For years the use of Blaydon Station has been hindered by the lack of a step free access to the Newcastle platform. To cross the line the footbridge with its many steps had to be negotiated, causing problems for the disabled, and families with prams and pushchairs.
The Tyne Valley Community Rail Partnership came up with a scheme to provide level access to the platform via a surfaced pathway from the back of the platform to the adjacent Keelman’s Way, the riverside path. This has provided better links from the station for walkers and also for residents of the Stella Riverside housing development, with its 500 homes. The scheme was funded by Gateshead Council, Department of Transport, and ACoRP.
On Thursday 19 April 2018, on a beautiful spring morning, the new entrance was formally opened by Liz, who talked of the history of the railway and its importance to Blaydon. She was delighted to see the station was much more accessible. Since a timetable change five years ago the use of the station has grown steadily. Craig Harrop for Northern, thanked Gateshead Council for funding the ramp and hoped the new entrance would encourage more people to use the station. Liz then cut the ribbon and opened the new entrance.
Further good news is that the train service to Blaydon will be greatly increased with the introduction of the new railway timetable beginning on the 19 May this year with trains stopping every hour.