Taking the Railway to the Community in the Tyne Valley.

The last few weeks have been very busy for the volunteers of the Tyne Valley Community Rail Partnership, as they promote the Tyne Valley Railway and the operator Northern.

Last month the TVCRP took part in Community Rail in the City at Glasgow Central Station. Our Tourism Intern, Matthew Barrett, constructed a model of the Roman Wall which was painted by the Platform Painters of Haltwhistle. As the Tyne Valley Railway runs through Hadrian's Wall Country, it seemed such a waste to use this wall for only one event, it has been adapted and has now been used on several occasions to promote the railway and several Hadrian's Wall attractions.

As part of the franchise agreement Northern and the Tyne Valley Community Rail Partnership have appointed Station Ambassadors, a group of volunteers who will look after their stations and make them look attractive for the passengers. Ambassadors have recently been appointed at Blaydon and already have begun to make their presence felt.

We have extended a warm welcome to Anne Ridley, our new Marketing Director, who joined us in January 2019.

Anne comes to TVCRP with extensive experience from the Settle Carlisle Railway, where she worked in various roles, most recently as Operations Manager, over a period of nearly 19 years. This after long service working with Cumbria Constabulary.

During the next few weeks you will see enhancements to the TVCRP website.  We are adding lots of information about the Tyne Valley area, its visitor attractions and things to do.  

We welcome your feedback and suggestions so please contact us  if you feel we have failed to mention something which will be useful to rail passengers and visitors to the area.

2019 should be an exciting year for the Tyne Valley Railway

Very positive news being received by users of the re-opened Hexham kiosk this morning by Journey Enterprises. The kiosk will be termed the 'Whistle Stop' and will be open Monday to Friday 7am-2pm.