The Northumberland Line looks like an interesting project, not without its challenges but the sort of project we are going to need to help recover after CV19 and build a better infrastructure to support Net Zero.
“Ground investigations have begun on the Northumberland Line upgrade, a project which will reintroduce a rail passenger service between Ashington and central Newcastle”. (www.newcivilengineer.com)
“The local authority has subsequently confirmed that work is getting underway to explore ground conditions along the route, with more than 80 exploratory holes to be dug at proposed station locations, bridges and embankments. In preparation, the team has undertaken extensive environmental surveys to ensure the work doesn’t disturb the surrounding natural environment”. (www.northumberlandgazette.co.uk)
About the Northumberland rail line…
The Northumberland Line will bring passenger trains back into service between Ashington and Newcastle. It is a priority of both Northumberland County Council and North Tyneside Council and is supported by a number of key project partners, including the Department for Transport (DfT), Network Rail, Transport for the North (TfN) Nexus and Northern Rail. There is a public consultation in progress, scheduled to end on December 14th, 2020, info can be found at haveyoursay.northumberland.gov.uk/transport/nl.