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Old August 13th, 2017, 01:44 PM   #2261
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I don't agree with diverting Grand Central's services to the ECML, as this would deny Hartlepool a direct rail link with London. All diverting services through Newcastle would mean is more congestion on the Newcastle- Darlington section.
On a different note, apart from reopening Gateshead station, how about reopening the station at Low Fell for local trains, as this is an affluent suburb of the town with several hundred Newcastle commuters.
One place I have considered for a new heavy rail station would be where the ECML crosses the Coast Rd. This is near a large council estate, The Green area of Wallsend, the apartments at the former cigarette factory and housing along the old Coast Rd and a factory. The station could be built near the bridge and be accessed by stairways and lifts on either side.

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I don't agree with diverting Grand Central's services to the ECML, as this would deny Hartlepool a direct rail link with London. All diverting services through Newcastle would mean is more congestion on the Newcastle- Darlington section.
On a different note, apart from reopening Gateshead station, how about reopening the station at Low Fell for local trains, as this is an affluent suburb of the town with several hundred Newcastle commuters.
One place I have considered for a new heavy rail station would be where the ECML crosses the Coast Rd. This is near a large council estate, The Green area of Wallsend, the apartments at the former cigarette factory and housing along the old Coast Rd and a factory. The station could be built near the bridge and be accessed by stairways and lifts on either side.
If the Leamside Line were open then there would be enough relief on the ECML for Grand Central Services to Sunderland.

Its a shame there isn't rail bridge beyond Boro station to allow for London services to terminate at Hartlepool and serve all of Teesside at once.

Its a near travesty that the NE seems to have next to no stopping commuter services, except the Coast line and rural services to Northumberland and Tyne Valley. The trouble is the ECML mainline services are so much in demand we can't timetable in a stopping service at the moment.

Re opening lines could give the following...

Ashington
Bedlington
(Blyth)
Northumberland Park
Heaton
Manors
Central
Low Fell
Birtley
Chester Le Street
Newton Hall
Durham
Ferryhill
Newton Aycliffe
Shildon
Bishop Auckland

A Tyne-Tees express along the Leamside Line could help link up the two regions, as well as further stopping services for the following

Central
Gateshead East
Heworth
Washington North
Penshaw
Fencehouses
Carrville
Ferryhill
Sedgefield
Stockton
Boro

This could also start up at Berwick and absorb the Northumberland stopping service

Combined with a stopping service through Tyne Valley- Durham coast we would adequately serve all areas of the North East with only three lines.
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Old August 13th, 2017, 03:43 PM   #2263
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We seem to be on the same wavelength, like me, you support reopening the Leamside line, reintroducing services to Ashington and rebuilding the station at Heaton. Heaton should never have been closed, even if it was falling apart by 1980, as it wasn't on a line that was being converted to the Metro, as it could have continued to provide a fast service to Newcastle Central and be used for services to Northumberland once the Coast Circle was closed to heavy rail.
I always wonder what would have been the fate of Tynerail had the government withdrawn funding for the Metro in 1976. I could foresee two scenarios, the declining and poorly served South Tyneside line being closed and Pacers taking over the Coast Circle. The other scenario could have been re electrification in the eighties, with the worst of the stations being rebuilt, and Tynerail undergoing a revival.
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Old August 13th, 2017, 04:53 PM   #2264
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I'd like to think if we ever got captive HS2 tracks this far north the line could follow the A19 into Middlesbrough and reach a station alongside existing tracks just before it curves to reach the current main station. Then cross over/under the Tees and head North East to meet up with the Leamside line somewhere around about Durham.

Re-open the Northallerton/Thirsk-Harrogate line or just build a new one from Northallerton to the East of Leeds and the North East effectively has two main routes out of the region. With high speed/cross country/ECML trains being able to go from Newcastle-Durham-Leeds-Sheffield/Manchester or Newcastle-Washington-Middlesbrough-York-Doncaster without getting in each others way. Which should leave plenty of capacity spare for local services.
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