Leamside Line

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It is a debate done to death on another forum I post on, but thought I would bring it up here, what is peoples, opinion on the Leamside Line, should it be brought back to use...

My opinion is it should, especially for freight coming from Tyne Dock and as Nissan is close to the line that could become a way for moving it's gear, it would take traffic off the ECML and Durham Coast, it could even be opened up for passenger services between Tyneside and Teesside, and new Commuter Interchanges could be added at Washington and Durham(Belmont Park and Ride)...More localised services could be utilised for more direct services from Newcastle to Middlesbrough without having to goto Darlington or Hartlepool first, with the Stillington Branch being utilised to achieve this, it could also be a good diversion route for East Coast, XC, TPE or Northern when engineering is happening on the ECML or Durham Coast line...

what is you guys opinions
(29 Oct 2013, 4:30 am)fozzovmurton Wrote: It is a debate done to death on another forum I post on, but thought I would bring it up here, what is peoples, opinion on the Leamside Line, should it be brought back to use...

My opinion is it should, especially for freight coming from Tyne Dock and as Nissan is close to the line that could become a way for moving it's gear, it would take traffic off the ECML and Durham Coast, it could even be opened up for passenger services between Tyneside and Teesside, and new Commuter Interchanges could be added at Washington and Durham(Belmont Park and Ride)...More localised services could be utilised for more direct services from Newcastle to Middlesbrough without having to goto Darlington or Hartlepool first, with the Stillington Branch being utilised to achieve this, it could also be a good diversion route for East Coast, XC, TPE or Northern when engineering is happening on the ECML or Durham Coast line...

what is you guys opinions

It has been discussed on this forum, but not for a while.
I am of the opinion it should re-open - with a spur into Nissan and also re-introduce the link between Penshaw and Hylton.

Whether it is used for Metro or 'distance' passenger or goods, there must be a business case to get the line going again.
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Certainly a case to reopen for freight, by doing so could free up paths on the ECML all the way to Northallerton and also clear up the coast
(29 Oct 2013, 10:11 am)fozzovmurton Wrote: Certainly a case to reopen for freight, by doing so could free up paths on the ECML all the way to Northallerton and also clear up the coast

What is left of the route (and bridge) from the Leamside line to Durham over the Wear near Finchale could also be re-opened to ease congestion, even in the short term.
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I never knew there was a spur from the Leamside to Durham, is that the route what once headed to Consett?
(29 Oct 2013, 10:24 am)fozzovmurton Wrote: I never knew there was a spur from the Leamside to Durham, is that the route what once headed to Consett?

Not this one, it came off the ECML north of Durham station and shot off east towards the Leamside line.
You can see the path of the route on any decent local map and probs online too.

There was the one that went off at Washington towards Consett and there were junctions with the ECML at Birtley.
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So in future, with the right idea, passenger services could be introduced between say Washington and Durham or Washington and Chester-le-Street, which, if say the line was relaid between South Hylton and Victoria Viaduct could see the possibility of direct Sunderland-Durham services one day
Fences erected either side of the Victoria Viaduct. Such a shame. One of the local councillors seems to be in favour of it, citing the usual "health and safety" nonsense. I'm really for health and safety legislation, but yet again it's used as an excuse for something. People have been using it as a crossing between Fatfield and Penshaw since at least the mid-90s, and I can't recall anyone being hurt or falling off it.

What more, it looks like the fences have gone up without planning permission, which of course is required to modify the appearance of a Grade II* listed building.

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(21 Apr 2014, 11:37 pm)aureolin Wrote: Fences erected either side of the Victoria Viaduct. Such a shame. One of the local councillors seems to be in favour of it, citing the usual "health and safety" nonsense. I'm really for health and safety legislation, but yet again it's used as an excuse for something. People have been using it as a crossing between Fatfield and Penshaw since at least the mid-90s, and I can't recall anyone being hurt or falling off it.

What more, it looks like the fences have gone up without planning permission, which of course is required to modify the appearance of a Grade II* listed building.

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Tis a shame and looks bloody awful too.

