Railway station set to unveil improved facilities

The Advertiser Series: NEW FACILITY: Improvements will be unveiled at Bishop Auckland railway station next week NEW FACILITY: Improvements will be unveiled at Bishop Auckland railway station next week

A NEW travel hub aimed at encouraging more people to take the train and cut congestion will be unveiled next week.

The facility, which has been funded by Durham County Council, is part of an upgrade to Bishop Auckland railway station.

It will feature a new waiting area and disabled toilet

Staff from Bishop Trains will also be on hand to provide general rail information and there will be displays for visitors with leaflets featuring rail, bus, walking and cycling routes in the local area.

Officer’s from Durham County Council’s Local Motion scheme, which aims to make it easier to walk, cycle and take public transport in the south of the county, will also be based there.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place on Tuesday between 10.30am and noon to mark the official opening of the hub.

Councillor Neil Foster, cabinet member for economic regeneration at Durham County Council, said: “The new travel hub will not only improve facilities at Bishop Auckland railway station but complement our Local Motion scheme, which is proving successful in encouraging more people to leave their cars at home and explore other, more environmentally-friendly travel options.”

For more details about Local Motion visit dothelocalmotion.co.uk

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10:22pm Wed 27 Aug 14

pilchrat says...

What would encourage me to get the Bishop Auckland train more would be if there were just one or two extra trains at peak times; the connections to mainline services often miss each other entirely. For example, I can commute to work just fine on the half sevenish train; arriving at work around 8.30 which is spot on. The mainline connection on a morning is spot on, just a ten minute wait. However getting home again, the tea time trains that arrive in Darlington (for me at least) arrive something like 2 minutes after the Bishop train departs from Darlington; the next isn't for about an hour. Or I have to finish work at about 3pm to get a suitable connection. Quite a long wait in the depths of winter and equally when I can drive home in 40 minutes vs a long platform wait it's just not viable.

I realise not everything will connect brilliantly; but Bishop should have it's own train bobbing between Bishop and Darlington three or four times at morning rush hour, then same again at evening, rush hour.

If you look at the Bishop train leaving at half sevenish, it's usually rammed, so much so half the people on it who get off again at Shildon or Aycliffe get to fare dodge without paying as the one conductor just can't get through everyone in the short stopping distance.

Northern have no intention of running extra trains; so unfortunately it can have the best waiting room in the world, but for me, it's not a viable commuting option which is sad, as I'd love to use it.

Can LocalMotion do anything about laying on one or two more rush hour trains during the week? Probably not.
What would encourage me to get the Bishop Auckland train more would be if there were just one or two extra trains at peak times; the connections to mainline services often miss each other entirely. For example, I can commute to work just fine on the half sevenish train; arriving at work around 8.30 which is spot on. The mainline connection on a morning is spot on, just a ten minute wait. However getting home again, the tea time trains that arrive in Darlington (for me at least) arrive something like 2 minutes after the Bishop train departs from Darlington; the next isn't for about an hour. Or I have to finish work at about 3pm to get a suitable connection. Quite a long wait in the depths of winter and equally when I can drive home in 40 minutes vs a long platform wait it's just not viable. I realise not everything will connect brilliantly; but Bishop should have it's own train bobbing between Bishop and Darlington three or four times at morning rush hour, then same again at evening, rush hour. If you look at the Bishop train leaving at half sevenish, it's usually rammed, so much so half the people on it who get off again at Shildon or Aycliffe get to fare dodge without paying as the one conductor just can't get through everyone in the short stopping distance. Northern have no intention of running extra trains; so unfortunately it can have the best waiting room in the world, but for me, it's not a viable commuting option which is sad, as I'd love to use it. Can LocalMotion do anything about laying on one or two more rush hour trains during the week? Probably not. pilchrat
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