Proposal for a new railway station at Horden
We were looking for your views on a proposal to build a new railway station at Horden to improve local travel links, job and economic prospects in the East Durham area.
We have been working with partners to consider the opportunity of a new railway station in the East Durham area. The aim would be to improve access to jobs, services and retail/leisure facilities within nearby towns and cities.
We have identified a potential site and we sought your views on the proposed location and whether you'd use the new station.. This will help inform our decision on its viability.
What you told us
The closing date to submit your views was Thursday 20th October 2016. We have received over 1200 responses to help us understand the demand for a potential new rail station at Horden. The data has now been analysed and results can be viewed at.
We also received positive responses on social media, through direct emails and queries. This positive feedback has been used to support the business case development and supplement funding bids.
A number of places were considered within East Durham, but Horden has been chosen for the following reasons:
- It's central on the existing rail line, between stations at Hartlepool and Seaham.
- It's near the main residential centre of Peterlee, and would serve Horden, Peterlee, Shotton Colliery, Easington Colliery, Easington Village and Blackhall Colliery.
- Based on the population size of the area, it is estimated that it could generate over 60,000 trips a year from and to the rail station.
A range of sites in Horden have been assessed and we have been working with Network Rail and other key transport stakeholders to identify a preferred viable site.
The preferred site at South East View was chosen based on its suitability and how accessible it is.
Benefits of this site
- level ground and large open site
- space for a large car park to be located next to the station
- potential opportunity to extend bus service into the station
- good road access into the station
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Proposed facilities at the station
It is proposed that the station would be unstaffed with two platforms suitable for existing trains. There would be:
- no buildings - but the platforms would have waiting shelters, benches, lighting columns, help points and CCTV
- an uncovered steel footbridge with stairs and ramps
- a car park for up to 100 cars with associated taxi, drop off and bus route
- new access roads and footways from nearby roads
The entire station and site would be Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) compliant.
What happens next?
We have used the feedback from talking to local people, the drop in session and online surveys to support bids for funding and as part of the project development process.
As we have identified a preferred location for the station we have initial costings and have secured some potential funding for the project, however the project has to follow the standard process for developing a new rail station as set by Network Rail.
We will continue to work with Network Rail and follow their Guide to Rail Investment Process (GRIP) 8 stage process. The GRIP stages are outlined below:
- Output definition - What is the scope of the project in this case a new station to serve the East Durham population?
- Feasibility - is it viable, deliverable, affordable, strategic, timely, plausible and beneficial?
- Option - select which of the options for type and location works best
- Single option development - work up the preferred options feasibility
- Detailed design - develop full costs and timescales for delivering the project
- Construction, test and commission - build it, make it operational
- Scheme handback - Hand over to operator
- Project closeout.
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What stage in the process are we?
We are pleased to confirm that the Department for Transport has awarded the scheme £4.4million from its New Stations Fund to help pay for a new train station in Horden. This has provided the final funding required for the scheme which will cost £10.55million. The rest of the funding is being put forward from us and the North East Combined Authority as part of the national Local Growth Fund.
We're continuing to work with Network Rail and partners to develop the chosen option and designs for the station (GRIP stages 3 and 4). Once GRIP stage 4 and more detailed design is completed we will have more information to share with key stakeholders.
Progress with this project will be posted on these webpages. For further information or queries please contact us.