Plans drawn up for new rail service
Ambitious plans for a new train service connecting North Tyneside and Newcastle to south east Northumberland are to be outlined to residents.
A series of drop-in events are being held on the proposed passenger service to run on existing tracks used only by freight trains.
Drawn up by Northumberland County Council, the service could be in place by late 2022, subject to obtaining the relevant funding.
It would mean that a new train station would be provided in North Tyneside, at Northumberland Park, alongside the existing Metro station platforms.
Northumberland County Council has proposed a phased approach to the delivery. The first phase would create four new stations at Northumberland Park, Newsham Blyth, Bedlington and Ashington with an hourly service (high peak half hourly).
The remaining stations at Seaton Delaval and Blyth Bebside would come on line over the next two years.A public consultation has now been organised to raise awareness of the scheme and find out more about what people would like the service to look like.There will be two half day sessions at St Mark’s Church Hall, in Shiremoor, from 10am to 4pm on September 12, and 3pm to 7pm on September 16, while people will also have the opportunity to submit their views online.There will also be drop-in sessions at Seaton Delaval & Holywell Community Centre, Elsdon Avenue, Seaton Delaval, on September 11 from 10am to 4pm, and September 18 from 3pm to 7pm.