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Newcastle to Carlisle line celebrates 175 years

Brass band plays as Carlisle train departs Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Celebrations and activities are taking place along the railway line between Newcastle and Carlisle as the route celebrates its 175th anniversary.

A brass band played as trains departed from Newcastle Central Station, and many other events have been planned at stations along the line.

Some passengers dressed in in the clothes passengers would have worn when the line was completed Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
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Network Rail: "Defect" causing disruption

Network Rail says a rail "defect" is causing delays because of emergency engineering work which is affecting trains on the east coast mainline between Doncaster and York.

At the moment we are only able to accommodate two East Coast trains in each direction per hour. Cross Country services are unable to call at Doncaster. Hull Trains are running via Goole. Other services are subject to some delay as a result of this incident.

– Network Rail spokeswoman

“Our engineers are on site and we will restore full services as quickly as possible. Passengers are advised to check their journey with National Rail Enquiries.”

New year brings in higher train fares

Travellers are set to face hefty increases in rail fares from January onwards as prices rise once again.

Prices for regulated train fares which include season tickets will rise by an average of 4.2 per cent in January. For some though, the rise will be much more.

Some rail season ticket holders will face fare rises of almost 6% in January, with tickets from Morpeth to Newcastle-upon-Tyne going up by 5%, it has been revealed.

The transport watchdog Passenger Focus said that it appeared that train companies were exercising restraint but added that the price rises will still feel steep in some places.

"Passengers will feel this pain.

After years of above-inflation fare rises, fresh increases are piling pressure on already high fares.

The Government and the rail industry must now work together to deliver on the welcome promise to get fare rises in line with inflation."

– Anthony Smith, Chief Executive of Passenger Focus

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