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Travellers told to 'abandon travel' on Virgin Trains

Passengers hoping to board a Virgin Train today have been told to "abandon" their travel plans. In a series of tweets Virgin said customers already travelling would be left at the nearest station.

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UPDATE: We are advising all customers not to attempt to travel. Customers already on services will be taken to the nearest station.

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RAIL: DISRUPTION ON EAST COAST AND GRAND CENTRAL

There is disruption on East Coast train services between Newcastle and Kings Cross, and on Grand Central train services between Sunderland Kings Cross, due to overhead line problems at Retford.

Tickets are being accepted on Transpennine Express, East Midlands Trains, Cross Country and Virgin services.

All lines are currently affected and some services may be delayed by up to two hours or affected by diversions.

The disruption is expected to continue through to the evening peak time.

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Train company pays tribute to Durham Cathedral

Celebrations have been held as East Coast have named one of their trains after an iconic North East landmark.

The electric locomotive has been renamed Durham Cathedral - in recognition of the importance that the building plays to the local community and far beyond.

Members of the Durham Choristers choir performed on the platform at Newcastle Central station this morning, and the train was blessed by a member of the clergy.

Thousands are expected to visit the cathedral this summer with the return of the Lindisfarne Gospels to the region, where they are being exhibited next to the cathedral

Full report: Taxi drivers unhappy with new station layout

Taxi drivers in Newcastle say they're paying hundreds of thousands of pounds for just five spaces outside the city's train station.

Work has just started on improvements to the area, which will include pedestrianising what was the taxi pick-up point. Already, some of the drivers say they're unhappy with the new layout.

Watch Lucy Taylor's report here:

Taxi drivers unhappy with new layout of Newcastle Central station

Taxi drivers in Newcastle say they are paying hundreds of thousands of pounds for just five spaces outside the city's train station.

Work has just started on a multi-million pound refurbishment of the station. But already some taxi drivers say they are unhappy with the new layout.

Watch Lucy Taylor's report here:

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