- SENRUG calls for an increase in the number of mainline intercity services that call at morpeth train station.
- SENRUG wants to see the existing local services between Morpeth and Newcastle retimed to provide services departing at the same minutes past each hour throughout the day.
- SENRUG would like to see better use made of existing stations such as Pegswood and Manors and the re-opening of former stations like stannington.
- SENRUG believes there is a strong case for extending the hourly local service further north to Berwick.
- Re-open Ashington Blyth & Tyne line to provide direct rail service from Ashington & Bedlington (and eventually from Newsham for Blyth) to Newcastle Central Station.
Update: Speaker to be confirmed. Previous advertised speaker Christian Wolmar has been obliged to cancel and we hope to re-book him for another date.
SENRUG AWARDED HIGHLY COMMENDED STAUS FOR BEST RAIL CAMPAIGN GROUP
SENRUG, the group that campaigns for better rail transport in South East Northumberland, has stated it is delighted to have been awarded the “highly commended” category in the prestigious national Railfuture awards for the best local rail campaign group.
The award winners were announced at Railfuture’s recent annual conference in Oxford by rail writer and Railfuture president Christian Wolmar, but as SENRUG was unable to be present at Oxford, the Certificate was presented to SENRUG by Trevor Watson, Chair of Railfuture North East branch, at a special ceremony at Morpeth Station on 22nd December 2013.
SENRUG is perhaps best known for its tireless campaign to see passenger rail services re-introduced on the Ashington Blyth & Tyne line with a regular service from Woodhorn and Ashington to Newcastle, providing access to jobs and helping to re-invigorate the local economy. But it also campaigns on a number of other fronts and in recent years has secured an improvement to the peak hour inter-city services at Morpeth and an enhancement to facilities at the station such as the recently installed Customer Information Screens.
Dennis Fancett, Chair of SENRUG, made the following comment on receiving the award: “We are delighted our campaigning efforts have been recognised and the award is a tribute to everyone on our committee who gives up hours of their time voluntarily to make our organisation the success it is. But we are not complacent. There is still so much to achieve. In addition to pushing harder for faster progress on the ABT re-opening, we want to see the local rail service to Cramlington and Morpeth doubled to every 30 minutes, with an evening and Sunday service added, we need a north of Morpeth local service initially to Pegswood and Widdrington, we need Customer Information Systems at every station along the line and more inter-city off-peak services at Morpeth.”
Roger Blake, Railfuture Director and RUG Awards organiser said “The judging panel of four Railfuture Vice-Presidents wished to commend SENRUG for their steadfast determination in pursuit of their vision. The award gives due recognition to the substantial progress made by one of the most effective of such locally-based campaigns.”
Trevor Watson, Chair of Railfuture North East branch, added: “This is a well earned award for SENRUG and it is particularly pleasing to see the efforts of groups in the north east of the country recognised in this way. I’m delighted their hard work came to the attention of the judging panel”.
SENRUG invite those who support their efforts to join the group and applications forms can be downloaded from www.senrug.co.uk. The Certificate presented to SENRUG is currently on display in the Ticket Office at Morpeth Station.
Petition for the Department for Transport to Re-instate the Ashington Blyth and Tyne Line for Passengers
Recently Wansbeck MP Ian Lavery and Corporate Director of Local Services Barry Rowland have met with the Secretary of State for Transport to discuss the re-opening of the Ashington Blyth & Tyne Freight Line for passenger services to Newcastle.
Over the years there has often been talk of opening the line for passenger services, and certainly during the past year many members of the public have expressed an interest in having the line re-opened. Some say it would benefit those who work in Tyneside and would give them an alternative form of travel to their place of work. Others say it would make it easier to travel from A to B in the region, and would make them less dependent on their cars. Alternatively, others say that it would give easier access for tourism in the South East Northumberland area, and would help to attract people to the area, especially as we have the Northumberland Archives housed at Woodhorn Museum.
If you are interested in having your say on the issue, please fill in this petition on change.org, obviously the more people signing to add their voice will help to give more support to those who are fighting to have the line re-instated.
Please take a small amount of your time to fill in the box which asks you the reason why you are signing the petition, this will give those looking to re-open the line accurate views directly from the public, and will strengthen their case for the re-opening.
Thank you very much for signing!