Guidance

Esk Valley community rail line

Community rail line service between Middlesbrough and Whitby through the North York Moors National Park.

Documents

Esk Valley Line: prospectus

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Esk Valley Line: map

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Details

The Esk Valley Line is one of the most scenic and remote rural railway lines in England.

Esk Valley Line

Route data

Region Yorkshire and Humberside
Locale North Yorkshire, Yorkshire and the Humber
Stations 18
Length 35 miles
Journey time About 1 hour and 30 minutes — one way
Route type Rural
Designation Line designation
Pilot project Yes
Designation date July 2005
Partnership Esk Valley Railway Development Company
Operator(s) Northern

The Esk Valley Line serves the following 18 stations:

  • Whitby
  • Ruswarp
  • Sleights
  • Grosmont
  • Egton
  • Glaisdale
  • Lealholm
  • Danby
  • Castleton Moor
  • Commondale
  • Kildale
  • Battersby
  • Great Ayton
  • Nunthorpe
  • Gypsy Lane
  • Marton
  • James Cook (opened 2014)
  • Middlesbrough

Pilot line

The Esk Valley line was one of the first designated community railways. Six pilot projects covering seven routes were selected, which could demonstrate different aspects of the community rail development strategy.

The Esk Valley Line was chosen because it was a long and very rural route, providing access to schools in Whitby and carrying visitors through the North York Moors National Park to the port of Whitby. Since 2007, the North Yorkshire Moors Railway heritage route has open access over a section of the line from Grosmont to Whitby.

The 7 pilot routes:

  • St Ives Bay Line (St Ives - St Erth) in Cornwall.
  • Looe Valley Line (Looe to Liskeard) in Cornwall.
  • Tamar Valley Line (Gunnislake - Plymouth) in Cornwall/Devon
  • Abbey Line (St Albans - Watford Junction) in Hertfordshire
  • Poacher Line (Skegness - Grantham) in Lincolnshire
  • Penistone Line (Barnsley - Huddersfield) in South and West Yorkshire
  • Esk Valley Line (Whitby - Middlesbrough) in North Yorkshire and Teesside

Community rail designation

The Esk Valley Line was designated as a community rail line by the Strategic Rail Authority in July 2005. The designation covers the line and the passenger services between Middlesbrough and Whitby. All stations listed form part of the designation.

Network Rail strategic route plan

The Esk Valley Line has been identified as a rural route within Network Rail’s East Coast and north east (G) strategic route plan.

The Esk Valley Railway Development Company

Esk Valley Railway is supported by the not-for-profit Esk Valley Railway Development Company (EVRDC). The EVRDC was set up in 2003 to promote the Esk Valley Railway and campaign for the return of the commuter service to Middlesbrough.

Published 1 July 2005