Northumberland Line Public consultation booklet - Autumn 2020 - Northumberland County Council

 
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Foreword                                                                                      Contents
                                                                                              Introduction 							05
                                                                                                    What is the Northumberland line?			                     06
                                                                                                    The story so far 						07
                                                                                                    What are we consulting on and why?			                   08
                                                                                                    How do I find out what is happening in my area?         08
                                                                                                    What permissions and authorisations do we need?         09
                                                                                              Scheme overview 						10
                                                                                                    The route         						                                12
                                                                                                    The stations       						                               13
I’m delighted that the re-introduction of direct passenger trains between south-east
                                                                                                    Ashington to North Seaton Viaduct			                    14
Northumberland and the centre of Newcastle in the next three years is nearer than
ever. It’s been a long-held ambition of this council to get trains running again on the             North Seaton Viaduct to Bedlington Viaduct              26
Northumberland Line and over recent years we’ve made a great deal of progress. There’s              Bedlington Viaduct to Blyth Bebside       		36
ever more confidence our long-term aspirations are going to become reality – bringing               Chase Meadows, Newsham and New Hartley Curve 46
social and economic benefits to residents, commuters, visitors and businesses both in
                                                                                                    New Hartley Curve to Holywell		           		60
Northumberland and the wider region.
                                                                                                    Holywell to Benton North Junction			                    70
With a proposed opening date for passenger services in winter 2023, thousands of
                                                                                              More information about our proposals            		80
residents a day could be transported between Ashington and Newcastle in just over half
an hour, while the scheme could boost the local economy by up to £470m. Key to this                 Travel to and from the stations 				                    82
ambitious scheme is involvement from stakeholders, including residents and businesses,              Engineering works 						83
both along the route of the line and further afield.                                                Environmental management 				83
This booklet shows how our proposals have developed since they were last shared with                Landscape                                               84
the public in late 2019. We really want you to be part of this journey and would appreciate         Managing construction 					84
your feedback - either on specific elements or the scheme as a whole. I hope you can spare
                                                                                              How to have your say and next steps			                        86
a little time to read about the plans and give us your feedback on this major project.
                                                                                                    How to have your say 					                              88
                                                                                                    What happens next 					89

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                                                                                                Email:       rail@northumberland.gov.uk
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Leader of Northumberland County Council
Northumberland Line Public consultation booklet - Autumn 2020 - Northumberland County Council
Introduction
Northumberland Line Public consultation booklet - Autumn 2020 - Northumberland County Council
What is the Northumberland                                                                    The story so far
Line?
The Northumberland Line will bring             The project will provide six new               The railway between Ashington and
passenger trains back into service             stations at Ashington, Blyth Bebside,          Newcastle used to run both passenger
between Ashington and Newcastle. It is a       Bedlington, Newsham, Seaton Delaval            and freight services until the Beeching
priority of both Northumberland County         and Northumberland Park, with journeys         cuts in the 1960s. Since then, freight trains
Council and North Tyneside Council and         between Newcastle and Ashington taking         have continued to use the line, primarily
is supported by a number of key project        about 35 minutes with no need to change        serving Lynemouth Power Station. The lack
partners, including the Department for         trains. The station at Northumberland          of passenger railway services in the area
Transport (DfT), Network Rail, Transport       Park will be adjacent to the existing Tyne     has contributed to local congestion due
for the North (TfN), Nexus and Northern        and Wear Metro station, bringing further       to car and bus travel being the only viable
Rail.                                          opportunities for interchange and travel       forms of transport for many. Congestion
                                               to other destinations. We are exploring        and long journey times have contributed
The Northumberland Line aims to                options for integrated ticketing between       to the economic decline of the area, with
stimulate and support economic growth,         the two services.                              people moving to live and work in other
regeneration and community development                                                        regions.
in Northumberland and the surrounding          At Newcastle station, it is anticipated that
regions by providing new and improved          Northumberland Line trains will run into       The reintroduction of passenger services
transport links for local people and           platform one, with easy access to the city     on the line has been an aspiration of
businesses. By doing so, the scheme will:      centre, Tyne and Wear Metro and national       Northumberland County Council for many
                                               rail connections.                              years and the current political, social,
• improve access from towns such as                                                           economic and rail industry context means
  Ashington and Blyth to employment            The freight trains that currently use the      that it can now be successfully delivered.
  hubs like Newcastle, as well as opening      railway will still be able to do so, helping   As a result of being awarded development
  up new opportunities for education and       support the economic aspirations of both       funding from the DfT, the council has been
  travel;                                      Lynemouth Power Station and the Port of        working alongside partners since 2018 to
                                               Blyth.                                         develop the scheme.
• provide a real incentive for potential
  employers to relocate to and invest in       A decision on who will run the trains on       Northumberland County Council
  the area;                                    the Northumberland Line is expected by         last consulted on proposals for the
                                               the end of 2020. The train service is likely   Northumberland Line in September and
• provide vital infrastructure to help         to be operated by trains made up of two,       October 2019. That consultation focused
  deliver the region’s aspirations for         three or four coaches.                         on raising awareness of the scheme and
  population and economic growth;                                                             finding out more about what local people
                                               The line is currently anticipated to open to   wanted from the service. Back then, we
• help to attract visitors and improve local   passengers in winter 2023.                     were also proposing delivering the project
  tourism;
                                                                                              in two phases, with some stations opening
• enhance public transport connectivity                                                       before others. We are now proposing a
  within and beyond the region;                                                               single-phase delivery, which will see all
                                                                                              stations on the route open at the same
• help to reduce congestion and improve                                                       time.
  air quality on key corridors by moving
  people away from car travel and onto           Anticipated service on the Northumberland      Headline results from the 2019 consultation
  public transport; and                                              Line

• support the delivery of significant                                                          Over 900           96 %             89%
  growth in sectors such as renewable
  energy, offshore oil and gas and                                                             respondents      supported      would use
  engineering.                                                                                                 the scheme      the service

                                                                                                       1/3                     &
                                                                                                  would use the        Appealing for
                                                                                                service more than      both leisure &
                                                                                                  3 times/week         employment

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What are we consulting on                    How do I find out what is                     What permissions and
and why?                                     happening in my area?                         authorisations do we need?

