A well-attended meeting of the Tyne and Wear Freight Partnership’s Rail Partner Group heard positive news about local plans to promote railfreight.

The meeting, held at Newcastle Civic Centre on 24th June, was informed that Northumberland County Council are progressing with ambitious plans to re-open the Ashington, Blyth and Tyne line to passenger services, improving links between south-east Northumberland and Tyne and Wear.

The Council has commissioned Network Rail to examine the best options for the scheme which, as well as providing new passenger services, will provide scope for increased freight demand at the Port of Blyth.

Presentation to rail meeting

Aecom Regional Director Geoff Clarke outlines details of current developments in the railfreight market

The Partnership’s Chair John Bourn, from the Tyne and Wear LTP Team, enthused: “There was a real feeling of excitement about the meeting as we heard of the various measures under way to develop the local railfreight market, helping the economy and improving the environment.”

The Rail Partner Group has been set up with the support of the C-LIEGE project, an Intelligent Energy Europe programme aimed at promoting energy efficient Urban Freight Transport.C-LIEGEIEE logo

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