There's disruption on the Northern Rail service between Sunderland and Newcastle due to signalling problem.
Some lines are blocked. Trains are being delayed by up to an hour or revised at short notice. Disruption is expected until around 19:0
Following this morning's announcement that the government intends to award the Northern Rail franchise to Arriva Rail North Limited, and the TransPennine Express franchise to First Trans Pennine Express Limited, there has been heated reaction from the RMT union.
General Secretary Mick Cash said:
"This widely-trailed announcement is no surprise but will still come as a bitter blow to rail users and rail staff across the North.
Rather than all the garbage about the Northern Powerhouse this morning's announcement opens the door to years of cuts to staff and safety and to profiteering on an epic scale.
RMT has waged a public fight against this carve up, engaging the public and local politicians, and that fight goes on. The battle for a publicly owned, people's railway will continue regardless of today's profit-driven fit up."
A landslip at Haydon Bridge has blocked the train line between Hexham and Carlisle.
All Northern Rail trains running between Sunderland and Newcastle tomorrow have been cancelled because of emergency engineering work needed to repair overhead power lines.
The line will be closed from 9pm this evening until 5.20am tomorrow while Network Rail engineers work on the line.
Rail replacement services will be operating between Newcastle and Sunderland.
The last services to operate this evening will be:
- · 21.10 Middlesbrough – Hexham
- · 21.18 Newcastle – Middlesbrough
Rail workers' union RMT have announced that staff at the Northern Rail maintenance depot at Heaton in Newcastle are to take a full week of strike action starting on Thursday. The claim is that management has left 'no option' other than to strike.
Rail workers' union RMT have announced that staff at the Northern Rail maintenance depot at Heaton in Newcastle are to take a full week of strike action starting on Thursday.
It is the latest step in a continuing dispute over overtime and the grading of roles which staff say do not recognised the "complex and demanding role of this key group of staff".
There was a 48 hour strike in February but, according to RMT the issues remain unresolved and staff will now strike between Thursday April 10 and Wednesday April 16.
Replacement bus service running on Northern Rail between Carlisle and Hexham due to obstruction on the line at Haltwhistle.All lines are blocked.
Journey times may be extended by up to 30 minutes. There is no estimate for a normal service.
Replacement bus service running on Northern Rail between Seaham and Nunthorpe due to landslip at Hartlepool.
Trains are only running between Hexham and Seaham. Journeys extended by up to 45 minutes.
Northern Rail do not have an estimate for normal service.
There are delays of about 30 minutes on the Northern Rail service between Newcastle and Sunderland, caused by signalling problems at Heworth.