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  • Wed, 14 Apr 2021, 17:30-18:30
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Of the many closed lines that are currently being proposed for possible reopening to passenger traffic, one which is close to coming to fruition is the Northumberland line.  This is being actively promoted by Northumberland County Council, working with SLC Rail, Network Rail and Northern.

The line north-east of Newcastle-upon-Tyne running to Ashington and beyond was one of the passenger line closures ensuing from the Beeching Report.  The reopened line will be around 18 miles long with six new stations at Ashington, Bedlington, Blyth Bebside, Newsham, Seaton Delaval and Northumberland Park. Services will then continue on to the existing stations of Manors and Newcastle Central.

The authorities participating in the project are making sure that it will also be about integrating the reopened line with the needs of the local community through provision of better access to education, employment and housing development; creating a sustainable modal shift from road to rail; and economic growth in the area.

Mike Haigh of SLC Rail will be updating us about this project, which will be of special interest to anybody concerned with the development of new train services.  It will be of particular relevance to those interested in the “Delivering Passenger & Freight Services” and “Finance & Investment Planning” elements of the IRO Professional Operators Development (POD).

We look forward to welcoming you at this event, for which you are required to register in advance.


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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Added on the website on April 14, 2021