Being asked to support a funding bid to provide level access at Cramlington was an unusually challenging proposition for SENRUG. Mindful that Network Rail has just spent £590,000 removing, cleaning and replacing the footbridge – money that would presumably be wasted if a new level access crossing is created – we believe it is time to reconsider SENRUG’s original plan of moving the entire station 200 metres down the track to a site adjacent to Manor Walks Shopping Centre, underneath the Beaconhill footbridge which already has level access both sides. This would give Cramlington the station the town deserves, with easier, extended parking avoiding the difficult access through Nelson Village, creating significant economic benefits for the town and making it easier to accommodate longer 5-coach trains. We fear considerable money could be spent on the existing station site without overcoming any of the inherent problems of its non-town centre location, insufficient parking, awkward car access, and absence of any bus services. Our final letter to TPE is available here.