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Durham railway station is the railway station for the city of Durhammarker on the East Coast Main Line. The station is managed by East Coast. Despite its small functional capacity the station is a principal stop on the East Coast Main Line and is called at by many intercity services travelling the route.

The travel time between Durham and London King's Crossmarker, south, is around three hours on a high-speed East Coast service.


Durham is a through station with two platforms and is located on a hill to the north of the city centre. To the south of the station, the railway line is elevated on a viaduct. After the 2006–2008 renovation, the booking hall is now located in the original stone station building.


Originally, Durham was served by three stations but none of these survive today. Only one of these was located in the city. This was built at Gilesgate and served a branch from the Leamside Line (then the main line from London to Newcastle). The other two were in nearby Shincliffemarker, one called Shincliffe Town which served a branch from Sunderlandmarker which was built in 1839, and the other (Shincliffe Bank Top) was opened in 1844. The Sunderland branch was later extended into Durham city at a station called Elvet in 1893, and Shincliffe Town declined in importance and eventually closed.

In 1857, the current Durham railway station and the viaduct immediately to the south were built, but it was not on the main line. It was built as a terminus to a branch from Bishop Aucklandmarker. However, in 1871 a new line was built from the existing main line at Tursdale to the new Durham station, then continued to Newcastle Centralmarker via Chester-le-Streetmarker. This soon became the main line. The Leamside line declined in importance, and closed along with the Gilesgate branch. Passenger services to Newcastle via the Leamside route ended in 1963, whilst those to Bishop Auckland and Sunderlandmarker via Penshawmarker were withdrawn on 4 May 1964.

The other stations in Durham and Shincliffe closed to passengers before the Beeching Axe, but many remained goods stations until the closures. Prior to the nationalisation of the railways, it was run by London and North Eastern Railway. The line was electrified in 1991. Today, the station is owned by Network Rail and managed by East Coast.

2006–2008 refurbishment

The station was refurbished between 2006 and 2008 by operator GNER and later National Express which included a new lounge, toilets, travel centre, glazed waiting area, lifts and shops. The entrance and booking hall were moved from the 'temporary' 1960s building into the original stone building following renovation and repairs. The renovations were completed in early 2008 and the newly renovated station won Best Medium Station and Overall Station of the Year at the 2008 National Rail Awards.


Northbound, First Transpennine Express and Northern Rail operate services to Newcastlemarker. Edinburgh Waverleymarker and stations further north and west such as Glasgow Centralmarker, Invernessmarker and Aberdeenmarker are served by East Coast and CrossCountry.

Southbound, East Coast, CrossCountry and TransPennine Express provide services to Yorkmarker with TransPennine services continuing hourly to Leedsmarker, Manchester Airportmarker and occasionally Liverpool Lime Streetmarker. CrossCountry services continue to Leeds, Sheffieldmarker, Birmingham New Streetmarker, Bristol Temple Meadsmarker and Plymouthmarker or Readingmarker. East Coast provides services to London Kings Crossmarker.


Image:Durham_viaduct.jpg|The Durham ViaductImage:DurhamStation.jpg|The northbound platform as seen from a trainImage:Trains 2 028.JPG|A HST departing for NewcastleImage:York Trip April 2008 007.JPG|A CrossCountry VoyagerImage:Trains 2 054.JPG|Coupled Voyager Trains at Durham



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