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Continued rail disruption after second landslide

The site of the second landslip. Credit: Network Rail

Disruptions continue to the Newcastle to Carlisle rail line after a second landslip on the Tyne Valley line in two days.

On Wednesday workers had to clear 120 tonnes of rubble from the line at Hexham.

Replacement buses were put to take Northern Rail passengers between Prudhoe and Hexham.

After the line re-opened on Thursday morning, Network Rail was forced to close it again when there was a second landslide between Hexham and Corbridge.

This is the latest information from Northern Rail:

The route between Prudhoe - Hexham is closed until further notice following a landslip between Corbridge – Riding Mill in the Farnley area. Network Rail engineers are onsite and accessing the situation. Work will start (on Friday) to begin repairs. Trains will run Carlisle - Hexham - Carlisle and Newcastle - Prudhoe - Newcastle. A rail replacement bus will operate between Prudhoe and Hexham. Customers are advised to check before they travel and allow more time for their journey. We would like to apologise to our customers for the disruption this will cause. Real time journey information can be found by visiting www.journeycheck.com/northernrail or by Tweeting our team @northernrailorg

– Northern Rail spokesperson

Tyne Valley landslide - latest rail travel information

This is the latest statement form Northern Rail, regarding services on the Tyne Valley line after a second landslip in two days.

"The route between Prudhoe - Hexham is closed until further notice following a landslip between Corbridge – Riding Mill in the Farnley area. Network Rail engineers are onsite and accessing the situation. Trains will run Carlisle - Hexham - Carlisle and Newcastle - Prudhoe - Newcastle. A rail replacement bus will operate between Prudhoe and Hexham. Customers are advised to check before they travel and allow more time for their journey. We would like to apologise to our customers for the disruption this will cause. Real time journey information can be found by visiting www.journeycheck.com/northernrail or by Tweeting our team @northernrailorg"

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Work continues to clear trees from Tyne Valley rail line

Network Rail say they don't know how long it might take to clear the Tyne Valley rail line, between Newcastle and Carlisle, after a second landslip in the Hexham area in two days.

The scene Between Hexham and Corbridge. Credit: Northern Rail

120 tonnes of rubble and trees slid onto the track between Hexham and Corbridge this morning - just hours after the line had re-opened following yesterday's landslide in the same area.

There are replacement buses between Prudhoe and Hexham.

Rail disruptions after second landslide at Hexham

The site of the second landslide, near Hexham. Credit: Network Rail

The Tyne Valley rail line - connecting Newcastle with Hexham and Carlisle - has closed again,. just hours after re-opening.

Network Rail says staff worked through the night to clear the line of 70 tonnes of rubble after a landslip in the Hexham area yesterday.

The line re-opened at 6am today - but closed again after a second landslide, just a mile from the first one.

This time 120 tonnes of rubble and trees needs to be cleared from the trackway.

At this stage it is not known how long the work will take.

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Campbell announces London Mayor campaign

Former Newcastle United defender Sol Campbell Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Former Newcastle United defender Sol Campbell has confirmed his intention to run for Mayor of London.

The 40-year-old has signed up for a hustings with rivals in the contest for the Conservative nomination to become Boris Johnson's replacement.

The former England international, who now lives in Hexham in Northumberland, said he could "bring something new to the table" but acknowledged he is not going to be a "frontrunner" in the race.

Campbell will take part in an event alongside other candidates for the Tory nomination on July 4.

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