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.


SENRUG Scoops Railfuture Rail User Group Awards: Railfuture, the national pro-rail group campaigning for a bigger and better railway (see their website here), announced at it’s 2022 AGM that in its annual Rail User Group Awards, SENRUG has won (i) Joint Gold for Best Newsletter, (ii) Joint Silver for Best Website and (iii) Joint Silver for Best Campaign. Additionally, SENRUG Chair Dennis Fancett who last year won the Rail Campaigner of the Year Award, has this year been awarded Joint Silver for Best Campaigner. It is an absolute honour to win so many awards, reflecting the hard work of the committee, and special thanks to our Newsletter Editor Dave Shaw for his joint Gold.

Vote For NEWCASTLE to be the headquarters of the new Great British Railways organisation: 5 cities have been shortlisted by the DfT. You can read each of the 5 proposals, and vote for the one you think is best here. Closing date 15th August.

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 Northumberland Line Campaign Page.

Industrial Action: Various railway trade unions continue to take industrial action. All train companies are affected to some degree, but not all in the same way or on the same dates.. Although Lumo staff are not participating in the strikes, staff working for Network Rail who operate the tracks and signalling systems are. Northern are affected by the RMT strikes but not by the ASLEF strikes. 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.

Driving to Cramlington Station? Please note Crow Hall Lane is closed from the north of the entrance to the station for roadworks until 5th September 2022, and a longish diversion is in place from the A192 (East Hartford or Bedlington) via Northumbrian Road, Cumbrian Road and Station Road. We recommend travellers allow an extra 10-15 minutes to reach the station. With services only hourly, it is important not to miss your train. See https://www.northumberland.gov.uk/News/2022/Jul/Housing-developers-carrying-out-Cramlington-works.aspx

Interested in Railway Heritage of the Northumberland Line? A new group has been established – namely The Northumberland Line Community Heritage Group, which, working closely with many partners, is motivated to help establish a Heritage Trail along the route of the Northumberland Line to inform and enthuse local residents and visitors about the history of railway development in this corner of England. The scope of this venture will range from early beginnings with wagonways, the story of the Bedlington Iron Works, through the growth and demise of the Blyth and Tyne Railway and into the 21st Century with the new Northumberland Line. For more information please contact NorthumberlandLineCHG@gmail.com



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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