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Northumberland Line roadworks press release

Blyth Town News County Council News

As work on the Northumberland Line rail project gathers pace, some road closures are taking place at level crossings over the coming months. 

The closures are needed to allow the track to be renewed, which will upgrade the line for the passenger services. 

Contractors will work to keep any disruption to a minimum, and in some places, half road closures will be in place – meaning only one lane will be open, and a contraflow system will run to manage traffic. 

All details of the work up to Christmas 2022 are on the new Northumberland Line website – - which also contains all the latest information and updates on the project, job opportunities, as well as resources for schools and businesses. 

Main construction work for the Northumberland Line is underway this summer.  

Six new stations now have planning approval, and with 18 miles of upgraded track, access improvements and new signal locations, the line is due to be fully operational by early 2024.   

It's planned to run a half-hourly passenger service between Newcastle and Ashington – stopping at Bedlington, Bebside, Newsham, Seaton Delaval and Northumberland Park along the way.