The timetable from 19 May is now available.Click here to see the timetable.
Passengers should note that from 13 May 2019, Northern are to introduce Penalty Fares where passengers on the Tyne Valley Railway do not have a valid ticket or Promise to Pay Notice. More details are available on Northern's website.
Explore the North from the Tyne Valley Railway
With regular train services operating between Carlisle and Newcastle, the railway gets you to the heart of Hadrian's Wall country where you can visit many Roman sites. Or, if Roman heritage does not appeal, there are National Trust, English Heritage and other properties to visit; it is great walking and cycling country with some great places to eat, drink and stay. Click here to find out more
The summer timetable for the AD122 bus is now available. This daily service will operate from 19 April to 29 September. It is a great way of using public transport to visit many of the sites along Hadrian's Wall as it has scheduled stops at Hexham and Haltwistle railway stations. Link to the AD122 bus timetable here You can take advantage of the offer to save 10% on the admission fee at some of the Hadrian's Wall sites when presenting your bus ticket.
There are great connections to trains from elsewhere in the country at Carlisle and Newcastle. Or if you are arriving at Newcastle Airport, take the Metro to Newcastle Station for a connection to the Tyne Valley Line.
Easter in the Tyne Valley
Following a very successful Christmas Late Night Shopping in Haltwhistle, Northumberland, it was decided to repeat this for Easter on Maundy Thursday, when all the local shops stayed open until 8pm.
The Tyne Valley Community Rail Partnership occupy the Old Booking Hall at Haltwhistle for their education offices and these were open as part of the late night activities.
Various local craftsmen and businesses who were just starting out were invited to use the space to set up a stall to promote their activities.
Seven new or small businesses set up a stall. Four of the businesses which came at Christmas returned to show their products.
Beeswax Products are based at Bardon Mill. As well as selling honey and beeswax they also adopted an ethical approach and were trying to cut down on the use of plastic. One of the unusual items on display was a sandwich box. Made from cotton and 100% beeswax from the local bees these were washable and reusable. Some amazing bee facts... It takes approximately 770 honeybees their entire lifetime to produce a pound of honey and they will have visited 2 million flowers and flown 55,000 miles. A fact to be remembered when next we spot a shelf of honey in the supermarket!!
The Elephant in the Room came from Bellingham. This was a very colourful craft stall, everything home made with lots of ideas for unusual gifts. The items on display were random stitch craft, knitted and stitch craft gifts and home accessories. The gift wrapped home-made dog biscuits proved to be a winner this year.
Pennine Gate Lotions and Creams are based at Halton le Gate. The owner is a former chemist and all the products were hand made using natural ingredients. It has now become a real kitchen industry. Sharing their stall was Let's Get Together, who use the old Booking Office weekly for Meditation drop ins, and also use the room for skills sharing days, when people come and show others how to do things. One planned theme is wool dying given by the TVCRP secretary, Julie Gibbon.
Stonehaugh Woodcraft were also very busy. The owners do wood turning in their spare time and produced a lot of nice products for this event. The hedgehogs proved to be the most popular item on the stall. The stall holders enjoyed the event, “Everyone was warm and friendly and the evening was well supported by the townspeople”.
Three new businesses also set up stalls. New to crafting is a brand new business, without a name at present based at Haltwhisle. Most evenings are spent producing original crocheted gifts and toys. When they signed up for the event they expected to be on a stall in the Main Street, open to the weather, but finding a home in the Booking Office was ideal.
Melting Aromas from Haltwhistle began last September. Working from home to produce their products, they use the craft fairs to get known and to market their products.
Sarah's Pretty Crafts is also based in Haltwhistle. Everything on the stall is home made. “It's been a hobby for years”.
Fiona Forsythe, TVCRP Officer, said “It was a great evening. We are pleased to be able support seven small local businesses, as well as talk to local people about our plans to renovate other buildings at the station”.