This booklet explains the various elements   This booklet provides details of our          The table below sets out the permissions                              The scheme also includes some works
of the Northumberland Line scheme,           proposals to enable you to provide            and authorisations that are needed to                                 that, because of their nature and
including the six new stations, new          feedback and comments.                        construct and operate different parts of                              location, do not require any permissions
footbridges and a potential underpass,                                                     the scheme. It also includes information                              or authorisations. This includes changes
changes to level crossings and the land      For the purposes of this consultation, the    about how the comments received                                       to the existing track, laying of new
required to build it. It shows how our       line has been divided into six geographical   through this consultation will inform its                             track, upgrading signals and replacing
proposals have developed since they were     sections, moving north to south. Page         future development.                                                   equipment within the railway corridor.
last shared in late 2019.                    references for proposals in each section
                                             are given below and on the map overleaf.
We are asking for your feedback on a
number of key scheme elements, which         Ashington to North Seaton Viaduct,
will be signposted throughout this           including Ashington station:                   Permission/          Needed for                                                     How your feedback will
booklet. Ways to respond are explained       pages 14-25.                                   authorisation needed                                                                inform this?
on page 88 of this booklet. You can                                                         Planning permissions                Applications for planning permissions            Your feedback on these
comment on those elements most relevant      North Seaton Viaduct to Bedlington
                                             Viaduct, including Bedlington station:                                             will be made to Northumberland                   proposals will shape the
to you, or on the scheme as a whole.                                                                                            County Council and North Tyneside                design and be summarised
We will use your feedback to inform the      pages 26-35.
                                                                                                                                Council for some of the construction             in a Statement of
further development of the scheme.                                                                                              and engineering works, including the             Community Engagement,
                                             Bedlington Viaduct to Blyth Bebside,
                                             including Bebside station:                                                         new stations.                                    which will form part of the
                                             pages 36-45.                                                                       As the scheme develops, further                  planning applications.
                                                                                                                                permissions (e.g. for construction
                                             Chase Meadows, Newsham and New                                                     access roads) may need further
                                             Hartley Curve, including Newsham                                                   planning permissions.
    How to have your say
                                             station: pages 46-59.
                                                                                            Transport and Works                 An application will be made to the               Where private land
                                             New Hartley Curve to Holywell,                 Act Order                           Secretary of State for an order under            or rights are needed
    You can respond to this
                                             including Seaton Delaval station:                                                  the Transport and Works Act 1992.                for the scheme,
    consultation using our response
                                             pages 60-69.                                                                       The order (if made) would authorise:             either permanently or
    form, which is available online at
                                                                                                                                                                                 temporarily, negotiations
    www.nland.uk/line, with hard
                                             Holywell to Benton North Junction,                                                 • compulsory acquisition of land and             and consultation will
    copies available on request.                                                                                                  rights (should it not be possible for
                                             including Northumberland Park station:                                                                                              take place with those
                                                                                                                                  these to be acquired voluntarily);
    Full details of how to provide           pages 70-79.                                                                                                                        directly affected by those
    comments are given on page 88                                                                                               • temporary use of land for                      requirements. Where
                                                                                                                                  construction works;                            these proposals have a
    of this booklet.                         The consultation will close on 14
                                                                                                                                • closure of level and other crossings           wider impact (e.g. closure
                                             December 2020 at 11.59pm.                                                            over the railway line; and                     of level crossings), they are
                                                                                                                                                                                 included in this booklet
                                                                                                                                • diversion and closure of public rights
                                                                                                                                                                                 so everyone has an
                                                                                                                                  of way.
                                                                                                                                                                                 opportunity to comment.

                                                                                            Level crossing orders               Applications for orders made under               Many of the proposed
                                                                                                                                the Level Crossings Act 1983 will                changes to level crossings
                                                                                                                                be made to the Office of Road and                are required to ensure
                                                                                                                                Rail. The orders will specify the new            they can be used safely,
                                                                                                                                operating arrangements at level                  but any feedback given
                                                                                                                                crossings.                                       on level crossings will be
                                                                                                                                                                                 considered as part of the
                                                                                                                                                                                 design process.

                                                                                           Figure 1: Permissions and authorisations needed to build the scheme

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Scheme overview
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The route                                                                                       The stations
                                                                         Key

The route of the Northumberland Line is                              A-roads                    One of the project’s priorities is to               They will also be fully accessible to people
shown below, along with page references                                                         enable people to travel quickly between             with reduced mobility and other access
to where you can find more information           Local authority boundary                       Ashington and Newcastle, helping                    requirements.
about our proposals in this booklet. The              Tyne & Wear Metro                         encourage them to switch from car to rail.
following page outlines what you can                                                            With this in mind, the number of stations           The stops will have ticket machines, but
expect from each of the stations, with                      Tyne Valley Line                    and their locations have been chosen to             will be unstaffed and will not have ticket
further information about the specific                                                          carefully balance passenger demand and              offices. Shelters will be provided on each
                                                      East Cost Main Line                                                                           platform, providing waiting passengers
facilities and connections at each station                                                      journey times. However, the project does
site.                                          Northumberland Line route                        not prevent the future development of               with protection from the weather. These
                                                            and stations                        additional stations at other locations and          shelters will have 8 to 16 seats, with extra
                                                                                                extensions to the line.                             standing space and access via each end.
                                             Interchange with Tyne & Wear
                                                                    Metro
                                                                                                All the stops on the Northumberland Line            Toilets will not be provided at stations, but
                                                                                                will have facilities to help ensure safe and        an accessible toilet will be available on all
                                                                                                easy journeys.                                      trains serving the new line, which will run
                                                                                                                                                    roughly every half hour.

                                                      Ashington to North Seaton
                                                                                                Facilities at all stations                          The stations will not have dedicated space
                                                                                                                                                    for cafés or other retail facilities, but their

                                                                                     p. 14-25
                                                                        Viaduct
                                                                                                                                                    designs allow for the possibility of pop-
                                                                                                                                                    up businesses, such as coffee carts, in the
                                                        North Seaton Viaduct to                                                                     future. We are keen to find opportunities

                                                                                     p. 26-35
                                                            Bedlington Viaduct                                                                      to support local businesses and involve
                                                                                                                                                    local people in the development and care
                                                            Bedlington Viaduct to                                                                   of the stations to help ensure that they

                                                                                     p. 36-45
                                                                    Blyth Bebside               Ticket machines              Seating and shelters   reflect the needs of the community.

                                                     Chase Meadows, Newsham                                                                         Noise levels from the stations, including

                                                                                     p. 46-59
                                                        and New Hartley Curve                                                                       service and safety announcements,
                                                                                                                                                    will be controlled to minimise potential
                                                                                                                                                    disturbance to nearby residents and
                                                              New Hartley Curve                                                                     businesses.

                                                                                     p. 60-69
                                                                    to Holywell

                                                                                                Audio frequency              Car parking
                                                                                                induction loops
                                                              Holywell to Benton
                                                                  North Junction
                                                                                     p. 70-79

                                                                                                CCTV cameras                 Bike parking

                                                        0      1         3          5km         Real time information        Lighting
                                                                                                boards

Figure 2: Overview map                                                                                                                              Figure 3: An example of what real time information boards
                                                                                                                                                    could look like

