North East Transport Links Breakfast: We look back to the North East's role as a rail pioneer

Ahead of the North East Transport Links Breakfast, we celebrate the region's role in the birth of the rail industry


As we prepare to debate the future of transport at the first North East Transport Links Breakfast, we have taken a look at the region’s leading role in the birth of the rail industry.

On September 27, 1825, the workers who had helped build the Stockton-Darlington railway joined members of the public for the line’s official opening. It was, by all accounts, a highly anticipated affair, and the eyes of the nation - of London and its nascent national newspapers – rested on the North East.

1850 saw the opening of both Newcastle Central Station and Berwick’s famous Royal Border Bridge by Queen Victoria, opening up the northern section of what would become the East Coast Mainline. When the NER was eventually absorbed into the London and North Eastern Railway in 1921, railway bosses saw the potential that the North East offered London tourists and began to promote the region as a tourist hotspot.

We have been given access to material at the National Railway Museum to celebrate the region’s rail pioneers.

The future of rail - and roads - will be debated, meanwhile, at the North East Transport Links Breakfast being organised by The Journal and our Teesside sister paper The Gazette at Ramside Hall, near Durham, next Thursday.

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