Timetable and Useful Travel Information
With the introduction of local restrictions in Northumberland, Newcastle, Gateshead, Tyneside, Sunderland and Durham, advice about travel on public transport in this area has been updated. For the latest guidance about rail travel, click here
Please respect current Covid-19 government advice about travel on public transport.
Face coverings must be worn at stations and on trains. There are exceptions for young children and those with disabilities and conditions which make it difficult for them to wear a face covering. Please avoid busy times of travel, buy tickets online or use a contactless card, wash your hands before and after travel and/or use hand sanitiser and keep your distance from others.
You can check the current timetable for travel on the Tyne Valley Railway between Newcastle and Carlisle by clicking here. We have created summaries of the train departure times for each of our stations. View or download them by clicking on the station names below:
The AD122 bus provides a regular bus service between Hexham and Haltwhistle Railway Stations and Hadrian's Wall attractions. The timetable which operates until 1 November 2020 is available here
Northern have introduced Penalty for passengers on the Tyne Valley Railway who do not have a valid ticket or Promise to Pay Notice. These penalty fares are being extended to other routes operated by Northern, so don't get caught out. More details are available on Northern's website.
Remember you can claim compensation under the Delay Repay Scheme operated by Northern and other train companies if you train is cancelled or if you arrive at your destination station 30 minutes or more late. Northern provide compensation for late arrivals of 15 minutes or more late.
Investing in the Future at Haltwhistle
A project to revive the waiting rooms and redundant wooden buildings at Haltwhistle Railway Station has seen work start. This is the biggest project that the Tyne Valley Community Rail Partnership has led and will create vastly improved waiting areas for passengers and new studio and office space.
Julie Gibbon, the Partnership’s Company Secretary and Projects Director has been instrumental in engaging with rail industry partners and has driven the necessary preliminary work for work on this £500,000 project to begin on site. Read the full article here
Station Adoption Group Friends of Blaydon Station Receive an Award
Friends of Blaydon Station received a major boost recently when they discovered they had been nominated for, and been given, the Angel Award, which was presented to them by the MP for Blaydon, Liz Twist. She said, “This award is to recognise outstanding contributions made to our community during Covid-19. Thank you for all you have done, you have made a real difference”.
Joseph Codling, Station Adopter (pictured on the left) said “I am delighted that our hard work has been recognised. Blaydon is a lovely town and we are privileged to help improve it”.
Work has started to create a new design for our website, which will be more responsive and easier to navigate. Thanks to CrossCountry Trains for supporting us in this project.
In the meantime, we have created a Tyne Valley wordsearch - you can find it here
Tyne Valley Railway on You Tube
Check out this CrossCounty video featuring our Officer, Fiona. The video was filmed before the current restrictions but it provides useful information for travel in the future.
We were the first Community Rail Partnership to achieve re-accreditation following a review by the DfT/Community Rail Network. More details can be found in our news item.
Our objectives, representation and governance explained.
Our core aim is to promote, strengthen and protect the role of the Tyne Valley Railway Line for residents, tourists, employees, and service providers acknowledging the four pillars of the Department of Transport's Community Rail Strategy. This is reflected in the following areas:
- Increase community involvement in the railway and encourage the railway industry to engage with communities
- Develop the social and economic benefits which a railway can bring to its community
- Find new use for out of use railway buildings
- Encourage all to travel safely
A wider view of the role and objectives of a Community Rail Partnership can be found on Community Rail Network's website here.
The Partnership Board consists of representatives of local stakeholders and others with an interest in promoting and protecting the railway as a sustainable means of transport. Read more..
TVCRP is a not for profit company limited by guarantee, employing a part-time officer. The board comprises voluntary directors, officers from the rail industry and other key sectors and co-opted individuals who bring skills and experience in specific areas. TVCRP operates a ‘portfolio’ board in which directors/co-opted members each hold a specific portfolio of interest.
The Partnership has a number of member organisations (local councils, business development organisations etc), who are considered shareholders on the payment of a small annual subscription. They have input to shaping our annual action plans. We welcome enquiries from potential member organisations.
Our Community Ambassadors provide a local link between the Partnership and the communities served by the railway. They help us deliver information about service changes, events on the line, news and developments on a local basis, as well as providing the Partnership with feedback and insights on how the railway and communities can work more closely together.
Station Adopters are community groups who keep an close eye on the stations along the line on behalf of the Partnership and Northern. They monitor the overall condition of their nominated station and help report any faults which may arise, thereby keeping the Tyne Valley line presentable for all who use it. Many adopters take an active part in making the stations a welcoming environment. If you are interested in joining one of our groups contact the TVCRP Officer .
Faults and Damage
Our offer to Education
Working closely with Northern Railway, we have a great offer for school visits, including:
- Contact with TVCRP Officer to plan your day out to Haltwhistle
- Complimentary return rail travel from any station between Newcastle and Carlisle to/from Haltwhistle (TVCRP Officer will accompany you on your journey)
- A safety briefing to your students covering travelling safely and the dangers of playing near tracks
- Maths activities to do whilst on the journey to Haltwhistle
- Diverse range of educational activities once at Haltwhistle, covering areas such as maths, art, geography, engineering, history, the environment
Your visit will be hosted in and around The Old Booking Hall at Haltwhistle, a refurbished Grade II listed structure with a unisex accessible toilet, small kitchen area, the original booking office windows, complete with desk and ticket racks.
Visits can be tailored to meet the needs of different age groups - please contact contact the TVCRP Officer to discuss options in the first instance.
Stations on the Route - plus one in the pipeline!
Passengers on the first day of the completed line
Years of Operation
Closed stations along the current route
Can you name them?
TVCRP Board of Directors...
TVCRP are involved in a number of intiatives long the line. Many have been put on hold during the current restrictions but we are still working in the background on a number of projects for the benefit of the area.
Read the summaries below and click on the links to find out more.
Open in Winter focussed on encouraging residents in rhe Teesside area to travel to the Tyne Valley area by train and visit the shops and attractions which are open during the winter months. You can read more about the project here. One positive outcome is that TransPennine Express have provided further support so that we canencourage travel from more of their stations in Treasures of the Tyne Valley Project. More about this initiative as plans are developed.
The Old Booking Hall at Haltwhistle is available as a meeting room, training hub etc. The Read more about the Old Booking Hall .. A major project to refurbish the waiting rooms at Haltwhistle and the creation of some offices/studios has been developed and it is hoped that during the next few months we will see work commence on the buildings.
Line and Lyric is a new project that engages school, community and mental health organisations. Our Project Officer, Gareth, is a singer songwriter, has been undertaking a series of fun, interactive song-writing workshops with groups creating new songs, which will be performed at stations and on trains.