Guidance

Bishop community rail line

Community rail line service between Darlington and Bishop Auckland.

Documents

Bishop Line: prospectus

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Bishop Line: map

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Details

The Bishop Line, formerly the Heritage Line, runs from Darlington Bank Top to Bishop Auckland in the north east of England. The line continues, as a privately owned railway, towards Eastgate where planning permission has been granted for an ‘eco-village’.

Bishop Line

Route data

Region North east
Locale County Durham
Stations 6
Length 11 miles
Journey time About 26 minutes — one way
Route type Rural
Designation Service
Pilot project No
Designation date 13 January 2011
Partnership Bishop Line Community Rail Partnership
Operator(s) Northern

The Bishop Line serves the following stations:

  • Bishop Auckland
  • Shildon
  • Newton Aycliffe
  • Heighington
  • North Road
  • Darlington (Bank Top)

Community rail designation

The Bishop Line was designated as a community rail service by the Department for Transport in January 2011. The designation covers the passenger rail service between Darlington (Bank Top) and Bishop Auckland. Apart from Darlington Bank Top, all stations listed have designated status.

Network Rail strategic route plan

The Bishop Line has been identified as a rural route within Network Rail’s east coast and north east (G) strategic route plan.

The Bishop Line Community Rail Partnership

The Bishop Line is supported by the Bishop Line Community Rail Partnership which was formed in 2003.

The line has been supported by the local authorities since 1974 working with the rail industry and community groups. The construction of Newton Aycliffe station was funded by Durham County Council in 1978 to serve a growing new town.

Published 1 January 2011