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. See our Chairman’s Blog entry here, and our 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.

Northumberland County Council Looking For Photos and Memoirs: If you have any anecdotes, memoirs, photographs or sketches from life in and around the Northumberland Line, former Blyth and Tyne line, historic or recent that you are willing to share with the Council, please email them to with your permission, as the Council would love to share them on their website.

Views Wanted on Wind Farms: Do you live in the Northumberland area? A geography student at Newcastle University, born in the North East, is undertaking some research on the public perceptions of wind farms, with a particular focus on the offshore wind farm at Blyth. If you are willing to participate in a short survey on the issue, please click here.