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Train line between Hexham and Prudhoe to stay closed for 'several weeks' due to landslide

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.

The landslip at Farnley Haugh, near Hexham in Northumberland Credit: Network Rail

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.

Trees and soil fall onto the West Line near Hexham, Northumberland Credit: Network Rail

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."

– Rob McIntosh, route managing director for Network Rail

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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"

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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