- 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.
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!
Northumberland County Council announced on Friday 7th June that it has finally signed off a GRIP Stages 1-3 Study with Network Rail re the Re-opening of the Ashington Blyth & Tyne Line. SENRUG is delighted to hear this news. Read our response in SENRUG’s own Press Release here.