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TRAVEL: East Coast Main Line update

British Transport Police say a person has been hit by a train on the East Coast Main Line between Morpeth and Alnmouth.

Fatality on East Coast Main Line Credit: Bing

We were called shortly before 2pm on Tuesday, 25 August, to reports of a person being struck by a train close to a foot crossing in Warkworth, Northumberland.

Colleagues from Northumbria Police and North East Ambulance Service also attended, and a person was pronounced dead at the scene.

The incident is not being treated as suspicious, and officers are now working to identify the person and inform their family.

A file will be prepared for the coroner."

– British Transport Police

Trains are having to run at a reduced speed on some lines, and may be delayed by up to an hour and a half or cancelled at short notice.

TRAVEL: Delays on East Coast Main Line

Train services on Virgin Trains East Coast, CrossCountry and Northern Rail are being disrupted between Morpeth and Alnmouth due to emergency services dealing with an incident.

Trains are having to run at a reduced speed on some lines, and may be delayed by up to an hour or cancelled at short notice.

Virgin Trains says there is no firm estimate yet of how long disruption will last but it is likely to continue until at least 16:30.

Alternative travel options

CrossCountry passengers may use:

  • Virgin Trains services between Birmingham New Street and Glasgow Central / Edinburgh
  • First TransPennine Express services between Manchester Piccadilly and Edinburgh / GlasgowCentral
  • Virgin Trains East Coast services between Doncaster and Edinburgh
  • ScotRail services between Edinburgh and Glasgow Central via Shotts or Motherwell

Virgin Trains East Coast passengers may use:

  • Virgin Trains services between London Euston and Edinburgh / Glasgow Central.
  • CrossCountry services between Doncaster and Edinburgh

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Weather: Tuesday

Credit: Hugh McCafferty

Some rain in the northeast of the region initially, elsewhere a dry start with sunny spells developing.

Cloud increasing through the evening, some light rain overnight.

Light winds freshening later. Maximum Temperature 18°C.

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