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South East Northumberland Rail User Group

Photo: Ashington sign

Area: Northumberland
Interests: Rail

The group represents the interests of existing and potential passengers travelling by rail from, to, within and through South East Northumberland, including those who would travel by train if only the trains went where they want to go, at the time they want to travel, at a fair and affordable price and in a clean, safe and accessible environment.

Contact: Dennis Fancett
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The group campaigns for:

  • Re-introduction of passenger services on Ashington Blyth & Tyne line from Woodhorn via Ashington, Bedlington, Bebside, Newsham for Blyth, Seaton Delaval, Seghill, Northumberland Park (Metro connection) to Newcastle
  • Existing Newcastle – Manors – Cramlington – Morpeth trains extended with alternate trains (every 2 hours) running on to Pegswood and Widdrington and the other trains running to Choppington (re-opened) & Bedlington
  • Feasibility Study for further extension of local trains from Widdrington on to Berwick, with Belford and Beal stations re-opened, providing a Northumberland Coast service, for commuters, tourism and leisure.
  • Frequency of local trains between Newcastle, Cramlington & Morpeth doubled to half-hourly, with evening and Sunday service introduced, by extending Liverpool / Manchester to Newcastle trains on to Cramlington & Morpeth
  • All stations in the area to be provided with level access to all platforms and Customer Information System (level access required at Manors and CIS at Manors, Cramlington, Pegswood, Widdrington, Acklington & Chathill).
  • An increase in the number of mainline intercity services that call at Morpeth train station, particularly during off-peak, to be provided jointly by East Coast Main Line and Cross Country franchise holders
  • Morpeth Station Ticket Office (which provides access to the toilet and Waiting Room) to be open throughout the day (including afternoons), as befits a station with 14 inter-city services per day

Latest news

November 2016: Here is SENRUG's latest newsletter, which covers these topics:

  • More Trains at Morpeth As SENRUG Campaigns Succeed
  • Ashington, Blyth & Tyne Re-Opening Update
  • North Sea Coast Local Rail Campaign
  • The Case For Cramlington
  • UK Railways: Have We Never Had It So Good? (an extract from the SENRUG chair's account of an Amtrak journey along the US West Coast from Seattle to San Diego)

For those in our local area, please also note our next SENRUG Public Meeting is on Monday 12 December at 7.30pm at Morpeth Town Hall, with guest speaker Neal Smith from Virgin Trains.

October 2016: Ashington Blyth & Tyne Line Re-Opening. Northumberland County Council have announced they are proceeding with the GRIP 3 Study from Network Rail, with a possible re-opening date of early 2021. Find out about SENRUG's campaign.

September 2016: More Intercity Trains at Morpeth. New Virgin trains services to stop at Morpeth from 11 Dec 2016: Monday to Friday northbound at 12:57 and 16:57, southbound at 15:15 and 19:56 and Sundays southbound at 17:32. Read SENRUG's Press release. AND CrossCountry to add two further services each way at Morpeth from December 2017. Read DfT Press Release.

September 2016: North Sea Coast Local Rail Service Campaign Launched. Working jointly with RAGES, SENRUG has produced a new colour leaflet in support of its campaign for a regular, local rail service between Newcastle and Edinburgh, calling at all stations en route and with Belford, Beal, Reston and East Linton stations re-opened. Read SENRUG's Press release.

January 2016: The Department for Transport has announced the two new rail franchise awards for the North, which will see Morpeth gain a new, hourly, direct service both to Edinburgh and also to Leeds, Manchester and Liverpool from 2019. Find out about this and much more in SENRUG's latest newsletter.

July 2015: THE DfT has published its specification for the new franchises for Northern Rail and TransPennine Express, both of which will start from February 2016. Find out the details in SENRUG's latest newsletter. I am pleased to advise that since the Newsletter went to press, Northern Rail has introduced a season ticket scheme for parking chargers at Morpeth and Cramlington stations which offers a significant discount over the daily charge. Details are displayed on the parking ticket machines at the stations and can be bought by phone or from Morpeth Station ticket office (not from the parking ticket machines themselves).

December 2014: To commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the closure of the Ashington, Blyth and Tyne line to passengers, SENRUG invited local schools to produce a video giving the case for re-opening the line. See the entries here and read more in SENRUG's latest newsletter.

