"A Voice for Durham Coast Rail Users"

Monthly Archives: March 2018

Join Friends of Nunthorpe Railway Station and Marton & Nunthorpe Knitters as they support Marie Curie. They will be helping to raise funds on Easter Saturday morning 31st March as they journey along the Middlesbrough to Whitby line.
TIMES Nunthorpe to Mbro dep. 10.00 a.m
Mbro to Whitby dep 10.28 a.m
Whitby to Mbro dep 12.15 p.m, arr Nunthorpe at 13.30

Two meetings are scheduled to take place in April, both Thursday evenings at The Athenaeum Club, Church Street, Hartlepool, starting at 7.15pm as follows

Open Meeting of 5 April 

This will be a discussion evenings the like of which we have enjoyed on several occasions over the years. We hope to receive reports of meetings concerning the Railfuture (NE) AGM, a Community Rail Partnership meeting in Darlington and a meeting in which the Elected Mayor of the Tees Valley Combined Authority spoke about matters relevant to his position but with particular emphasis on transport.

We also aim to discuss our responses to two high-powered consultative documents which we have received – Network Rail/East Coast Main Line proposals and the Transport for the North Strategic Transport Plan . Finally a briefing on our submission for the Cross Country re-franchising exercise.

Should it not prove possible to finish all this business, then it may be carried over to

our Annual General Meeting which will take place on Thursday 12 April



Grand Central are applying to run additional services on both their North East & West Yorkshire routes and have have begun consultation with other train companies and Network Rail to operate more trains per day as well as offering new direct journey opportunities for passengers travelling to and from Peterborough.

For the North East if approved, the move will bring

  • One additional weekday return Sunderland to London Kings Cross service – proposed to operate in the current gaps in the timetable with a mid-morning departure from Sunderland and a mid-afternoon departure from Kings Cross.
  • A 10-carriage late evening service departing London before 22:00. The train would split at Doncaster with one part of the train returning to Wakefield and one part continuing on to York.
  • Calls at Peterborough on two of its North East services providing more journey opportunities.