Newsham railway station

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Newsham
Location
Place Blyth
Area Northumberland
Coordinates 55°06′32″N 1°31′43″W / 55.109°N 1.5287°W / 55.109; -1.5287Coordinates: 55°06′32″N 1°31′43″W / 55.109°N 1.5287°W / 55.109; -1.5287
Grid reference NZ302795
Operations
Original company Blyth and Tyne Railway
Pre-grouping North Eastern Railway
Post-grouping LNER
British Rail (North Eastern)
Platforms 2
History
1851 (1851) Opened
2 November 1964 Closed to passengers
7 June 1965 (1965-06-07) Closed completely
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
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Newsham railway station was a railway station that served the village of Newsham near Blyth, England from 1851 to 1964 on the Blyth and Tyne Railway. It was located at the junction of the Percy Main to Blyth and Bedlington lines of the Blyth and Tyne Railway.[1]

History

The station was opened in summer 1851 by the Blyth and Tyne Railway. The station was situated at the end of Seaton Avenue and Carlton Road, off South Newsham Road on the B1523. There was an extensive system of sidings at the station and The Railway Clearing House Handbook indicated that the station handled goods and livestock. The station was closed to passengers on 2 November 1964 and closed completely on 7 June 1965 after the goods traffic ceased.[1]

Reopening proposals

By the 1990s local councils were considering the feasibility of restoring passenger services linking Ashington and Blyth with Newcastle Central.[2] The proposal would not include reopening the branch to Blyth, but by building a new station at Newsham. In 1998 the Railway Development Society (renamed Railfuture in 2000) endorsed the proposal.[2]

Denis Murphy, the Labour MP for Wansbeck, expressed support in the House of Commons in an adjournment debate in April 1999 and again in a debate in January 2007.[3]

  • Denis Murphy and others; et al. (10 January 2007). "Ashington, Blyth and Tyne Railway". Parliamentary Debates (Hansard). United Kingdom: House of Commons. col. 135WH–139WH.

In 2009 the Association of Train Operating Companies published a £34 million proposal to restore passenger services from Newcastle Central to Ashington via Newsham.[4]

Northumberland County Council is currently developing plans aimed at reopening the line through Newsham to passenger services. In June 2013 NCC announced that they had commissioned Network Rail to complete a GRIP 1 study to examine the best options for the scheme.[5] The GRIP 1 study was received by NCC in March 2014 and in June 2015 they initiated a more detailed GRIP 2 Feasibility Study at a cost of £850,000.[6]

The GRIP 2 study, which NCC received in October 2016, confirmed that the reintroduction of a frequent seven-day a week passenger service between Newcastle and Ashington was feasible and could provide economic benefits of £70 million with more than 380,000 people using the line each year by 2034.[7] The study suggested that though Newsham station should be reopened to serve the village itself, Blyth would be better served by a dedicated park and ride station near to the former site of Bebside station which would be closer to both the town centre and the A189 dual carriageway.[8] If funding for the £191 million[7] scheme can be raised, it has been suggested that detailed design work could begin in October 2018 with construction commencing four months later and the first passenger services introduced in 2021.[7]

After receiving the GRIP 2 study, NCC announced that they were preceding with a GRIP 3 Study from Network Rail.[9]

References

  1. ^ a b "Disused Stations: Newsham". disused-stations.org. Retrieved 21 March 2017.
  2. ^ a b Bevan 1998, p. 59.
  3. ^ Hansard 2007.
  4. ^ ATOC 2009, p. 17.
  5. ^ "The Journal: Ashington Blyth and Tyne rail line restoration scheme gets green light". Retrieved 10 March 2017.
  6. ^ "New Post Leader: Plans for rail line reach milestone". Retrieved 10 March 2017.
  7. ^ a b c "Chronicle Live: Reopening of Newcastle to Ashington rail link moves one step closer". Retrieved 10 March 2017.
  8. ^ "Ashington Blyth & Tyne GRIP 2 Study" (PDF). Retrieved 10 March 2017.
  9. ^ "SENRUG - South East Northumberland Rail User Group: Re-open Ashington Blyth & Tyne Line". Retrieved 10 March 2017.

External links

Preceding station Historical railways Following station
Bebside
Line and station closed
  Blyth and Tyne Railway   Hartley
Line and station closed
Blyth
Line and station closed
   
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