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.

SENRUG has been campaigning for the re-opening of the Ashington Blyth & Tyne Line, now known as The Northumberland Line, linking Newcastle to Ashington, since March 2005. Go to our Ashington Blyth and Tyne Campaign Page to find out details of what we propose, and the scheme now being delivered by Northumberland County Council, or visit our AB&T Campaign History Page which gives key milestones throughout the campaign’s 17 year history. But SENRUG is not a single issue campaign group, and you can check out our other campaigns and the progress we are making on our Campaigns Index page here.


Timetable Fears: Once again we find ourselves fighting the planned new ECML timetable, first proposed but then withdrawn following massive rejection from local stakeholders in 2021, but now back – we’re told with no substantive changes for Morpeth and Alnmouth, and with no further consultation. This means Morpeth could lose its off-peal LNER services, Alnmouth and Berwick would see services reduced and the local Northern service would terminate at Newcastle and not run through to MetroCentre, Hexham and Carlisle. SENRUG continues to fight these plans. See the SENRUG Press Release here

National Ticket Office Closure Plan Scrapped: We’re delighted to hear today that industry-wide plans to close station ticket offices, and significantly reduce staffing hours at Morpeth and Alnmouth have been scrapped. What a relief. Just shows what SENRUG and hundreds of other campaign groups and individuals can do. See SENRUG’s Press Release here.

European Passenger Federation:  SENRUG is affiliated to Railfuture, the national pro-rail campaign organisation, and Railfuture is in turn affiliated to EPF, the European Passenger Federation. Download EPF’s latest Newsletter here, and why not consider attending EPF’s annual conference in Warsaw, Poland, 21st-22nd June (delegate fees apply). Full details here.


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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