People are being urged to have their say in a major consultation on the reintroduction of a rail passenger service in Northumberland.
From Monday 16 November, residents and other interested parties will be able to look at detailed plans for the Northumberland Line. The line will connect Ashington to central Newcastle with a number of stops in between.
The consultation will be available from 16 November by going to nland.uk/line and will close on 14 December.
The survey will be hosted on a brand-new engagement and consultation tool called Citizen Space. It will replace online questionnaires making it easier to reach more residents, reduce response time and get actionable feedback on what residents need.
With a proposed opening date for passenger services in winter 2023, thousands of residents a day could be transported between Ashington and Newcastle in just over half an hour, while the scheme could boost the local economy by up to £470m.
The ambitious scheme includes new stations at Ashington, Bedlington, Bebside, Newsham, Seaton Delaval and Northumberland Park in North Tyneside. As well as upgrades to the track and changes to level crossings where bridges or underpasses may need to be built.
While the consultation was originally planned to include drop-in events and roadshows along the route, the ongoing coronavirus pandemic means the consultation will have to be hosted online.
Hard copies of the consultation information will be available and can be requested via email at email@example.com or by calling 0345 600 6400.
Full News Item on County Council website – Have your say on Major Rail Line Plans