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Ashington to North
    Seaton Viaduct
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Ashington to North Seaton                                                                                   Ashington station
Viaduct
                                                                                                            Ashington station will be the northern         Effects of the proposals
                                                                                                            end of the Northumberland Line. The
Between Ashington and North Seaton                     The key changes and some local                       track layout at the station has been           The new station at Ashington will be well
Viaduct, there will be:                                landmarks are shown in the map below                 carefully designed so that the route can       connected to Ashington centre and will
                                                       and are explained in more detail over                be extended further north in the future,       allow people living in Ashington to easily
• a new train station at Ashington;                    the following pages. In addition to these            to locations such as Newbiggin and             travel into neighbouring towns, Newcastle
• changes at three level crossings; and                changes, engineering works will take place           Woodhorn, though any such extension            and further afield using public transport.
                                                       along the railway.                                   would be part of a separate scheme.            The journey time from Ashington to central
• sites that may need to be temporarily                                                                                                                    Newcastle will be around 35 minutes,
  used for construction of the station                                                                      The station will have a single platform on     which will be significantly faster than the
  and other engineering works.                                                                              the west side of the line, located on part     peak hour journey time by car and bus.
                                                                                                            of the existing car park, as well as all the
                                                                                                            facilities described on page 13 of this        Our proposals also complement wider
                                                                                                            booklet.                                       regeneration plans for Ashington town
                                                                                                                                                           centre, which include a multi-screen
                                                                                                            The existing car park will be extended, and    cinema and restaurant complex at Portland
                                                                                                            will include Blue Badge spaces and Electric    Park and new homes. Northumberland
                                                                                                            Vehicle (EV) charging bays. The number         County Council is separately exploring
                    01
                                                                                                            of car parking spaces available when the       proposals for improvements to Wansbeck
                                                                                                            station is complete will be more than those    Square, adjacent to the new station. This
                                                            Key                                             available in the current Kenilworth Road       has potential implications for the design of
                                                                                                            car park. Pedestrian and vehicle access        the station and, as a result, the proposals
                        02                                  Key features                                    into the car park will be from Kenilworth      set out here might change to maximise any
                                                                                                            Road and will be designed to maintain          opportunities presented by that scheme.
                                                            Northumberland Line route
                                                                                                            delivery access to Wansbeck Square
                                                                                                            shopping centre and access to the rear of      Some existing trees and green space
                                                            Green space                                                                                    will have to be removed to construct
                                                                                                            Station Road properties.
                                                                                                                                                           the station and car park. This will be
                                                            Roads
                                                                                                            The station and car park will include tree     compensated for by new planting provided
                               03                           New single platform station and car
                                                                                                            planting and wildlife friendly landscaping,    in alternative locations.
                                                                                                            focused on the areas around the extended
                                                            parking. Potential for a new footbridge over                                                   As land in private ownership will be
                                                       01                                                   car park.
                                                            the railway line. For more information, see                                                    needed to build the station car park,
                                                            page 22                                         It is likely that Hospital level crossing      negotiations with landowners are ongoing
                                                            Potential closure of Hospital level crossing.   will need to be replaced as part of the        and may inform further development of
                                                            If closed, the crossing will either be          Northumberland Line scheme. This is            the design. We will seek to reduce the
                                                       02   replaced with an underpass here or a            because of the increased number of trains      extent of additional land required as far as
                                                            footbridge at the new Ashington station.        using the line and the fact that the current   possible.
                                                            For more information, see page 22               crossing is heavily used by schoolchildren.
                                                                                                            We are currently considering options for       An indicative plan showing our
                                                            Green Lane level crossing upgraded to a         its replacement, including a footbridge        proposals for Ashington station and car
                                                       03   full barrier crossing. For more information     at the station and an underpass close to       park is shown on the following page.
                                                            see page 23                                     the site of the existing crossing, which are
                                                                                                            described in more detail on the following
                                                            Equipment and boundary fencing at               pages.
                                                            North Seaton level crossing replaced and
                                                            upgraded. This work may involve some
                                              04       04   weekend closures of the level crossing
                                                            and the road while the new equipment is
                                                            commissioned

                                                            North Seaton Railway Viaduct (no works
     0   50   150    300m
                                                       05
                                             05             proposed)

Figure 4: Works proposed between Ashington and North
Seaton Viaduct

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Figure 5: Proposed layout for Ashington station

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Figure 6: Freight train going through Ashington

Construction

Our construction strategy is still being
formulated, and dates and durations for
the construction of Ashington station are
still to be confirmed. Information about
how construction will be managed to
minimise disturbance to local residents           We want to hear your views
and businesses is included on page 83 of
this booklet.                                     We are seeking your views on our
Our current plans include construction            proposals for Ashington station,
traffic accessing the station site from the       including any ways in which you feel
north using Station Road and Kenilworth           they could be improved. You can
Road, which will require some temporary           share your comments by answering
changes to the one-way system,                    the dedicated question on our
temporary diversions and other changes to         response form.
the local highways and footways. There will       Your feedback will be used to
be significant disruption to the availability     review the current proposals and
of parking spaces during construction             inform the detailed designs. You
of the station, with current users of the         will have a further opportunity
car park required to use alternative car          to comment on the planning
parking, which is available in Ashington          application for Ashington station
town centre. More information about               when it is submitted to the Local
alternative parking will be shared prior to       Planning Authority.
construction beginning.

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Hospital level crossing                                                                      Green Lane level crossing
Hospital level crossing provides access        Underpass                                     Green Lane level crossing enables
for pedestrians over the line between                                                        pedestrians and vehicles to cross the                                     We want to hear your views
Chillingham Crescent and Roseneath             A new underpass would be located close        railway line. The crossing will be upgraded
Court. Currently users ‘look out’ for an       to the site of the existing level crossing.   as part of the Northumberland Line                                        If you have any comments about the
approaching train and judge whether is it      Surveys and assessments are being             project, with changes to the barriers,                                    changes proposed at Green Lane
safe to cross, and the crossing is well used   undertaken to inform the detailed design      equipment and fencing.                                                    level crossing, please respond to the
by school children. As the Northumberland      of this potential underpass. Another key                                                                                relevant question on our response
Line project will mean more trains and         consideration for the detailed design will    In particular, the crossing will be upgraded                              form and reference ‘Green Lane
faster speeds, the crossing will need to       be how to help ensure it is a safe and        to have full barriers across the road                                     level crossing’ in your answer.
be upgraded or closed as a result of the       pleasant route for all users.                 and paths. These barriers will work
                                                                                             automatically and will be able to detect                                  We will use your feedback will be
scheme.
                                               The land needed to construct the              anyone trespassing into the crossing area                                 used to review the current proposals
Surveys and assessments are ongoing to         underpass includes the existing public        when the barriers are down. The barriers                                  for the crossing.
determine the most appropriate solution        path between Chillingham Crescent and         will also be down for slightly longer than
for Hospital level crossing. If the crossing   Darnley Road, which would be replaced by      they are currently, to enable trains to
cannot be operated safely, then two            the underpass.                                stop at Ashington station. Each time the
options are currently being considered:                                                      barriers come down, they will remain down
an underpass provided near to the site of                                                    for 2 to 3 minutes. New road markings and
the current crossing, or a footbridge at the                                                 signs will be put in place.
new Ashington station.                           We want to hear your views

Land in private ownership will be                We are seeking your views on our
needed for both options, and therefore           options for Hospital level crossing.
negotiations with landowners may inform          You can share your comments by
further development of the designs. We           answering the dedicated question on
will seek to reduce the extent of additional     our response form.
land required as far as possible.
                                                 Your feedback will be used to select
If required, either option will be subject       an option and inform detailed
to a separate planning application, which        designs.
would be submitted to the Local Planning
Authority in spring 2021.

Station footbridge

A new footbridge at Ashington station
would provide a route between the
station car park and John Street, crossing
over the railway line. This bridge would
have lifts on the station side of the line
and ramps and steps on John Street.
An indicative location is given for the
footbridge on page 18. If found to be
necessary, screening panels would be
installed on the bridge structure to avoid
residential properties on John Street being
overlooked by users of the bridge.

