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Minor delays likely on the East Coast Mainline

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The following Virgin Train services will be cancelled this morning due to on-going disruption to services on the East Coast Mainline.

It's after overhead wires were damaged near Retford.

  • 05:05 Leeds - London Kings Cross
  • 05:40 Sunderland - London Kings Cross

While engineers have been working through the night again to try and fix the problems there are still expected to be some minor delays today (8th Sept.)

The advice is to check before you travel with information here from National Rail

Severe delays and cancellations on the East Coast Mainline

Map of the area affected by downed overhead lines on the East Coast Mainline Credit: Network Rail

Rail passengers are facing major delays after extensive damage to overhead wires.

The problem is affecting Virgin Trains on the East Coast Mainline between Edinburgh and Kings Cross.

Grand Central services between Kings Cross and Sunderland and Hull Trains are also experiencing delays and cancellations.

The latest is that these problems are expected to continue until at least 1400 (Wed. 6th September)

All the lines HAVE been re-opened but services could take some time to get back to normal.

Check with the National Rail for the latest.

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The following services will be affected by delays or cancellations: (Virgin Trains):

What are your options if you have to travel on the trains today?

  • Alternative travel options for Grand Central customers
  • You may use the following operators services
  • Virgin Trains East Coast services on any reasonable route
  • East Midlands Trains between London St Pancras International and Sheffield
  • TransPennine Express between Sheffield and Doncaster and also between Leeds and Newcastle
  • Alternative travel options for Hull Trains customers
  • You may use Virgin Trains East Coast services on any reasonable route
  • Alternative travel options for Virgin Trains East Coast customers
  • You may use the following operators services
  • CrossCountry between Leeds / Doncaster and Edinburgh
  • East Midland Trains
  • Grand Central
  • Great Northern
  • Virgin Trains
  • Northern between Retford, Doncaster and Leeds
  • TransPennine between Leeds and Newcastle

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Severe delays on East Coast mainline

Rail passengers are facing major delays after extensive damage to overhead wires.

The problem is affecting Virgin Trains on the East Coast Mainline between Edinburgh and Kings Cross.

Grand Central services between Kings Cross and Sunderland and Hull Trains are also experiencing delays.

You check to see if your journey is affectedhere

Some of the affected routes this morning (Wednesday 6th September):

  • 04:45 Newcastle to London Kings Cross due 08:12
  • 05:05 Leeds to London Kings Cross due 07:29
  • 05:40 Sunderland to London Kings Cross due 09:06
  • 05:40 Edinburgh to London Kings Cross due 09:40
  • 05:50 London Kings Cross to Leeds due 08:18
  • 06:00 Berwick-Upon-Tweed to London Kings Cross due 10:02
  • 06:15 London Kings Cross to Edinburgh due 11:14
  • 06:30 London Kings Cross to Leeds due 08:48
  • 06:40 Leeds to London Kings Cross due 08:50
  • 07:05 London Kings Cross to Leeds due 09:17
  • 07:34 Harrogate to London Kings Cross due 10:35
  • 09:45 Leeds to London Kings Cross due 11:59

East Coast Mainline delays after person hit by train

Rail passengers are being warned to expect delays on the East Coast Mainline after a person was hit by a train.

Virgin East Coast has announced that all lines are blocked between Berwick and Newcastle. Services are expected to resume some time after 1:15pm.

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New train service from Sunderland to London launched

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A new train service from Sunderland to London King's Cross has been launched.

The Virgin service departed Sunderland this morning and was met at London King’s Cross Station by the UK Rail Minister, Claire Perry MP, who named the train ‘Spirit of Sunderland’.

Rail Minister Claire Perry said:

The new Sunderland service will provide better journeys for customers across the region and boost economic ties between the north east and the capital, stimulating growth. It will play an important role in our ambitious plans to build a Northern Powerhouse and create a balanced, healthier economy."

– Rail Minister Claire Perry
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