Timetable and Useful Travel Information
In anticipation of some delays due to autumn weather condition, Northern are introducing a modified timetable along the Tyne Valley Railway from 7 October 2019.
You can check the current times 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.
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
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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 Success at national Community Rail Awards
Tyne Valley Community Rail Partnership (TVCRP) are pleased to announce for the first time they have won a national award for Outstanding Volunteer Contribution.
The national Community Rail Award event organised by the Association of Community Rail Partnerships was held in Telford on 3 October. The Award event showcases the work and varied initiatives of the 68 community rail partnerships and 1000 station adoption groups throughout the United Kingdom.
Having been nominated in four different categories, the Tyne Valley CRP’s nomination of Julie Gibbon for her outstanding volunteer contribution was judged against the work of seven other shortlisted nominees from throughout the country. Julie lives in Bardon Mill and she brings her skills to many organisations in the area.
Julie’s commitment to the Tyne Valley Railway and the area is evident through the many volunteering roles she undertakes. As well as being a Director and Company Secretary of the Rail Partnership, she has been instrumental in developing new project ideas, finding funding and being involved in delivery of the projects. She made a successful bid to CrossCountry for funding for a Tourism Development Intern project. This gave a student the opportunity to work for the rail partnership, researching use of rail travel and public transport, local attractions and creating the rail partnership’s own Hadrian’s Wall to take to showcase the area at the Community Rail in the City event in Glasgow. Her most recent initiative to secure funding of £500,000 for redevelopment of the old waiting rooms at Haltwhistle Station has been a challenge but through her tenacity, work will start soon on the buildings. Julie manages the Partnership’s Old Booking Hall at Haltwhistle, which is a valuable meeting room for a number of groups and meetings including a yoga class, meditation group and the Platform Painters. Through her work with Haltwhistle Chamber of Trade the Old Booking Hall hosts a late night shopping event twice a year supporting small businesses and producers.
As well as her work for the rail partnership, Julie is Secretary of the Tyne Valley Rail Users’ Group and of the Campaign to Open Gilsland Station. In addition, her volunteer work extends outside the railway, she is Chair of Haltwhistle Partnership and volunteers for Kielder Water Sailing Club encouraging people to develop skills in sailing. She is also a volunteer for Hadrian’s Wall National Trail.
Following the announcement of the Award, Julie thanked everyone for their support commenting “it’s not just me, we are a team of many players and I could not have achieved it without you”.
“Julie is very supportive of the local community and the railway. We are very pleased for her, it is well deserved”, said Fiona Forsythe, TVCRP Officer. “We are a very small partnership and this award is a great boost for all of our hardworking volunteers”,
Heritage Open Days 2019
Heritage Open Days in the Tyne Valley are now becoming a regular annual event. Buildings all over the country which are normally closed to the public are open during Heritage Open Days for the public to visit and see behind the scenes.
This is a large undertaking for a relatively small partnership such as Tyne Valley Community Rail Partnership but the volunteers all look forward to it. This year we were helped by have two glorious days of warm weather. With the help of Network Rail and Northern, Haltwhistle Station was open to the public to explore. The Old Booking Hall, still with all its old fixtures and fittings, is now the Education Centre for TVCRP, while Network Rail opened the iconic signal box now sadly decommissioned and replaced by a Portakabin, and is now used as a Network Rail office. On this occasion it was staffed by two former signalmen, both TVCRP Board members and a current signalman based at Low Row signal box.
Over the weekend we welcomed over 200 visitors as well as 31 students and staff from Newcastle College, Academy of Rail and Built Environment, providing a curriculum resource in terms of civil engineering in waiting rooms and walks, along with an introduction to signalling and introducing the work of a Community Rail Partnership.
TVCRP were able to showcase some of the wonderful people and projects we work with.Read more ...
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.