                                                                                             Figure 7: Example of the type of level crossing proposed for Green Lane

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How we will deliver
                                                                                                                                  02
This section of the line contains seven                                                                                                              01
potential sites which may be temporarily
required for construction and engineering
works. These sites and the ways they may
be used are described on the following
                                                                                                                            03
map. Sites with the same name followed                                           Key
by a letter represent alternative options,
with only one of those sites being required              Northumberland Line route
for the construction purpose in question.
                                                      Potential temporary work sites
Feedback from this consultation will help
determine which sites will be used. These                                Green space
sites may be used to store materials,
machinery and equipment, and to provide                                        Roads
welfare (e.g. toilets, kitchen) and parking
for contractors.                                        Ashington station option A
                                              Current use: open storage site used by
It may be necessary to temporarily close                               local business
some paths and bridleways to allow                Potential use: construction site for   01
the sites to be used by our contractors.       engineering operations to the line and
Where a public right of way or publicly            construction of Ashington station
used path will be temporarily impacted
during the construction of the scheme,                  Ashington station option B
                                                       Current use: agricultural field
efforts will be made to provide temporary         Potential use: construction site for
diversions. Where this is not possible or                                                02
                                               engineering operations to the line and
not considered necessary, the duration of          construction of Ashington station
any closures will be kept to a minimum.
                                                        Ashington station option C
                                                 Current use: established woodland
                                                  Potential use: construction site for   03                                                               04
                                               engineering operations to the line and
                                                   construction of Ashington station

                                                         Green Lane level crossing
                                               Current use: part existing railway land
                                                   and part road verge/grassed area      04                                                                     06
                                                  Potential use: construction site for
                                                 works to Green Lane Level Crossing
     We want to hear your views
                                                   Ashington engineering option A
     If you have any comments about the          Current use: car park within Jubilee
     proposed temporary use of these                                Industrial Estate    05
     sites, please respond to the relevant        Potential use: construction site for
     question on our response form and             engineering operations to the line
     state the name of the site/s as given
     in this booklet.                             Ashington engineering option B
                                                 Current use: incidental open space
                                                                                         06
     Your feedback will be used to review        Potential use: construction site for
     the current proposals and inform             engineering operations to the line
     our construction strategy. Once the
                                                                                                                                                               05
     proposals are more certain, further                North Seaton level crossing
     opportunity to provide comments              Current use: existing Network Rail
     will be given to those who may be                                    compound
                                              Potential use: temporary construction      07    0   50       150        300m                                          07
     affected by the use of the sites.         site for engineering operations to the
                                               line and minor works to North Seaton
                                                                                              Figure 8: Map showing potential temporary work sites
                                                                      Level Crossing

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North Seaton Viaduct to
    Bedlington Viaduct
North Seaton Viaduct to                                                                                       Bedlington station
Bedlington Viaduct
                                                                                                              Bedlington station will be the first stop for   Effects of the proposals
                                                                                                              trains leaving Ashington and will have two
Between North Seaton Viaduct and                        The key changes and some local                        platforms, one for services to Ashington        The new station will allow people
Bedlington Viaduct, there will be:                      landmarks are shown in the map below                  and one for services to Newcastle. It will      living in Bedlington to easily travel into
                                                        and are explained in more detail over                 have all the facilities described on page 13    neighbouring towns, Newcastle and
• a new train station at Bedlington;                    the following pages. In addition to these             of this booklet.                                further afield using public transport.
                                                        changes, engineering works will take place                                                            Relative to existing public transport
• changes at various level crossings; and               along the railway.                                    In order to meet the predicted demand           options, it will be quicker and easier
                                                                                                              for passenger services some additional          to travel from Bedlington to these
• sites that may need to be temporarily                                                                       parking will be needed at the station,          destinations using the Northumberland
  used for construction of the station                                                                        including Blue Badge spaces and Electric        Line, as well as providing an appealing
  and other engineering works.                                                                                Vehicle (EV) charging bays. We are              alternative to private car use.
                                                                                                              currently considering different options to
                                                             Key
                                                                                                              meet this demand, which are illustrated on      As land in private ownership will be
                                                                                                              the plans on the following pages.               needed to build the station, negotiations
                                            01               Key features
                         West                                                                                                                                 with landowners are ongoing and may
                                                                                                              These options include:                          inform further development of the design.
                         Sleekburn                           Northumberland Line route
                                                                                                                                                              We will seek to reduce the extent of
                                                             Green space                                      • a new car park at the junction of             additional land required as far as possible.
                                                                                                                Barrington Road and Park Terrace;
                                                             Roads                                                                                            Some existing trees and green space
                                                             Equipment and boundary fencing at
                                                                                                              • a new car park on the public open space       may have to be removed to construct the
                                                             Marcheys House level crossing replaced             at the junction of Barrington Road and        station and car park. As noted on page 83,
                                                        01   and upgraded. This work may involve some           Ravensworth Street; and                       new planting in alternative locations will
                                     03                      weekend closures whilst the new equipment                                                        compensate for this.
                                                             is commissioned
                                                                                                              • a new car park on the site of the
                                                                                                                existing container storage business off       Indicative plans showing our proposals
                                                             Bomarsund footpath level crossing to remain        Barrington Road.                              for Bedlington station and car park are
                                 02                     02   unchanged, but separate private vehicle
                                                             level crossing to be closed                      Further studies into the suitability of these   shown on the following two pages.
                                                                                                              options are ongoing. The station and car
                                                        03   Closure of Bomarsund private level crossing      park will include tree planting and wildlife
                                                                                                              friendly landscaping. Some minor works
                                                             Closure of Red Row Bridge private footpath
                               04                       04   level crossing
                                                                                                              are required to both the level crossings
                                                                                                              close to the station. In particular, the road
                                                             Minor works to realign the highway               will be re-prioritised at Bedlington South
                                                        05   and resurface Bedlington North level             level crossing, creating a through route
                                                             crossing, with a new power supply building       from Station Road to Palace Road/Street
                                                             constructed adjacent to the crossing             into St Johns Road. People will use this
                                                             Bedlington North Wicket Gate crossing (no
                                                                                                              level crossing to interchange between the
                     06                                 06                                                    two station platforms.
                                                             changes proposed)
                                07                                                                            New boundary fencing will be installed to
                                                        07   New twin platform station at Bedlington
                   05                                                                                         keep the station secure, and to provide
                                       08                                                                     screening for residential properties and
                                                        08   Highways remodelling at Bedlington South         businesses where necessary. No works are
                                                             crossing, as part of station works
                                                                                                              proposed to the signal box at the station,
                                                             Furnace Way sidings reinstated to allow          and no changes are currently proposed to
                                             09              freight trains to run around and continue        the former station buildings on the site.
                                                             towards Morpeth and beyond. This currently
                                                             happens at Newsham but will no longer            To build and safely operate the station,
                                                        09   be viable once a more frequent passenger         some land in private ownership is required.
     0 50          250               500m                    service is introduced. Works here will include   This includes a vacant shop opposite the
                                                             creation of two new tracks adjacent to the       signal box on Station Road, which will be
                                                             main line                                        demolished to provide a new safe and
                                                                                                                                                              Figure 10: Bedlington Viaduct
Figure 9: Works proposed between North Seaton Viaduct                                                         attractive pedestrian entrance to the
and Bedlington Viaduct                                                                                        station.
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Figure 11: Proposed layout for Bedlington station

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Figure 12: Alternative to Ravensworth Road car park

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Construction

Our construction strategy is still being
formulated, and dates and durations for               We want to hear your views
the construction of Bedlington station are
still to be confirmed. Information about              We are seeking your views on our
how construction will be managed to                   proposals for Bedlington station,
minimise disturbance to local residents               including any ways in which you feel
and businesses is included on page 83 of              they could be improved. You can
this booklet.                                         share your comments by answering
                                                      the dedicated question on our
Our current plans include construction                response form.
traffic accessing the station site from
Barrington Road and Park Terrace.                     Your feedback will be used to review
Engineering works will take place at both             the current proposals and inform
level crossings, and at these times the               the detailed designs. You will have
crossings and roads may be closed to                  a further opportunity to comment
pedestrians and vehicles.                             on the planning application for
                                                      Bedlington station when it is
Some temporary diversions and changes                 submitted to the Local Planning
to the local highways and footpaths may               Authority.
also be needed.

