The announcement that Northumberland County Council has “no current plan to invest further in the Belford Station project” must have been a bitter disappointment to everyone who worked so hard to provide a better transport link.
I looked on the county council website for further information and found a report by consultants regarding the proposed reopening of the Ashington to Newcastle line.
This project, I think, was originally costed at £60million to £70million. This has now increased to £195million.
On top of this, consideration is being given to establishing two new stations, which according to Network Rail’s own figures will cost £25million each.
The line would terminate at Woodhorn Colliery and miss out Blyth and Newbiggin altogether. I cannot think this would be acceptable to their councillors and I am sure further developments would soon follow.
I believe this is yet another example of the rural areas of the North being sacrificed to support expensive projects in the Wansbeck and Blyth areas.
Newton on the Moor