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Proposal for a new railway station at Horden

We want to share more detail of how we have progressed with the development of the new rail station for Horden.

We will be holding an engagement event on Tuesday 6 March 2018 at Horden Social Welfare Centre between 3.00pm and 7.30pm. You can find out about outline designs, planned train services, access and the facilities that will be available at the new station.

Where are we?

We consulted with you in October 2016 to gauge interest on the . We had a fantastic response and feedback was very positive with a total of 1,397 respondents, 98.6% stating they would use the station.

We have continued to work closely with Network Rail to develop a robust business case that proves the viability of the station, undertaken ground investigations, assessed operational requirements and started to plan improved access requirements for the station. We are now entering GRIP (Guide to Rail Investment Process) 5, detailed design. This involves finalising the design for the station, with full costs and timescales.  

We now wish to share our progress, the latest plans and initial designs for the station.


Since the consultation, we have a confirmed location of South East View.  

Proposal for a new railway station at Horden - map

Map source: Esri, DigitalGlobe, GeoEye, Earthstar Geographics, CNES/Airbus DS, USDA, USGS, AEX, Getmapping, Aerogrid, IGN, IGP, swisstopo, and the GIS User Community


In July 2017 we were awarded £4.4million for the project by the Department for Transport's New Stations Fund. The full funding package is £10.55million, with the national Local Growth Fund and the council providing the remaining funding. We will continue to work with Network Rail to align development programmes and finalise costings. 

Development Programme

We are continuing to work with Network Rail to align development programmes and plan to finalise detailed design of GRIP (Guide to Rail Investment Process) in 2018 with the station opening in spring 2020. The current timetable for development is outlined below:

Development StageTimescales
Planning applicationJuly 2018
Planning decisionOctober 2018
Start car park and highways worksOctober/November 2018
Start rail infrastructure worksApril 2019
Start rail infrastructure worksApril 2019
Complete all worksApril 2020


Outline Designs

The specification of the station, building on some concerns about security and following national guidelines, will be secured by design with two unstaffed platforms suitable for existing trains. There will be: 

  • platforms with waiting shelters, benches, lighting, help points and CCTV
  • uncovered steel footbridge with stairs and ramps 
  • car park with at least 150 spaces with associated taxi, drop off and bus route access 
  • new access road, footways and cycleways 

The aerial design of the station, 3D sketches, 3D modelling and car park layout are outlined below:

The initial proposed lighting remits for the station are outlined below:

Enabling access to the Rail Station

The station will service over 39,000 residents within a 5km catchment of the station and the business case has estimated that 71,000 passenger journeys a year will take place at Horden Rail Station by 2024. We are working with the train operator, Northern, to confirm the final timetable. It is anticipated that there will be an hourly service in each direction, in line with existing services. 

It is important that the highway network is appropriate to encourage ease of use and access to the new rail station. As part of the development of the station we are looking to enhance existing footpaths, cycleways and bus services. The initial plan proposals are outlined below.

Have your say

To find out more about this update or to give your comments, please come along to our engagement event on Tuesday 6 March 2018 at Horden Social Welfare Centre between 3.00pm and 7.30pm or send us an email to by Monday 26 March 2018.


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