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James Cook University Hospital

The James Cook University Hospital

The James Cook University Hospital is one of Europe’s most modern hospitals. James Cook provides a wide range of district general hospital services and specialist services including neurosciences, renal medicine, spinal injuries, major trauma, cardiothoracic, vascular surgery and cancer services. The accident and emergency department is the designated major trauma centre for the southern half of the northern region and the hospital has a dedicated 24-hour acute admissions unit.

The station is ideally placed for visitors to the hospital, with connections from Leeds, Northallerton, Darlington and Newcastle at Middlesbrough and then just one stop (4 minutes) to James Cook Hospital Station and a seven minute walk to the South Entrance. It is also useful for residents from the North Yorkhire part of the Whitby to Middlesbrough railway line.

Find out more about The James Cook University Hospital

Patient and visitor information

Visiting times

Getting to James Cook Hospital

Live Trains to and from James Cook Hospital

Line Guide for the Esk Valley Railway in pdf format

All Northern Timetables
Route 2: Nunthorpe & Middlesbrough to Newcastle & Metrocentre
Route 5: Middlesbrough to Whitby

There are now 18 trains a day (Monday to Saturday) and 10 on Sundays, in each direction, calling at the hospital and other stations on the line between Middlesbrough and Nunthorpe. This includes six trains a day, in each direction, connecting the stations along the Esk Valley as far as Whitby. There are also two extended services that go beyond Nunthorpe; the 13:03 calls at Great Ayton and Battersby ONLY as does the 17:04, returning from Battersby at 14:03 and 17:57 respectively.

Esk Valley Railway Forget-me-not Dementia-friendly Train
Due to coronavirus, we have had to cancel until further notice.
This service was running on the first Wednesday of the Month with live music from the Dave Clegg Duo, sing alongs and bring your own picnic. We will get this back as soon as we are able. For a flavour of last year's trains, see here.

The James Cook University Hospital Station in Middlesbrough opened on the 18th May 2014 for patients, visitors and staff. The new station helps alleviate car parking pressure at the hospital and also eases congestion on Marton Road. Please use the train if you can.

James Cook Station

The new facility, costing around 2.2 million, has a single platform on the Middlesbrough to Whitby route (on the hospital side of the railway line) and provides a fully-lit waiting shelter and seating, full CCTV coverage and passenger information including an electronic screen and public address announcements.

The project was developed in partnership between Tees Valley Unlimited (now Tees Valley Combined Authority - see here for their vision on transport) , the Hospital Trust, Middlesbrough Council, Network Rail and Northern Railway, with the train service managed by Northern Railway.

Buliding work at the new James Cook station. Photograph by Darren Holliday Follow the progress of the building of the new station

Darren Holliday created a photographic record of the building of the new station at James Cook University Hospital. You can follow this pictorial timeline on the Esk Valley Railway blog.


Come and explore the Land of Iron Walks in the North York Moors

There are ten circular walks from stations with close connections to the Ironstone mining era of the late 1800s. Try the train down the Esk Valley and from Great Ayton to Grosmont, each station tells a story and shows a map with a circular walk. The information boards were funded by the North York Moors National Park's Land of Iron Team and you can find out more about this amazing project here. There is also a permanent exhibition at the Moors Centre, Danby, which is a 20 minute walk from the station.

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Off-Peak fares from
James Cook Hospital
  With EVR Railcard discount
Day Return to Whitby 7.90
Day Return to Middlesbrough 2.50

Note: Peak fares apply to trains departing before 09:00. The Esk Valley Railcard is valid on peak services.
Journey times from Marton  
To Whitby 86 minutes
To Middlesbrough 4 minutes

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