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 has been working, for the last few months, with Transport North East and a range of local groups to develop a North East Rail and Metro Strategy. The first public draft went out for consultation recently and the Branch have made their formal response. In general, we are supportive of the proposals that offer support to many of the campaigns that we either run or support. We think that the current draft has missed out some important local issues and that the whole document, it is over 150 pages long, could have been presented in a more user-friendly way. Our response to the draft plan can be found here

The local Rail User Groups, and the RfNE Branch Committee, have spent a lot of time discussing the new timetable that was recently proposed for the ECML. RfNE produced, working with the RUGs, a document for local MPs and Councillors that sets out our position. The reactions to the document have been mainly supportive and we now await the next set of proposals for the timetable. Our response to these proposals can be found here

Upcoming Events 
Branch Committee Meeting: The next Branch Committee meeting will be held on Tuesday 12th July 2022 in the Joseph Swan room at Literary and Philosophical Society, Westgate Road, Newcastle. STOP PRESS: due to several of the Committee having to isolate due to COVID this meeting will now take place on ZOOM. Contact our Branch Secretary (see contact details below) for details of how to join the meeting. The notes of the most recent Branch Committee meetings are available here.

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 July 2022)
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 July 2022).
Faster Journey times between Tees-side and Tyneside (Stillington Line) - Further details at Faster Journeys between Teeside and Tyneside (July 2022)
North of Morpeth Local Service. Further details at North of Morpeth (updated July 2022).

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.

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

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