Campaigners call for a new rail station

SENRUG Chairman Dennis Fancett.
SENRUG Chairman Dennis Fancett.

Campaigners are calling for a new station to help commuters getting to Newcastle.

SENRUG, the group campaigning for better rail services in south east Northumberland, believes a new station should be built in Killingworth.

The site, under the A1056 Killingworth Way, would be served by trains running between the Metrocentre/Newcastle, and Morpeth.

The new station would serve the existing community of Killingworth, with the nearest Metro station is in Palmersville, and would reduce journey times into Newcastle to eight minutes.

It is estimate the new could could cost £10m, but SENRUG say funding from external sources is available.

Chairman Dennis Fancett said: “For too long we have been lacking any kind of vision for developing and enhancing rail services in this area.

“We are watching new projects come on stream in other parts of the country but nothing happens here.

“This campaign, along with our persistence in campaigning for the re-instatement of passenger services on the Ashington Blyth & Tyne Line, can change all of that. It is time for local authorities to provide strong leadership and vision, and to think ‘rail’.”