From Sunday 21st May, Off-Peak Day Returns on the Tyne Valley line between Hexham and Newcastle (inclusive) will no longer be subject to the evening peak restriction. This restriction currently prohibits use of Off-Peak Day Returns on all Northern trains leaving Newcastle, Dunston, Metrocentre and Blaydon between 1601 and 1759. Off-Peak tickets will now be valid on all trains in each direction which depart after 0900 Monday to Friday and at all times during weekends and Bank Holidays.

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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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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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