Saturday 2 June to Sunday 10 June

Network Rail is completing essential improvements to four bridges on the Esk Valley Railway that links Middlesbrough to Whitby. The £2 million package of work will make sure the bridges are fit for purpose for many years, allowing a safe and reliable train service.

Trains will be replaced by bus services for nine days. Non-stop services will run between Middlesbrough and Whitby and other buses and minibuses will call at stations in the Esk Valley.

The work has been planned to minimise disruption. Many school children rely on the train to get to school so this work has been planned during the holidays;  it has to be carried out in summer to reduce the risk of high river levels or strong winds causing further disruption.

The main bridge elements will be transported to site by rail and Network Rail will use large cranes to remove the existing bridge decks and install the new steelwork. The bridges will incorporate the same design and will be constructed in pairs with the first two installed at Danby and another two near Glaisdale; this will maximise the use of resources and minimise disruption.

Details of the revised timetable for the nine days will be available nearer the time. Information will be displayed at stations and on our website.

Trains that normally start and terminate at Nunthorpe (to and from Newcastle and Hexham) are not directly affected by the work, however please check before you travel as there may be some changes to train times.

For a bus replacement timetable visit the Esk Valley Railway website Homepage to download a PDF:


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