UK: Northumberland Line to Reopen in 2024

The UK government is working with Network Rail and Northern Rail to restore regular train services to the Northumberland line from summer 2024.

The completed line between Ashington and Newcastle will cut journey times in half, while reconnecting historic railway towns to the network.

Northumberland Line
The project involves upgrading track and signalling, as well as opening six new stations and three new footbridges on the Northumberland line

This investment is part of government’s Restoring Your Railway programme, which reopens old stations and lines across the country.

The programme has already successfully delivered the Dartmoor line in Devon, which reopened to passengers in November 2021.

Transport Secretary, Mark Harper said:

“Communities in Northumberland can get ready for regular train services that will better connect people to jobs, education and opportunities while growing our economy.

“Restoring lost railway connections will drive tourism, boost local business opportunities and encourage investment across our regions, which is why I’m pleased to say that we are on track to reopen this historic line next summer.”

Prior to the line reopening, six fully accessible stations will be built at Ashington, Bedlington, Blyth Bebside, Newsham, Seaton Delaval and Northumberland Park to provide a direct connection to Newcastle Central.

A specific date for when services will resume will be announced closer to the time.

Northumberland County Council Leader Glen Sanderson said:

“We are delighted to have reached this major milestone which gives the green light for the main construction works to start. This is such a transformational scheme which will bring benefits for residents, businesses and visitors for generations to come.”

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