Carlisle-Newcastle rail line set to re-open after landslip

The massive landslip, which caused part of the Carlisle to Newcastle rail line to close, for the last month, has finally been cleared.

The landslide, in early January, was caused by heavy rain.

35 thousand tonnes of rubble and debris has had to be cleared from the site near Corbridge.

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Continued rail disruption after second landslide

The site of the second landslip. Credit: Network Rail

Disruptions continue to the Newcastle to Carlisle rail line after a second landslip on the Tyne Valley line in two days.

On Wednesday workers had to clear 120 tonnes of rubble from the line at Hexham.

Replacement buses were put to take Northern Rail passengers between Prudhoe and Hexham.

After the line re-opened on Thursday morning, Network Rail was forced to close it again when there was a second landslide between Hexham and Corbridge.

This is the latest information from Northern Rail:

The route between Prudhoe - Hexham is closed until further notice following a landslip between Corbridge – Riding Mill in the Farnley area. Network Rail engineers are onsite and accessing the situation. Work will start (on Friday) to begin repairs. Trains will run Carlisle - Hexham - Carlisle and Newcastle - Prudhoe - Newcastle. A rail replacement bus will operate between Prudhoe and Hexham. Customers are advised to check before they travel and allow more time for their journey. We would like to apologise to our customers for the disruption this will cause. Real time journey information can be found by visiting or by Tweeting our team @northernrailorg

– Northern Rail spokesperson

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