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Six model new railway stations are being constructed to hyperlink cities with Newcastle by passenger prepare for the primary time in 60 years.

The challenge is costing an estimated £166m and can see trains journey from Ashington by means of a lot of cities earlier than terminating at Newcastle.

Three of the stations are scheduled to open this summer season – together with Ashington, Newsham and Seaton Delaval. Bedlington, Blyth Bebside and Northumberland Park are resulting from open at a later date, with the entire route known as The Northumberland Line.

The service will run twice an hour in each instructions and the full journey time from Ashington on the northern finish of the road to Newcastle on the southern finish will take 35 minutes.

The railway between Ashington and Newcastle used to run each passenger and freight providers till the Beeching cuts within the Nineteen Sixties. Since then, solely freight trains have continued to make use of the road, primarily serving Lynemouth Power Station.

It’s hoped the Northumberland Line will stimulate and assist financial development and enhance transport hyperlinks for native individuals and companies.

A Northumberland Line challenge spokesperson advised “The re-introduction of passenger services later this summer for the Northumberland Line is the culmination of an ambitious project involving Northumberland County Council, the Department for Transport, Network Rail and Northern.

“Ashington, Newsham and Seaton Delaval stations are nearing completion and will be the first to open – with a journey along the entire route to Newcastle taking around 35 minutes.

“Stations in Bedlington, Blyth Bebside and Northumberland Park remain under construction and are due to open for customers travelling on the Line next year.

“Along with the stations, huge amounts of engineering and infrastructure work have taken place to replace track and install state-of-the-art signalling for the new service.”

Most of the challenge work will should be carried out at night time, when trains aren’t operating and electrical sections of the monitor might be remoted. has beforehand reported on the massive infrastructure challenge and included a remark from Mark Ellis, senior programme officer, at Northumberland County Council who was speaking to Geoff Marshall – a railway YouTuber.

He stated: “I mean one of the benefits of the line is that it’s going to improve connectivity from south-east Northumberland towards Newcastle.

“And also with the connection with the Tyne and Wear Metro at Northumberland Park, that’ll make journeys a lot easier for residents of south-east Northumberland to commute into Newcastle.

“But equally, it’s going to make access into south-east Northumberland a lot easier for people, which is one of the aims of the line: to increase economic development in south-east Northumberland.”