Sumary of Wacky rail races along Britain’s broad shoulder:
- “Combining history and heritage with hustle and bustle, traditional farmers’ markets lie around one cobbled corner and trendy bars lie around another” – that is how Visit Northumberland sells Morpeth.
- When the new Lumo budget train operator starts running between London and Edinburgh from 25 October, every one of its stylish new trans will stop at Morpeth.
- in the other, a train link to London taking a little over three hours, with a single stop in Newcastle.
- (In the possibly unlikely event that the townspeople of Morpeth are seized with an urge to visit the trendy bars of Stevenage, a couple of the evening trains will also call at the Hertfordshire new town.
- )The new “open access” train operator, part of First Group, is bestowing fame and fortune on Morpeth’s cobbles.
- Lumo will also help make the Newcastle-Edinburgh portion of the East Coast main line the most competitive stretch of track in western Europe.