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Thousands of runners and spectators from Scotland travelling to Tyneside for the Great North run could face serious rail disruption. Network Rail has scheduled engineering works on the main East Coast Line between Newcastle and Edinburgh.
This will mean rail users having to travel to Newcastle via Carlisle. Nova International, the organisers of the Great North Run on Sunday 16 September, are appealing to Network Rail to move the works.
They've been joined by Cath Hindle of the NewcastleGateshead Initiative, which markets the area. She argued that if visitors have a negative experience when travelling to the area, they will be less likely to return, or tell their friends they have had a good time.
Engineering work by Network Rail on the 15th and 16th September will halt direct trains between Newcastle and Scotland. Thousands are expected to travel to Newcastle to take part in the Great North Run, many from north of the border.
Services between the two cities will have to go via Carlisle creating longer journey times. Runners and supporters help generate £22m for the regional economy each year.
Network Rail has confirmed they are talking to race organisers to address the issue.
There are fears that planned rail maintenance will make it difficult for people leaving the event by train.
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Engineering work on the East Coast line between Newcastle and Edinburgh could cause disruption for runners and spectators.