Tees Valley Airport train station least used in UK with just eight passengers

Durham Tees Valley Airport.

Durham Tees Valley Airport.

First published in News

DURHAM Tees Valley Airport’s train station remains the country’s least used, according to the latest passenger figures.

Just eight people used the station in the months up to March 2013 – even fewer than the 14 passengers that used it the previous year.

The station has just two Northern Rail services a week, both on Sunday, which is the minimum required by law to keep it open.

It has suffered from a decline in passengers for several years as Durham Tees Valley Airport itself has seen passenger numbers drop from 900,000 at its heyday in 2006 to the 161,092 who used it last year.

TOP TEN LEAST USED STATIONS IN THE UK

1. Teesside Airport, Darlington 8
2. Coombe, Cornwall 48
3. Shippea Hill, Cambridgeshire 50
4. Barry Links, Angus (Scotland) 52
5. Kildonan, Highland (Scotland) 62
6. Buckenham, Norfolk 72
7. Elton & Orston, Nottinghamshire 72
8. Breich, West Lothian (Scotland) 102
9. Golf Street, Angus (Scotland) 112
10. Reddish South, Stockport 122

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8:49pm Mon 12 May 14

gramps427 says...

Feels like we're playing catch up with this one- I read this earlier without a comments section but with quotes by Peel's representatives; I even put a letter into hear all sides about it then it changes. Well done editors.
Feels like we're playing catch up with this one- I read this earlier without a comments section but with quotes by Peel's representatives; I even put a letter into hear all sides about it then it changes. Well done editors. gramps427
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11:04am Tue 13 May 14

johnny_p says...

What? The least used airport in Britain also has the least used train station?
What? The least used airport in Britain also has the least used train station? johnny_p
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2:09am Sat 17 May 14

pensioner2 says...

Perhaps if they actually had a few planes land at Durham Tees Valley other than to Aberdeen or Amsterdam more people would actually use the train too? Peel are wanting to close the airport and sell the land for housing, its blooming obvious. Also KLM might like to explain why it costs more to fly to Amsterdam's Schiphol airport from Durham Tees Valley than it does from Newcastle when Newcastle is actually further away and thus costs more in jet fuel? anything to do with Peels excessive landing charges maybe? Peel even turned Thompson Holidays away for this summer for flying on holiday, in these current economic climate what kind of business plan turns away "customers"??? Peel even closed the observation area so you cannot even got and watch or photograph planes taking off and landing (although these days you have a long wait between flights, compared to how it used to be) which could have brought in extra income for very little outlay if they charged a small fee for using it and parking there, as well as extra business for the (very poor) coffee and snack bar at Teesside Airport- oooppss sorry DTV. They don't even have the flights to London that used to fly from there. Its a reasonably large catchment area if only it was managed correctly, but Peel don't want to do that, more money for them to sell the land and sod the locals. (Durham, Teseside, Darlington, Bishop/Barney, even Whitby and Scarborough are possible customer points if only the flights were there.)
Perhaps if they actually had a few planes land at Durham Tees Valley other than to Aberdeen or Amsterdam more people would actually use the train too? Peel are wanting to close the airport and sell the land for housing, its blooming obvious. Also KLM might like to explain why it costs more to fly to Amsterdam's Schiphol airport from Durham Tees Valley than it does from Newcastle when Newcastle is actually further away and thus costs more in jet fuel? anything to do with Peels excessive landing charges maybe? Peel even turned Thompson Holidays away for this summer for flying on holiday, in these current economic climate what kind of business plan turns away "customers"??? Peel even closed the observation area so you cannot even got and watch or photograph planes taking off and landing (although these days you have a long wait between flights, compared to how it used to be) which could have brought in extra income for very little outlay if they charged a small fee for using it and parking there, as well as extra business for the (very poor) coffee and snack bar at Teesside Airport- oooppss sorry DTV. They don't even have the flights to London that used to fly from there. Its a reasonably large catchment area if only it was managed correctly, but Peel don't want to do that, more money for them to sell the land and sod the locals. (Durham, Teseside, Darlington, Bishop/Barney, even Whitby and Scarborough are possible customer points if only the flights were there.) pensioner2
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