"let's get the train to Newbiggin."
Ashington railway station
Public DomainAshington railway station
It used to be possible for passengers to travel by rail from Ashington, not only east to Newbiggin-by-Sea, but south to stations such as Bedlington, Blyth and Monkseaton, terminating at Newcastle Central Station. Ashington Railway Station was situated near the Council Chambers at Station Road, below what is now known as Wansbeck Square. The line was closed to passengers in November 1964 as a result of draconian cuts to the UK rail network by the Conservative Minister of Transport Dr Richard Beeching.  More than 4,000 miles of railway and 3,000 stations closed in the decade following Beeching's 1955 report on reducing the cost of rail transport to the government purse; this was a reduction of 25 per cent of route miles and 50 per cent of stations.

Train crossing over River Wansbeck
Permission Granted by Copyright Owner for Use on Book DrumTrain crossing over River Wansbeck - Credit: Graham Galbraith
Ashington train
Permission Granted by Copyright Owner for Use on Book DrumAshington train - Credit: John Brierley