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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Train line between Hexham and Prudhoe to stay closed for 'several weeks' due to landslide

A second landslide on the trainline between Newcastle and Carlisle means part of the route will be closed for several weeks. Unstable ground is preventing the repair work from starting.

The landslip at Farnley Haugh, near Hexham in Northumberland Credit: Network Rail

Heavy rain caused 140 tonnes of earth to slide onto the West Line near Hexham in Northumberland on Tuesday afternoon. This was cleared and normal service resumed yesterday morning.

A second landslip around a mile to the east of the first occurred later in the morning causing the line to be closed again. Network Rail say the earth is still moving stopping them from starting the clean up job.

Trees and soil fall onto the West Line near Hexham, Northumberland Credit: Network Rail

The line will remain open for Northern Rail passengers travelling between Carlisle and Hexham and between Prudhoe and Newcastle, with shuttle buses in operation between Hexham and Prudhoe.

Rob McIntosh, route managing director for Network Rail, said:

The safety of passengers, local people and the workforce is our priority and the area will need to be fully assessed and any repairs carried out before the line can reopen and services can return to normal. Our teams worked tirelessly to clear 140 tonnes of earth and debris from the line earlier in the week but due to the continuing rain fall a second landslip has followed nearby. We will continue to work alongside Northern Rail to keep passengers up-to-date on our progress."

– Rob McIntosh, route managing director for Network Rail

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