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Delays and cancellations after train breaks down near Berwick

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A broken down train between Dunbar and Berwick-upon-Tweed is causing disruption to journeys between Edinburgh and Berwick-upon-Tweed.

It is causing disruption on Virgin, CrossCountry and Scotrail services.

Passengers face delays of up to 60 minutes and potential cancelled trains.

This is mainly affecting services towards Berwick-upon-Tweed.

The disruption is expected to continue until 10:00.

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  • Virgin Trains East Coast between Newcastle and Doncaster
  • TransPennine Express between Newcastle and Leeds and also between Doncaster and Sheffield
  • Northern between Newcastle and Leeds

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You may use your tickets on;

  • You may use your tickets on CrossCountry services between Newcastle and Doncaster.
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Rail Disruption: signalling problems at Berwick

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Rail services through Berwick are subject to delays and cancellation this morning due to signal problems in the area. A fault with the signalling system between Alnmouth and Berwick meant all lines were blocked earlier this morning.

  • Services are suspended on Northern between Chathill and Morpeth.
  • Services suspended on CrossCountry between Alnmouth and Berwick-upon-Tweed
  • Services on Virgin East Coast between Newcastle and Berwick-upon-Tweed currently subject to delays and cancellation

A good service is expected to resume by 8am.


Train fare dodger jailed for 15 months

Caroline Elstob Credit: British Transport Police

Fare dodger Caroline Elstob has been jailed for making 31 train journeys over a seven-month period without paying.

The 51-year-old, of Westmorland Road, Newcastle, extensively travelled on trains between Newcastle and Edinburgh, York and Leeds and local stations between September, 2015 and March, 2016 and defrauded four train companies a total of £1,615.70.

She was jailed at Newcastle Crown Court for 15 months for fraudulent rail travel, theft and breach of a Community Behaviour Order.

Train manufacturer to build new commuter trains in County Durham in £230 million deal

A train manufacturer will build 95 new carriages in County Durham to connect the North-East with Manchester and Liverpool.

Hitachi Rail Europe's site in Newton Aycliffe will deliver the order worth £230 million for FirstGroup’s TransPennine Express franchise.

Another train built by Hitachi.

Trains are expected to be on the tracks by 2019.

First Group now taken full ownership of the franchise and plans to invest £500 million in improving trains, service and some stations.


Broken down train causing delays between Edinburgh and Newcastle

There are delays of up to one hour on Virgin Trains East Coast between Edinburgh Waverley and Newcastle due to broken down train between Berwick-upon-Tweed and Alnmouth.

A recovery train is en route. Disruption is likely to continue until around 17:00.

Man dies after being struck by a train in Co Durham

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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.

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