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How we will deliver                                                                                                                              West
                                                                                                                                                 Sleekburn
This section of the line contains six
potential sites which may be temporarily                                                     Key
required for construction and engineering                                                                                                         01
works. These sites and the ways they may                            Northumberland Line route
be used are described on the following
map. The proposed site for Bedlington                            Potential temporary work sites
station will be used as a construction site
for the station itself.                                                             Green space

Feedback from this consultation will help                                                   Roads
determine which sites will be used. These
sites may be used to store materials,                         Marcheys House level crossing                                                                  02
machinery and equipment, and to provide                         Current use: agricultural field
                                                           Potential use: construction site for
welfare (e.g. toilets, kitchen) and parking                                                           01
                                                        engineering operations to the line and
for contractors.                                      minor works to the Marcheys House level
                                                                                     crossing
It may be necessary to temporarily close
some paths and bridleways to allow
                                                                                     Bomarsund
the sites to be used by our contractors.                         Current use: agricultural field
Where a public right of way or publicly                      Potential use: site for engineering      02                                                03
used path will be temporarily impacted                                    operations to the line
during the construction of the scheme,
efforts will be made to provide temporary                        Bomarsund level crossings
diversions. Where this is not possible or                       Current use: scrub woodland
not considered necessary, the duration of      Potential use: construction site for changes to
                                                                        Bomarsund crossings           03
any closures will be kept to a minimum.
                                               Additional information: the level crossing may
                                                    need to be closed whilst works take place

                                                                                  Site off A1147
     We want to hear your views                       Current use: cleared land adjacent to an                                                                     04
                                                        existing business, within an established
     If you have any comments about the               industrial estate (T T Electronics Welwyn       04
                                                                               Components Ltd)
     proposed temporary use of these                        Potential use: construction site for
     sites, please respond to the relevant                        engineering works to the line
     question on our response form and                                                                                                            05
     state the name of the site/s as given                                  Bedlington station
     in this booklet.                                           Current use: storage and other
                                                       businesses operate from the site, which
     Your feedback will be used to review               is within the boundary of the planning
     the current proposals and inform                         application for Bedlington station      05
     our construction strategy. Once the                    Potential use: construction site for
                                                        Bedlington station and track renewals.
     proposals are more certain, further            The site could then become part of the car
     opportunity to provide comments                                         park for the station
                                                                                                                                                                        06
     will be given to those who may be
     affected by the use of the sites.                                     Furnace Way Sidings
                                                           Current use: disused railway sidings
                                                   Potential use: this site will be upgraded and
                                                  become operational rail sidings as part of the
                                               Northumberland Line. The sidings may be used
                                              for overnight parking of trains and driver welfare      06
                                                    and other facilities. The sidings are likely to          0 50             250             500m
                                                 be used as a construction site for engineering
                                                  works to the line. Once operational, there will
                                                 be an increase in activity, including noise from
                                                the sidings and in the vehicular traffic using the         Figure 13: Map showing potential temporary work sites
                                                       Network Rail access from Melrose Court.

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Bedlington Viaduct to Blyth
                   Bebside
Bedlington Viaduct to Blyth                                                                                      Blyth Bebside station and
Bebside                                                                                                          proposed new pedestrian and
                                                                                                                 cycle bridge
Between Bedlington Viaduct and Blyth                             The key changes and some local
Bebside, there will be:                                          landmarks are shown in the map below            Blyth Bebside station will be the second       Effects of the proposals
                                                                 and are explained in more detail over           stop for trains leaving Ashington and
• a new train station at Blyth Bebside;                          the following pages. In addition to these       will have two platforms, one for services      The new station will allow people living
                                                                 changes, engineering works will take            to Ashington and one for services to           in Blyth to easily use public transport to
• changes to one level crossing; and                             place along the railway.                        Newcastle. It will have all the facilities     travel to neighbouring towns, Newcastle
                                                                                                                 described on page 13 of this booklet.          and further afield, as well allowing people
• one site that may need to be
  temporarily used for construction.                                                                             The proposed station site is south of          living towards Newcastle or Ashington to
                                                                                                                 residential properties on Heather Lea, and     travel to work in Blyth.
                                                                                                                 is a former colliery tip that has already      It will also allow for improved public
                                                                                                                 been partially reclaimed. The station          transport, cycle and pedestrian access
                                                                                                                 location has moved further south since our     to the station location and surrounding
     01    River Blyth                                                                                           previous consultation to lessen impacts on     areas. Journey times on the new line
                                                                                                                 the highway network, namely the existing       between Blyth and these destinations will
                                                                                                                 grade separated junction between the           be quicker than existing public transport
                                                                                                                 A189 and the A193. The current proposed        options, and will provide an appealing
                                                                                                                 location has better access from the main       alternative to private car use.
                                                                                                                 road and is further away from the high
                                                                                                                 voltage overhead power lines.                  In addition, Blyth is part of an investment
                                                                                                                                                                zone focused on offshore energy and
                                                                                                                 Pedestrian and vehicle access to the           marine engineering and is home to the
                                                                                                                 station will be along a widened and            Port of Blyth. The Northumberland Line
                                                                                                                 upgraded Errington Street from Front           will help support the delivery of significant
                                                                                                                 Street, where a new widened junction will      growth in these sectors, as well as the
                                                                                                                 be constructed. A station footbridge will      regeneration of Blyth town centre.
                                                                                                                 provide access between the platforms. It
                                                                                                                 will have stairs and lifts on both sides. A    As land in private ownership will be
                                                                                                                 new pedestrian and cycle bridge over the       needed to build the station, negotiations
                                                                      Key                                        A189 will also be provided.                    with landowners are ongoing and may
                          02                                                                                                                                    inform further development of the design.
                                                                      Key features                               There will also be a new path linking
                                                                                                                                                                We will seek to reduce the extent of
                                                                                                                 the station to Heather Lea, providing an
                                                                      Northumberland Line route                                                                 additional land required as far as possible.
                                                                                                                 additional pedestrian access to the station.
                                                                      Green space                                                                               Indicative plans showing our proposals
                                                                                                                 The car park will have both Blue Badge
                                                                                                                                                                for Blyth Bebside station and car park
                                                                      Roads                                      spaces and Electric Vehicle (EV) charging
                                                                                                                                                                are shown on the following two pages.
                                     04                                                                          bays.
                                                                 01   Bedlington Viaduct (no works proposed)     The station, car park and access road will
                         03                                                                                      include tree planting and wildlife friendly
                                                                      Upgrade to Blyth Bebside level crossing.   landscaping.
                                                                 02
                                                                      For more information, see page 45          New boundary fencing will be installed
                                                                                                                 to keep the station secure and to provide
                                                                      New twin platform station at Blyth         screening for residential properties and
                                                                 03   Bebside                                    businesses where necessary.

