From today (November 16) people can have their say in a major consultation on the reintroduction of a rail passenger service in Northumberland.
From Monday, November 16th to December 14th, residents and other interested parties will be able to look at detailed plans for the Northumberland Line – which will connect Ashington to central Newcastle with a number of stops in between.
With a proposed opening date for passenger services in winter 2023, thousands of residents a day could be transported between Ashington and Newcastle in just over half an hour, while the scheme could boost the local economy by up to £470m.
The ambitious scheme includes new stations at Ashington, Bedlington, Blyth Bebside, Newsham, Seaton Delaval and Northumberland Park in North Tyneside, as well as upgrades to the track and changes to level crossings where bridges or underpasses may need to be built.
Source: Northumberland Council