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.

LATEST NEWS

Northern Cuts and New TPE service at Cramlington: Northern have sadly announced that, in view of the numbers of train crew they have safe-isolating, and latest government advice to work from home, they are obliged to withdraw 2 services each way from the timetable effective 4th January. These are: from Morpeth 14:55 and 18:56, and from Newcastle 13:57 and 18:17. Morpeth passengers have a limited choice of other operators’ services to choose from, but it is more difficult for Cramlington passengers. SENRUG is therefore pleased to announce it has asked TransPennine Express (TPE) to stop its 17:34 Edinburgh – Newcastle service at Cramlington. TPE have confirmed they will do this starting 3rd January. The train will call at Cramlington at 19:09. SENRUG would like to thank TransPennine Express and their colleagues at Network Rail for arranging this with commendable speed over the Christmas holiday break.

Congratulations to Marie Addison, Northern Trains Regional Community and Sustainability Manager, awarded an MBE in the New Year’s honours list for services to the community in Northumberland. (Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear). We at SENRUG always find Marie a very pleasant and helpful to work with and are delighted her community work has been recognised in this way.

TPE Service Starting 12th December 2021: SENRUG has re-acted with dismay to the news that the new service will not, after all, call at Cramlington (apart from one morning commuter train – see below) or Widdrington. See the SENRUG Press Release here. The 5 trains per day each way (4 on Sundays) connecting Morpeth, Alnmouth, Berwick and Dunbar to each other, as well offering these stations additional trains to Edinburgh and Newcastle are nevertheless welcome, and to celebrate their launch, TPE are offering 50% off their normal advance fares, plus a competition to win a pair of first class tickets on their network. You need a code to get the 50% off – see https://www.tpexpress.co.uk/special-offers/half-price-offer-on-new-destinations.

New Commuter Services For Cramlington. As from 13th December 2021, Cramlington will have a new, earlier commuter service to Newcastle provided by TPE, departing at 07:11, an hour before the current first service from Northern at 08:09. Additionally, the missing late afternoon Monday to Friday Newcastle – Morpeth Northern service is re-instated meaning Cramlington passengers will no longer have a 2-hour gap between 14:59 and 16:48. The new service leaves Newcastle at 16:05 and arrives at Cramlington at 16:18.

Cramlington Station Footbridge: Please note Network Rail are closing the station footbridge which connects the southbound and northbound platforms between December 2021 and March 2022 for essential maintenance. During this time, it will be necessary to exit the station, go to the main road and use the road bridge and then re-enter the station the other side to cross between platforms. This is quite a long walking route, so travellers who need to cross between platforms to catch their train should allow at least an extra 5 minutes to do so.

Welcome LUMO: LUMO is the name of the new open access operator who started running services through Morpeth on 25th October. Their 2 trains each way per day to London and Edinburgh will be ramping up to 5 each way over the following weeks. See Chairman’s Blog entry 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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