                                                                 04   New A189 pedestrian and cycle bridge

0    50      150              300m
                                                                      Potential temporary work site

Figure 14: Works proposed between Bedlington Viaduct and Blyth
Bebside

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Operational access to railway
         Key
                   Platform                                                                                                                                        Emergency exit from
                                                                                                                                                                   station platform
                  Platform edge                                                                                         Embankment to platform
                                                                                                                        at lower level
                  Platform entrance
                  Platform shelter                                                                     New bus stop     Drop off (taxi & public)                    Ramped access from
                 Platform seating                                                                                                                                   the east of the platform
                                                                                    Planted slope to provide
                  Lift access to new platforms                              Lea
                                                                     t  her         screening for properties                                                             Bridge between

                                                                                                                                                     To A
                                                                  Hea
                 Footpaths and pedestrian areas                                     on Heather Lea                                                                       station platforms,

                                                                                                                                                          s
                                                                                                                                                       hing
                 Road                                                                                                                                                    with lift and stair
                  Crossing point without traffic lights                                                                                                                  access on both

                                                                                                                                                        ton
                                                          Pedestrian access
                  Cycle storage shelter                   from Heather Lea                                                                                               sides

                 Hedge
                 Sustainable urban drainage feature
                  Planting and landscaping
                 Residential fenceline
                  Railway fenceline
                  Platform fenceline
                                                 tors
                                           h   Mo
                                      Blyt
                  Erri
                   ngt
                      on
                     Stre

                                                                                                                                                                        To N
                       et

                                                                                                                                                                          ewc
                                                                                  Car park with 282 spaces

                                                                                                                                                                             astl
                                                                                                                                                                              e
                    Start of bus and
                    taxi loop, with access
                    for bus stops and                                                                                                              Ramp and stair access
                    drop-off                                                                                                                       to platforms via station
                                                                                                                                                   footbridge
                    Segregated cycleway                                                                               Potential location           Operational access to railway
                                                                                                                      for new substation
                                                                                                                                                   Stairs for pedestrian access from the
                                                                                                               Blue Badge parking spaces           east of the platform
        N                                                                                 EV charging bays
Figure 15: Proposed layout for Blyth Bebside station

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Figure 16: Blyth Bebside station access and new foot and cycle bridge

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Bebside level crossing                             How we will deliver
                                                                                                                                       Bebside level crossing is on Front Street,         There is one potential temporary work
                                                                                                                                       close to the junction between the A193             site within this section of the scheme,
                                                                                                                                       and the A189. It enables pedestrians and           shown on the map on page 38. This site
                                                                                                                                       vehicles to cross the railway line.                is currently a grassed area used as an
                                                                                                                                                                                          overflow car park. Access to the site will
                                                                                                                                       As part of the Northumberland Line                 be via the existing access to the car park
                                                                                                                                       project, the crossing will be upgraded             behind the Bebside Inn. The proposed site
                                                                                                                                       to have full barriers across the road              for Blyth Bebside station will be used as a
                                                                                                                                       and paths. These barriers will work                construction site for the station itself.
                                                                                                                                       automatically and will be able to detect
                                                                                                                                       anyone trespassing into the crossing area          Feedback from this consultation will help
                                                                                                                                       when the barriers are down. The barriers           determine whether this site will be used.
                                                                                                                                       will also be down for slightly longer than         This site may be used to store materials,
                                                                                                                                       they are currently to enable trains to stop        machinery and equipment, and to provide
                                                                                                                                       at Blyth Bebside station. Each time the            welfare (e.g. toilets, kitchen) and parking
                                                                                                                                       barriers come down, they will remain down          for contractors.
                                                                                                                                       for 2 to 3 minutes. New road markings and
                                                                                                                                       signs will be put in place.

                                                                                                                                                                                             We want to hear your views

Figure 17: Example of what the footbridge at Blyth Bebside station could look like. The precise design of the bridge, including what                                                         If you have any comments about
shelter will be provided, is still being formulated. Image courtesy of Network Rail                                                                                                          the changes proposed at Bebside
                                                                                                                                                                                             level crossing, please respond to the
                                                                                                                                                                                             relevant question on our response
                                                                                                                                                                                             form and reference ‘Bebside level
                                                                                                                                                                                             crossing’ in your answer.
Construction                                                                                                                                                                                 We will use your feedback will be
                                                                                                                                                                                             used to review the current proposals
Our construction strategy is still being                                                                                                                                                     for the crossing.
formulated, and dates and durations for                                    We want to hear your views
the construction of Blyth Bebside station
are still to be confirmed. Information                                     We are seeking your views on our
about how construction will be managed                                     proposals for Blyth Bebside station,
to minimise disturbance to local residents                                 including any ways in which you feel
and businesses is included on page 83 of                                   they could be improved. You can
this booklet.                                                              share your comments by answering
                                                                           the dedicated question on our
Our current plans include construction                                     response form.
traffic accessing the station site from                                                                                                Figure 18: Bebside level crossing as it is today
Errington Street. Every effort will be made                                Your feedback will be used to review
to try and ensure that businesses using                                    the current proposals and inform
Errington Street to access their properties                                the detailed designs. You will have
are not adversely affected by construction                                 a further opportunity to comment
works.                                                                     on the planning application for Blyth
                                                                           Bebside station when it is submitted
Some temporary diversions and changes                                      to the Local Planning Authority.
to the local highways and footpaths may
also be needed.

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Chase Meadows, Newsham
   and New Hartley Curve
Chase Meadows, Newsham                                                                                         Newsham station
and New Hartley Curve
                                                                                                               Newsham station will be the third stop for     The sections of the existing A1061 which
                                                                                                               trains leaving Ashington and will have two     are to be closed will be re-used for station
Between Chase Meadows, Newsham                               Key changes and landmarks are shown in            platforms, one for services to Ashington       car parks on both the east and west sides
and New Hartley Curve, there will be:                        the map below and are explained in more           and one for services to Newcastle. There       of the line, which will include both Blue
                                                             detail over the following pages. In addition      will be a footbridge with lifts to allow       Badge spaces and Electric Vehicle (EV)
• a new train station at Newsham;                            to these changes, engineering works will          passengers to transfer between platforms       charging bays.
                                                             take place along the railway.                     and all the facilities described on page
• a new footbridge at Chase Meadows;
                                                                                                               13 of this booklet will be provided. The
  and
                                                                                                               footbridge at this station will be similar
                                                                                                               to the one provided at Blyth Bebside, an       Effects of the proposals
• sites that may need to be temporarily
  used for construction of the station                                                                         example of which is shown on page 44 of
                                                                                                               this booklet.                                  The new station will allow people
  and other engineering works.                                                                                                                                living in Newsham and south Blyth to
                                                                                                               Previous designs for this station included     easily travel into neighbouring towns,
                                                                                                               the retention of the Newsham level             Newcastle and further afield using public
         01                                                                                                    crossing on the existing alignment of          transport. Journey times on the new line
                                                                                                               the A1061 (South Newsham Road) with            between Newsham, south Blyth and these
                                                                                                               the station located to the south of the        destinations will be quicker than existing
                                                                                                               crossing.                                      public transport options, and will provide
                                                                                                                                                              an appealing alternative to private car use.
                                                                                                               However, following further technical
                                                                                                               assessments and a review of the usage          In addition, Blyth is part of an investment
                                                                          Key                                  of the level crossing, a new design has        zone focused on offshore energy and
                                      02
                     Newsham                                                                                   been developed incorporating a new             marine engineering and is home to the
                                                                          Key features                         road bridge over the railway and closure       Port of Blyth. The Northumberland Line
                                                                          Northumberland Line route            of the Newsham level crossing. This has        will help support the delivery of significant
                            New
                            Delaval
                                                                                                               the benefit of improvements to public          growth in these sectors.
                                                                          Green space                          safety, better traffic flows along the A1061
                                                                                                               and a better and more robust signalling        Some woodland, hedgerows, trees
                                                                          Roads
                                                                                                               solution. Future pedestrian and cycle          and grassland will need to be removed
                                                                                                                                                              to build the station and car park, and
                                               04                         Closure of Chase Meadows level
                                                                                                               connections into the centre of Blyth could
                                                                                                               be investigated as a result of this change     allow a diversion of the A1061, but new
                                       03                            01   crossing, with public footpath
                                                                                                               in design proposal, although they are not      landscaping, tree planting and wildlife
                                                                          diverted over a new footbridge.                                                     creation schemes at the station site
                                                 05                       For more information, see page 53    part of the Northumberland Line scheme.
                                                                                                                                                              will compensate for these losses. More
                                       South
                                                                          Minor upgrades to Plessey Road       The new bridge will be single carriageway      information about our approach to
                                       Newsham                       02                                                                                       landscaping and environment can be
                                                                          level crossing                       and will allow for the diversion of the
                                                                                                               A1061 from just west of the junction with      found on page 83 of this booklet.
                                                                     03   Closure of Newsham signal box        the B1523 to just east of Blagdon Drive.
                                                                                                               This new section of the A1061 will include     Land in private ownership will be needed
                                                 07                       Closure of Newsham level             two new roundabouts at the west and            to build the station and the new bridge.
                                                                     04   crossing, with A1061 diverted over
                                                                                                               east ends of the new road, which will          Negotiations with landowners are ongoing
                                                                          the line on a new bridge
                                                                                                               provide access into the east and west          and may inform further development of
                                                                          New twin platform station at         station car parks and drop-off zones. The      the design. We will seek to reduce the
                                                                     05   Newsham                              roundabout with the B1523 will include         extent of additional land required as far as
                                                                                                               a junction for a new access road serving       possible.
                                                                          Closure of Lysdon Farm level
                                                                                                               the east side of Railway Cottages, and a
                                                                          crossing, and proposed                                                              An indicative plan showing our
                                                                     06                                        junction maintaining access to Blagdon
                                                        06                diversion of public footpath via                                                    proposals for Newsham station and car
                                                                                                               Drive. The new section of the A1061 will
                                                                          nearby underbridge. For more                                                        park is shown on the following page.
                                                                          information, see page 56             be approximately 500m long and will be
                                                          New
                                                          Hartley
                                                                                                               a direct replacement of the existing road.
     0   100   300   600m
                                                                     07   Hartley to Newsham track dualling    Provision will be made for a cycleway as
                                                                                                               part of the diversion of the A1061.
Figure 19: Works proposed between Chase Meadows, Newsham and New
Hartley Curve

