Work to begin on Prudhoe platform extension

Image showing Prudhoe railway station

19th March 2019

Work is due to begin this weekend (23 March) on a project to extend the station platforms at Prudhoe in readiness for newer and longer trains that will call there. The work is part of the Great North Rail Project which is delivering a multi-billion-pound package of improvements for customers across the north of England. The work is planned to be completed by Wednesday, 24 April 2019.

Rob McIntosh, Route Managing Director for Network Rail, said:

“The Great North Rail Project is bringing tangible benefits to passengers. The platform extension will ensure we can continue to provide a railway which meets the needs of the communities and economies we serve in years to come. We look forward to passengers reaping the benefits of more spacious, more frequent and longer trains which will provide more people with opportunities to travel. We thank passengers and those living near the railway for their patience whilst we undertake this vital upgrade at Prudhoe station.”

Guy Opperman MP said:

“I am delighted that Prudhoe Station is going to benefit from this new investment as part of the Great North Rail Project. I am committed to seeing continued improvements along the Tyne Valley line and this project is exactly what we need. It will give local residents, commuters and visitors the opportunity for more frequent trains and a better journey experience.”

Anna Weeks, Regional Director at Northern, said:

“The work at Prudhoe is a vital part of several projects improving the journey experience for our customers, both at stations and on trains. We are already increasing the number of services between Newcastle and Carlisle and want to be able to run longer trains to give more people the opportunity to explore all that route has to offer and provide additional capacity for those who commute along the line.”

Author: Darren Porter
Image: Network Rail