NEW STATION AT FERRYHILL
Latest News (April 2020): Paul Howell, the recently elected Conservative MP for Sedgefield, asked to meet with the North East Branch of RailFuture. He was particularly in interested to get our views on the Government’s willingness to consider some reopening of rail lines originally closed under the 1963 Beeching Plan including the Leamside route from Ferryhill to Pelaw. Paul was particularly interested in flagging up the need for a new station at Ferryhill saying that a surprising number of local constituents had mentioned the need for this to him. Our representatives, Keith Simpson and Tony Walker, rehearsed some of the reasons in support of the project, such as the fairly large catchment area a new station would serve, plus the fact that it would greatly aid people wanting to travel north not only from Ferryhill itself, but from the likes of Spennymoor and Bishop Auckland. And if Northern did eventually deliver on the original franchise promise to deliver a new ‘connect’ service between Middlesbrough, Newcastle and Carlisle, and that service was routed via Stillington, then the business case for Ferryhill station would be further enhanced.
Ferryhill Station: The campaign seeks the construction of a new station at the point where the Middelham road bridge crosses all 4 current lines, as well as the line to the lime works. A northbound mainline platform will be required, an island platform with two faces will serve the southbound mainline and the northbound Leamside line, finally a third platform will service the southbound Leamside line.
Existing pointwork to the south of our proposed new station site already allows a connection between the ECML and the Leamside lines, albeit with a speed restriction.
The new station could be served by the existing TransPennine Express services to and from Manchester Airport. This service could also provide local connections to and from Durham, Newcastle and Darlington. Options could also exist in the longer term to provide a new local service from Darlington to Newcastle and the North via the ECML, or the Leamside Line, and the new Tees – Tyne passenger service via the Stillington freight line.
Ferryhill’s population is 11,656 with 45,000 living within a 4-mile radius at locations such as Middlestone Moor, Kirk Merrington, Tudhoe, Chilton, Cornforth, Bishop Middleham, Mainsforth, Spennymoor and Sedgefield (population figures from 2011 census). These areas would benefit from significant economic regeneration through the new station.
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