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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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Travel: Further delays and cancellations on Virgin East Coast

Virgin Trains East Coast are encouraging passengers to check before they travel today. There are ongoing disruptions to the service.

TRAVEL: Delays on East Coast Main Line

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There are currently 90 minute delays to rail services on the East Coast Main Line. This is due to an obstruction on the line between Alnmouth and Morpeth.

Delays are expected until 10.00am.

TRAVEL: East Coast main line disrupted after overnight incident

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Virgin Trains East Coast services have been disrupted overnight due to emergency services dealing with an incident at Darlington.

The firm had said their services were no longer affected by the incident but the 05.59am service from Newcastle to London King's Cross has been cancelled.

TRAVEL: Lines reopened but disruption expected until end of service

Virgin Trains East Coast says all lines affected by signalling problems at Darlington have reopened but disruption is expected until the end of service.

The disruption has been caused by a signalling problem at Darlington. Network Rail says the signalling problem is due to vandalism.

Trains have not been running between York and Newcastle via Darlignton. Some trains have been diverted via Sunderland.

Tickets dated today will be accepted on services tomorrow. Passengers will be allowed to travel with any rail company through the affected area.

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