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Police confirm 14-year-old girl died after being struck by train

British Transport Police has confirmed that a 14-year-old girl from Newcastle was killed when she was struck by a train in Gateshead on Sunday, September 20.

Her body was found on the railway line near Gateshead Stadium Metro Station at around 7pm on Sunday evening.

Emergency services attended the scene following reports of a person being hit by a train. The death is not being treated as suspicious.

TRAVEL: Lines reopened but disruption expected until end of service

Virgin Trains East Coast says all lines affected by signalling problems at Darlington have reopened but disruption is expected until the end of service.

The disruption has been caused by a signalling problem at Darlington. Network Rail says the signalling problem is due to vandalism.

Trains have not been running between York and Newcastle via Darlignton. Some trains have been diverted via Sunderland.

Tickets dated today will be accepted on services tomorrow. Passengers will be allowed to travel with any rail company through the affected area.


Grant proposed to extend volunteer railway

Cllr Robson, Cllr Carl Les and Nigel Park, General Manager of Wensleydale Railway Plc Credit: Hambleton District Council

A project to extend a major transport link across Hambleton has won the backing of district councillors.

Cabinet members are recommending that a grant of £40,000 be awarded to the Wensleydale Railway Association to help open up the line between Northallerton and Leeming Bar.

The cash would be used in a £51,000 scheme to upgrade the railway infrastructure, create a new temporary platform at Northallerton West and provide a passenger service.

Leader of the Council, Councillor Mark Robson, said: “By opening up a passenger line between Leeming Bar and Northallerton, employment opportunities for the two areas will be boosted,”

“Last year the association saw 45,000 passengers use its trains and, with the Tour de France this summer, expect that figure to rise considerably.

"Opening up the new link is expected to add another 12,500 users this year."

Hambleton’s Full Council will be asked to approve the grant aid next week.


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Meeting to discuss campaign for new railway station

The Conservative MP for York Outer Julian Sturdy will be meet with residents from Haxby and Wigginton to discuss with them their campaign for a train station in Haxby.

The meeting is part of an ongoing campaign to open a new station in the village, on the Scarborough Line, so that local residents have a fast, direct service into York and vehicle congestion in the area is reduced.

The village has been without railway links since the 1930s, when the old Haxby Railway Station was closed.

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