August 2014: The next public meeting of SENRUG will take place on Friday 12 September 2014 at 7:30pm at Morpeth Town Hall. Rather than having a speaker, we will be showing the six different entries for our schools' DVD competition. Local schools were invited to make a DVD between seven and 10 minutes long setting out their case for re-opening the Ashington Blyth and Tyne Line. Find out about this and much more in SENRUG's latest nesletter.

July 2014: The next SENRUG Public Meeting is on Thursday 10 July at 7:30pm at Morpeth Town Hall. We are very pleased to be welcoming Christian Wolmar, the highly respected national rail journalist and commentator as our guest speaker.

March 2014: SENRUG's latest newsletter focuses on how transport could be improved in the town of Cramlington, along with news of a competition for schools and much more. 

January 2014: Press release: SENRUG AWARDED HIGHLY COMMENDED STATUS FOR BEST RAIL CAMPAIGN GROUP

November 2013: SENRUG's latest newsletter contains:

- Ashington Blyth & Tyne Line Re-Opening – An Update From Northumberland County Council

- Morpeth Subway Woes

- Customer Information Screens – Not Quite Good Enough

- Durham Cathedral Loco Naming Event

- Delightful Destinations 4: Tyne Tees Day Ranger Ticket 

September 2013: SENRUG's latest newsletter contains:

- Ashington Blyth & Tyne Line Re-Opening – Progress At Last?

- Northern Rail Franchise Aspirations

- Ticket Machine Fault

- New Lifts at Morpeth Station

- Delightful Destinations 3: Isle of Wight 

June 2013: Press release: SENRUG DELIGHTED AS COUNCIL COMMITS TO ASHINGTON RAIL RE-OPENING COST STUDY

April 2013: SENRUG's latest newsletter contains:

- Why are we waiting?

- What passenger focus does

- An EastCoast ballad

- Delightful Destinations 2: Glasgow museums

- Update on Seaton Delaval 

December 2012: SENRUG's latest newsletter contains:

- 2015 Start for ABT?

- Northern Rail Stakeholders Conference

- SENRUG retrospective

- SENRUG Response to DfT Consultation on Next East Coast Franchise

- FAIR FARES? It`s getting worse!

- DELIGHTFUL DESTINATIONS Why not try – Sheringham?

- STOP PRESS – SENRUG in talks with Seaton Delaval developer 

October 2012: Press release: SENRUG HOSTS COUNCIL EXEC MEMBER AT PUBLIC MEETING

August 2012: SENRUG's latest newsletter contains:

- POSITIVE PASSENGER SURVEY POINTS WAY FORWARD FOR ABT

- THE RAMP THAT WASN`T – A SLEDGEHAMMER TO CRACK A NUT?

- EAST COAST SEES DOUBLE AT MORPETH

- SENRUG IN HOT WATER AS IT LOOKS AT NORTH OF MORPETH SERVICE

- SENRUG SETS OUT RAIL STRATEGY FOR NORTHUMBERLAND 

December 2011: SENRUG has responded to McNulty's recommendation on closing ticket offices at stations such as Morpeth; find out more in the group's autumn newsletter (PDF).

November 2011: Press release: SENRUG HOSTS MEETING AT SEATON DELAVAL

September 2011: Press release: McNulty MisGuided Says SENRUG

Summer 2011: SENRUG's latest newsletter (PDF) has news of the re-launched Flying Scotsman service and much more.

July 2011: Press release: Could Weardale Show The Way For ABT

April 2011: Press release: SENRUG WELCOMES EAST COAST TO MORPETH PUBLIC MEETING

February 2011: SENRUG's latest newsletter (PDF, 697K) has news of improvements to timetables and station accessibility.

February 2011: Press release: SENRUG DELIGHTED AS MORPETH HITS EUREKA JACKPOT

April 2010: SENRUG's latest newsletter (PDF, 267K) has a special two-page spread featuring the main Wansbeck Prospective Parliamentary Candidates and their views on transport matters.

April 2010: Press release: SENRUG Fears For InterCity Services at Morpeth

March 2010: Press release: SENRUG Organises Political Debate

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