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.


The Williams-Shapps Plan For Rail: SENRUG Chair Dennis Fancett has written an article for the European Passenger Federation, giving his personal view of what the new Plan may or may not deliver, and campaigners hopes and aspirations. See the article here.

New Northern Timetable from 16th May 2021: Weekday hourly service re-instated, with the exception of  the 15:59 Newcastle to Morpeth and 16:55 Morpeth to Newcastle (approx times). These trains are not currently running. For more information see Chairman’s Blog entry for 16th May 2021.

Key Errors In Detail of Northumberland Line (Ashington Blyth & Tyne Re-opening) Implementation: Much as SENRUG strongly supports Northumberland County council’s plan for the Northumberland Line opening, being the culmination of a 15 year campaign from SENRUG, we’re disappointed the Council’s consultants are not taking on board the legitimate issues SENRUG raised as part of the most recent consultation, which we believe will result in costly errors in the detail of the implementation. See Chairman’s Blog entry for 30th March 2021 for more detail.

LNER Wants To Make Compulsory Seat Reservations Permanent: SENRUG has objected to government owned LNER’s proposal. See LNER’s statement and SENRUG’s response 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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