About Us

Our objectives, representation and governance explained.

View from the Haltwhistle Old Booking Hall

Our Objectives

 
  • 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.

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Representation

 

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..

175 year tent at the Northumberland County Show

Governance

 

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

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 Adoptors

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

If you notice a faulty light, or damage to a fence, platform or shelter, please report it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with as much description of the problem and location as you can and an image if you have one. Should you encounter any behaviour on the train, the station or its vicinity, which makes you feel uncomfortable, or is dangerous, you can text the British Transport Police on 61016.

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.

 

Latest News

Cooking up a new venture is just the ticket for commuters

Very positive news being received by users of the re-opened Hexham kiosk this morning by Journey Enterprises. The kiosk will be termed the 'Whistle Stop' and will be open Monday to Friday 7am-2pm.

Read more ...

Haltwhistle opens historic station for Heritage Open Days

For the first time ever, the Tyne Valley Community Rail Partnership will be participating in Heritage Open Days, over two days Friday 8th and Saturday 9th September 2017.

This will be at Haltwhistle station on the Newcastle to Carlisle railway line, Britain’s first cross country railway, which runs parallel to Hadrian’s Wall. Not only is this a first for us, but we shall be opening the 1901 Haltwhistle Grade ll listed signal box. This is one of the BBC’s top ten signal boxes. Access is being granted courtesy of Network Rail and Northern.

Read the full Press Release...

16
Stations on the Route - plus one in the pipeline!
3500
Passengers on the first day of the completed line
175
Years of Operation
16
Closed stations along the current route

Can you name them?

 

TVCRP Board of Directors...

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Malcolm Chainey

Malcolm Chainey

Malcolm was a founder director of TVCRP in 2004, and has been its chair since 2015.

Philip Clark

Philip Clark

Philip has been a Board Member since 2009 and jointly holds the Building Portfolio.

Gareth Evans

Dr Gareth Evans

Since 2013, Gareth has been an active board member of TVCRP, and Communications Director since 2016.

Colin Moore

Colin Moore

Colin has been a Director of TVCRP since January, 2016 and Finance Director since April 2017.

Pete Myers

Pete Myers

Stakeholder Manager for Northern in the North East. Link between Northern and TVCRP.

David Williams

David Williams

Board member for eight years since 2009 and jointly holds the Building Portfolio.

Fiona Forsythe

Fiona Forsythe

Fiona is employed by TVCRP as the Partnership Officer.

Julie Gibbon

Julie Gibbon

Company Secretary since Jan. 2017.

Our Projects

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. Folk Train Oct 17 - Dave and Freya

Read More about the folk train....

The Old Booking Hall at Haltwhistle is available as a meeting room, training hub etc.Haltwhistle Old Booking Hall in sun sfw

Read more about Old Booking Hall....

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. railcollege

Read more about TVCRP and the Rail College Academy....