North East Branch

Welcome to Railfuture North East’s webpages

We are campaigning to improve and develop rail services in the North East of England. 

We cover the local authority areas within the Tees Valley, County Durham, Tyne and Wear, and Northumberland

Our Current Activities
Railfuture North East supports, and actively participates in, local campaigns to develop the rail system. The current campaigns in which we take a particular interest are listed further down on this page, with links to other pages that report on the latest news for each campaign. We also take the opportunity to comment on plans for changes to timetables and keep a careful eye on the plans and strategies for public transport as they are developed by our local and transport authorities. If take every opportunity to try to influence the content of these plans as they are developed and before they are ‘set in concrete’.

The Branch Committee worked with Transport North East and a range of local groups to develop a North East Rail and Metro Strategy. The 150 page plan has been agreed by the North East Joint Transport Committee and, in part as a result of our comments a shorter and more "user friendly" version of the report is said to be on the way. In general we are supportive of the plan that has taken on board many of the ideas proposed by local campaigners. However we think that the plan has missed out some important issues including the need for a clear outline of the local services that will be on offer once the plan becomes reality.

Upcoming Events 
Branch Committee Meeting: The next Branch Committee meeting will be held on Wednesday 13th March 2024 in the small upstairs Meeting Room, at Newcastle Arts Centre on Westgate Road in Newcastle. The meeting will start at 6:00 pm and the venue is about 5 minutes walk from Newcastle Central Station.

Branch AGM:The Branch Annual General meeting will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday 11th May 2024 in the upstairs Conference Room at Newcastle Arts Centre on Westgate Road in Newcastle. The speaker will be Councillor Martin Gannon, chair of the North East Joint Transport Committee, who will talk about, amongst other topics, the re-opening of the Leamside Line.^

North East Campaigns
Our campaigns, working with our local Rail User Groups, are:
New Rail Service Newcastle to Ashington (Ashington Blyth & Tyne Line). For more details see the Northumberland Line (Updated April 4th 2023)
New Station at Ferryhill - Further details at Ferryhill Station (updated July 2022).
New Station at Gilsland - Further details at Gilsland Station  (updated July 2022).
New Station at Team Valley - Further details at New Station at Team Valley - (updated July 2022).
New Railway Ferryhill to Pelaw (Leamside Line) Further details at Leamside Line (updated March 13 2023).
Faster Journey times between Teesside and Tyneside (Stillington Line) - Further details at Faster Journeys between Teeside and Tyneside (UpdatedJuly 2022)
North of Morpeth Local Service. Further details at North of Morpeth (updated June 2023).

Local Links
South East Northumberland Rail Users Group - http://www.senrug.co.uk
Saltburn Line Users Group - https://en-gb.facebook.com/saltburnlineusergroup/
Coastliners – The Users group for the Durham Coast Line - http://www.necoastliners.co.uk
Tyne Valley Rail Users Group - https://tvrug.org.uk
Tyne and Wear Passenger Transport Users Group - Mainly Bus and Metro - http://www.twptug.org.uk

The branch also supports the work being undertaken in our region by the AVR (Aln Valley Railway), Weardale Railway, Campaign for Borders Rail and the Wensleydale Railway.

A full list of Rail user groups in the North East are shown on Railfuture's Regional list list of groups which can be downloaded in PDF format.

View our latest and previous branch newsletters.

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Secretary: ian.walker at railfuture.org.uk or at 47 Park House Gardens, Sherburn Village, Durham DH6 1DU

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