Chamber comment on Northumberland Rail Investment
Policy Adviser, Marianne O’Sullivan:
“We welcome the announcement of £34m to rapidly progress plans to reopen the Northumberland Line. The Chamber has long been campaigning for the reopening of the line and investment in our local rail links as part of the levelling up agenda. This will provide vital connectivity for Northumberland helping to regenerate areas and linking more people to job and employment opportunities.
“We are also supportive of the line as freight trains will still be able to access the Port of Blyth helping to expand the North East’s energy sector.
“The Northumberland Line will help to open up opportunities for investment and housing in new areas as well presenting an opportunity for the North East to encourage more sustainable travel and reduce congestion on some of our major roads. The plans to include multi-modal transport interchanges along the route will be essential to create an integrated transport plan to ensure that people can access the stations.”