Gilsland station closed in 1967. Over the past 20 years there have been two attempts to get it reopened, both unsuccessful, but local people refused to give up on such an obviously good idea, so in 2013 the Tyne Valley Rail Users' Group (TVRUG) obtained funding from the Northumberland Uplands LEADER programme for a feasibility study into the opening of a railway station at Gilsland on the original site.The feasibility study is available to read on our website along with more details of the project.
COGS received a fantastic boost last week when Hexham MP Guy Opperman, supported by Rory Stewart MP for Penrith and the Borders held a debate in Parliament on Transport in Northumberland in which they fully supported the opening of Gilsland Station and improvements on the Tyne Valley line. Guy invited Claire Perry, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary for the Department for Transport, to visit Northumberland and take the Tyne Valley line to Haltwhistle and then travel by car to Gilsland Station 'so that she can see this wonderful project and what is proposed'.
This is a huge step forward for us and we hope that it will unlock some of the doors to both Network Rail and funders so that we can have the station built and open in the not too distant future.
How can you can help?
By signing up for a newsletter you will have already helped. To persuade our county councils to support the project financially we need as many people as possible to show that they want a station at Gilsland so please tell your friends about it and ask them to sign up too. The more people who support the idea the more likely it is to become a reality. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are able to help in any way. We will be delighted to hear from you!
Posted by Frazer Lillie