Network Rail says it will have to remove 50,000 tonnes of earth, rock and other material that have slid down onto the tracks near Corbridge since yesterday morning.
A second landslide on the trainline between Newcastle and Carlisle means part of the route will be closed for several weeks. Unstable ground is preventing the repair work from starting.
Heavy rain caused 140 tonnes of earth to slide onto the West Line near Hexham in Northumberland on Tuesday afternoon. This was cleared and normal service resumed yesterday morning.
A second landslip around a mile to the east of the first occurred later in the morning causing the line to be closed again. Network Rail say the earth is still moving stopping them from starting the clean up job.
The line will remain open for Northern Rail passengers travelling between Carlisle and Hexham and between Prudhoe and Newcastle, with shuttle buses in operation between Hexham and Prudhoe.
Rob McIntosh, route managing director for Network Rail, said:
The safety of passengers, local people and the workforce is our priority and the area will need to be fully assessed and any repairs carried out before the line can reopen and services can return to normal. Our teams worked tirelessly to clear 140 tonnes of earth and debris from the line earlier in the week but due to the continuing rain fall a second landslip has followed nearby. We will continue to work alongside Northern Rail to keep passengers up-to-date on our progress."
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
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"
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.
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.
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.
Trains between Newcastle and Carlisle have been suspended due to flooding in the Prudhoe and Hexham area.
Road replacement transport has been requested.
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Heavy rain in the river Tyne catchment is causing the river level to rise at Hexham.
A flood warning is in place for the properties around Tyne Green, Ferry Road, Tyne Mills, Bridge End, Anick road, The Hermitage and Kingshaw Green.
River levels are close to flooding properties in the area.
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