A depressing call today with Northern, as they announced a further round of cut-backs to their services. Of course, they are in no way to blame. With the government both banning non-essential travel and funding the network, no other realistic course of action was available, and the news was pretty much expected. There are however some silver linings to this dark cloud: Firstly, here on the Cramlington / Morpeth line, services had already been cut back drastically so will simply remain at their current levels: hourly during peaks then two-hourly off-peak (plus some long distance trains at Morpeth). Secondly the government has asked Northern, and we presume all operators, to stand ready to ramp back up again quickly, and something of a “bounce” in leisure travel is expected once regulations are eased. SENRUG, along with other Rail User Groups and CRPs across the network, stands ready to work with Northern in re-promoting rail travel , particularly leisure, once we are able to do so. To this end we are asking Northern again to ensure local services on the Cramlington / Morpeth line are included in the Explorer North East, Tyne Valley Day Ranger and North East Round Robin leisure tickets – a longstanding SENRUG request that has fallen on deaf ears up till now. Finally, once again we’d like to thank rail industry staff both operational crews and management for their efforts in keeping the network going during this very difficult time.