Gilsland Station


Gilsland station was originally opened on 19 July 1836 when it was known as "Rose Hill". It was renamed "Gilsland" on 1 May 1869 and, after having been proposed for closure in the Beeching Report, closed to passengers on 2 January 1967. Goods facilities were withdrawn on 5 April 1965.
The potential for the station's reopening was assessed in 2001 and in 2005 in the Tyne Valley Route Strategy. Neither study found that there was a case for reopening. Crucially, and fatally to the conclusions then reached, potential demand was assessed only in relation to the local population and not with regard to possible visitors to Hadrian's Wall. Hadrian’s wall is now actively promoted as a tourist destination and now includes many local attractions along with a walking and cycling route. 
In May 2013, it was reported that the Tyne Valley Rail Users Group had asked JMP Consultants to assess the potential for the reopening of the station to provide access to Hadrian’s Wall. The report was published in August 2013 and concluded that there is an economic case for reopening the station if spending by additional visitors to the area is taken into account.
A new station will help with the regeneration of the local community and promotion of tourism along Hadrian’s Wall & Tyne Valley walking and cycle routes.
The latest information on opening a station at Gilsland is that in August 2018 Tyne Valley Community Rail Partnership TVCRP and the Campaign to Open Gilsland Station COGS met with the Rail Director for Transport for the North RfN. RfN have advised that Strategic Outline Business Case SOBC will be needed followed by an Outline Business Case. Assuming that the results of these studies are positive either Northumberland County Council or Rail North will need to take on the project and do a full business case.
COGS and TVCRP already have a report from consultants Steer Davis Gleave on the economic viability of the station and have asked them how much is needed to turn the economic case study into an SOBC and OBC. The estimate for the SOBC is £30,000 and for the OBC around £360,000. 
The Hexham Courant reported on 25thJanuary that the station could re-open for as between £4.5m and £7m – with the latter figure providing a permanent station, despite an earlier estimated cost of £28m. They say that Northumberland County Council has indicated that the scheme could benefit from the Borderlands Growth Deal, set up by the Government to promote economic opportunities on both sides of the English-Scottish Border. The Courant goes to report that whilst negotiations on the Borderlands Growth Deal are at a very early stage the re-opening of Gilsland station has already been highlighted as a potential scheme which both Northumberland County Council and Carlisle City Council strongly support. Geoff Paul, director of planning and economy at Northumberland County Council is reported as saying that between £450,000 to £750,000 will be required to progress to the detailed design stage of the process.

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Updated: 24 March 2019

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