Northumberland Line

Information on the Northumberland Line improving connectivity and accessibility in South East Northumberland.

Northumberland County Council is seeking to improve connectivity and accessibility in South East Northumberland.

What is the Northumberland Line?

The Northumberland Line will bring passenger trains back into service between Ashington and Newcastle.  

The scheme aims to stimulate and support economic growth, regeneration and community development in Northumberland and the surrounding regions by providing new and improved transport links for local people and businesses. By doing so, the scheme will: 
  • improve access from towns such as Ashington and Blyth to employment hubs like Newcastle, as well as opening up new opportunities for education and travel;  
  • provide a real incentive for potential employers to relocate to and invest in the area; 
  • provide vital infrastructure to help deliver the region’s aspirations for population and economic growth; 
  • help to attract visitors and improve local tourism; 
  • enhance public transport connectivity within and beyond the region; 
  • help to reduce congestion and improve air quality on key corridors by moving people away from car travel and onto public transport; and  
  • support the delivery of significant growth in sectors such as renewable energy, offshore oil and gas and engineering. 

The story so far

The railway between Ashington and Newcastle used to run both passenger and freight services until the Beeching cuts in the 1960s.
Since then, freight trains have continued to use the line, primarily serving Lynemouth Power Station. 
The lack of passenger railway services in the area has contributed to local congestion due to car and bus travel being the only viable forms of transport for many.
The proposals seek to reintroducpassenger services on the line. 

Consultation 2020

Public consultation on the Northumberland Line took place late last year and has now closed. Thank you to everyone who provided feedback on the proposals. We will provide an update following consulation shortly.

A copy of the consultation booklet from 2020 can be downloaded by clicking here. 

What happens next?

The timeline below shows our anticipated key milestones for the development of the Northumberland Line:
  • Late 2020 – Public consultation period. 
  • Early 2021 – Planning applications submitted for the six stations and Chase Meadows footbridge. Early enabling works start on site. This will mainly be clearance and engineering works with standalone benefits, which don’t require planning permission. 
  • Spring 2021 – Application for Transport and Works Act Order submitted to Secretary of State. 
  • Summer 2022 – Construction on stations begins, subject to necessary approvals being secured.  
  • 2024 – Current expected start of passenger services. 

Latest news

Multi-million-pound investment in Northumberland Line - The news that the green light’s been given to multi-million pound funding towards the Northumberland Line has been welcomed by the council and its partners. 

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