Heritage Open Days
We are again participating in the Heritage Open Day events, which take place throughout the country from 13 to 22 September 2019.
On Friday, 20 and Saturday, 21 September, the impressive 1901 signal box at Haltwhistle will be open for you to have a look around. We will also be opening the Old Booking Hall where you will be able to learn more about how the Victorian inventions of people associated with the Newcastle - Carlisle Railway (now know as the Tyne Valley Railway) have influenced today's railways. You will be able to buy an Edmondson ticket, see a model train run along "Our Hadrian's Wall".
Other Heritage Open Day events are taking place along the length of the Tyne Valley Railway - in Carlisle, Hexham, Prudhoe, Wylam, Stocksfield, Newcastle. You can easily hop on a train and visit many of these events. Some of the events are listed here and you can find the full list on the Heritage Open Days website. All the events are free!
And to make it a much more interesting weekend, you will find that some of the services from the East Coast mainline are being diverted along the Tyne Valley Railway on 21 and 22 September. There will be some great photo opportunities for those of you interested in seeing different rolling stock. We would love to see your photos of the Tyne Valley Heritage Open Day events and any of the diverted trains along the route. So if you are posting to twitter, facebook or instagram, please include #TyneValley and @tvcrp
We hope to see you at Haltwhistle.
Community Sustainable Transport - Gilsland
Go!Gilsland have launched a community car service available to local residents and visitors to the area, This will provide a vital transport link in this rural area.The hybrid electric car can be booked to provide transport from local stations to Hadrian's Wall and other attractions. To book call, 'phone 07399 993979 (7am-9pm)
Provision of the car has been supported by the Tyne Valley Railway Community Rail Partnership and CrossCountry Trains.
What an Achievement!
Confirmation was received on 26 June that the Department for Transport have confirmed that the Tyne Valley CRP has achieved status of "Accredited Partnership".
We are the first CRP in the North of England and in Northern's franchise area to receive this status. More information here.
Download the current timetable here.
Northern have introduced Penalty Fares 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.
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.
Active Travel in the Tyne Valley
Thanks to funding from ACoRP, the Tyne Valley Community Rail Partnership (TVCRP) has commissioned Shane O'Leary MSc., BSc. of IMP Well Being to undertake training for our wonderful volunteers situated at the 14 stations of the Tyne Valley line which runs from Newcastle – Carlisle.
In September Shane will run a training workshop for Station Ambassadors which assists the volunteers to undertake walking and cycling audits to and from all the stations. The Station Ambassadors will be looking at ways in which rail travel can prompt messages of being active. Each station will be examined to look at the environments which surround the station to see if it supports or inhibits active and sustainable travel. This will allow the Ambassadors to assess the opportunities to improve the provision at stations and also allow the Ambassadors to meet and exchange ideas to make recommendations and improvements.
The findings from the audit will be used to create maps, to display at the stations and online, to inform prospective passengers of what is available to support active eco-friendly travel to and from the stations. This will also compliment the station survey update which is planned.
Hopefully this is the first stage of the ongoing practice to improve access to our stations and to present evidence of support to those who control the purse strings to make our stations accessible to all.
Notes to Editors.
TVCRP shortlised for 4 national Awards
On 7 August 2019, we received notification that the Tyne Valley Community Rail Partnership has been shortlisted in four categories in the annual Association of Community Rail Partnerships (ACoRP) Awards.The Community Rail Awards recognises the important and often unsung work carried out by community rail partnerships, station adopters and community groups, in areas such as station enhancement, community engagement and diversity. The overall winners will be announced at a gala presentation evening on Thursday 3 October at The International Centre, Telford.
Malcolm Chainey, Chair of the CRP said "Four shortlisted awards is a great achievement for the Partnership, highlightlighting the innovative work undertaken and the wide range of support given by the team of volunteers and other community groups".
More details of the Awards and other shortlisted entries are available on the ACoRP website.
The Tyne Valley CRP shortlisted entries are:
Tourism and Heritage Award:
Matthew Barrett – Tourism Development Intern, Tyne Valley Community Rail Partnership
Small Projects Award (£500 or less):
Tyne Valley Community Rail Partnership – Platform Painters paint Hadrian’s Wall
Best Community Engagement Project:
Tyne Valley Community Rail Partnership – Wylam Winter Tales
Outstanding Volunteer Contribution:
Julie Gibbon – Tyne Valley CRP volunteer
Community Rail in the City 2019
Take a look at Fiona, our Community Rail Officer, as she stars in Cross Country's video about Community Rail in the City. We had a brilliant day in Glasgow spreading the word about the Tyne Valley Railway and the local area. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=15oZmThRQgk
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.