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Great Work in March

As well as the work to build stations, car parks and bridges ahead of the passenger services returning this summer, there's also a lot of work going on in the local community across the project.

Here's some highlights of what's been delivered during March.

Morgan Sindall and Stannah provide a unique Employer Encounters day for local high school

Working to raise aspirations and inspire tomorrow’s workforce, Morgan Sindall Rail partnered with sub-contractor Stannah to provide local High School, Bede Academy, with a unique industry insight opportunity. In March, we arranged for 38 Year Ten pupils to visit the Stannah factory site and engage with a range of presentations and activities.  Pupils learned about each business and gained invaluable careers advice. They experienced using an iconic Stannah Stairlift, and tried on some ‘empathy’ design tools, which involved wearing gloves to simulate arthritis, and glasses to simulate eyesight disabilities. They then participated in a factory walk out to gain first-hand experience of the manufacturing and their new paint plant facilities.

“I would like to thank you all for the opportunity for our students. You gave them a real insight into the workings of your companies. Showing them how varied the roles are to create the products you sell from design to manufacture and supporting roles. It was great to see the content we are currently teaching within our practical and theory-based lessons was being consolidated as they made links to real life situations during our visit.” Victoria Smith, Assistant Head of Art and Engineering, Bede Academy.


Primary School Road Safety day with Morgan Sindall and Premier Traffic Management

In partnership with sub-contractor, Premier Traffic Management (PTM), Morgan Sindall delivered a practical Road Safety session to pupils at Holystone Primary School.

The activity included the set-up of temporary traffic lights and a pedestrian crossing in the playground. Pupils first attended an assembly to learn about the Northumberland Line Project and the associated traffic diversions in their local area. After a safety discussion and demonstration, groups of up to ten Year Four pupils were supported to practice navigating the playground diversion and safely crossing at traffic lights. Members of the MSI and PTM teams acted as the ‘traffic’, displaying varying standards of safe and dangerous driving!


The children were fully engaged with the safety messaging and interactive traffic crossing activity.  They created posters and wrote a ‘cautionary tale’ after the presentation, which showed that they understood the dangers and rules of the road, and are now better equipped to safely navigate their route to school. Within this session we also raised awareness of the ‘Stamp it Out’ campaign, highlighting the risks and dangers for the workforce on the road. Highway Care backs ‘Stamp it Out’ campaign to reduce roadworker abuse (

The head teacher rated the children’s understanding, competency and confidence of road safety at 3/5 before the session, and 5/5 afterwards.

“Stop, Look, Listen!” “It’s better to be late than never!” Year Four pupil, Holystone Primary


SEND Industry Talk delivered to Cleaswell Hill School

Project partner AECOM delivered a SEND industry talk around who AECOM are and their role in helping to deliver the Northumberland Line project, along with potential future careers with the company.

This started a process where the pupils will learn more with a visit to an engineering site, rail safety talk and work experience opportunities.


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