Increase in train services to Northumberland passengers

More trains will be stopping at Morpeth and Cramlington stations in December.
More trains will be stopping at Morpeth and Cramlington stations in December.

More trains will be stopping in south east Northumberland in December.

The massive boost in rail services will start from December 10, SENRUG – the group that campaigns for better rail services – has announced.

Three train companies will be adding extra services at Morpeth, while Cramlington will see the introduction of a new Sunday service.

CrossCountry services will increase the number of its services that call at Morpeth from three to five each way per day, making a total of 70 services per week.

Andy Cooper, CrossCountry managing director, said: “We are delighted to be increasing the number of our trains that call at Morpeth in our December timetables.”

Virgin Trains will also be introducing extra Saturday trains at Morpeth.

Northern is introducing a Sunday service from Morpeth and Cramlington to Newcastle and Metrocentre, with the first train leaving Morpeth at 8.50am.

Mike Paterson, regional director, said: “The improved services between Morpeth and Metrocentre will offer new weekend commuting possibilities and will also boost travel options for leisure travellers.”

Dennis Fancett, chairman of SENRUG, said: “Many people don’t believe campaigning to improve things works. We have now almost achieved our objective of an intercity service every two hours each way at Morpeth.

“And we are delighted to welcome Northern’s Sunday trains that at long last will provide a service at Cramlington.”

“We are keen to attract more support for our other campaigns – the Ashington Blyth & Tyne Re-opening, the North of Morpeth local service, and a doubling of service frequency at Cramlington, and we urge those that support us to go to www.senrug.co.uk and join up.”