There have been incidents up there (witnessed some myself years ago) some as far back as the mid/late 90s and it was used as an area for kids to have a drink too.
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(22 Apr 2014, 4:52 am)Andreos Constantopolous Wrote: Tis a shame and looks bloody awful too.

There have been incidents up there (witnessed some myself years ago) some as far back as the mid/late 90s and it was used as an area for kids to have a drink too.

It's always been used as a place for a drink. Mainly because the chances of the police coming up there were zero. I just think the fence has made it more dangerous, because people can potentially climb around it rather than over it, which obviously presents more risk than not having the fence there at all.
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I've done a bit more reading up on this, and I reckon it's definitely in breach of planning laws. I've reported it to the planning officers at Sunderland Council. Their initial thoughts were "that it doesn't look good", and are now investigating it.
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(22 Apr 2014, 10:51 am)aureolin Wrote: It's always been used as a place for a drink. Mainly because the chances of the police coming up there were zero. I just think the fence has made it more dangerous, because people can potentially climb around it rather than over it, which obviously presents more risk than not having the fence there at all.

The thoughts of people running the risk of climbing over the edge crossed my mind too.

A lot of people use it as a short cut from Penshaw to the Asda rdc or other warehouses in Washington.
Cant see them suddenly going the long way around.
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The Leamside line is only viable to Washington, the trackbed south of Shincliffe has past it's best due to mining making the track bed collapse. It would cost millions to even have it to a standard for "heavy rail" for the likes of it's former ECML years. Shuttles between Nissan and Tyne dock would be good but with Pelaw - Sunderland already cramped with Light and Heavy rail mixing, fitting regular paths in will be difficult.

Having the Metro run to Penshaw then connect Penshaw - South Hylton you've got good feasible competition for the buses. The whole line would need new signalling and the track needed replaced anyway as sleepers, rails, pandrol clips etc all need replaced at sometime and Leamside's was past it's sell by date.

From plans I read the Durham Coast is to become a diversion line for NCL - NTR for freight to relieve an already packed section between them 2 points. Seems good since Durham Coast path wise is quiet.
http://www.networkrail.co.uk/browse%20do...review.pdf

Although a few years old, this Network Rail doc has analysed a few different ecml routes and capacity issues.

The Leamside and Stillington lines are mentioned.
It is worth noting that a number of bridges on the Lincoln/Spalding line have been replaced, increasing the clearance over the line.
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(23 Apr 2014, 12:20 am)Half Pint Wrote: Having the Metro run to Penshaw then connect Penshaw - South Hylton you've got good feasible competition for the buses. The whole line would need new signalling and the track needed replaced anyway as sleepers, rails, pandrol clips etc all need replaced at sometime and Leamside's was past it's sell by date.

I think that was the intention from Nexus. Run a second loop in the Metro system between Pelaw and South Hylton, via the Leamside. However, now that we're part of a combined authority, there's going to be more and more demand from Durham wanting the Metro.

There's actually no track in place any more. It was all removed at the back end of last year. So would need completely replacing, signalling, and electrifying.
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Such a shame that such a nice place for pictures has had to be gated up Sad
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How about a link to Nissan to?

Could it work?
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(23 Apr 2014, 7:35 pm)Michael Wrote: How about a link to Nissan to?

Could it work?

I think that's what they're now looking at, according to the recent stuff. I guess the biggest issue would be a potential compulsory purchase order, to allow the track to branch off from the Leamside in towards Nissan. It runs quite close, but there's a few farmers fields in the way.
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(23 Apr 2014, 7:43 pm)aureolin Wrote: I think that's what they're now looking at, according to the recent stuff. I guess the biggest issue would be a potential compulsory purchase order, to allow the track to branch off from the Leamside in towards Nissan. It runs quite close, but there's a few farmers fields in the way.

If they ran the spur off south between the A1290 and the A1231 and over Cherry Blossom way into the Nissan grounds, the need for compulsory purchase orders would be reduced as they own a lot of the land on that side.

There would possibly be an investigation on the southern side, due to the proximity of ponds/wetlands near the Fire Brigade HQ though.
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(23 Apr 2014, 7:35 pm)Michael Wrote: How about a link to Nissan to?

Could it work?

There's been talks about that for the last 3 years...