Hundreds of engineers worked throughout the weekend to restore rail services following Thursday’s storms in the north east.
Areas of the track beds were torn away by floods at Haltwhistle on the Newcastle to Carlisle route and Scremerston on the East Coast Main Line (ECML) between Newcastle and Berwick. Both sites required significant rebuild – at Scremerston 400t of new material was on site on Friday ready to go.
Network Rail general manager Warrick Dent said engineers would work solidly all weekend. “Some of the damage is extensive and requires significant work to make good,” he said. “Our engineers will be working around the clock to restore services as quickly as possible.”