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Plans released of £8.6m station makeover

Artist's impression show what Newcastle's Central station will look like. Credit: East Coast Main Line.

Plans have been released of the multi-million pound makeover of Newcastle's central station.

Work is due to begin on the £8.6m project in May and expected to take a year.

The artist's impressions reveal how the main concourse will be transformed.

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Rush hour rail delays continue

Thousands of rail travellers have faced lengthy delays today after a major fault on the East Coast main line. A kilometre of overhead wiring was brought down by an engine last night.

It left two hundred Yorkshire bound passengers stranded overnight at Kings Cross station and delays for passengers which will reach into tomorrow.

Lunchtime update: Rail delays on the East Coast line

Railway passengers travelling between the North East and London have faced delays and disruption because of problems on the East Coast mainline.

Many trains to and from Kings Cross have been cancelled, causing problems right along the route.

Watch the lunchtime report from Kenny Toal, who was at one of the stations affected, below.

RAIL: MAJOR DISRUPTION ON EAST COAST LINE

There is disruption on East Coast rail line between Newcastle and Kings Cross, and between Leeds and Kings Cross, due to overhead line problems at St Neots.

Tickets are being accepted on the CrossCountry, East Midlands Trains, First Transpennine Express, and Virgin Trains services.

Replacement buses are operating between Peterborough and London, although a very limited number of trains can run via Cambridge.

Services are not expected to run via St Neots until later this afternoon, but with disruption for the rest of the day.

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Travel: Train delays for East Coast passengers

Long delays for thousands of commuters Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Thousands of rail commuters leaving Yorkshire for London are facing much-delayed journeys due to an electrical supply problem.

Centred on north London, the problem was last night causing hold-ups of up to 90 minutes on some journeys between London's King's Cross and Moorgate stations and Stevenage in Hertfordshire. Passengers travelling with - East Coast, First Hull and Grand Central trains - are also affected.

Full Report: County Durham steam train set for makeover

Some of the most famous steam trains in history will soon be going on show in a once in a lifetime gathering.

The event is being held to mark the 75th anniversary of the locomotive Mallard setting a world speed record.

Five of Mallard's sister trains will join it for celebrations in York in the summer, and one of them is being restored in Shildon in County Durham.

Watch the full report from Derek Proud below.

Makeover for historic County Durham train

A paint "makeover" of a famous locomotive has begun in County Durham in preparation for the 75th anniversary of a steam train landmark.

The Doncaster-built Dominion of Canada loco is being decked out in garter blue colours at the National Railway Museum in Shildon.

The engine has been shipped from Canada to be ready for July celebrations to mark the 75th anniversary of the setting of a new world steam train speed record by the Dominion of Canada's sister loco - the Mallard.

Racing down the East Coast line, the Mallard achieved a speed of 126mph in July 1938.

Exactly 75 years later the Mallard, the Dominion of Canada and four other surviving A4-class locos will all be together at the National Railway Museum in York.

The Dominion of Canada is getting a Canadian bell and chime whistle and a replica cabside crest featuring the Royal Coat of Arms of Canada.

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Network Rail: "Defect" causing disruption

Network Rail says a rail "defect" is causing delays because of emergency engineering work which is affecting trains on the east coast mainline between Doncaster and York.

At the moment we are only able to accommodate two East Coast trains in each direction per hour. Cross Country services are unable to call at Doncaster. Hull Trains are running via Goole. Other services are subject to some delay as a result of this incident.

– Network Rail spokeswoman

“Our engineers are on site and we will restore full services as quickly as possible. Passengers are advised to check their journey with National Rail Enquiries.”

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