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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Major task to clear rail line after landslide

The landslide happened east of Corbridge Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

A section of the Newcastle to Carlisle rail line will be closed for weeks after a major landslide, brought on by the heavy rains.

The slip carried earth, rocks, shale and trees onto the line, east of Corbridge. The problem has grown over the course of the day, as water continues to pour down from land above.

The route is shut between Hexham and Prudhoe. Shuttle buses are in operation between the two stations.

Water floods the track Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

Engineers face the task of clearing the area before rebuilding the embankment. Network Rail estimates its teams will have to remove 50,000 tonnes of material from the site.

For more pictures from the scene, watch Helen Ford's report here:

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