley and has been for the past four years.
“At the moment one train stops in each direction only on a Saturday. The halt is poorly positioned a good 15-minute walk from the airport terminal.
“By drawing attention to this station we hope to persuade the rail authorities to move its position maybe 500 metres nearer to the terminal.
“They haven’t closed the station because it is incredibly difficult to do so – you have to go through all manner of consultations and government acts, Instead they run the minimal service which is no use to anybody. We say that if a station is going to be there it may as well be of some use to the public.”
Mr Nelson said he hoped at least 50 people would use the extra train. The return journey is at 1341 from Teesside Airport, changing at Darlington to arrive back in Chester-le-Street at 1441.