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Tour of Britain to return to Northumberland

The Tour of Britain will return to Northumberland this September as Stage Two of Britain's premier road cycling event takes place in the county on Monday September 4.

The stage will see 120 of the world’s top cyclists racing from Kielder Water and Forest Park to Blyth, building on the success of the 2015 race when two stages visited Northumberland for the first time ever.

2015 Credit: ITV

Our visit to Northumberland in 2015 was so successful it is fantastic news that we can return with a full stage of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain in the county this September.

The route enables us to visit areas of Northumberland that will be new to the race, while also taking the Tour back to Blyth.

– Mick Bennett, Race Director

At just over 211-kilometres the Northumberland stage will be the longest of the 2017 Tour, and also include a finishing loop, giving spectators at the Blyth finish the chance to see the race twice.

The route will also take in the likes of Rothbury, Alnwick, Bamburgh and Morpeth plus the Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.


Weather: Tuesday

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Cold with wintry, sometimes squally showers, falling as snow on hills, with possible hail and thunder.

Sunny spells are expected between showers, but feeling cold with strong northerly winds.

Maximum temperature 8 °C.


Virgin Trains East Coast strike is suspended

Virgin Trains East Coast. Credit: David Parry/PA Wire/PA Images

A planned 48-hour strike on Virgin Trains East Coast has been suspended following progress in talks.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union had been due to walk out on Friday and Saturday in a dispute over the role of guards and other issues.

Virgin had said it would have run a normal service if the strike had gone ahead.

Weather: Risk of snow

Hail, sleet and snow showers are expected to become frequent overnight and at first on Tuesday morning.

Heavier snowfall is likely to affect higher level routes where 2-5 cm of snow may accumulate in places, whilst 1 to 2 cm is possible to lower levels.

Some transport routes may be affected, with journeys requiring longer travel times.

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