Train Travel

Travel by train to, from and within Northumberland: services, fares, and how to obtain more information

Train travel

Two railways in the UK’s national network run through Northumberland.  The East Coast Main Line passes through the county between Newcastle, Berwick-upon-Tweed and Edinburgh.  The Hadrian’s Wall Line passes across the county between Newcastle, Hexham and Carlisle.

East Coast Main Line

  • East Coast provides trains south to Durham, Darlington, York and London King’s Cross.  It also runs north to Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Inverness.  Trains call within Northumberland at Berwick, Alnmouth and Morpeth.  They call more frequently at Newcastle.
  • CrossCountry runs south to Durham, York, Leeds, Sheffield and Birmingham.  It runs beyond to places in south west England.  It also runs north to Edinburgh and beyond.  Some trains call within Northumberland at Berwick, Alnmouth or Morpeth.  They call more frequently at Newcastle.
  • Northern Rail provides a local service between Morpeth, Cramlington, Newcastle and Metrocentre.  Trains run approximately hourly on Mondays to Saturdays.  A commuter train runs to Newcastle and back from Chathill, Alnmouth, Acklington, Widdrington and Pegswood.

Hadrian’s Wall Line (or Tyne Valley line)

The Hadrian’s Wall or Tyne Valley line is one of England’s scenic railways.  It provides a fast convenient way to travel for local residents as well as for visitors.  In conjunction with the Hadrian’s Wall Bus you can use the line to gain access to all the historic sites of the Hadrian’s Wall area.  For more information on travelling around Hadrian’s Wall country, click here to go to the Visit Hadrian's Wall website.  Most trains on the Tyne Valley line are operated by Northern Rail.

  • Between Carlisle and Newcastle trains run hourly for most of the day, every day including Sundays.  All trains call within Northumberland at Haltwhistle, Hexham and Prudhoe.  Several trains make additional calls at Bardon Mill, Haydon Bridge and other stations east of Hexham.  A small number of trains run beyond Carlisle to Dumfries, and Glasgow.
  • Other trains run hourly between Hexham and Newcastle calling at all stations in Northumberland.  Many run through to or from Sunderland and Middlesbrough. 

Connecting trains at Newcastle and Carlisle

You can connect with further trains at Newcastle including First TransPennine Express to Leeds and Manchester.  At Carlisle Virgin West Coast runs south to Preston and beyond.  Virgin West Coast and TransPennine Express also run north to Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Timetables

We have compiled summary timetables from information published by the operators and the GB Rail Timetable, but you should make a final check with the National Rail Enquiry Service before you travel, in case of any last-minute changes.

Click here for a timetable for trains between Newcastle, Chathill, Berwick upon Tweed and Edinburgh

Click here for a timetable for trains between Newcastle and Carlisle

Click here for a summary timetable for trains between Newcastle and London King's Cross

Train operators

The links below take you to the websites of the train operators mentioned on this page:

CrossCountry Trains

East Coast

Northern Rail

TransPennine Express

Virgin Trains

Tickets

Many different ticket types are available for travel by train.  They include advance purchase tickets, ranger and rover tickets, and season tickets for regular travel.  For full details of the range of possibilities, contact the train operators or the National Rail Enquiry Service (see below).

PlusBus

If you are travelling to Hexham or Alnmouth stations you can buy a through ticket to complete your journey by local bus.  The scheme is also available in Newcastle and Carlisle.  For more information go to the PlusBus website.

Enquiries about train travel

For the latest information on train times and fares contact the National Rail Enquiry Service, by phone on 08457 484950, open 24 hours daily.  You can get comprehensive information from the National Rail website.  Phone callers with hearing difficulties have an alternative phone number 0845 60 50 600, open daily 6 am to 9 pm.

Passenger representation

The organisation Passenger Focus exists to help travellers using trains, buses and coaches and to liaise with the operators, or Nexus (Tyne and Wear PTE) for Metro services, on the quality of services provided.

Rail users wishing to comment about train services in Northumberland should firstly contact the train operator - use the links to them above.  If you are not satisfied with the reply to any complaint, contact Passenger Focus, Freepost RTEH-XAGE-BYKZ, PO Box 5594, Southend on Sea, SS1 9PZ, phone 0300 123 2350, or email advice@passengerfocus.org.uk .  For more information consult the website www.passengerfocus.org.uk .

Tyne Valley Community Rail Partnership

The county council supports the Tyne Valley Community Rail Partnership (TVCRP), which has the aim of promoting the Hadrian’s Wall (Tyne Valley) line for residents and visitors.  Find out more from the TVCRP website.

This page was last updated on 27th October 2014.