Reopening of the 18-mile Northumberland line to regular passenger trains has taken a major step forward with the appointment of the company to construct the six new stations.
Northumberland County Council has appointed Morgan Sindall Infrastructure as the primary contractor for this £40 million portion of the total scheme, following a competitive tendering exercise.
The new stations are Ashington, Bedlington, Blyth Bebside, Newsham and Seaton Delaval, plus Northumberland Park on the Tyne & Metro, where the existing platforms will need to be replaced with a new pedestrian access provided. Work is set to start early next year with the line set to reopen to passengers in 2024.
The original platforms at Ashington and Bedlington are still in place, although overgrown with weeds and needing remedial work. Bedlington’s station buildings are still intact, while at the other locations all the structures have been demolished.
A 30-minute timetable is envisaged in the peak, and hourly at other times, subject to demand.
A new document also covers the detailed design of three footbridges, underpasses and other structures.
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