What Is Proposed?
SENRUG has always campaigned for the Northumberland Line (Ashington Blyth & Tyne Line) to have a further station at Seghill, where the line crosses the A190 Station Road. Whilst SENRUG was disappointed this station was dropped from the initial scheme now being implemented by the County Council, SENRUG recognized this was a pragmatic way of keeping costs of the core project down, to secure funding for the core scheme, recognising a station at Seghill could be added at a later date.
The station would serve and help regenerate the community of Seghill, connecting it to Northumberland Park and Newcastle. SENRUG has always rejected the notion that people from Seghill would travel back to Seaton Delaval in order to catch a train to Newcastle. More information is in SENRUG’s Paper “The Case For A Station At Seghill”, which includes data that was accurate at July 2016, the time the paper was compiled.
If the line at this point is not double tracked as part of the core Northumberland Line project, opportunity should be taken whilst constructing the station to double track from here south to Northumberland Park. Two very simple platforms should then be created, both with access direct from the A190 public highway. To keep costs to a minimum, no footbridge between the two platforms would be necessary as the walking route between the two platforms would be via the public highway.