After 18 years of hard campaigning, SENRUG, a group that campaigns for better rail services in South East and East Northumberland, has successfully secured the approval for the Northumberland Line to open, with passenger trains by summer 2024.

SENRUG’s pivotal role in campaigning for the scheme was recognised during a special meeting with the Secretary of State for Transport, Mark Harper, who confirmed the final approval. Dennis Fancett, SENRUG Chair, expressed his joy and gratitude towards the Council and the government for this decision.

This news is a testament to the fact that campaigning for a cause, although hard work, pays off. SENRUG’s unwavering dedication to the Northumberland Line reopening has finally paid off, and we are proud of their achievement.

The Northumberland Line reopening will have a transformational impact on public transport in South East Northumberland. SENRUG also aims to see further extensions, calling for a local service between Newcastle and Berwick, and new metro route from the airport to Northumberland Park, then on to Blyth.

SENRUG invites those who support its objectives to join the group, as it’s announcement proves that campaigning for a cause that benefits passengers and society does indeed make a difference.