Today I had a Whatsapp Call with Ian Levy, MP for Blyth Valley. After initial introductions and explaining the work of SENRUG, we spoke about the timetable at Cramlington and SENRUG’s aspiration to see earlier morning trains, and ultimately frequency throughout the day increased from the present paltry one per hour to two per hour. Ian expressed his strong support and we discussed options for moving forward. We also briefly discussed the Ashington Blyth & Tyne Re-opening, now called “The Northumberland Line” – where we seem so tantalisingly close to the finishing line of a formal government commitment to go ahead. Ian is of course fully aware of the scheme, but we also discussed SENRUG’s aspirations for further extensions once the core route is in service, the key one affecting Blyth Valley being a link from Newsham to Blyth Town Centre via the old alignment, apart from a brief diversion round the edge of Blyth Sports Centre. The southern end of the route was discussed: SENRUG’s aspiration is for it to run on the Metro tracks to Airport forming a route from Blyth to Newsham then Northumberland Park, Four Lane Ends, Regents Centre and Airport. Such a service could include a station at Seghill, as this would not compromise on overall journey time from Newcastle to Ashington. First of course, we have to get the core route from Newcastle to Ashington up and running!
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