Chester-le-Street railway station

Chester-le-Street railway station
Chester-le-Street National Rail
Place Chester-le-Street
Local authority Durham
Coordinates 54°51′18″N 1°34′41″W / 54.855°N 1.578°W / 54.855; -1.578Coordinates: 54°51′18″N 1°34′41″W / 54.855°N 1.578°W / 54.855; -1.578
Grid reference NZ271512
Station code CLS
Managed by Northern Rail
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage
2004/05 *   126,033
2005/06 * increase 151,486
2006/07 * increase 160,799
2007/08 * increase 192,521
2008/09 * decrease 186,930
2009/10 * increase 197,398
Original company North Eastern Railway
Pre-grouping North Eastern Railway
Post-grouping London and North Eastern Railway
1 December 1868 Station opened
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* Annual passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Chester-le-Street from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Please note: methodology may vary year on year.
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Chester-le-Street railway station serves the town of Chester-le-Street in County Durham, England. The station is on the East Coast Main Line 8 miles (13 km) south of Newcastle upon Tyne. It is mentioned in the song "Slow Train" by Flanders and Swann.



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,[1] and the station at Chester-le-Street opened the same day.[2]


Mondays to Saturdays there is a mostly 2 hourly First TransPennine Express service from Chester-le-Street, northbound to Newcastle and southbound to Durham and beyond to Machester and Manchester Airport except the first southbound service at 0621 which extends to Liverpool Lime Street. There are a few limited Northern Rail services. Monday to Friday mornings 3 northbound and late nights 1 southbound, and a single southbound CrossCountry service on weekdays and Saturdays. On Sundays there are 4 northbound and southbound Transpennine services. The late night Northern Rail southbound service also runs on Sundays.

Other CrossCountry services as well as all East Coast services pass through the station but do not stop.

Preceding station   National Rail National Rail   Following station
First TransPennine Express
Northern Rail


Chester-le-Track, an independent private limited company, operates the station as an agent for the local franchised train operating company, which, as of 2011, is Northern Rail.[3] Chester-le-Track began operating the station in 1999, Chester-le-Street having lost its part-time staff some 10 years previously.


  1. ^ Allen, Cecil J. (1974) [1964]. The North Eastern Railway. Shepperton: Ian Allan. pp. 137, 141. ISBN 0 7110 0495 1. 
  2. ^ Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 60. ISBN 1 85260 508 1. R508. 
  3. ^ "About Us". Chester-le-Track. Retrieved 2008-04-15. 

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