Department for Transport
Historic Northumberland Line to reopen next summer
Fully accessible stations are being built to give 6 Northumberland communities regular train services.
Transport Secretary announces regular train services will return to Northumberland Line in 2024
journey times will be slashed in half and communities reconnected to jobs and opportunities helping to level up and grow the region’s economy
investment forms part of government’s Restoring Your Railway programme, which reopens old stations and lines across the country
Passengers in the North-East will be able to reconnect with friends and family and enjoy greater access to business and education opportunities when the historic Northumberland Line reopens next summer.
The government is working with Northumberland County Council, Network Rail and Northern Rail to restore regular services to the vital line from next year, creating faster and easier journeys between Ashington and Newcastle.
The completed line will see journey times slashed in half, brand new stations built and historic railway towns, which have not seen footfall of eager passengers since the heydays of The Beatles, revived.
Transport Secretary, Mark Harper said:
Communities in Northumberland can get ready for regular train services that will better connect people to jobs, education and opportunities while growing our economy.
Restoring lost railway connections will drive tourism, boost local business opportunities and encourage investment across our regions, which is why I’m pleased to say that we are on track to reopen this historic line next summer.
With 6 new, fully accessible stations being built, the new line will stop at Ashington, Bedlington, Blyth Bebside, Newsham, Seaton Delaval, Northumberland Park and finally, Newcastle Central.
Northumberland County Council Leader Glen Sanderson said:
We are delighted to have reached this major milestone which gives the green light for the main construction works to start. This is such a transformational scheme which will bring benefits for residents, businesses and visitors for generations to come.
We have been working so hard over recent years to make this scheme happen, getting all the necessary planning and stations approved and preparing the line for the major works.
This is the moment we’ve been working towards, and I am so excited we’ve reached this point as we prepare to get trains rolling again through this part of our county.
Not only will the restoration of passenger services reconnect communities and improve connections, but it will also boost the region’s economy through improving access to jobs.
Once complete, the journey time between Newcastle and Ashington will be reduced from 70 minutes to just 35, with services operating regularly 7 days a week, providing easy access to jobs, education and tourism opportunities in the city centre for not only local residents but all those passing through too.
The line’s construction work alone has created almost 100 high-skilled jobs and apprenticeships, demonstrating the benefits it’s already having on the local community.
Congestion and air quality are also expected to plummet as people will be encouraged away from their cars and onto trains.
Matt Rice, Network Rail’s North & East Route Director said:
This is hugely welcome news as we get closer to delivering a transformed railway which will support the re-introduction of regular passenger trains and connect communities in Northumberland and Newcastle.
We’re proud to be working with our industry partners on this truly revolutionary project, which will boost economic growth and bring a new lease of life to the region.
The Northumberland Line project forms part of the government’s Restoring Your Railways scheme, which has been reinstating local services and restoring closed stations and railway lines that were axed as a result of the Beeching cuts in 1963.
It has already seen the successful delivery of the Dartmoor Line, which reopened to passengers in November 2021 and has since doubled its passenger services and benefitted students studying in Exeter.
Original article link: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/historic-northumberland-line-to-reopen-next-summer
Latest News from
Department for Transport
UK reaffirms support for Ukraine as government hands over presidency of International Transport Forum25/05/2023 15:10:00
Transport Secretary highlights devastating impact war has had on Ukraine transport infrastructure and calls for changes to ITF rules to adapt to unprecedented global events.
£72 million boost for train services in Manchester and the north25/05/2023 12:20:00
This package will improve the passenger experience by having more reliable trains and fewer delays.
Millions of people to benefit from £200 million to improve walking and cycling routes19/05/2023 15:15:00
Funding will ease congestion across cities, transform the school run and provide a boost to high street businesses.
Government extends £2 bus fare cap and protects vital services17/05/2023 11:05:00
Additional funding will help passengers save money on fares and support vulnerable bus routes.
UK-US partnership set to soar with sustainable aviation summit and collaborative approach15/05/2023 14:20:00
UK and US to work together to reduce aviation emissions and accelerate development of sustainable aviation fuel.
Transpennine Express's contract will not be renewed or extended12/05/2023 13:10:00
Secretary of State for Transport statement given yesterday to Parliament about not renewing Transpennine Express contract.
Transpennine Express to be brought into operator of last resort11/05/2023 12:15:00
Transport Secretary has announced he will not renew or extend Transpennine Express's contract.
UK economy boosted by £1.4 billion as longer lorries roll out on roads10/05/2023 12:05:00
Legislation change allowing longer lorries and longer semi-trailers on roads will save 70,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide from being released into the air.