Founded in 2004, our core aim is to promote, strengthen and protect the role of the Tyne Valley Railway between Newcastle-Hexham-Carlisle for residents, businesses, tourists, employees and service providers. Working closely in partnership with the train operating company, currently Northern, and other train companies who have connecting services at Newcastle and Carlisle (TPE, CrossCountry, LNER and Avanti West Coast), we provide the local ‘eyes and ears on the ground’.
In 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.
We achieved re-accreditation for 2019-20 and await confirmation of our 2021-22 re-accrediation. The process undertaken by representatives of the DfT and Community Rail Network reviews the work undertaken by us, the strategy, policies and procedures adopted within the organisation and the action plans for the forthcoming year with emphasis on the DfT Community Rail Strategy..
The Partnership Board is indebted to the advisory group which consists of representatives of local stakeholders including:
- Cumbria County Council, Northumberland County Council, Carlisle City Council
- Train companies, Northern, CrossCountry, Avanti West Coast, LNER and TransPennine Express
- Tyne Valley Rail Users Group (TVRUG)
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.