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The planned re-opening of the Northumberland Line between Newcastle and Ashington has moved a step forward, after Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced £34m in funding to progress the scheme. The announcement by the Department for Transport gives the go-ahead to reintroduce a regular rail passenger service between Ashington and central Newcastle, with several stops in between, by 2024. The money will pay for preparatory work, including land acquisition, detailed design work and early site works.
The project will upgrade 18 miles of track, open six new stations, three new footbridges and new signal locations. The whole scheme is projected to deliver economic benefits of up to £470m.

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The government has announced £794m of funding for the projects to develop an Oxford - Cambridge railway corridor and reintroduce passenger services between Newcastle and Ashington.
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LNER will add an extra 1,600 seats a week to its trains from next week. The increase, which comes into effect on Monday September 7, will see 10 trains added to the timetable between Scotland and England, connecting Newcastle, Durham, Berwick, Alnmouth and Darlington to York, London, Edinburgh and northern Scotland.
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Rail passengers were still experiencing delays today after a freight train derailment south of Newcastle city centre.
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Rail passengers are facing major delays today after a freight train derailment south of Newcastle city centre.
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Newcastle Central: A Class 158 with an arriving Northern service at Newcastle on 25 March 2019.
David Panton 25/03/2019


Newcastle Central: The 16:43 TPE to Lime Street, and the 16:41 LNER to Waverley, at Newcastle on 17th November 2020.
Duncan Ross 17/11/2020


Newcastle Central: A TPE service for Liverpool Lime Street prepares to depart Newcastle's Platform 9 on 25 March.
David Panton 25/03/2019

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