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Track Works & Level Crossing Closure at Plessey Road in Blyth (14th to 17th May 2024)

Network Rail will be undertaking track renewal works in the Plessey Road area using a machine called a Tamper, which is used to make sure the track is level. The works are essential for the development of the Northumberland Line rail project, which aims to improve connectivity and accessibility in South East Northumberland by bringing passenger trains back into service between Ashington and Newcastle.   

What to expect during the works

The tamping works will be undertaken along a section of  track through Plessey Road Level Crossing, as shown by the red line on the below map, from 5:30pm Tuesday 14 May to 7am Friday 17 May. These works will take place 24 hours a day. Unfortunately, this type of work can be noisy and we will limit noise wherever feasible, including by turning equipment off when not in use and using battery operated machinery. However, some disruption will be unavoidable. 

These works will form part of moving work site so will not be by properties for the full duration of the works.

We need to close Plessey Road at the level crossing during the works from 5:30pm Tuesday 14 May to allow for the safe movement of plant and equipment on the railway, and the closure will stay in place until 7am Friday 17 May. A diversionary route, which has been agreed with the council, will be in place for vehicles. Pedestrian access will be maintained via a temporary pedestrian crossing located next to the level crossing.

The X10 and X11 bus services will also be using a diversion route during the closure. A free shuttle bus will run from Blyth Bus Station to New Delaval/Newcastle Road Co-op via Princess Louise Road, Newsham Road, Druridge Drive loop, Wharton Street, Winship Street, Carr Street, Plessey Road, Rotary Way, South Newsham Road and Newcastle Road. The timetables are shown below

We understand that working near homes and working overnight is far from ideal and we are sorry in advance for any disruption these essential works may cause. Our teams have been briefed and will be mindful when carrying out this work, making sure all the relevant mitigations are in place to avoid excess noise. We will also continue to keep you updated with any work taking place near homes.


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