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175th anniversary of Newcastle to Carlisle railway line

Celebrations are being held for the 175th anniversary of the Newcastle to Carlisle railway line.

A special historical service will leave for Carlisle at 11.22am.

"We are delighted to celebrate the 175 years of Newcastle upon Tyne and Carlisle.

"The railway opened in parts from 1836, construction starting in 1830 and was the first coast to coast route in the world."

– John Gillott, Partnership Officer , Tyne Valley Community Rail Partnership

It is the oldest coast to coast passenger line in the UK and opened in 1838.

Decision expected about children's heart units

A decision is expected about the future of children's heart surgery at Newcastle's Freeman Hospital and Leeds General Infirmary.

The government has been reviewing an earlier decision to close the unit in Leeds and keep Newcastle open as a Centre for Excellence.

The hospital in Newcastle takes patients from across Cumbria and southern Scotland. Follow updates on this story here.


Police patrols for Newcastle to Carlisle trains

British Transport Police is increasing police patrols on some services travelling from Newcastle to Carlisle on a Saturday evening.

The extra patrols have been put in place on the 19.24 and 21.18 services following a increase in reports from passengers and staff of a number of people on-board both trains causing disruption and anti social behaviour.

BTP officers will be on hand at Newcastle station to see the trains arrive and oversee their departure. Officers will also travel on the trains to prevent disruption during the journey.

The 21.18 service has been designated as a dry train; alcohol will not be allowed on-board.

Heart services decision

Two heart units could close in the north of England Credit: ITV Border

Today is decision day for the Children's Heart Unit at Newcastle's Freeman Hospital.

The unit treats seriously ill children from across the country but it has been the subject of an NHS consultation, which will decide between its closure - or the closure of a unit in Leeds.