The Duke of Northumberland: An apology and correction

On December 7 we published an article concerning the Inquiry into the proposed new Northumberland passenger railway line between Newcastle and Ashington, which alleged that the Duke of Northumberland had demanded a sum of £600,000 a year in return for allowing the project to pass through his land.

By The Newsroom
Friday, 28th January 2022, 5:04 pm

We accept that these allegations were unfounded and ought not to have been published. We apologise unreservedly t o the Duke of Northumberland for the distress caused by the publication of our article.

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We acknowledge and accept that, contrary to our article, the objectives of the ‘Northumberland Line’ scheme have the full support of the Duke of Northumberland.

The Northumberland Estates has a long history of supporting economic growth and employment within Northumberland, and the Northumberland Line is no different.