RAIL: No campaign for the Metro

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I refer to the report of the talk given to the Rotary members by Chris Hudson with respect to the quote: “The local rail users’ group hopes for an extension of the Tyne and Wear Metro to Morpeth then to Berwick.”

This remark is well-intentioned, however, SENRUG, as the local rail user group, has never advocated the extension of the Tyne and Wear Metro to Morpeth or Berwick for very good reasons.

The Metro is a light rail system with a top speed of 50mph, operating on an electric supply of 1,500 volts direct current.

It is not compatible with the east coast main line, which has in places a top speed of 125mph between Newcastle and Berwick, and the electric supply is 33,000 volts alternating current.

SENRUG, in conjunction with RAGES (Rail Action Group East of Scotland), is campaigning for a North Sea coast local rail service between Newcastle and Edinburgh, with re-opened stations at Belford, Beal, Reston and East Linton, plus serving the existing stations on this line.

The proposed trains would be modern electric units with rapid acceleration and capable of a top speed of 100mph.

SENRUG/RAGES have produced a detailed leaflet outlining this campaign, which is available in Morpeth Railway Station booking office or online at www.senrug.co.uk

Trevor Watson

SENRUG committee member