Hope for more trains to stop in Cramlington
January 3, 2019
TransPeninne Express has consulted Cramlington Town Council on its proposed timetable when it extends its services to Edinburgh next year.
From December next year TransPennine Express (TPE) plan to extend the current hourly Liverpool to Newcastle service to Edinburgh Waverley.
The service will stop at Morpeth but as part of TPE’s consultation they are seeking views on potential other stops, subject to track access being available.
The Town Council has made the case for at least some TPE trains to stop at Cramlington.
It points out that Cramlington is the second largest town in Northumberland and planned housing developments over the next 5 to 10 years will see it develop to the largest town in the county in terms of population.
Moreover, a high proportion of the working population and, indeed the wider population, are dependent on public transport for their daily commuting and other transport requirements.
Added to this Cramlington attracts thousands of visitors on a daily basis for shopping and employment purposes. It is, therefore, a priority for the Council that rail services to Cramlington are significantly improved.
The Council recognises that improved services will require better facilities and more parking at Cramlington Station but has assurances that the County Council is committed to improvements.
TransPeninne will consider responses to their consultation and finalise a new timetable for its services in the Spring. This will indicate where trains will stop.