Transport projects

This page provides information about Northumberland County Council transport projects.

Here you will find information about public transport projects the council is involved with.

Find out more about how to get real-time information on public transport in Northumberland. Bus information systems introduced to the Tyne Valley area during 2009 provide real-time information on services via mobile phone texting. Real-time also gives updated information via visual display units initially provided at Hexham bus station and principle bus stops in Hill Street, Corbridge, and at Front Street, Prudhoe.

Investigation is taking place into the possibility of introducing real-time information to further areas of Northumberland.

In Berwick upon Tweed, a small-scale real-time bus passenger information system has now been introduced at principle bus stops in Golden Square, North Road and also inside the Tweedmouth Tesco store.

How to get real-time information
Electronic passenger information can be accessed on mobile and handheld devices via NextBuses or by text message. Text "TRAVELINE" to 84268.

To find the bus times for a specific bus stop on mobile phones without internet, send a text to Traveline. Text ‘nld’ followed by the unique bus stop code to 84268. Where bus timetable information is provided at a bus stop, this information also shows the bus stop code. By phone, contact Traveline North East customer call centre on 0871 200 2233 between 7am and 9pm. Calls cost 10p per minute from a BT landline. Call costs from mobile phones may vary and include the standard network rate.
Hexham Bus Station – latest stages
Planning permission was granted for the new bus station at Loosing Hill on 2nd September 2015. You can see the planning application here:
Work started on construction on 1st February 2015.
The car park at Loosing Hill will be closed for the whole of the construction period.  Details of alternative car parks is available are on the council’s website here or by phoning 0345 600 6400.
Once the bus station is completed a car parking area will open again – with spaces for 50 vehicles.
The new bus station will feature modern facilities for bus users including an enclosed waiting area, toilets and refreshment facilities. 
The bus station is due to open in November 2016, after which the existing site is set to be redeveloped as part of a regeneration project.

The future of Hexham bus station has been discussed over a number of years. During 2014, Northumberland County Council looked at options for the future.

An in-depth appraisal of eight sites was carried out by independent transportation specialists AECOM. The sites were identified in conjunction with Hexham Town Council and each was assessed against the requirements of a good bus facility.

The council also engaged with the local community, including two consultation events, discussions with a range of groups and organisations with a stake in the bus station, and research with bus users.

Health and safety reports were also undertaken on the current site.

In December 2014, the council’s policy board considered a report which outlined all of this information and the board agreed the best option was to build a new modern bus station on part of the car park at Loosing Hill.

Once the new station is built, the existing site will be released for a redevelopment project with new housing, shops and jobs. The regeneration project is being developed by Dysart Developments Limited.

Background Documents
The county council supports the principle of reopening the Ashington, Blyth and Tyne rail network to passenger services.
Details of the Ashington, Blyth and Tyne rail network proposals
An application has been made for North East regional funding of about £45 million towards the southeast Northumberland public transport corridor scheme.

Work continues to complete the first stage study. This involves an extensive programme of surveys to provide data on journeys being made using current local bus and rail services into, out of and through southeast Northumberland.

There is a campaign promoting the benefits of, and to develop a successful business case for, a major public transport scheme.

The centrepiece of this scheme will be a reopened Ashington Blyth and Tyne Rail Network, integrated with local bus services.

Studies are continuing into the proposal, in partnership with the Department for Transport.
Tyne Valley Community Rail Partnership, in collaboration with Northumberland County Council, provides visitor information at key settlements along the Tyne Valley.

Where to find Tyne Valley rail visitor information
Information display boards are at key locations, including:
  • Wylam
  • Prudhoe
  • Stocksfield
  • Riding Mill
  • Corbridge
  • Hexham
  • Haydon Bridge
  • Bardon Mill
  • Henshaw
  • Haltwhistle
They provide visitors with details of local attractions, services, healthcare and timetable information.

The county council is continuing to work with the Community Rail Partnership on projects to develop the potential of the Tyne Valley rail line.