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Severe delays and cancellations on the East Coast Mainline

Map of the area affected by downed overhead lines on the East Coast Mainline Credit: Network Rail

Rail passengers are facing major delays after extensive damage to overhead wires.

The problem is affecting Virgin Trains on the East Coast Mainline between Edinburgh and Kings Cross.

Grand Central services between Kings Cross and Sunderland and Hull Trains are also experiencing delays and cancellations.

The latest is that these problems are expected to continue until at least 1400 (Wed. 6th September)

All the lines HAVE been re-opened but services could take some time to get back to normal.

Check with the National Rail for the latest.

Credit: PA

The following services will be affected by delays or cancellations: (Virgin Trains):

What are your options if you have to travel on the trains today?

  • Alternative travel options for Grand Central customers
  • You may use the following operators services
  • Virgin Trains East Coast services on any reasonable route
  • East Midlands Trains between London St Pancras International and Sheffield
  • TransPennine Express between Sheffield and Doncaster and also between Leeds and Newcastle
  • Alternative travel options for Hull Trains customers
  • You may use Virgin Trains East Coast services on any reasonable route
  • Alternative travel options for Virgin Trains East Coast customers
  • You may use the following operators services
  • CrossCountry between Leeds / Doncaster and Edinburgh
  • East Midland Trains
  • Grand Central
  • Great Northern
  • Virgin Trains
  • Northern between Retford, Doncaster and Leeds
  • TransPennine between Leeds and Newcastle



There is disruption on East Coast train services between Newcastle and Kings Cross, and on Grand Central train services between Sunderland Kings Cross, due to overhead line problems at Retford.

Tickets are being accepted on Transpennine Express, East Midlands Trains, Cross Country and Virgin services.

All lines are currently affected and some services may be delayed by up to two hours or affected by diversions.

The disruption is expected to continue through to the evening peak time.