Winning students will go on free trip

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A pro-rail campaign group will announce the results of its schools competition at a meeting in Morpeth tomorrow evening.

Over the last few months, teams of students have created a seven to 10-minute DVD setting out their business case for re-introducing passenger train services on the Ashington, Blyth & Tyne freight line between Newcastle and Ashington and Woodhorn.

The participants include King Edward VI School and Collingwood School and Media Arts College in Morpeth,

All the DVDs will be shown at the special South East Northumberland Rail User Group meeting in Morpeth Town Hall, which starts at 7.30pm, then the winners will be announced and prizes awarded. There will be an update from the county council on the progress of the scheme.

The winning school will receive £250 and two runners-up will each receive £50. Additionally, four students from the winning team will be taken on a free trip to London to present their DVD to their MP at Westminster and tour Northern Rail’s Control Centre at York on the return journey.