They reckon they need 200 signatures to be taken seriously, and perhaps 1,000 for government departments to really take note of what we are doing. The petition is open for a year until April 2008, but it would be good to exceed the above numbers quickly.
SENRUG also have information that there are now two studies going on into different aspects of the ABT re-opening:
- A study into re-opening the Morpeth - Choppington - Bedlington Station section to passenger services, led by the North East Assembly and Wansbeck District Council. This should report back in May 2007 and SENRUG are involved as a non-funding partner in the study.
- A study into re-opening the Ashington - Bedlington - Northumberland Park section led by NEXUS and using the same consultants.