Berwick's rail links to be discussed at public meeting

A public meeting on rail connectivity between Edinburgh and Newcastle will be used to promote Berwick's rail links and position as commuter town.

Thursday, 11th January 2018, 8:46 am
Updated Thursday, 11th January 2018, 8:50 am
Trains cross the Royal Border Bridge in Berwick Picture by Jane Coltman

The meeting, hosted by the Berwick Regeneration Commission, will take place on Tuesday, January 16, in the town hall at 6.30pm.

Panellists include Tom Thorburn (Chairman of RAGES – Rail Action Group East of Scotland), Barrie Forrest (Vice Chairman of RAGES), Edward Dunn (Strategy & Planning – LNE & EM, Network Rail), Coun Richard Wearmouth (cabinet member for economy, Northumberland County Council) and Coun Mark Rowley (executive member for business and economic development, Scottish Borders Council).

Coun Georgina Hill, Berwick East, who has arranged the meeting, added: “Rail connectivity is a vital part of our work to regenerate Berwick and promote it as a commuter town, given its position between the two cities of Edinburgh and Newcastle.

“The last train back from Edinburgh to Berwick is 9pm (7pm on a Saturday) and there are significant inadequacies on the route to Newcastle as well. For example, after 11.52am there are no direct trains from Morpeth to Berwick until 8.50pm.”

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“Therefore, we are very supportive of the campaigns run by Rages and Senrug and look forwarding to hearing from them and colleagues from Northumberland County Council and Scottish Borders Council.”

A Berwick Town Council spokesman added; “As a town council we are committed to developing transport links with regional centres to provide greater opportunities for Berwick’s residents. It is hard for the town council to campaign on national issues on its own, and we are delighted that the Berwick Regeneration Commission has enabled such a potentially fruitful meeting.”