metro train at station
9 December 2013

Many more trains will be calling at Dunston and Blaydon stations in west Gateshead as Northern Rail improves local services.

Customers will really start to notice the difference between Newcastle and Hexham/Carlisle, when a more regular service will call at Dunston and Blaydon stations, seven days a week.

From Monday 9 December, Dunston will get 31 trains a day (up from three), Monday – Friday and 21 trains on a Sunday. Blaydon will get 20 trains a day (up from four) and 12 trains on a Sunday.

Northern is also investing in the growing station by fitting new passenger shelters at Blaydon and Network Rail has raised the platforms here for easier access to and from Northern services.

Paul Barnfield, Area Director for Northern Rail comments: “The Tyne Valley is a growing and bustling community and it’s fantastic that we can continue to improve the train service we offer here. These additional services are testament to the fantastic results that can be achieved by partnership working within our local communities, something we have a great track record on.”

Tobyn Hughes, Deputy Director General of Nexus, said: “These new services will transform Dunston and Blaydon stations, providing new links for local people and a useful new interchange between local and regional transport.  Nexus is providing support with marketing and information to Northern as we welcome this boost for rail in west Gateshead.”

Dave Anderson, MP for Blaydon, adds: “This is great news for local people and comes at the same time as we are seeing the redevelopment of Blaydon town centre. Northern Rail should be commended on doing so much to boost one of the most efficient and environmentally-friendly forms of transport around.”

For more information on changes to timetables, please visit northernrail.org or follow @northernrailorg on Twitter.