Sunday, June 20, 2021
- Advertisement -
Home Government Further £10m commitment to bringing back rail service

Further £10m commitment to bringing back rail service

The re-introduction of direct passenger trains between south-east Northumberland and the centre of Newcastle in the next three years is nearer than ever.

The Outline Business Case is complete and the go-ahead now given for a £10 million commitment to work on the next detailed design stage.

This would involve the preparation of the Outline Design, procurement of a Principal Designer and Contractor for Phase 1, and securing appropriate consents for its delivery.

With a proposed opening date for passenger services in early 2023, thousands of residents a day could be transported from Ashington to the centre of Newcastle in just over half an hour, while the scheme could boost the local economy by up to £70m.

Depending on funding, the scheme could be constructed in phases. The first would create four new stations at Northumberland Park, Newsham, Bedlington and Ashington. The remaining stations at Seaton Delaval and Blyth Bebside would come on line over the next two years once the service was underway.

Phase 1 of the project was included within the North East’s Transforming Cities Fund submission. The outcome of this bid is due to be announced in the Spring of 2020

Council Leader Peter Jackson said: “There is real momentum gathering on this project now and we’ve made significant progress over the past 12 months.

“Last month Transport Secretary Grant Shapps MP visited Blyth and said he saw no reason why the Northumberland Line couldn’t be re-opened. This was followed shortly after by a £1.5m Government funding contribution towards project development costs.

“As we move forward there’s ever more confidence our long-term aspirations are going to become reality – bringing benefits to residents, commuters, visitors and businesses both in Northumberland and the wider region.”

Photo credit: Northumberland County Council

- Advertisement -

Most Popular

SWGR – Something to feel good about

Well-being in the SWGR workplace has never been more important Having a people culture and well-being strategy is no longer a ‘nice to do’ in...

Heritage stations restored for Manchester to Wigan passengers

Two heritage railway stations on the Manchester, Atherton and Wigan line have been improved for Northern passengers. Victorian platform canopies at Walkden and Swinton stations...

Sustainable furniture for transport hubs on a journey to go full circle

Sustainability has been at the heart of Green Furniture Concept since its inception more than 10 years ago. Now, the company, transforming UK railway...

Journey4 appointed by Northern to help develop business plan

Rail specialists Journey4 has been appointed by Northern to support the development of its business plan. Working closely with Northern’s senior leaders, the company was able...