CAMPAIGN to OPEN GILSLAND STATION
Tremendous Boost For COGS
COGS received a fantastic boost 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. They both applauded and supported the efforts, extraordinary energy, imagination and community spirit of the people in Gilsland. 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'. He acknowledged the area has suffered from poor transport connections for some considerable time and that to reverse the closure of the station at a relatively low cost would bring wider economic benefits to the area.
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.
To see the debate go to Debate Video
To read a transcript of the whole debate go to Debate Transcript
To read an extract of the debate transcript referring to Gilsland Station go to Transcript Extract