The Tyne Valley Community Rail Partnership volunteers were kept very busy supplying tea and coffee to the stall holders and customers. The Partnership was very pleased to host this event which allowed seven small local rural businesses to showcase their work. The evening was very well supported and brought the Partnership to the attention of the local people. There was a warm buzz about the evening and several people were asking questions about the work of the Partnership and the plans to convert some of the disused offices on the platforms into craft workshops. Everyone seems very happy with this event which it is hoped will be repeated in future years.
NOTES FOR EDITORS
The Tyne Valley Community Rail Partnership is a not for profit limited company.
Our Line Review Day
The day began at the MetroCentre Station where a Wall Display to promote the line was unveiled. The Metro Centre is one of the largest shopping centres in the UK and has its own railway station on the Tyne Valley line. The Wall Display filled a blank wall on the bridge linking the Centre with the railway station and coach park.Space on the wall at the Metro Centre was arranged by Dr. Gareth Evans, Intu'sTransport Manager, who is also a member of the Board of the Tyne Valley Community Rail Partnership (TVCRP).
The display was the work of our Marketing Director, Anne Ridley and designer Rachel Griffiths of Image Rail a company based locally on the Tyne Valley line at Naworth. The display shows the route of the line from Newcastle to Carlisle and the attractions in the various town and villages en-route.
Guests were entertained by Herbert one of the Metrognomes who kept everyone amused with his antics and hugs. He greeted everyone from the trains and greatly added to the occasion.
The ribbon was cut by Gareth Evans from Intu Metro Centre. “It is great to work with a partnership to help promote the Tyne Valley Line. The display brightens up an area on the Intu Metro Centre bridge link. We are looking forward to the additional rail services to Carlisle and Hexham beginning in May”.
Kul Bassi Community Rail Team Leader, from the DfT was “Delighted to be at the heart of the TVCRP and to hear how they bring life into the new Community Rail Strategy. I am highly impressed with the volunteers delivering a work plan”.
In the afternoon the guests took the train to Haltwhistle which is the Education Centre for the TVCRP. Here they inspected the work of Lanercost Primary School who recently visited the Centre to learn about safety on the railway.
There was also an opportunity to inspect the newly created Roman Wall, which is in the process of being made. This is a prop which is to be taken to Community Rail in the City which is to be held in Glasgow Central Station on 15th May. The aim is to encourage the Glasgow commuters to visit the attractions of the Tyne Valley and the nearby Roman Wall, arriving by train of course!!
Alex Bray, Stakeholder Liaison Manager with Cross Country summed the day, “It is fantastic to see some of the innovative partnerships coming together such as the Into Metro Centre and the TVCRP. Lots of people are passing through and getting a flavour of the line. It was nice to see the Roman Wall making its way to Glasgow!”.Read more ...
Our objectives, representation and governance explained.
- 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 ACoRP's website here.
Our core aim is to promote, strengthen and protect the role of the Tyne Valley Railway Line for residents, tourists, employees, and service providers.
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 also have input to shaping our annual action plans. We welcome enquiries from potential member organisations.
Community Ambassadors are the 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. We are seeking Station Adoptors for Blaydon, Brampton and the Metro Centre. Can you help? Please contact the TVCRP Officer if you are interested in helping.
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...
(Hover/touch over an image and click on the underlined title for more information.)
Malcolm was a founder director of TVCRP in 2004, and has been its chair since 2015.
Philip has been a Board Member since 2009 and jointly holds the Building Portfolio.
Dr Gareth Evans
Since 2013, Gareth has been an active board member of TVCRP, and Communications Director since 2016.
Colin has been a Director of TVCRP since January, 2016 and Finance Director since April 2017.
Board member for eight years since 2009 and jointly holds the Building Portfolio.
TVCRP are involved in a number of intiatives long the line. Read the summaries below and click on the links to find out more.
The Folk Train runs on an ad hoc basis and meets in different locations - announcements are made nearer the time, watch our Social Media. The image below is of Dave and Freya on the Folk Train to Hexham in October 2017.
The Old Booking Hall at Haltwhistle is available as a meeting room, training hub etc.
Newcastle Rail College Academy. A big day for the Tyne Valley Community Rail Partnership. It has been the launch with the guests including two MPs of a tri-partite partnership: Ourselves, Newcastle College Rail Academy and Cross Country.