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: The Government are proposing to set up a panel of local experts to advise Northern Trains Ltd. on strategy and emerging plans. Unfortunately the panel does not include anyone from the northern part of our area. The Branch considered the matter and issued a press release. A few days later we received a response from DOHL, the government owned holding company who are responsible for the Northern network of rail services. For full details please see here. We've had a meeting with the new MP for Sedgefield. See Ferryhill Station and Leamside Line for details

The Budget brought good news for the Tyne and Wear Metro with further doubling of track, additional new trains and a promise of improved frequency of service. It also brought news of funding for Darlington Bank Top Station but failed to make any mention of money for the Ashington Blyth and Tyne Line (now renamed as the Northumberland Line). For our views on the changes to Darlington Station please see press release.

Upcoming Events 
Branch Committee Meeting: Because of the ongoing situation with the coronavirus the committee meeting due be held on 17th March has been cancelled.
Branch AGM: The Railfuture North East Branch Annual General Meeting, due to have been held on Saturday 25th April 2020, has also been cancelled. For the moment existing officers, so long as they are willing, will remain in post.

Events in the immediate past
Railfuture Summer Conference Conference: On Saturday 22nd June 2019 the North East Branch hosted the Railfuture Summer Conference. A Report on the Conference can be found here

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 Ashington Blyth and Tyne
New Station at Ferryhill - Further details at Ferryhill Station
New Station at Gilsland - Further details at Gilsland Station  (updated February 2020)
New Station at Team Valley   
New Railway Ferryhill to Pelaw (Leamside Line) Further details at Leamside Line
Faster Journey times between Tees-side and Tyneside (Stillington Line) - Further details at Faster Journeys between Teeside and Tyneside
North of Morpeth Local Service. Further details at North of Morpeth (Updated 13 March 2020)

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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