Rail services resumed throughout the north east yesterday morning after engineers rebuilt embankments damaged in Thursday’s storms.
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 had to be replaced.
To carry out the work safely no trains ran between Haltwhistle and Carlisle over the weekend. The line reopened at 6am yesterday morning.
At Scremerston the first train ran over the renewed site at reduced speed at 8.30am on Sunday morning.
However, Network Rail said yesterday that the West Highland line will remain closed between Crianlarich and Fort William for the rest of this week as engineers work to recover a derailed freight service.
Due to the remote location of the train, which was derailed near Tulloch last Thursday evening following a landslip, the operation to remove the train, stabilise the slope above and repair damage to the track is expected to take until 11 July to complete.