Application submitted for new station as part of Northumberland Line

A planning application has been submitted for a railway station as part of plans to reintroduce rail services in south east Northumberland.

Friday, 26th March 2021, 10:00 am
Blyth Valley MP Ian Levy at Bebside station.

The application is for a station at Bebside, as part of the Northumberland Line scheme.

The project was allocated £34million from the Government to rapidly progress the initiative through land acquisition, detailed plans and early site works.

Six stations are proposed with the others at Ashington, Bedlington, Newsham, Seaton Delaval and also Northumberland Park, providing an interchange with the Tyne and Wear Metro network.

Blyth Valley MP Ian Levy said: “This is a very significant milestone for the Northumberland Line initiative and demonstrates how quickly things are now moving forward.

“A huge amount of time and effort has gone into this application and it now has to be examined as part of the planning process.

"The proposal includes a two-platform railway station, lifts, parking and a pedestrian and cycle footbridge over the A189 Spine Road to connect the station to Blyth next to Asda.

“The County Council has also started the tendering process to find a contractor to build the stations and car parks with work expected to start in 2022 subject to the planning applications being approved.”

The station at Bebside will be located 200 metres south of the original station and behind the Heather Lea housing estate on the site of the former Bebside Colliery.

Planning applications will follow for the two other stations in Blyth Valley at Newsham and Seaton Delaval.