Contractor chosen to build new stations on Northumberland Line

A map of the proposed Northumberland Line.A map of the proposed Northumberland Line.
A map of the proposed Northumberland Line.
Plans to re-open the Northumberland Line have taken a key step forward.

The contractor to build six new stations on the Line has been confirmed.

Northumberland County Council is working with the Department for Transport, Network Rail and Northern Trains Ltd on the ambitious programme to reintroduce regular passenger trains between Ashington and Newcastle by 2024 – boosting education, employment and housing prospects for the region.

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Morgan Sindall Infrastructure has been appointed as the Primary Contractor on the council’s new stations framework contract for the project.

Initially, the award includes supporting the conclusion of the detailed design and delivery plans for the six stations and bridges.

The project – subject to funding being confirmed from the government and the recently submitted Transport and Works Act Order (TWAO) application being approved – is estimated to cost £40million and scheduled to start in early 2022.

Morgan Sindall Infrastructure delivers some of the UK's most complex and critical infrastructure for public and private customers.

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Council Leader Glen Sanderson said: “We’re delighted to have appointed Morgan Sindall Infrastructure.

"As a hugely respected company with a proven track record, we’re confident they will carry out a first-class job on this extremely important and high-profile project.

“The tendering process was extremely competitive and I’m grateful to all those contractors who clearly put a lot of time and effort into the bidding process.”

Simon Smith, Managing Director of Morgan Sindall Infrastructure, said: “We’re incredibly pleased to support Northumberland County Council on this ambitious project.

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"We believe in enhancing communities and creating long-term social and economic opportunities for everyone.

"We’re excited to continue working with the local communities in Northumberland to improve local transport links and create a lasting legacy in the area.”

In May the County Council also submitted a TWAO application to the Secretary of State, which is used for authorising new rail or tram schemes.

Earlier this year the Department for Transport provided £34m towards detailed design and preparatory works to allow for the reintroduction of a regular rail passenger service between Ashington and central Newcastle, with several stops in between.

The project will also upgrade 18 miles of track, create three new footbridges, underpasses and new signal locations.

The whole scheme is projected to deliver economic benefits of up to £470million.