Welcome to the SENRUG website.

Northern Train approaching Morpeth. Dave Shaw.

SENRUG – The South East Northumberland Rail User Group – is a voluntary organisation that promotes rail travel and campaigns for better rail services in, within, to, from and through South East Northumberland, representing the interests of both existing and potential rail travellers in the area.

By ‘potential’, SENRUG means those who would use rail services if only the trains went where they want to go, at the time they want to go, at a price they can afford, and in a clean, safe, secure, accessible and easy to understand manner.

Please look through our website to find out more about our current campaigns and how we pursue them. Use the Contact button below to let us know if you agree or advise us of ideas of your own.

The more people we speak for, the louder our voice is heard. If you support our objectives, we invite you to add your voice to ours and join SENRUG, to help us achieve our campaigns and develop new ones.


Draft May 2022 Timetables: SENRUG believes the proposals will be disasterous for Northumberland, and has now issued its final response to LNER, CrossCountry, TransPennine Express and Northern Railways, which you can see here.

SENRUG Chair Named As Railfuture Rail Campaigner of the Year! It has been an honour to be named as Rail Campaigner of the Year by Railfuture, the national pro-rail organisation campaigning for a bigger and better railway. See SENRUG’s Press Release here.

Facemasks Still Necessary on Public Transport: Despite easing of lockdown, Northern Railways have advised they are requesting passengers to continue wearing masks on their trains and at their stations. We are expecting other operators to follow suit. Please help to keep your fellow passengers and of course railway staff safe, and to allow everyone to feel confidant about travelling.

The Williams-Shapps Plan For Rail: SENRUG Chair Dennis Fancett has written an article for the European Passenger Federation, giving his personal view of what the new Plan may or may not deliver, and campaigners hopes and aspirations. See the article here.

New Northern Timetable from 16th May 2021: Weekday hourly service re-instated, with the exception of  the 15:59 Newcastle to Morpeth and 16:55 Morpeth to Newcastle (approx times). These trains are not currently running. For more information see Chairman’s Blog entry for 16th May 2021.



Website and Newsletter printing costs (2019-2024) funded by contributions from Ashington, Blyth, Cramlington and West Bedlington Town Councils, East Bedlington & Pegswood Parish Councils and Seaton Valley Community Council.


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