Campaign calls for town’s train station to move

A Northern Rail train passes the site of the proposed station relocation, with Manor Walks Shopping Centre behind.
A Northern Rail train passes the site of the proposed station relocation, with Manor Walks Shopping Centre behind.

A new campaign has been launched for train services in south east Northumberland.

SENRUG, the group that campaigns for better rail services in he south east of the county, is calling for Cramlington Station to be moved to make it more central to the town.

The campaign, which is one of two launched this week by the rail users group, wants the station to be moved 200 metres to the south, adjacent to the pedestrian and cycle path subway under the road into the Manor Walks Shopping Centre, where there is an existing pedestrian footbridge over the railway tracks to Beacon Hill.

The new station site would be central to Cramlington, provide easy access to Manor Walks shops, and allow an adjacent bus station to be constructed providing an integrated transport interchange.

The group is currently calling for train frequency at Cramlington to be doubled by extended the TransPennine Express services on from Newcastle to Cramlington and Morpeth.

A second campaign is for a new station to be built at Killingworth in North Tyneside, at the point where the line passes under the A1056 Killingworth Way.

The new station would be served by the local train services running between MetroCentre / Newcastle and Morpeth / Chathill, currently an hourly service, but with evening and Sunday service due to be added with the new franchise, starting in 2016.

SENRUG chair 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.

“These new campaigns, 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’.

“The new station location would complement SENRUG’s campaign to increase train service frequency at Cramlington to two trains each way per hour with the possibility of some services providing a direct connection to cities such as York, Leeds and Manchester.

“By increasing the number of people likely to use the station, it becomes a more viable commercial proposition for train companies to want their services to call at the station.”

SENRUG wants people who support its campaigns to join the group, whose annual membership is just £5 per year.

Membership forms and full details of both of its proposals can be found at www.senrug.co.uk