The Anonymous Widower

First Phase Of ‘Transformational’ Darlington Rail Station Upgrade Approved

The title of this post is the same as that of this article on the North East Times.

This upgrade is on the Eastern side of the current station and will include a new entrance, station building, concourse and three new platforms.

This design should allow the following.

  • LNER, High Speed Two and other expresses not stopping at the Darlington station to pass through at speeds of up to 125 mph or more.
  • Expresses stopping in the station will slow and accelerate in less time than they do now.
  • It will probably allow more local trains to Bishops Auckland, Middlesbrough and Saltburn

A seventy-five percent increase in platforms probably offers other advantages.

October 2, 2021 - Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , , , ,


  1. Station usage doesn’t justify this sort of expenditure but its more about protecting capacity on the route I suspect and if so a bit surprising the east coast capacity upgrade didn’t have it in the programme already. Also the now aborted May 22 timetable was proposing a reduction in calls as well to 1 tph so perhaps they will keep their two call after all.

    Comment by Nicholas Lewis | October 2, 2021 | Reply

  2. If you look at the track layout, I think all the tracks are there for the new platform, so building this half-station may be an easy job. But it could allow the current service to be effectively kept and lots of local services added.

    Darlington might also become the terminal of a Leamside Line service from Newcastle that went via Thornaby, to perhaps create a new local service and relieve the ECML.

    Comment by AnonW | October 2, 2021 | Reply

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