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Bid To Get Trains Running From Ashington To Newcastle Move Step Closer As New Station Plans Lodged

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on the Chronicle Live.

This is the introductory paragraph.

Proposals for a single platform railway station at Northumberland Park have been lodged with North Tyneside Council.

In Trains: £34m For Revival Of 50-Year-Old North-East Railway Line, I said this about linking the new Northumberland Line to the Metro at Northumberland Park station.

Northumberland Park station is planned to be an interchange between the Northumberland Line and the Metro.

This Google Map shows the station.


    1. The two Metro tracks either side of an island platform.
    2. The single track of the Northumberland Line alongside.

There would appear to be space to the North of the Metro tracks to squeeze in two tracks, each with a platform for each.

But if the frequency on the Northumberland Line were only two trains per hour (tph), would the simplicity of a single Northumberland Line platform be worthwhile?

It seems I got it right about a single platform being enough.

But the article says this about access.

The new stop would be built next to the existing Metro station and would be accessed from Algernon Road via stairs or a lift.

The single platform may seem a little on the cheap, but one platform works well at stations like Galashiels.

These pictures show Galashiels station on the recently opened Borders Railway.

Galashiels is an interesting solution, as there is a single-platform step-free railway station on one side of the road and a comprehensive bus interchange on the other with seats, cafes, shops and warm shelter.

Galashiels station is designed to handle two trains per hour (tph) in both directions.

March 10, 2021 - Posted by | Transport/Travel | ,

1 Comment »

  1. The station just fits!.

    Planning ref 21/00299/FUL. A search using “Northumberland Park” will also work as it come up top of the list.

    As regards Galasheils – the old station site is now an ASDA and retail park so no space there. So the new Galasheils station is shoe horned in onto the old 2 line trackbed a few hundres yars west of the old station and also where the main bus stops, now an interchange, used to be.

    Comment by TW | March 11, 2021 | Reply

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