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Prudhoe - Hexham line remains closed after landslip

The Northern Rail line between Prudhoe and Hexham is likely to remain closed until the end of the month after a landslip last week.

The rail operator have said that work is continuing to rebuild the embankment.

The landslip was between Corbridge and Riding Mill in the Farnley area.

tonnes of material is estimated to have to be removed from the site.

A replacement bus service is running between Prudhoe and Hexham.

Network Rail contractors are onsite and working to repair the damage.

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Major task to clear rail line after landslide

The landslide happened east of Corbridge Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

A section of the Newcastle to Carlisle rail line will be closed for weeks after a major landslide, brought on by the heavy rains.

The slip carried earth, rocks, shale and trees onto the line, east of Corbridge. The problem has grown over the course of the day, as water continues to pour down from land above.

The route is shut between Hexham and Prudhoe. Shuttle buses are in operation between the two stations.

Water floods the track Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

Engineers face the task of clearing the area before rebuilding the embankment. Network Rail estimates its teams will have to remove 50,000 tonnes of material from the site.

For more pictures from the scene, watch Helen Ford's report here:

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