Location type


Name and dates

Hexham (1835-)

Station code: HEX National Rail
Where: North East England, England
Opened on the Newcastle and Carlisle Railway.


This is a two platform station on the line between Newcastle and Carlisle. It is probably the most important intermediary station. The station is a little to the north of Hexham's town centre.

The station had two platforms and gained a bay platform at the west end, on the south side of the line, with the opening of the Border Counties Railway. Later an additional platform was added on the north side, approached from the east.

There were goods yard at either end on the south side. The smaller (the coal drops) was to the west, south of the bay platform, and approached from the west. This is now the car park. The larger yard was to the east and approached from the east. Hexham Shed was in the northern part of this goods yard.

The station remains in a good state of repair with the main building (partly two storeys and extended several times) on the south (town) side and canopied platforms. There is a footbridge at the east end. There was a signal box at the west end and a gantry mounted signal box remains at the east end.

In the very early days Hexham was briefly the terminus of the line from 1834 (goods and minerals, opened to passengers 1835) until extension west in 1836. Until 1844 the line east to Stocksfield was single track.


Station terminus

External links

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

Chronology Dates

  /03/1835Newcastle and Carlisle Railway
Hexham to Blaydon opened. Initially there are no platforms at stations.
  /06/1836Newcastle and Carlisle Railway
Haydon Bridge to Hexham opened.
31/07/1854Border Counties Railway
Act receives Royal assent for a line, promoted by W H Charlton, from Hexham to Falstone.
05/04/1858Border Counties Railway
Opened from Hexham to Chollerford (5 miles).
  /  /1867Hexham and Allendale Railway
Opened from Border Counties Junction (Hexham) to Langley.
15/10/1956Border Counties Railway
Riccarton Junction to Hexham (Border Counties Junction) closed to passengers.

News items

11/05/2023Northumberland level crossings undergo critical changes to boost safety [Network Rail]
28/12/2022Severe rail disruption as vehicle hits level crossing near Brampton [News and Star]
02/12/2021Northumberland's busiest station revealed [Northumberland Gazette]
28/09/2021Meet the manager at Hexham station [Northern]
08/01/2019Lucky escape for taxi driver and passenger after turning onto railway tracks [ITV News]


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