Leamside Line

We are currently leading a major campaign to reopen the Leamside Line, a disused 21-mile railway line which runs from Pelaw to Tursdale, where it connects with the East Coast Main Line. A further spur runs from south of the Victoria Viaduct to South Hylton where it would join the existing Metro line. Reopening the disused line is a key priority for the region because of the economic, social, and environmental benefits it would bring. 

Project details

Portfolio: Transport

Area: County Durham, Gateshead, South Tyneside, Sunderland

Funding amount: £350,000 (Leamside South SOBC)

Project status: In progress

Delivery partner: Nexus, Network Rail, Durham County Council, E-Rail

Key contact: Transport Directorate

Key contact email: enquiries@northeastca.gov.uk

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The Leamside Line is the most important piece of infrastructure for the economic future of the North East, which is why alongside cross party politicians and business leaders, we are leading the campaign for its re-opening.  

The re-opening of the Line would provide critical connections – both passenger and freight – to towns and cities across the North East, helping to drive the economy and growth of the region using existing infrastructure.

Re-opening Leamside will enable parts of the region – who have no access to rail – to be connected with Newcastle, Sunderland and Teesside, as well as with significant employers like Nissan and Amazon.

The Leamside Line is the missing connection between recent Government investment in the north and south of the region and would connect South East Northumberland to Washington, Durham and Teesside. 

Find out more about the Leamside Line.