Northern Franchise Bid – ‘Wish List’
Listed below (in no order of importance) are the hopes and aspirations for the Saltburn
Line and it’s services following the award of the ‘Northern Trains’ franchise.
A return to a clock face, all-stations, regular service (preferably 2 per hour)
supplemented by a 2-hourly (at least) semi-fast through service to/from Newcastle
and/or Gateshead Metro Centre.
The reintroduction of early morning/late evening between Saltburn and Darlington
which will benefit local travellers and permit better connections (earlier start/later
return) into and out of long-distance services at Darlington.
Through trains to/from the Durham Coast line.
(an ideal scenario would be, for example –
Hour 1 xx15 All stations to Darlington (or Bishop Auckland)
Hour 1 xx45 Semi-fast to Newcastle via Darlington or Ferryhill
Hour 2 xx15 All stations to Darlington (or Bishop Auckland)
Hour 2 xx45 Semi-fast to Newcastle via Durham Coast
Semi-fast services could go from Saltburn – Newcastle via the Coast and return via
the main line and vice versa).
The provision of adequate parking facilities for both cars and bicycles (there is
no sign of the promised secure cycle facilities yet), accompanied by CCTV cameras
at major points (Saltburn, Redcar Central, Middlesbrough, Thornaby and Yarm
(not strictly one of ‘our’ stations) AT LEAST). This would encourage ‘Park &
Ride’ and ‘Kiss & Ride’ use of the trains.+++ since provided by local
Although an extension of (at least, some) TransPennine Express services to/from
Saltburn is our ultimate aspiration, in this regard a minimum would be the provision
of ‘good’ connections (max. 15 mins) into and out of TPE services at Middlesbrough.
The provision of CCTV security cameras at ALL stations accompanied by well-
lit ‘help points’ and an interactive information system.
All unstaffed stations should be provided with heated shelters (controlled from
time-delay switches as at Northallerton and Thirsk (down platform) fitted with
time switch controlled door locks (again as at Northallerton). These locks coupled
with CCTV cameras should ensure the shelters are not ‘lived in’.
Full through ticketing facilities for ALL travellers either on train and at ticket
An increased staff presence (to be achieved in connection with the community (eg
Platform partnerships) or by co-operation with operators of other transport modes
and local authorities (eg Integrated Transport interchanges).