The proposed railway service between Newcastle and Ashington could be one of the first services to trial a new form of light train.
The Aln Valley Railway has netted over £70k that will allow it to support an extension of 700 metres.
There are fears that Seghill could miss out on a railway station as part of plans to restore passenger train services between Newcastle and Ashington. A petition has been set up by SENRUG.
Northumberland county council have approved the commencement of the GRIP 3 study into a railway line between Newcastle and Ashington that will assess and select the best option that establishes the costings of the scheme.
Durham County Council has opened a consultation into the site for a potential railway station at Horden serving the East Durham area on the railway line between Sunderland and Hartlepool.
A site at South East View has been chosen following consideration of various sites in this area. The site has a number of benefits.
- level ground and large open site
- space for a large car park to be located next to the station
- potential opportunity to extend bus service into the station
- good road access into the station
The station is expected to have two platforms, waiting shelter and a car park with upto 100 spaces. It would be unstaffed.
The consultation closes on 20th October.
The GRIP2 report produced by Network Rail into restoring passenger services on the Ashington, Blyth and Tyne railway has been costed at £195m with £70m of benefits to be gained from a service that could run between Ashington and Newcastle-upon-Tyne in just 38 minutes.
Source: Northumberland County Council
Railway stations at Beal and Belford could be reopened as part of proposals to run an hourly rail service through Northumberland. The North Sea Coast rail service campaign is being run by SENRUG who are working closely with colleagues at RAGES who are pushing for a local railway service between Edinburgh and Berwick-upon-Tweed as well as reopened railway station at Reston and East Linton.
Over £74,000 has been allocated to restore the station buildings at Slaggyford on the South Tynedale Railway. Slaggyford will be the new terminus of the railway following the award of £5.5m to extend the railway.
The Institute of Public Policy Research IPPR has urged the UK government to prioritise high speed links between northern cities over HS2.
Source: BBC News
Plans to extend the Tyne and Wear Metro network have been agreed. Proposed extensions include Blyth, Ashington, Washington, Metrocentre, Cobalt Business Park, Chester-Le-Street, Peterlee and Belmont (nr Durham).
Source: BBC News
On Easter Sunday, trains started serving Witton-le-Wear railway station on the Weardale Railway for the first time in fifty years. Services will be extended to Witton-le-Wear on selected summer Sundays.
The South East Northumberland Rail User Group is delighted following the announcement that Northumberland County Council has committed to stage 2 of the GRIP process.
Campaigners have called for a railway station to be built serving Killingworth north of Newcastle.
The government has advised that it is considering the option of an extension from Pelaw to South Hylton by 2030.
A major industrial body has criticised the focus of the Transnorth plans on railways and select regions. Andy Tuscher, Yorkshire and Humber region director at manufacturing body EEF, advised that the strategy contained good proposals for roads and connectivity to regional airports.