Optimized CitadelOn a cold Tuesday morning in September, I found myself navigating Newcastle Central Station, which was surprisingly busy for a weekday morning. I located my seat in the middle carriage and sat opposite a middle-aged woman whom made polite conversation with me regarding the weather and mildly busy train. The woman, who’s name I later learned was Jean, preached about her favourite fish and chip shop in central Carlisle.

A warm welcome to Matthew Barrett who joined TVCRP as our Tourism Intern on 1st September 2018. Matthew will be working with the TVCRP team and Northern to promote torurism on the line. This is a one year posting as part of Matthews Busineess Administration Degree course at Northumbria Univeristy. We wish Matthew every success in the next year and look forward to working with him.

Gareth Mary and Simon with Wylam Signal Box imagesResidents in Wylam have viewed the village’s ‘hidden spaces’ thanks to sponsorship from the Tyne Valley Community Rail Partnership.

Last Autumn, Wylam Winter Tales, a community based art festival approached TVCRP with an idea to base a photographic exhibition, entitled ‘Hidden Wylam’ on Wylam’s iconic signal box and station building.

‘The signal box sits high above the railway line’ said Mary Bythell from Wylam Winter Tales ‘As villagers, our journeys through the village are punctuated by sitting at the level crossing waiting for trains to pass. We look up at the signal box and wonder what’s happening inside, what the view is like and about the people that occupy it. So the idea for a photographic exhibition which could answer those questions was born’.

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The Tyne Valley Community Rail Partnership (TVCRP) will welcome civil servants from the Department of Transport and officers from the Association of Community Rail Partnerships on Thursday 6th April.

The day is marked as the Partnership’s annual review, an opportunity to ‘show and tell’ the work
which this not for profit business undertakes along the rail corridor from Newcastle to Carlisle.

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Tyne Valley Community Railway Partnership Strengthened

Fiona Forsythe appointed as TVCRP Officer.Fiona Forsythe has joined the Hexham based team of the  Tyne Valley Community Railway  Partnership. Initially, Fiona and existing CRP officer John Gillott will job share which will provide  more officer time for the Partnership. This is an important year as the Northern franchise moves  from Northern Rail to Arriva. Service expansion and new trains are in Arriva’s contract as are  considerably more resources for Community Rail Partnerships across the Northern franchise.

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