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Due to significant local constraints requiring further consideration,
       we are still in the process of developing the detailed designs for                                                                                 Roundabout providing
       the two car parks at Newsham station. Both car parks will have                                                                                     access to local roads and
       Blue Badge parking spaces and EV charging bays, as well as taxi and                                                                                station car park
       public drop-off areas and bus connections. Existing bus stops will
       be kept or relocated as part of our plans.
                                                                                                                                                      New access to local housing

                                                                                                                                  Bla
       We are aware of the importance of the existing cycle and walking

                                                                                                                                  gd
                                                                                                                                    on
       routes along the existing road network and across Newsham level

                                                                                                                                    DR
       crossing, and will provide replacements for these in our detailed

                                                                                                                                       ive
       design.

       If you have any comments on our indicative proposals or if there

                                                                                                            To A
       is anything else you would like to see included in the detailed design,
       please indicate this in your response to the questions in section

                                                                                                                shin
       4 of our response form.

                                                                                                                    gto
                                                                                                                 n
                                                                Station footbridge, with lifts and stairs
                                                                on both sides providing access
                                                                between platforms / car parks
                                                                                                                                        Car park for services
                                                                              Newsham level crossing,                                   towards Newcastle
             Access to properties will be maintained.                         which will be closed
             Discussions are ongoing with local                                                                                                                                                 New access to
             residents about the design for this                                                                                                                                                local property

             Roundabout providing
             access to local roads and
             station car park
                                                                                          Car park for services
                                                                                          towards Ashington

                                                                                                                                                     Platform for services towards    Key
                                                                                                                                                     Ashington, with ramp and
                                                                                                                                                     stair access                           Planting and landscaping
                                                                                                                                                                                            Compensatory planting
                                                                                                                                                     Platform for services towards          for biodiversity net gain
                                                                                                                                                     Newcastle, with ramp and               Road
                                                                                                                                                     stair access
                                                                                                                                                                                            Footpaths and
     A1601                                                                                                                                                                                  pedestrian areas
                                                                                                                                                                                            Platform

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                                                               Replacement overbridge and road                                                                                              Platform edge
                                                                                                                                              astl                                          Bridge
                                                                                          New track to be laid to enable two                  e
                                                                                                                                                                                            Lift access to new
                                                                                          sets of tracks to run through station
                                                                                                                                                                                            platforms
              Figure 20: Proposed layout for Newsham station                                                                                                                                Fence

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Construction                                   Chase Meadows footbridge
Our construction strategy is still being
formulated, and dates and durations for        The existing Chase Meadows level                Construction
the construction of Newsham station are        crossing provides pedestrian only access
still to be confirmed. Information about       for footpath 300/178 across the railway         Our construction strategy is still being
how construction will be managed to            line to the west of Chase Meadows in            formulated, and dates and durations
minimise disturbance to local residents        Blyth. The introduction of faster and more      for the construction of Chase Meadows
and businesses is included on page 83 of       frequent trains on the line means that the      footbridge are still to be confirmed.
this booklet.                                  existing crossing will need to be closed        Information about how construction will be
                                               for safety reasons. It will be replaced with    managed to minimise disturbance to local
Our current plans include construction         a stepped footbridge, providing a safer         residents and businesses is included on
traffic accessing the station site at two      crossing for pedestrians. The bridge has        page 83 of this booklet.
locations off the existing A1061, both on      been designed to minimise any effects
the east and west of the line.                 on nearby residential properties and their      Our current plans include construction
                                               gardens. This includes screening panels         traffic accessing the site along the
Once the bridge (see following pages),         in the bridge and tree planting to avoid        bridleway (no. 300/013) from the
the diverted A1061 and new junctions are       properties being overlooked by people           roundabout at Chase Farm Drive /
completed then Newsham level crossing          using the bridge.                               Haggerston Road.
will be closed. However, engineering
works will take place at the level crossing                                                    We will try and ensure that residents and
during the construction period and so it                                                       users of the bridleway are not adversely
may be occasionally closed to vehicular        Effects of the proposals                        affected by construction works. Should
and pedestrian traffic, meaning there                                                          this not be possible, the duration of any
may be some temporary diversions and           A small area of trees will need to be           closures will be kept as short as possible.
other changes to the local highways and        removed on both the east and west
                                               side of the line to allow the bridge to be      An indicative plan showing our
footpaths during construction. The site will
                                               constructed. These trees will be replaced       proposals for Chase Meadows
be fenced, and kept safe and secure at all
                                               as part of the landscaping for the new          footbridge is shown on the following
times.
                                               bridge, and this will include the restoration   page.
                                               of all paths and bridleways which may be
                                               affected by the construction and access of
                                               vehicles.                                          We want to hear your views
     We want to hear your views
                                               As land in private ownership will be
     We are seeking your views on our          needed to build the bridge, including              We are seeking your views on our
     proposals for Newsham station             open space to its east, negotiations with          proposals for Chase Meadows
     and the proposed road bridge,             landowners are ongoing and may inform              footbridge, including any ways
     including any ways in which you feel      further development of the design. We              in which you feel they could be
     they could be improved. You can           will seek to reduce the extent of additional       improved. You can share your
     share your comments by answering          land required as far as possible.                  comments by answering the
     the dedicated questions on our                                                               dedicated question on our response
     response form.                                                                               form.

