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Man dies after being struck by a train in Co Durham

File photograph of a British Transport Police officer Credit: PA

A man has died after being hit by a train in County Durham.

British Transport Police and emergency services were called to Croxdale Viaduct, Sunderland Bridge at around 5.45am this morning, September 3rd, following a report of a person struck by a train.

Officers from BTP and Durham Constabulary attended the incident, alongside colleagues from North East Ambulance Service. A man was pronounced dead at the scene.

The incident is currently not being treated as suspicious and a file will be prepared for the coroner.”

– British Transport Police spokesperson

Police are currently working to identify the man and inform his family.

UPDATE: Delays between Newcastle and Darlington

Train delays on CrossCountry, First Transpennine Express, Northern Rail and Virgin Trains East Coast between Newcastle and Darlington have reduced from 90 to 30 minutes.

Disruptions occurred as emergency services and the British Transport Police dealt with an incident at Durham at around 6am this morning, September 3rd.

Nissan to invest £100m in Sunderland factory

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Nissan is to invest £100 million in its British factory as it builds a new generation of one of its models.

The plans to build the new Juke vehicle will secure 34,000 jobs at the company's Sunderland plant beyond 2020, the company says.

The factory, which employs 6,700 workers, produces the Qashqai, Note and Juke models as well as the electric Leaf.

Nissan Europe Chairman Paul Wilcox said: "This announcement also gives security to our Sunderland plant beyond 2020, which the team has earned through many years of hard work and their ability to continually raise the bar on quality."

Chancellor George Osborne welcome the "fantastic news", adding: "Our ambitious plan to build the Northern Powerhouse means building on the area's strengths - including manufacturing - and this announcement is an important sign of Britain being chosen as a global leader in car production."

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TRAVEL: Long delays between Newcastle and Darlington

There are currently delays of up to one hour on CrossCountry, First Transpennine Express, Northern Rail and Virgin Trains East Coast between Newcastle and Darlington due to emergency services dealing with an incident at Durham.

Routes affected:

  • CrossCountry between Newcastle and Plymouth / Southampton Central
  • First TransPennine Express between Newcastle and Liverpool Lime Street
  • Northern Rail between Newcastle and Saltburn
  • Virgin Trains East Coast between Edinburgh and London Kings Cross

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