Founded in 2004, our core aim is to promote, strengthen and protect the role of the Tyne Valley railway line between Newcastle-Hexham-Carlisle for residents, tourists, employees and service providers. Working closely in partnership with the train operating company, currently Northern, we provide the local ‘eyes and ears on the ground’.

CRP Accreditation Logo 2019 20 cmykIn June 2019, we were the first community rail partnership in the North of England (and Northern franchise area) to be awarded accreditation by the Department for Transport, under their new scheme of accreditation, which replaces the former designation status.

The accreditation process undertaken by representatives of the DfT and the Association of Community Rail Partnerships (ACoRP) reviewed the work undertaken by us and policies and procedures adopted within the organisation. More information is available on ACoRP's website 


Our Objectives

The Partnership Board and advisory group consists of representatives of local stakeholders including:

We also have regular contact with local Parish Councils and Councillors along the length of the line, established links with local businesses, tourism organisations (including Northumberland National Park, Hadrian’s Wall Partnership and English Heritage) and other public transport providers.

The Partnership Board are always keen to hear from anyone interested in supporting the railway, in particular, those who could volunteering some time to help with our activities. Please contact The Company Secretary to find out more.