Why get the train?

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Find your nearest station

To find your nearest station, you can use this handy tool [external link] from the trainline.

If you want to find out about facilities, destinations, estimated journey times, town centre maps and onward travel for various stations around the Tees Valley visit our partner website Connect Tees Valley. Here you will find timetables for the major rail operators as well as downloadable station information leaflets for:

 and an overall Tees Valley Train map.

Tips for getting the train

Travelling by train is a direct and convenient way to get around. By planning your journey in advance and taking advantage of available discounts you could find that train travel is far cheaper than you thought.

Follow our top tips to help you get started:

1. Plan your journey

It’s best to plan your journey before you set off. All you need to know is where you’re travelling from and to, and what ticket you need.

Where are you going?

Visit Northern Rail’s Journey Planner [external link] to find your local station and plan your journey.

Which ticket do you need?

There are many types of tickets and fares available. You can make good savings (more than 50% in some cases) by buying tickets in advance or by buying season tickets, such as weekly, monthly or annual passes.

Buying a return ticket in advance can also be cheaper than buying two one-way tickets. You can also save money by travelling outside specified peak commuting times. If you can be more flexible in terms of what time you travel this is something to bear in mind.

To find out more about tickets and fares please visit our train fares and tickets page.

Get live updates

Trains run frequently, depending on the time of day and day of the week, but delays can happen. It’s best to check before you travel.

For information on how to access live departure information visit Northern Rail's Journey Check [external link] or try National Rail’s Train Tracker app for your phone [external link].

2. Getting on the train

Many stations have electronic screens and/or audio announcements to let you know when your train is due and at which platform it will arrive. If you have bought your ticket in advance you can go through the gate onto the platform by using your ticket.

If you have bought a ticket online that has been delivered to your smartphone this can be scanned at the gate and shown to the conductor on the train.

If you are running late you still need to buy a ticket before getting on a train. If the station has a ticket office or a ticket machine, you must buy your ticket before boarding the train. If there isn't a ticket office or machine, you can purchase your ticket from the conductor when you board the train.

3. Getting off the train

Many trains are fitted with an audio announcement system so the conductor will provide travel updates and let you know which station you are arriving at.

When you are approaching your destination, make sure to have all your belongings with you and head to the exit doors when you’re ready. There is no bell to signify that you want to get off the train, but the train will automatically stop at every station on the route so there is no need to worry about getting left behind.  

You will need to press the button to open the doors as these do not open automatically.


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