England’s freight-only Ashington line to open for passengers

Level crossing at Ashington

Significant progress has been made in the campaign to upgrade the freight-only Ashington branch, north of Newcastle in the north-east of England, and turn it into a mixed traffic route serving several communities in Northumberland. A legal order has been granted to the local authority and Network Rail to allow some level crossings to be closed and other works to be undertaken with a view to restoring services in about a year’s time. This should bringing passenger services to the region for the first time in over half a century.

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Author: Simon Walton

Simon Walton is RailFreight's UK correspondent.

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