Hundreds have their say so far on Northumberland rail scheme

The Ashington Blyth and Tyne rail lines
2 December 2020

There's still time for people to have their say in a major consultation on the reintroduction of a rail passenger service in Northumberland. 

The council’s been delighted with the response so far, with over 500 people taking the time to give their views on detailed plans for the Northumberland Line – which will connect Ashington to central Newcastle with a number of stops in between. 

Progress on the scheme has already been welcomed by government which has described the project as ‘transformational’.  

The consultation is available until December 14 by going to nland.uk/line   

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. 

Cllr Richard Wearmouth, Cabinet Member responsible for economic development, said: “We’re really pleased with the response so far and want to thank everyone who’s taken time to make their views known on this hugely important scheme for the whole region. 

“With less than a fortnight to go we hope more people will take the opportunity to look at the details and have their say on a project which is set to transform this part of the world.” 

Hard copies of the consultation documents can be requested via email at [email protected] or by calling 0345 600 6400. 

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