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.


No weekend trains north of Newcastle: On Saturdays 18th September to 23rd October, and on Sundays 19th September to 10th October 2021 there will be no trains north of Newcastle due to engineering works at Heaton. Bus replacements will operate and won’t call at Manors. Some LNER services from south of Newcastle to Scotland will divert via the Tyne Valley Line and Carlisle, but will not be stopping at Morpeth, Alnmouth, Berwick or Dunbar. Please allow extra time for your journey. Whilst the engineering works are going on, for some of these weekends, Network Rail are also taking the opportunity to do some track replacement work at Morpeth. This may result in some noise disturbance for local residents, who should have received a communication giving details and dates from Network Rail.

LUMO Starts Service From 25th October: The brand name for the new open access operator has been revealed – LUMO – and tickets for their services, starting 25th October – are now on sale. They will start with 2 trains each way per day, ramping up to 5 over the following weeks. See Chairman’s Blog entry here

TransPennine Express Announce New Northumberland Service: Starting as soon as December 2021, 5 trains will run each weekday between Newcastle and Edinburgh, calling at Morpeth, Alnmouth & Berwick with some trains also calling at Cramlington and Widdrington. See our Chairman’s Blog entry and Press Release for more details.

Draft May 2022 Timetables: Welcome News has been received that the proposals will now be reviewed by the industry and implementation put back for at least a year. SENRUG is delighted but not complacent, as we must continue to campaign to stop the same disastrous proposals being re-submitted. As such, SENRUG has written to Rail Minister Chris Heaton-Harris thanking him for the decision but setting out our concerns. This letter also covers our aspiration for both a local and a semi-fast service between Newcastle and Berwick / Edinburgh, in addition to fast services. You can see this letter here, and our earlier formal consultation response 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.



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