     Your feedback will be used to review                                                         Your feedback will be used to review
     the current proposals and inform                                                             the current proposals and inform
     the detailed designs. You will have                                                          the detailed designs. You will have
     a further opportunity to comment                                                             a further opportunity to comment
     on the planning application                                                                  on the planning application for
     for Newsham station when it is                                                               Chase Meadows footbridge when it
     submitted to the Local Planning                                                              is submitted to the Local Planning
     Authority.                                                                                   Authority.

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Figure 21: Proposed footbridge at Chase Meadows

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Lysdon Farm level crossing
The existing footpath (300/049), which
crosses the line at Lysdon Farm, needs to
be closed and diverted for safety reasons.
There is an existing footpath 100 metres
north of the existing crossing. We are
proposing to divert the footpath along
the west side of the line for approximately
100 metres and then connecting with
the existing footpath, which crosses the
railway through the existing underbridge.

Effects of the proposals

The diversion of the footpath will make
the route slightly longer but safer. It will
also mean that users will not need to walk
through the farmyard. Some existing trees
and scrub will need to be removed to
construct the new footpath, but careful
consideration will be given to landscaping
to make sure the path is pleasant to use.
Northumberland County Council are
in negotiations to acquire the rights
necessary for the diversion and the
crossing will remain open until the
diversion is completed.

     We want to hear your views
     If you have any comments about the
     changes proposed at Lysdon Farm
     level crossing, please respond to the
     relevant question on our response
     form and reference ‘Lysdon Farm
     level crossing’ in your answer.
     Your feedback will be used to
     review the current proposals for the
     crossing.

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How we will deliver
This section of the line contains three
potential sites which may be temporarily
required for construction and engineering
works. These sites and the ways they may
be used are described on the following
map.
Feedback from this consultation will help
determine which sites will be used. These
sites may be used to store materials,
machinery and equipment, and to provide
welfare (e.g. toilets, kitchen) and parking
                                                                                                                                                    Newsham
                                                                                                                                                                   01
for contractors.
It may be necessary to temporarily close
some paths and bridleways to allow
the sites to be used by our contractors.                                                                                                             New Delaval        02
Where a public right of way or publicly
used path will be temporarily impacted
during the construction of the scheme,
efforts will be made to provide temporary
diversions. Where this is not possible or
not considered necessary, the duration of
any closures will be kept to a minimum.
                                                                                       Key

                                                               Northumberland Line route
     We want to hear your views
                                                                               Green space
     If you have any comments about the
                                                                                      Roads                                                                             South
     proposed temporary use of these                                                                                                                                    Newsham
     sites or diversions of public rights of                Potential temporary work sites
     way, please respond to the relevant
     question on our response form and                      Plessey Road level crossing
     state the name of the site/s as given           Current use: grassed area between
     in this booklet.                                          housing and Plessey Road
                                                                                                01
                                                Potential use: construction site for minor
     Your feedback will be used to review           works to Plessey Road level crossing
     the current proposals and inform
     our construction strategy. Once the                                       Plessey Road
                                                  Current use: former sidings and former
     proposals are more certain, further         Blyth railway line, as well as grassed area
     opportunity to provide comments                                adjacent to Plessy Road     02                                                                                03
     will be given to those who may be                 Potential use: construction site for
     affected by the use of the sites.            engineering works to be carried out on
                                                                                     the line

                                                                               Lysdon Burn
                                                Current use: agricultural field and parking
                                                 Potential use: construction site for works
                                               associated with the closure of Lysdon Farm
                                                                                                03
                                               level crossing and the permanent diversion
                                                    of the public right of way 300/049. For
                                                           more information, see page 56.              0    100       300          600m

                                                                                                     Figure 22: Map showing potential temporary work sites

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New Hartley Curve to
            Holywell
New Hartley Curve to                                                                                               Seaton Delaval station
Holywell
                                                                                                                   Seaton Delaval station will be the fourth      Effects of the proposals
                                                                                                                   stop for trains leaving Ashington. It will
Between New Hartley Curve and                                      The key changes are shown in the map            have a single platform located to the          The new station will allow people living
Holywell, there will be:                                           below and are explained in more detail          south east of the existing railway line        in Seaton Delaval to easily travel into
                                                                   over the following pages. In addition to        and the A192 bridge, and all the facilities    neighbouring towns, Newcastle and
• a new train station at Seaton Delaval;                           these changes, engineering works will take      described on page 13 of this booklet will      further afield using public transport.
                                                                   place along the railway.                        be provided.                                   Journey times on the new line between
• changes at three level crossings; and
                                                                                                                                                                  Seaton Delaval and these destinations will
                                                                                                                   Pedestrian access to the station will be       be quicker than existing public transport
• sites that may need to be temporarily
                                                                                                                   along the line of the existing footpath,       options, and will provide an appealing
  used for construction of the station
                                                                                                                   which leads from the bridge to Seghill.        alternative to private car use.
  and other engineering works.
                                                                                                                   A new road will be constructed from the
                                                                                                                   A192 adjacent to the existing car park         The Northumberland Line proposals
                                                                                                                   entrance of The Hastings Arms to provide       also complement wider development in
                                                                                                                   access into the station. This road will be a   Seaton Delaval, including a major new
                                                                     New                                           primary pedestrian and cycle access route      employment site being taken forward
                                                                     Hartley                                       to the station, with new lighting installed    by Vbites, which may provide new
                                                                                                                   to improve safety. The station will be         employment opportunities for local
                                                                                                                   connected with the existing public open        people.
                                                                           01                                      space and footpath network in Whytrigg
                                                                                                                   Close and Wheatridge.                          The land needed for the station and
                                                                                                                                                                  car park includes part of a small area of
                                                                                                                   In order to meet the predicted demand for      woodland, a grazing field and hedgerows.
                                                                                                                   passenger services, safe and convenient        To compensate for the loss of these
                                                                                                                   parking will be needed. The station            features, as well as to provide an attractive
                                                                                                                   parking will be located on the south east      environment, the station and car park will
                                                                                                                   side of the existing railway line and will     include tree planting and wildlife friendly
                                                                                                                   include a car park with Blue Badge spaces      landscaping. A small wetland area will
                                                                                                                   and Electric Vehicle (EV) charging bays.       be provided on land to the south of the
                                                                                     Key                                                                          proposed car park designed to control the
                 02
                                                                                                                   New boundary fencing will be installed         risk of flooding and provide a breeding
                                                                                     Key features                  to keep the station secure and to provide      and foraging habitat for wildlife such as
                                                                                                                   screening for residential properties where     amphibians, birds and bats.
                                                                                     Northumberland Line route
                                                                                                                   necessary.
                                                                                     Green space                                                                  As land in private ownership will be
      03                                                                                                                                                          needed to build the station and access
                                                                                     Roads                                                                        road, negotiations with landowners
                                                                                                                                                                  are ongoing and may inform further
                                                                                     Upgrade to Hartley                                                           development of the design. We will seek
                                                                                01   level crossing. For more                                                     to reduce the extent of additional land
                                                                                     information, see page 67                                                     required as far as possible.
     04
                                                                                                                                                                  An indicative plan showing our
                                                                                     New single platform station
                                                                                02   at Seaton Delaval
                                                                                                                                                                  proposals for Seaton Delaval station
                                                                                                                                                                  and car park is shown on the following
                                                                                                                                                                  page.
                                                                                     Mares Close level crossing.
                                                                                03   For more information, see
                                                                                     page 67

 0    100        300             600m
                                                                                     Upgrade to Seghill
                                                                                04   level crossing. For more
                                                                                     information, see page 67
Figure 23: Works proposed between New Hartley Curve and Holywell

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