Rail passengers in Northumberland have to put up with an increase in fares every year, like the rest of the country, but what do they get in return?
Thanks to the work of the South East Northumberland Rail User Group (SENRUG) and others, improvements have been made and there will soon be evening and Sunday services between Morpeth and Newcastle as part of the new Northern Rail franchise, which will start next year.
But there are still too many trains going through Morpeth station and others in the county without stopping and so we await what happens with the new TransPennine Express franchise with interest.
There is a strong possibility that the service will be extended to Edinburgh and if this happens, the trains must stop at the county’s main stations.
As well as providing a direct link between Northumberland and the North West, passengers will have more flexibility for switching to another service from Newcastle.
As for Northern Rail, we hope whichever company gets the franchise will consider SENRUG’s request to run more trains to Pegswood and Widdrington as these communities deserve more than just one service in the morning and early evening.