Here's my personal guide to transport, local businesses and amenities in the Wylam area. I stress that any opinions are based on my own experiences and prejudices, and probably differ to those of others. If I have omitted anything or you disagree with something feel free to let me know, I'll update things when I can.
The village of Wylam is situated on The Tyne Valley Line which runs from Newcastle to Hexham and Carlisle. Passenger services are operated by Northern Rail, they're good when they turn up- and if you can get a seat. On weekdays trains are approximately every hour the first train from Newcastle is about 06:30. At Weekends the service is reduced. For fuller details use The national rail journey planner. Fares vary according to how many people are travelling, time of day etc. if you have to travel to work you generally have to pay the most expensive fare - pay taxes to subsidise fares then get held to ransom. Trains are sometimes late or are cancelled without explanation and when they turn up may be just a single unit with insufficient room for all the passengers -especially at rush hours, Sometimes when it's busy i'e. a weekday when you want to go to work, a Saturday when there's a football match, the run up to Christmas etc, the train will either be so full when it gets to Wylam that it won't stop or if you can get on you'll have to stand all the way to Newcastle. Be especially wary if you are thinking of taking your bicycle on the train, they'll only carry a limited number and you might need to check with the train company before travelling. The station at Newcastle now has automatic ticket barriers which means that if, as often seems to happen even if you get on a train that isn't particularly busy and the ticket collector doesn't deign to sell you a ticket on the train then you have to queue to get off the station.
There is a bus service between Wylam and Newcastle. Route X84 operated by Go_NorthEast, it operates about once every 1 hours on weekdays and Saturday, the first bus from Wylam runs at 07:20 ish, the last bus back on weekdays is before 7pm. On Sundays there are no buses. I guess if you live in the country nowadays you're either meant to be well-heeled enough to run a car or work as a servant for the local nobs/holiday home owners.
There are also a couple of buses a day(wekdays and Saturday) to/from Crawcrook and Prudhoe but I can't comment on them as I've never had the opportunity to use them. The nexus website has a map and timetables that cover Crawcrook and Wylam
From Newcastle to Wylam over £20(January 2013)(c.10 miles).
Newcastle airport is about 15 minutes away by car and the taxi fare is about the same as the fare from Newcastle.
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Last updated 4th November 2014.