Location type


Names and dates

Berwick (1846-1955)
Berwick-upon-Tweed (1955-)

Station code: BWK National Rail
Where: North East England, England
Opened on the North British Railway.
Opened on the Newcastle and Berwick Railway.
Open on the Edinburgh to Berwick.


This is an island platform station. It is located at the north end of the Royal Border Bridge on the north bank of the Tweed.

The station was built on the site of Berwick Castle.

The original station was built slightly offset from the viaduct with a bypass line running down its west side, the station on a double track loop to the east. This had a trainshed and was partly built with stone from the demolished part of the castle.

The station was briefly the terminus of the line from North Bridge (now Edinburgh Waverley) until construction of the Royal Border Bridge by the York, Newcastle and Berwick Railway in 1850.

The station was rebuilt to its present form by the London and North Eastern Railway between 1924 and 27, to a design planned by the North British Railway but delayed by the Great War and uncertainty over The Grouping in 1923. The main building is on the east side with a footbridge over to island platform.

The overall layout of the station has been, sidings to the west, station, and goods yard to the east, approached from the north. The goods yard site is now a car park.


English Heritage - Berwick-upon-Tweed Castle and Ramparts


Terminus station



External links

NLS Collection OS map of 1892-1914
NLS Collection OS map of 1944-67

Nearby stations
Velvet Hall
Reston [1st]
Berwick Station Signal Box
Berwick Junction Signal Box
Berwick Central Signal Box
Berwick Roundhouse Shed
Royal Border Bridge
Berwick North Signal Box
Berwick-upon-Tweed Guardhouse
Tweedmouth Power Box
Tweedmouth Shed
Marshall Meadows Signal Box
Scremerston Colliery and Tile Works
Scremerston Colliery Incline House
River Tweed
Tweed Dock
Location names in dark blue are on the same original line.


Tax was still raised on spirits crossing the border from Scotland to England when the railway opened. Whisky could be confiscated from passengers, searching for spirits by customs leading to much delay, until an Act of Parliament removed the impediment.


When first opened in 1846 Berwick-upon-Tweed was the end of the line from Edinburgh North Bridge, the Royal Border Bridge (1850) was unbuilt and the Newcastle and Berwick Railway (1847) was not yet open. Passengers to or from the south would travel via the ^Quicksilver^ coach between Berwick and Newcastle.


18/06/1846North British Railway
Opened from Edinburgh North Bridge to Berwick and the branch from Longniddry to Haddington.
  /  /1848Newcastle and Berwick Railway
Extended from Tweedmouth over the Royal Border Bridge to Berwick by the York, Newcastle and Berwick Railway.
15/01/1897North British Railway
The North British Railway begins to operate the through trains from Edinburgh Waverley to London Kings Cross from Edinburgh as far as Berwick where the North Eastern Railway takes over.


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