There is very little change to the Grand Central NE service – just the odd minute here and there.
The Northern Coastline service (Leaflet 2) also remains much the same, except for two significant changes on weekdays
1) The train that left Nunthorpe at 0806, calling at Hartlepool 0854 to Hexham now leaves Nunthorpe later at 0820, calling Hartlepool 0904 and so becomes an off-peak train from Hartlepool again
2) There is now a late evening weekday train from Newcastle to Hartlepool – one of the things that Coastliners have been campaigning for. It departs Newcastle 2232 on Saturdays, 2249 M-F – good if you want an evening out on Tyneside
The next Open Meeting of the Coastliners Rail User Group will take place on Thursday 16 May 2019 at 7.15pm in the Reading Room of The Athenaeum Club, Church Street, Hartlepool when we will have have two guest speakers: Cllr Michael Mordey, Deputy Leader, Sunderland City Council (and former Transport Portfolio holder), and Mr Patrick Rice, Chairman, Tyne Valley Rail User Group.
Coastliners’ Officers have already met on more than one occasion with Mr Steve Payne, Strategic Transport Manager of the Tees Valley Combined Authority (TVCA), and Coastliners are fully in favour of the rail service improvements which TVCA seeks. During our meeting of 16 May we hope to have similar discussions with the above representatives from Sunderland and the eastern section of the Tyne Valley line. Many of our local trains run through Sunderland and via the eastern part of the Tyne Valley line to Hexham and several proceed to Carlisle.
Arising from this meeting and those with the TVCA, we hope to decide on what Coastliners can say to the Williams Review by way of putting the case for Coast Line improvements on behalf of what is a large percentage of the region’s population. Please come along and help shape our representations to the Williams Review. Perhaps an appropriate title for our meeting, and looking ahead from it, would be Where do we go from here?
Because of Sunderland’s EFL Cup Final appearance at Wembley on Sunday, all Grand Central services from the north east on Saturday are expected to be exceptionally busy. GC advise that without a seat reservation there is likely to be standing room only from stations south of Sunderland and to avoid travel on this day if not necessary.
There is an additional non-stop train from Sunderland to Kings Gross departing at 0844. This will consist of ten coaches top and tailed by DB Class 67 locomotives but will not have any refreshment facilities. Standing passengers will not be permitted on this train.