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Historic Northumberland Line To Reopen Next Summer

The title of this post, is the same as that, of this news story from the UK Government.

This is the sub-heading.

Fully accessible stations are being built to give 6 Northumberland communities regular train services.

And these are the main bullet points.

  • 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

Let’s hope this line follows the Dartmoor Line in being a success.

I wrote about this success in Dartmoor Line Passes 250,000 Journeys On Its First Anniversary, As Rail Minister Visits To Mark Official Opening Of The Station Building.



March 6, 2023 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , | 4 Comments

Safety Message Clear As Leven Work Ramps Up

The title of this post, is the same as that if this press release from Network Rail.

The press release has a positive tone and indicates.

  • Track is starting to be laid at the Thornton end and this track will be used to help build the Levenmouth Rail Link.
  • The connection to the main line at Thornton is complete.
  • Safety is emphasised.
  • Planning permission for the two stations should be submitted this year.
  • The programme is scheduled to complete in Spring 2024.

As it is not much larger than the Okehampton scheme, which Network Rail delivered so well, I would feel that date is feasible.

Rivalry With The Northumberland Line

The Wikipedia entry for the Northumberland Line says this about the line.

The Northumberland Line is a planned passenger rail route connecting the city of Newcastle upon Tyne with Ashington, Blyth and south-east Northumberland. The route of the line uses part of the larger Blyth and Tyne Railway, a network of lines that cover south-east Northumberland. Construction of stations is planned for the summer of 2022, with the opening of the line for passenger services planned for December 2023.

Note, that both projects are planned to be completed within a few months.

Will there be an Anglo-Scottish rivalry, perhaps with pipers on both sides?

August 11, 2022 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Schoolchildren Get First Glimpse Of Northumberland Line Train Services

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on the Northumberland Gazette.


The title does say it all, but what a good idea to give the kids a ride first to build up enthusiasm for the new Northumberland Line.

July 22, 2022 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , | Leave a comment

The Northumberland Launches A Web Site

The new web site is at

There is this introductory paragraph.

The Northumberland Line will bring passenger trains back into service between Ashington and Newcastle. It is a priority of both Northumberland County Council and is supported by a number of key project partners, including the Department for Transport (DfT), Network Rail, Transport for the North (TfN), Nexus and Northern Trains Limited, North Tyneside Council, North of Tyne Combined Authority and Newcastle City Council.

And this video.

They are forecasting a 2024 opening in the video.

July 17, 2022 Posted by | Transport/Travel | | 2 Comments

Northumberland Line On Track As Approval Granted

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

These are the first three paragraphs.

A new rail line in Northumberland – including six new stations – is on track after getting ministers’ support.

The aim is to open the stations and upgrade track between Newcastle and Ashington by December 2023.

Following an inquiry, the government has granted a Transport and Works Act Order (TWAO) authorising the closure of level crossings and purchase of land.

Northumberland Council said it was a “key milestone”.

These two paragraphs describe the project.

Construction work on the line is due to start this summer.

It is planned to run a half-hourly passenger service along the 18-mile line, stopping at Bedlington, Blyth, Bebside, Newsham, Seaton Delaval and Northumberland Park Metro station.

We need more rail reopening like this to level-up the country.

June 29, 2022 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Green Light For Last Of Six New Stations For Northumberland Line

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on the Northumberland Gazette.

The title probably says it all and now final planning can be started, with construction due to start in the summer.

March 3, 2022 Posted by | Transport/Travel | | 1 Comment

Alstom Hydrogen Aventras And The Reopened Northumberland Line

In Alstom And Eversholt Rail Sign An Agreement For The UK’s First Ever Brand-New Hydrogen Train Fleet, I give my thoughts on Alstom’s new hydrogen train, which I have called the Alstom Hydrogen Aventra.

Would this train be suitable for the Northumberland Line?

This is a caption to a picture in this article on the BBC, which is entitled Northumberland Line: Railway ‘Could Create Economic Powerhouse’.

The Northumberland Line could connect Blyth and Newcastle with half hourly services and journey times of under 25 minutes.

This timetable would mean that between two and four trains would be needed to provide the service.

In my posts on the Northumberland Line, I show a strong preference for battery-electric trains and in particular those proposed by Hitachi, which would be built in their factory at Newton Aycliffe, which is a dozen miles to the South. These trains would have batteries produced by Hyperdrive Innovation in Sunderland.

I dismissed hydrogen trains, as until this week no viable new hydrogen train for the UK rail network had been proposed.

But this week, Alstom announced their hydrogen-powered Aventra.

I suspect a small fleet of these trains could work the Northumberland Line.

My only reservation would be that their operating speed was in line with the speed needed on the short sections of the East Coast Main Line used by the Northumberland Line service.


November 14, 2021 Posted by | Hydrogen, Transport/Travel | , , , | 1 Comment

Northumberland Line: Railway ‘Could Create Economic Powerhouse’

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

This is the first paragraph.

An “east coast economic powerhouse” stretching from Edinburgh to Leeds could be created if the Northumberland Line rail scheme goes ahead, a public inquiry has been told.

The article also explains why a public inquiry is needed.

The article also says that about thirty objections have been raised.

November 9, 2021 Posted by | Business, Transport/Travel | , | Leave a comment

Public Inquiry Into Northumberland Line Due To Open This Week

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on the News Post Leader.

It is also a good summary of where the various councils are with the reopening of the Northumberland Line.

The article says that work should start next summer and trains will run in 2024.

November 9, 2021 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , | 4 Comments

Two More Stations For The Northumberland Line Are Approved

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on the Northumberland Post Leader.

  • Northumberland Park and Ashington stations have already been approved.
  • Bedlington and Seaton Delaval stations have just been approved.
  • That leaves Bebside and Newsham to be approved.

It could soon be all systems go for the builders.

November 4, 2021 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , , , , , | 2 Comments