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Which Trains Stop At MME?

Mon Apr 05, 2004 7:26 am

I was just looking on MME's website, Thetrainline.com and Virgin Train's website, to see which trains stop at MME. Despite looking, I could not find any. Perhaps it was merely a technical hitch. Does anyone know?

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RE: Which Trains Stop At MME?

Mon Apr 05, 2004 8:20 am

Teeside Airport station is served once in each direction on Saturdays only by Arriva Trains Northern. I'm not sure why it is felt that the airport does not warrant a proper service.

A quick check revealed the following train times:

10:25 to Saltburn (Sat)
13:41 to Darlington (Sat)
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RE: Which Trains Stop At MME?

Mon Apr 05, 2004 8:24 am

Aha, I was trying on a Wednesday, hence no success in finding times and trains.

A weekly service? Shame it's not conducive to a day trip. Hardly useful to anyone going away. Why such a limited service? Surely not because of a lack of demand?

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RE: Which Trains Stop At MME?

Mon Apr 05, 2004 8:35 am

Going into train geek mode...

It looks very much like a "ghost train" service. That is when a line has virtually no passengers on it, but there is still a passenger service requirement for a low number of trains - in this case one a week in each direction. The service is useless but closing the line officially would be very costly, so it is cheaper for the train operating company to run the minimum service even if there are no pax on it.

The best known example of this in the UK is Denton near Manchester, which has one train a week in one direction only!

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RE: Which Trains Stop At MME?

Mon Apr 05, 2004 8:49 am

That's spot on Shamrock! The services that call at Teeside Airport are known in the rail industry as "parliamentary trains". Serving a station once weekly removes the need to go through the complicated political procedure of closing a station, a requirement if no train were to call there. The station is de facto closed.

Strangely (and unlike Denton) the rail line in question sees multiple trains pass through daily so inserting an additional stop at MME would be unlikely to require additional resources. BTW - What is the proximity of the station to the airport terminal?
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RE: Which Trains Stop At MME?

Mon Apr 05, 2004 8:59 am

Is the train station actually at MME, or somewhere close-by?

Why is there so little need to go by train? Couldn't some trains be rerouted here, like those heading north to Darlington, Middlesborough, Newcastle, etc., and south to York and the like (or wherever most people visiting the airport come from)? If the service was subsidised and offered lower fares as well as stopping at the sufficiently important stations pretty regularly (say every hour), surely people would seriously consider leaving their car at home and going by train, especially as it would save on car-parking charges?

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RE: Which Trains Stop At MME?

Mon Apr 05, 2004 9:16 am

Is the train station actually at MME, or somewhere close-by?

Just checked this and according to Autoroute the station is a 1/2 mile away from MME.
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RE: Which Trains Stop At MME?

Mon Apr 05, 2004 9:22 am

Well that's hardly bad! Possibly a bit too far for a sky link (like at BHX) but regular shuttle buses connecting with trains would surely do, or simply construct a new, more convenient 'inhouse' station.
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RE: Flyglobespan

Mon Apr 05, 2004 10:03 am

althought the trainstation (well, i mean platform) is within walking distance, the once weekly service means that it is almost safe to assume there is no rail service. My sugesstion is to get the bus from Darlington, or Middleburugh, both of which take about 30mins and take you direct to the terminal. The rail line does go only a few huunfred feet from the runway end, cool views, if you cath one of the a/c in action
 
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RE: Which Trains Stop At MME?

Mon Apr 05, 2004 5:02 pm

Hi guys from sunny Teesside!

The railway line that runs past MME is actually the line that runs from Darlington to Middllesbro,there is a train service roughly every half-hour between these two towns.I am sure that there is going to be a new bus service between darlington station and the terminal at MME,(Darlington being on the main line between London-Newcastle-Edinburgh).
Nobody uses the station at MME now,it is quite a way from the terminal,a little mini-bus used to operate between the terminal and station when the majority of trains used to stop!
You could hail a taxi?,reckon on paying about £10-15 from Darlington station, £15-20 from Middlesbro.
Hope this helps!

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