1. ITV Report

Carlisle to Newcastle trains will resume

Landslide on the rail line between Hexham and Carlisle Photo: ITV Tyne Tees

Rail services on the West Line between Carlisle and Newcastle will resume on Monday 8 February.

Engineers have been on site at Farnley Hough, near Corbridge, since Thursday 7 January, clearing over 35,000 tonnes of soil and debris from a huge landslip.

Network Rail confirmed that the work is almost complete and that services will return to normal from Monday.

Water on the rail line between Hexham and Carlisle Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

I would firstly like to apologise to passengers the disruption this has caused and thank them for their patience during the recent weeks. I would also like to thank the community living near the site of the slip for their ongoing patience and understanding with what has been a significant rebuilding project which is set to carry on for many weeks.

“The unprecedented weather which led to the landslip, and which has continued throughout the clear up, presented us with a series of difficult engineering challenges but I am pleased to confirm that the work has gone to plan and that passenger services will resume from Monday.”

– Rob McIntosh, Network Rail Route Managing Director

We are delighted to see our train services resuming on the line from Monday. Our customers have been extremely patient while Network Rail worked on this challenging project and we’d like to thank them for this level of understanding. We will be offering compensation to customers, more details of which can be found on our website ( I’d also like to thank the onsite engineers and our people for their commitment to keeping our customers moving.”

– Alex Hynes, Northern Rail Managing Director