North East Branch

Welcome to Railfuture North East’s webpages

We are campaigning to improve and develop rail services in the North East of England. 

We cover the local authority areas within the Tees Valley, County Durham, Tyne and Wear, and Northumberland

Latest News: As we've reported previously the branch committee have spent a number of evenings over the summer, on Zoom, working their way through the draft of the North East Transport Plan. The plan covers County Durham, Tyne and Wear, and Northumberland and it looks at the next 15 years of developments in both public and private transport. To read the draft plan and our response please look at our page on the North EastTransport Plan here. Whilst we welcome a lot of what is in the plan, we have found some parts that are not as ambitious as we had hoped. We say that the need to act urgently to protect our environment must be a top priority, and this will mean a much greater emphasis on both public transport and moving as much freight traffic away from the roads as is possible. We’ve made proposals to improve the plan in both of these key policy areas. Our response, and many others including those from the local RUGs, has gone in and the next stage will be the publication of plan itself – followed by work to implement the proposals. Dis we have an impact? Well the good news is that we were invited to be part of a small group charged with developing the North East Rail and Metro strategy a.k.a NERMS. We were asked to set out our priorities. It was good to see that that some of the issues we had raised in our comments on the wider North East Transport Plan were now included in the initial NERMS draft. The next step will, we understand, be a further meeting to discuss a final draft that will then be launched to a wider audience.

The RUGs, and the RFNE Branch Committee, in the area have been busy making comments on the proposed timetable for the ECML. Very few, if any, of these comments were complimentary! The proposed timetable would have removed many of our stopping services, used by passengers travelling within the region, and removed 50% of our direct services to the North West. We are delighted that all of this work has had at least some impact with the proposals seeming to be withdrawn for further consideration.

Upcoming Events 
Branch Committee Meeting: The next Branch Committee meeting will be held on Zoom at a date and time to be announced. If there are items that you think we should discuss, or if you would like to attend this meeting, please contact our Branch Secretary (see contact details below). The notes of the most recent Branch Committee meetings are available here.

Past Events
Branch AGM: The Railfuture North East Branch 2021 Annual General Meeting is still to be arranged. At yet there is no new date for the meeting but, for the moment, the existing officers, have indicated that they will remain in post.

North East Campaigns
Our campaigns, working with our local Rail User Groups, are:
New Rail Service Newcastle to Ashington (Ashington Blyth & Tyne Line). For more details see the Northumberland Line (Updated 25 August 2021)
New Station at Ferryhill - Further details at Ferryhill Station (updated June 2021).
New Station at Gilsland - Further details at Gilsland Station  (updated November 2020).
New Station at Team Valley - Further details at New Station at Team Valley - (updated November 2020).
New Railway Ferryhill to Pelaw (Leamside Line) Further details at Leamside Line (updated 16 March 2021).
Faster Journey times between Tees-side and Tyneside (Stillington Line) - Further details at Faster Journeys between Teeside and Tyneside (updated October 2020)
North of Morpeth Local Service. Further details at North of Morpeth (updated 14 September 2021).

Local Links
South East Northumberland Rail Users Group - http://www.senrug.co.uk
Saltburn Line Users Group - https://en-gb.facebook.com/saltburnlineusergroup/
Coastliners – The Users group for the Durham Coast Line - http://www.necoastliners.co.uk
Tyne Valley Rail Users Group - https://tvrug.org.uk
Tyne and Wear Passenger Transport Users Group - Mainly Bus and Metro - http://www.twptug.org.uk

The branch also supports the work being undertaken in our region by the AVR (Aln Valley Railway), Weardale Railway, Campaign for Borders Rail and the Wensleydale Railway.

A full list of Rail user groups in the North East are shown on Railfuture's Regional list list of groups which can be downloaded in PDF format.

View our latest and previous branch newsletters.

Secretary: ian.walker at railfuture.org.uk or at 47 Park House Gardens, Sherburn Village, Durham DH6 1DU

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