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.


Northumberland Line (Ashington Blyth & Tyne Re-opening) Latest News: Transport and Works Act Order approved by Secretary of State on 27th June 2022, following the 4 week public enquiry. Now construction work can start in earnest, though final funding announcement is still awaited. Northumberland County Council press release confirms December 2023 as expected opening date. See our Ashington Blyth & Tyne Re-Opening Campaign Page.

RMT Strikes: All train companies are affected. Although Lumo staff are not participating in the strikes, staff working for Network Rail who operate the tracks and signalling systems are. Please see each company’s own website for details of any future strike days, emergency timetables, and arrangements for refunds for passengers who have bought tickets but no longer want to travel.

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 2022. These are: from Morpeth 14:55 and 18:56, and from Newcastle 13:57 and 18:17. Sadly, these services are not being reinstated from the May 2022 timetable change and we continue to press Northern for a date for full re-instatement. 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 asked TransPennine Express (TPE) to stop its 17:34 Edinburgh – Newcastle service at Cramlington, and this is now happening, calling at Cramlington at 19:09.

New Commuter Services For Cramlington. As from 13th December 2021, Cramlington has a new, earlier commuter service to Newcastle provided by TPE, departing at 07:11, an hour before the previous first service from Northern at 08:09. 


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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