Matthew delivering his presentation to the conference audience

Tyne Valley Community Rail Partnership’s (TVCRP) Tourism Development Intern has taken the area by storm following a recent presentation in front of over 100 local businesses.

Matthew Barrett, appointed September 2018 from Northumbria University, was introduced to the partnership to strengthen the knowledge of tourism in the area, as well as develop new relationships with visitor attractions.

Since Matthew’s appointment TVCRP now have a collection of detailed reports relating to travel and tourism along the route, he’s updating the TVCRP website and in the process of planning the Partnership’s biggest Community Rail in the City event to date, set to be held in May at Glasgow Central Station.

Arguably his biggest achievement so far was presenting the report he put together ‘How to Improve Tourism by Rail’ at the annual Hadrian’s Wall Partnership Conference Day, hosted by Lady Jane Gibson.

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.

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.

Haltwhistle Booking Hall InteriorFor the first time ever, the Tyne Valley Community Rail Partnership will be participating in Heritage Open Days, over two days Friday 8th and Saturday 9th September 2017.

This will be at Haltwhistle station on the Newcastle to Carlisle railway line, Britain’s first cross country railway, which runs parallel to Hadrian’s Wall. Not only is this a first for us, but we shall be opening the 1901 Haltwhistle Grade ll listed signal box. This is one of the BBC’s top ten signal boxes. Access is being granted courtesy of Network Rail and Northern.

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