The Anonymous Widower

James Cook Station – The Reinvention Of The Halt

Simple stations or halts, were once very common on UK railways. These pictures show James Cook station in Middlesbrough, which is a new small station, that opened in May 2014.

As the trains stopping at the station have conductors to sell tickets, there is no ticket machine, but there is a smart shelter, a help point, a destination board, a step-free bridge and ramps to the single platform.

James Cook station is the first construction in the possible creation of a Tees Valley Metro, which may see other new stations created or old ones reopened.

Surely, some of the ideas used in the design of the single platform James Cook station could be used at several places on the Tees Valley Metro and the wider UK rail network.

Incidentally, is there another station named solely after a person?

March 14, 2015 - Posted by | Transport | , ,

6 Comments »

  1. […] James Cook station is the first project that could be thought of as part of the proposal to create a Tees Valley Metro, which is described in Wikipedia like this. […]

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  2. […] station. Most on the Borders Railway are simple bi-directional stations on a single line, just like James Cook station in […]

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  3. […] station is a small single-platform being built in Devon, perhaps using ideas borrowing from James Cook. Progress is summed up by this story in the Exeter Express and […]

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  4. […] happened is the opening in 2014 of James Cook University Hospital station, which I wrote about in James Cook Station – The Reinvention Of The Halt. The station certainly seems to be attracting a level of use, typical of a station of its […]

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  5. […] In James Cook Station – The Reinvention Of The Halt, I talked about the new James Cook station, that serves Middlesborough Hospital. This station had 23,000 passengers in 2014/15, as against the 30,000 average for these three Suffolk stations in the same year. […]

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  6. […] Single-platform stations are not that common in the UK, and the first new one of this type I saw was James Cook station, which I wrote about in James Cook Station – The Reinvention Of The Halt . […]

    Pingback by Will We Be Seeing More Railway Stations? « The Anonymous Widower | December 25, 2016 | Reply


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