Improved rail travel facilities unveiled at train station

The Advertiser Series: TRAVEL HUB:Councillor Neil Foster launches travel hub at Bishop Auckland Railway Station pictured front with Sarah Fay, of the Local Motion scheme. Picture:SARAH CALDECOTT TRAVEL HUB:Councillor Neil Foster launches travel hub at Bishop Auckland Railway Station pictured front with Sarah Fay, of the Local Motion scheme. Picture:SARAH CALDECOTT

A SCHEME to help to ease road congestion by encouraging more people to use the train has been launched at Bishop Auckland Railway Station.

The Durham County Council funded Travel Hub is part of an overall upgrade of the railway station and the Bishop Auckland line.

The new hub is designed to ease rail travel for passengers and it will feature a new modern waiting area and disabled toilet.

Staff from the station will also be on hand to provide general rail travel information. The council’s Local Motion team will have details on local rail, bus, walking and cycling routes too.

There will also be access to Visit County Durham information for passengers.

Councillor Neil Foster, the council’s cabinet member for economic regeneration, officially opened the hub today (Tuesday).

He said: “It will provide improved facilities and people will be able to access information and speak to staff who will be there.

“An added boost is the fact the Local Motion staff will at the station to try to encourage people to lead a healthier life.

“It will also help to improve the congestion on the roads which is something that we will need to manage in the future.”

The railway station is the terminus for the Tees Valley line and it provides services to nearby towns such as Darlington, Saltburn and Middlesbrough.

For more details about the scheme visit dothelocalmotion.co.uk

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4:18pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Bright And Cheerful says...

I realise that you cannot run a transport system at a loss(and services are being affected by the lack of subsidies)but like some of the bus services in area that serve Newton Aycliffe/Sedgefield/
Bishop Auckland, Darlington etc...often they can be too expensive to use often and they can be unavailable much after 6pm so are only accessible roughly Mon-Sat during the day and come Sunday the service is v limited. If that can be improved I am all for it.
I realise that you cannot run a transport system at a loss(and services are being affected by the lack of subsidies)but like some of the bus services in area that serve Newton Aycliffe/Sedgefield/ Bishop Auckland, Darlington etc...often they can be too expensive to use often and they can be unavailable much after 6pm so are only accessible roughly Mon-Sat during the day and come Sunday the service is v limited. If that can be improved I am all for it. Bright And Cheerful
  • Score: 3

11:59pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Voice-of-reality says...

So, I am going to be persuaded to abandon my car, wait for over an hour at most times of day for a train that is cold, join a service where one cannot purchase tea - but can share 'life' with a bunch of total strangers because.... there are a few new chairs, a disabled toilet and a group of underqualified people telling me how to live. Well with such bonuses to travel - how could one fail not to 'go by train'. Another half hearted, limp wristed non attempt by DCC to penalise car drivers. What next - a shop selling retro posters of Sir Jimmy encouraging people to 'let the train take the strain'?
So, I am going to be persuaded to abandon my car, wait for over an hour at most times of day for a train that is cold, join a service where one cannot purchase tea - but can share 'life' with a bunch of total strangers because.... there are a few new chairs, a disabled toilet and a group of underqualified people telling me how to live. Well with such bonuses to travel - how could one fail not to 'go by train'. Another half hearted, limp wristed non attempt by DCC to penalise car drivers. What next - a shop selling retro posters of Sir Jimmy encouraging people to 'let the train take the strain'? Voice-of-reality
  • Score: 2

4:10pm Thu 4 Sep 14

hippyjohn says...

what a pity that Bishop Auckland town centre is now at St Helens! It is too little and many years too late If only the trains served Weardale too! Escombe,Witton Park,Witton le Wear and all points east!
what a pity that Bishop Auckland town centre is now at St Helens! It is too little and many years too late If only the trains served Weardale too! Escombe,Witton Park,Witton le Wear and all points east! hippyjohn
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