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Rail strike: how to get where you're going

Commuters wait on a platform for a train Credit: PA Wire

Members of the RMT union have voted for a 24-hour strike, starting at 5pm on Monday, amid an ongoing dispute over pay.

Talks have been going on since Monday to try and avoid the disruption.

The TSSA union have now suspended their strike.

Network Rail say they are still hopeful of a resolution but they are cancelling all planned engineering work and in the process of what routes they will be able to run.

Grand Central say that they will operate a reduced service on Bank Holiday Monday and would be unable to run any trains on Tuesday May 26 The following services are expected to operate on Monday 25 May 2015:

06.45 Sunderland - London Kings Cross

07.52 Bradford -London Kings Cross

08.02 London Kings Cross - Sunderland

08.42 Sunderland - London Kings Cross

10.21 Bradford - London Kings Cross (i)

10.48 London Kings Cross - Bradford (ii)

11.21 London Kings Cross - Sunderland

12.53 London Kings Cross - Darlington (ii)

(i) This train will not call at Pontefract.

(ii) This train will leave London Kings Cross later, at 11.25 and will not call at Pontefract.

(ii) This service will terminate at Darlington and will not call at Eaglescliffe, Hartlepool and Sunderland. Passengers should alight at Darlington for a rail replacement coach service to Hartlepool and Sunderland and for a Northern Rail connection to Eaglescliffe.

These Grand Central trains are expected to be cancelled on Monday 25 May 2015;

06.55 Bradford Interchange - London Kings Cross

14.33 Bradford Interchange - London Kings Cross

12.28 Sunderland - London Kings Cross

15.18 Sunderland - London Kings Cross

17.31 Sunderland - London Kings Cross

14.48 London Kings Cross - Bradford Interchange

16.03 London Kings Cross - Bradford Interchange

19.52 London Kings Cross - Bradford Interchange

16.50 London Kings Cross - Sunderland

19.18 London Kings Cross - Sunderland

The Tyne and Wear Metro service will also be affected. Services between Pelaw and South Hylton will be disrupted if the national rail strike goes ahead on Monday May 25 and Tuesday May 26.

Metro services between Pelaw, Sunderland and South Hylton will be unable to run after 5pm on Monday, and will not resume until around 6pm on Tuesday, should the strike happen.

No replacement bus service will be in operation between Pelaw and South Hylton and passengers travelling in the affected area are advised to plan their journey in advance using journey planner on the Nexus website or by calling Nexus on 0191 20 20 747.

Nexus will be providing a special direct bus service, Heworth Interchange to the Stadium of Light, for people heading to the Foo Fighters concert on Monday evening.

On Bank Holiday Monday the last Metro operating Pelaw to South Hylton departs at 3.52pm. This is followed by a Pelaw to Sunderland Station service at 4.16pm. The last Metro train back from South Hylton leaves at 4.25pm, and the last Metro from Sunderland station leaves at 4.43pm.


Virgin East Coast: The trains which will run if there's a strike

Some trains will still run in the event of a strike on Monday.

A limited service will run on the East Coast Main Line if a planned rail strike on Bank Holiday Monday goes ahead.

Network Rail staff are set to walk out for 24 hours from 5pm on Monday in a dispute over pay.

An outcome of how strikes will affect train companies is expected later but passengers are being warned to expect major disruptions.

Virgin Trains have started cancelling services on the East Coast Main Line. and will only run limited services on Monday and Tuesday.

No trains will run north of Edinburgh on Monday.

MONDAY 25 MAY Last train northbound

  • 11:30am London Kings Cross - Edinburgh
  • 14:00 London Kings Cross - Newcastle
  • 14:30 London Kings Cross - York
  • 14:35 London Kings Cross - Leeds
  • 16:33 London Kings Cross - Peterborough

Last train southbound

  • 13:30 Edinburgh - London Kings Cross
  • 14:30 Edinburgh - York
  • 15:00 Newcastle - London Kings Cross
  • 16:15 Leeds - London Kings Cross

TUESDAY 26 MAY First train northbound to North East

  • 07:30 London Kings Cross - Newcastle
  • 07:37 York - Newcastle
  • 08:11 - Doncaster - Newcastle

First train southbound from North East

  • 07:29 Newcastle - London Kings Cross
  • 07:37 York - London Kings Cross

Last train northbound to North East

  • 14:30 London Kings Cross - Newcastle
  • 15:30 London Kings Cross - York

Last train southbound from North East

  • 15:30 Newcastle - London Kings Cross
  • 16:33 York - London Kings Cross
  • 16:25 Newcastle - Newark


Businesses and homes flooded due to burst water main in Newcastle

Businesses were flooded and homes left without water this morning, April 17, after an underground pipe burst in Newcastle.

Our reporter Jonny Blair has been to Scotswood Road to see the damage:

Northumbrian Water say they have isolated the leak that led to flooding and are now working on repairing the pipe and supplies have been restored.

Travel: Monument Metro station closed due to fire alarm

Monument Metro station is currently been fully evacuated due to a fire alarm being activated just after 12:30pm today, April 17.

Tyne & Wear Fire & Rescue Service have four fire engines dealing with the incident, which Nexus say was caused by 'light fixtures burning out'.

The station is currently closed, but trains are still running through Monument.

Water main leak isolated

Northumbrian Water say they have isolated the leak that led to flooding in central Newcastle this morning.

They are now working on repairing the pipe and supplies have been restored.

Water supplies may be discoloured and customers are advised to run a cold tap, preferably the one in the kitchen, until it runs clear.

Washing machines and dish washers should not be used till the water has cleared.

Scotwood Road, which has been under water since early this morning, is now open.

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