Cross-border rail campaign groups to meet

The Berwick Regeneration Commission (BRC) is hosting another rail meeting in the new year.

By The Newsroom
Monday, 12 November, 2018, 07:34
Trains cross the Royal Border Bridge at Berwick.

As with the inaugural BRC rail connectivity event held in January, it is being supported by the rail campaign group RAGES (Rail Action Group East of Scotland), which is campaigning to improve the rail service between Edinburgh, Dunbar and Berwick, and to have East Linton and Reston stations re-opened for active use.

Also in support is the campaign group SENRUG (South East Northumberland Rail User Group), which is campaigning for greater rail connectivity and better services from Newcastle up to the border and whose aims include a regular, daytime local service north of Morpeth, initially to Pegswood and Widdrington, but eventually running all the way through to Berwick.

Confirmed speakers are: Dennis Fancett, chairman of SENRUG; Barrie Forrest, vice chairman and Berwick representative, RAGES; Stuart McNaughton, strategic transport manager, Northumberland County Council; Mike Paterson, regional director, Northern Railway; and Tom Thorburn, chairman and founder, RAGES.

Coun Georgina Hill, member for Berwick East on Northumberland County Council, who is leading the organisation of the event, said: “Maximising our rail links, better services and, vitally, later trains back to Berwick are key aims of the Berwick Regeneration Commission.

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“We are really pleased to welcome back campaigners from RAGES and SENRUG who are working hard to improve rail services between Newcastle and Edinburgh which will benefit Berwick and pave the way for later trains which will have significant benefits for our town.”

Coun Hill and colleagues have been lobbying hard for Berwick’s rail links and connectivity to be supported through the Borderlands growth initiative.

The meeting is on Thursday, January 31, at 7pm in the town hall.