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AGM and Joint Meeting 2021

Our 2021 AGM will be held via Zoom on Tuesday 19th October at 6.30pm. Prior to the AGM we have a joint meeting with TVCRP at 5.30pm. The speaker will be Chris Paddon Northern Trains Customer Experience & Strategy Manager. Members will receive the zoom link in a newsletter. and are welcome to join from 5.20pm.


AGM and Joint Meeting 2020

Our AGM will be held via Zoom on Tuesday 20th October at 6pm. Prior to the AGM we have a joint meeting with TVCRP at 5pm. The speaker will be Tony Baxter, Regional Director for Northern. Members will receive the zoom link in a newsletter. and are welcome to join from 4.50pm.


TVRUG Survey Please let us know your thoughts

We need to give feedback now to affect changes to the timetable for May 2020 - timetabling is a complex process and it takes many months so please respond as soon as possible.

This is your chance to help us ensure the service is what you, the passenger wants, so please complete our short survey by clicking on the link below.

Take Survey - it will only take a few minutes


Joint Meeting with TVCRP

We do hope you will be able to attend our next meeting on Wednesday 18th July 2018 at 6.30pm at the Old Booking Hall at Haltwhistle Station. This is a joint meeting for members of TVCRP and TVRUG to hear Transport for the North's Karen Sanderson talk about TfN’s Strategic Transport Plan, our Strategic Development Corridor work and how the outputs from this work may affect the Tyne Valley line. It is hoped that Caroline Young, from their Rail Strategy team, who sits on the Connecting the Energy Coasts Project Board, will also attend.
Tea and biscuits will be provided and the meeting will finish in time for members to catch either the 2027 to Carlisle or the 2037 to Newcastle.


TVRUG AGM 6th December 2017

The TVRUG AGM will be held at 6.20pm on Wednesday 6th December at the Old Booking Hall at Haltwhistle Station.

Our speakers are Fiona Forsythe, the Tyne Valley Community Rail Partnership Office who's talk is entitled 'From knickers to drawers:
engaging and building partnerships’ and sounds as if it is going to be both entertaining as well as informative! The second speaker is our former Chairman Malcolm Chainey who will share what he knows about what is currently going on in the rail industry. As Chairman of TVCRP Malcolm attends a number of meetings across the rail industry and responds to a variety of consultations and is well placed to give us an insight into what is actually going on behind the scenes.

We look forward to seeing you on the 6th December.


TVRUG Membership

From January 2017 TVRUG became a group member of TVCRP, the Community Rail Partnership for the Tyne Valley Line. TVCRP has greater funding and a bigger part to play since the new franchise started and whilst arrangements and structures are still being developed, it is hoped that an informative newsletter will soon be forthcoming.

TVRUG has a new Chairman, Colin Moore from Bardon Mill. Colin is a longstanding TVRUG member and last year joined the Board of TVCRP, so is well placed to take on the role. Current group members of TVRUG are being asked to transfer their membership to TVCRP as TVRUG will be the organisiation for individual members and TVCRP for groups and organisations.


TVRUG AGM 18th October 2016

The TVRUG AGM will be held at 7.30pm onTuesday 18th October in the Mary Clayton room at the Stocksfield Community Centre. The centre is in the road opposite Stocksfield railway station and entry to the room is via the side entrance.

A review of the year, the latest developments and the future of TVRUG will all be discussed, so we do hope you can come along.


TVRUG AGM 20th October 2015

Our AGM takes place on Tuesday 20th October at 7pm at Stocksfield Institute Community Association (SICA) in Stocksfield. The building is just a couple of minutes walk from Stocksfield Station, just exit through the car park, cross the main A695 road and it is on the right hand side a short way down Guessburn Road.

If you are travelling from the east the train arrives at Stocksfield at 1852 and from the west at 1836 (from Carlisle) and 1856 (from Hexham).

We will have a speaker and details will be announced when confirmed. Also Pete Myers, Client and Stakeholder Manager for Northern will be attending the meeting and will be happy to answer any mambers' questions.


