A series of drop-in events are being held for people to find out more about for the proposed Northumberland passenger rail line.

The passenger service, which would connect the south east of the county with North Tyneside and Newcastle city centre, could be running by late 2022 and mean journeys between Ashington to Newcastle of just over half an hour.
 
To align with emerging funding opportunities, a phased approach to delivery is proposed. The first phase would create four new stations at Northumberland Park, Newsham, Bedlington and Ashington with an hourly (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 between September 2-18 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 in each location, while people will also have the opportunity to submit their views online.

The drop ins will be at:

Sept 2 -  YMCA Northumberland, North View Ashington, NE63 9XQ - 10am-4pm
Sept 5  - YMCA Northumberland , North View Ashington, NE63 9XQ - 3pm-7pm

Sept 3 - East Bedlington Community Centre, 16 & 17 Station Rd, Bedlington, NE22 7JN - 3pm-7pm
Sept 4 - East Bedlington Community Centre, 16 & 17 Station Rd, Bedlington, NE22 7JN - 10am-4pm

Sept 9 - Buffalo Community Centre, 55 Regent Street, Blyth, NE24 1LL 10am-4pm
Sept 10 - Buffalo Community Centre, 55 Regent Street, Blyth, NE24 1LL 3pm-7pm

Sept 11 - Seaton Delaval & Holywell Community Centre, Elsdon Avenue, Seaton Delaval, NE25 0BW - 10am-4pm
Sept 18  - Seaton Delaval & Holywell Community Centre, Elsdon Avenue, Seaton Delaval, NE25 0BW - 3pm-7pm

Sep 12 - St Mark’s Church Hall, Brenkley Ave, Shiremoor, NE27 0PP - 10am-4pm
Sep 16 - St Mark’s Church Hall, Brenkley Ave, Shiremoor, NE27 0PP - 3pm-7pm

For more information visit www.northumberland.gov.uk/News/2019/Aug/Public-s-view-sought-on-rail-line-plans.aspx