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TRAVEL: East Coast Main Line update

British Transport Police say a person has been hit by a train on the East Coast Main Line between Morpeth and Alnmouth.

Fatality on East Coast Main Line Credit: Bing

We were called shortly before 2pm on Tuesday, 25 August, to reports of a person being struck by a train close to a foot crossing in Warkworth, Northumberland.

Colleagues from Northumbria Police and North East Ambulance Service also attended, and a person was pronounced dead at the scene.

The incident is not being treated as suspicious, and officers are now working to identify the person and inform their family.

A file will be prepared for the coroner."

– British Transport Police

Trains are having to run at a reduced speed on some lines, and may be delayed by up to an hour and a half or cancelled at short notice.

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TRAVEL: Delays on East Coast Main Line

Train services on Virgin Trains East Coast, CrossCountry and Northern Rail are being disrupted between Morpeth and Alnmouth due to emergency services dealing with an incident.

Trains are having to run at a reduced speed on some lines, and may be delayed by up to an hour or cancelled at short notice.

Virgin Trains says there is no firm estimate yet of how long disruption will last but it is likely to continue until at least 16:30.

Alternative travel options

CrossCountry passengers may use:

  • Virgin Trains services between Birmingham New Street and Glasgow Central / Edinburgh
  • First TransPennine Express services between Manchester Piccadilly and Edinburgh / GlasgowCentral
  • Virgin Trains East Coast services between Doncaster and Edinburgh
  • ScotRail services between Edinburgh and Glasgow Central via Shotts or Motherwell

Virgin Trains East Coast passengers may use:

  • Virgin Trains services between London Euston and Edinburgh / Glasgow Central.
  • CrossCountry services between Doncaster and Edinburgh

Rail strike: how to get where you're going

Commuters wait on a platform for a train Credit: PA Wire

Members of the RMT union have voted for a 24-hour strike, starting at 5pm on Monday, amid an ongoing dispute over pay.

Talks have been going on since Monday to try and avoid the disruption.

The TSSA union have now suspended their strike.

Network Rail say they are still hopeful of a resolution but they are cancelling all planned engineering work and in the process of what routes they will be able to run.

Grand Central say that they will operate a reduced service on Bank Holiday Monday and would be unable to run any trains on Tuesday May 26 The following services are expected to operate on Monday 25 May 2015:

06.45 Sunderland - London Kings Cross

07.52 Bradford -London Kings Cross

08.02 London Kings Cross - Sunderland

08.42 Sunderland - London Kings Cross

10.21 Bradford - London Kings Cross (i)

10.48 London Kings Cross - Bradford (ii)

11.21 London Kings Cross - Sunderland

12.53 London Kings Cross - Darlington (ii)

(i) This train will not call at Pontefract.

(ii) This train will leave London Kings Cross later, at 11.25 and will not call at Pontefract.

(ii) This service will terminate at Darlington and will not call at Eaglescliffe, Hartlepool and Sunderland. Passengers should alight at Darlington for a rail replacement coach service to Hartlepool and Sunderland and for a Northern Rail connection to Eaglescliffe.

These Grand Central trains are expected to be cancelled on Monday 25 May 2015;

06.55 Bradford Interchange - London Kings Cross

14.33 Bradford Interchange - London Kings Cross

12.28 Sunderland - London Kings Cross

15.18 Sunderland - London Kings Cross

17.31 Sunderland - London Kings Cross

14.48 London Kings Cross - Bradford Interchange

16.03 London Kings Cross - Bradford Interchange

19.52 London Kings Cross - Bradford Interchange

16.50 London Kings Cross - Sunderland

19.18 London Kings Cross - Sunderland

The Tyne and Wear Metro service will also be affected. Services between Pelaw and South Hylton will be disrupted if the national rail strike goes ahead on Monday May 25 and Tuesday May 26.

Metro services between Pelaw, Sunderland and South Hylton will be unable to run after 5pm on Monday, and will not resume until around 6pm on Tuesday, should the strike happen.

No replacement bus service will be in operation between Pelaw and South Hylton and passengers travelling in the affected area are advised to plan their journey in advance using journey planner on the Nexus website or by calling Nexus on 0191 20 20 747.

Nexus will be providing a special direct bus service, Heworth Interchange to the Stadium of Light, for people heading to the Foo Fighters concert on Monday evening.

On Bank Holiday Monday the last Metro operating Pelaw to South Hylton departs at 3.52pm. This is followed by a Pelaw to Sunderland Station service at 4.16pm. The last Metro train back from South Hylton leaves at 4.25pm, and the last Metro from Sunderland station leaves at 4.43pm.

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Virgin East Coast: The trains which will run if there's a strike

Some trains will still run in the event of a strike on Monday.

A limited service will run on the East Coast Main Line if a planned rail strike on Bank Holiday Monday goes ahead.

Network Rail staff are set to walk out for 24 hours from 5pm on Monday in a dispute over pay.

An outcome of how strikes will affect train companies is expected later but passengers are being warned to expect major disruptions.

Virgin Trains have started cancelling services on the East Coast Main Line. and will only run limited services on Monday and Tuesday.

No trains will run north of Edinburgh on Monday.

MONDAY 25 MAY Last train northbound

  • 11:30am London Kings Cross - Edinburgh
  • 14:00 London Kings Cross - Newcastle
  • 14:30 London Kings Cross - York
  • 14:35 London Kings Cross - Leeds
  • 16:33 London Kings Cross - Peterborough

Last train southbound

  • 13:30 Edinburgh - London Kings Cross
  • 14:30 Edinburgh - York
  • 15:00 Newcastle - London Kings Cross
  • 16:15 Leeds - London Kings Cross

TUESDAY 26 MAY First train northbound to North East

  • 07:30 London Kings Cross - Newcastle
  • 07:37 York - Newcastle
  • 08:11 - Doncaster - Newcastle

First train southbound from North East

  • 07:29 Newcastle - London Kings Cross
  • 07:37 York - London Kings Cross

Last train northbound to North East

  • 14:30 London Kings Cross - Newcastle
  • 15:30 London Kings Cross - York

Last train southbound from North East

  • 15:30 Newcastle - London Kings Cross
  • 16:33 York - London Kings Cross
  • 16:25 Newcastle - Newark
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