TVRUG AGM 23rd October 2014

Our AGM takes place on Thursday 23rd October at 7.30pm at Hexham Community Centre. Our speaker is Michael Fleming, who is Conductor Standards and Training Manager for TransPennine Express. He will be talking about 'The Role of the Guard'. Michael says 'Many travellers see the role of the Guard as simply opening the doors and checking tickets, my aim will be to expand on this and explore the hidden talents of these people who help keep our railways and the public safe.'


Franchise Update June 2014

Consultation on the rail franchise for the North is now taking place. Click here to view the DfT news story.

Your TVRUG Committee members are busy digesting the content and we will have more news soon.


Gilsland Update May 2014

COGS - Campaign to Open Gilsland Station are developing a website and social media presence on facebook and twitter. Please support the campaign by spreading the word.


TVRUG Update May 2014

Members have recently been sent notes from our latest meeting with Northern, if you have not received a copy please email our Secretary.

To join us costs just £5 a year, your voice can then be heard and you can benefit from our campaigning, our network of contacts and from the vast knowledge and experience our members. Click the link to pay by PayPal or email our Secretary for details of a variety of other ways to pay.


Gilsland Update

COGS has been formed!

COGS - Campaign to Open Gilsland Station is a new community group with the aim of doing whatever is necessary to open a railway station at Gilsland. TVRUG members are part of this group and are helping in any way they can. Fundraising has started and 'The Men of Gilsland' have released a saucy calendar for 2014 with half of the proceeds going to COGS and half to Gilsland First School. To order a copy (£10) email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For a preview from BBC Look North go to


Gilsland Latest

Consultants JMP have been appointed to carry out the feasibility study into opening a station at Gilsland. They have viisted Gilsland, met the steering group, met members of the community and seen the site. They say the site looks promising as it fulfils many of the necessary criteria and there are no adverse features such as curvature or a gradient that would prevent the station reopening.

Please look out for the visitor surveys and encourage any visitors to the area (coming for work or pleasure) to complete them.

If you have not completed our residents survey, please do so (see below) as we continue to collect evidence for the campaign.


Good News!

We have secured the necessary funding to carry out a feasibility study into the viability of opening a station at Gilsland. We will be appointing consultants in the new year and the report should be complete by the end of June 2013. If you have not completed our survey, please do so (see below) as we continue to collect evidence for the campaign.


Please complete our Gilsland Survey

We are carrying out a survey to provide evidence for our campaign for a station to be opened at Gilsland. We would be very grateful if you would complete our questionnaire.


Please complete our General Survey

We are carrying out a survey to provide evidence for our campaign for an improved service for the next franchise, which is due to begin in 2014. We would be very grateful if you would complete our questionnaire.



The 2011 AGM of the Tyne Valley Rail Users' Group was  held on Thursday 8th December at Hexham Community Centre. Our speaker was Drew Haley, Client and Stakeholder Manager for Northern. A write up of his presentation and the minutes of the meeting have been emailed or posted to all members


What are we doing?

Your TVRUG Committee is holding regular meetings to progress the campaign aims determined by the membership at both the meeting held in February and from your comments received by email. We hope to issue a leaflet in September in an effort to increase membership and are doing the groundwork for a campaign presentation to influence the new franchise. Meanwhile please continue to pass any comments on to our Chairman, Malcolm Chainey or Secretary, Julie Gibbon via 'contact us'


New Timetable More Stops.    A victory for TVRUG!

TVRUG has achieved one of its longstanding campaign aims to have more trains stopping at stations west of Hexham to achieve at least a 2 hourly service. The May 2011 timetable has a total of 16 more stops at Haydon Bridge, Bardon Mill, Brampton and Wetheral.


Ticket Machine at Prudhoe

TVRUG suggested the idea of a ticket machine on the platform at Prudhoe some years ago and a few months ago Northern installed it. Members have informed us of a few issues with it and Northern are to fix a hood over the screen so it can be read in sunshine.