A new rail station at Gilsland for Hadrian’s Wall?

JMP has been appointed by the Tyne Valley Rail Users Group (TVRUG) to assess the potential for re-opening the former Gilsland station to serve both the local community and provide convenient rail access to the Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage site.

The possibility of reinstating a station at Gilsland which closed in 1967 to passenger services has been examined a number of times in the last decade or so. The demand potential was considered in 2001 as part of a study of a number of possible new station sites on the Carlisle to Newcastle route. Then in 2005 the Tyne Valley Route Strategy considered it in the context of a broad range of service and infrastructure options for developing the line. Neither study found a convincing case for reopening but on both occasions the analysis was limited to assessing the station usage that could be generated from the resident population and took no account of the potential for trips attracted to the station by virtue of its proximity to the World Heritage site of Hadrian’s Wall.

The aim of our study is to see whether a more rounded assessment of demand potential would lead to a different conclusion on viability. Although the primary focus will be on the potential use by visitors to the area the study will also reassess whether the potential for outbound travel from the local community has changed in the intervening period. The TVRUG considers that a station could aid employment locally and be an important contributor to a long term economic future for Gilsland and Greenhead, offering access to employment, training and leisure opportunities and reducing social exclusion for the local residents.

The study, which is due to report in the late Spring is being supported by a number of organisations:

  • Northumberland Uplands Leader Programme
  • Department for the Environment, Farming and Rural Affairs
  • Northumberland County Council
  • Cumbria County Council

For more details on the study please contact Alan Beswick (alan.beswick@jmp.co.uk) or James Jackson (james.jackson@jmp.co.uk).