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

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

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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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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