A screening opinion has been submitted to North Tyneside Council and Northumberland County Council to upgrade the railway line between Benton and Ashington. A four stage project will create six railway stations.
- Blyth Bebside
- Seaton Delaval
- Northumberland Park
Phase 1: 4 new stations (Ashington, Bedlington, Newsham, Northumberland Park) located within the existing railway corridor; some line speed increases in the single track section; Double track extension south of Newsham; Removal of the linespeed constraint at Green Land level crossing, and the construction of a turnback facility at Ashington.
Phase 2: two new stations at Blyth Bebside and Seaton Delaval; targeted line speed increases north of Newsham.
Phase 3: linespeed improvements north of Bedlington including limited signalling upgrades to mechanical interlocking north of Bedlington.
Phase 4: capacity and reliability improvements to the infrastructure together with the construction of a passing loop at Seaton Delaval.
Source: North Tyneside planning portal