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17.09.14

Plans to build long-awaited Horden station ‘progressing’

Plans to build a new station in East Durham are ‘progressing’ and it could be operational by as soon as spring 2016, officials at Durham County Council (DCC) say.

Work on the long-awaited station at Horden could start next year, with the council aiming to start the planning process by the end of this year.

Back in 2012, a demand study commissioned by DCC revealed that the proposed station was economically viable and that the scheme “should be progressed with rail industry stakeholders accordingly”.

It has been a long aspiration of DCC to build an additional station on the Durham Coast Line between Seaham and Hartlepool to serve the communities of Peterlee, Horden and their outlying villages. And, in 2010, a study led to the identification of a preferred site for the station adjacent to the Seaview Industrial Estate in Horden.

Adrian White, the DCC’s head of transport and contract services, told the Hartlepool Mail: “We are currently working with Network Rail on the business case, proposed design and operation of the new Peterlee (Horden) Railway Station. We aim to begin the planning process before the end of 2014 with a view to starting work in 2015 and with the station opening in spring 2016.

“By providing much easier travel to Newcastle, Sunderland and Middlesbrough, the station will help the 61,000 residents in the surrounding area access jobs and opportunities across the region.”

Network Rail has confirmed it is working with the council on the project, but is at an early stage of feasibility.

In a report published earlier this year it was stated that the proposed scheme involves the construction of a new two platform station on the Durham Coast Line between Hartlepool and Sunderland, which would be served by the existing hourly Northern Franchise service.

It was stated in the original 2012 report, that the expected outcome is that “in the region of 40,129 annual return trios could be made from the new station”. 

Cllr Paul Stradling, who represents Horden, added that discussions with Northern Rail are progressing satisfactorily. “The key thing now is timetables arranged so that there will be ample room for stoppage at Horden,” he added.

(Image is of the former Horden station site. Source: http://build.tripod.lycos.com/albums/v203/hordenlife/Railway/?action=view&current=Rail1.jpg)

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Ali Ov Horden   22/10/2014 at 19:08

Its Horden station, there'll be uproar if they call it Peterlee. Proud village with a proud history, including it's own station in years gone by. Horden station serving the Peterlee area, but not Peterlee station or Peterlee (Horden). It makes a massive difference if you are from round here.

Mrs Mcgregor   03/12/2014 at 18:26

I fully agree that the station should be Horden serving peterlee as it adds insult to injury to all the people of Horden we had a staion long before Peterlee was built and if its good enough for our Queen then please leave it as Horden

Mick Of Horden By The Sea   08/07/2015 at 12:02

what is happening with the supposed rail station in horden, its all gone quite, theres no info away about it?? isnt it supposed to open in 2016??

RTM   14/07/2015 at 09:13

Hi Mick, this is what transport minister Andrew Jones MP said last month: "The construction of a new station at Horden is being promoted by Durham County Council and funded from the North East Local Enterprise Partnership Growth Deal. To date, no approval has been sought from the Secretary of State for its opening. The Department would expect the sponsors to work with the future Northern franchisee to develop a deliverable plan."

Geoff Kerr   31/01/2016 at 10:37

It's certainly "long-awaited" as it was being discussed when I worked for Durham County Council in the 1970s.

Mick Of Horden By The Sea   17/02/2016 at 10:07

does any body no if there is any movement with the rail station??

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