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Major disruption as all train lines closed between Newcastle and York

Passengers await updates at York station Credit: @danshell667

Rail passengers are facing major delays and cancellations due to "severe" overhead wire damage just north of York.

All lines have been blocked between York and the North East, affecting LNER, TransPennine and Grand Central services.

Replacement buses are being laid on and Network Rail has told ITV Tyne Tees the disruption is likely to last several hours, until the end of the day.

LNER train service has advised customers to "defer travel to tomorrow" if possible. Ticket restrictions have been relaxed and will be honoured for travel on 3 December.

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Darlington:

Hundreds of passengers are queuing around Darlington station in an attempt to continue their onward journeys.

This footage was taken just a short while ago.

Credit: Paul Kingston ITV

York:

These images were taken at York station, after the incident was first reported at 2pm this afternoon.

Hundreds of passengers were stuck on standstill trains.

Credit: @HoPinYork
Credit: @danshell667

Paul Rutter, Route Director, East Coast for Network Rail said:

“We’re sorry that there’s significant disruption to the East Coast Main Line between York and Newcastle. This is because of damage to the overhead line equipment north of York station.

At this stage disruption is expected for several hours. Our response teams are on site and prioritising getting passengers moving again as soon as possible.

Passengers should check with National Rail Enquiries or with their train operators before travelling.

– National Rail