Timetable and Useful Travel Information
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.
Remember you can claim compensation under the Delay Repay Scheme operated by Northern if you train is cancelled or if you arrive at your destination station 15 minutes or more late. More information here
Work has started to create a new design for our website, which will be more responsive and easier to navigate. Thanks to CrossCountry Trains for supporting us in this project.
We all love a bargain. Have you considered buying a rail card? With savings of one third on fares, it is a great way to save pounds whether you are a regular traveller or looking to book a long-distance journey. Explore the range of railcards and see how you can start saving.
- 16-17 Saver
- 16-25 Railcard
- 26-30 Railcard
- Two Together Railcard
- Senior Railcard
- Family and Friends Railcard
- Disabled Persons Railcard
You can learn more and buy a railcard by clicking on the link below.
Or if you are looking to travel in Europe,or further afield, have you considered buying an Interrail pass. Interrail helps you to save money, book trains, reserve seats and even make suggestions for places to visit by train. You can learn all about the pass by clicking on the Interrrail link below.
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.as well as numerous other organisations in the area.
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.
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
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 Railway..
TVCRP Responds to Coronavirus Guidance
In the light of current and ever-changing government advice, the Tyne Valley Community Rail Partnership are currently assessing the impact on their current projects.
Last week, we had decided to delay an event planned for early July to later in the year. Some of our other projects and our education work will be postponed. Malcolm Chainey, Chair of TVCRP, said “at this early stage, it is not possible to provide any definitive plan, but rest assured we will be working in the background for the long-term benefit of all the communities of the Tyne Valley Railway area”.
We are committed to ensure the safety of all our volunteers in their various roles and will be contacting them. In the meantime, we advise that they follow government advice in relation to coronavirus.
Train companies, including Northern, have announced concessions in respect of rail tickets purchased in advance. More information is available on websites and social media.
Wylam Winter Tales Festival 2020
For the third year Tyne Valley Community Rail Partnership (TVCRP) has collaborated with the Wylam Winter Tales Festival.
The idea of the Festival is to celebrate the Arts with the local community in Wylam and the Tyne Valley, bringing light at the darkest time of the year through story telling, music, poetry, spoken word, film, crafts and history. This year, Wylam Winter Tales’ exhibition was entitled “Wylam Way: Collective Memory”.
Last year, Network Rail granted use of the original waiting room at Wylam station. The plan to use the same room for this year’s exhibition had had to be hastily changed when Network Rail planned some urgent refurbishment work in the room. For a while, the exhibition looked in danger. However, the waiting room is adjacent to the station house, a two storey building which is rented by Gully Howard Technical. Hearing about the exhibition, Gully Howard very kindly allowed Wylam Winter Tales and TVCRP to use the front room of the house for the exhibition.
The Festival ran for nine days and the station buildings were open 10 – 1 and 3 - 6 every day, staffed by volunteers from both TVCRP and the Wylam community. The exhibition showcased images from the collection of the late Philip Brooks, now donated to the community. Visitors to the exhibition were asked if they had any memories of Wylam and to write them down on luggage labels and hang them on a ‘tree’ in the centre of the room. This proved to be very popular and covered a great many aspects of village life. TVCRP were also able to show visitors their work on Open in Winter which promotes towns in the Tyne Valley. There were lots of photographs showing the village and these aroused a great deal of interest amongst residents who saw how the village developed and changed over the years.
The Festival team were very happy with the impact of the festival as most of the events were sold out and the exhibition attracted plenty of visitors. Anecdotally we heard about visitors who travelled to Wylam by train, thus increasing Northern's revenue, visiting the exhibition, having a meal and going to the events.
Wylam Winter Tales in now in its fifth year and becoming increasingly popular. One of the comments were “Wylam Winter Tales is growing every year. It is good for the villagers and an excellent excuse to get out and do things in darkest January”.
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.