Rail services brought to standstill between Berwick and Newcastle after person hit by train in Morpeth

By Flaminia Luck

Railway lines between Newcastle and Berwick have been blocked after a person was hit by a train at Morpeth.

At around 3pm on Friday afternoon, emergency services responded to reports of a casualty on the tracks.

Police and paramedics attended the scene and the patient was flown to the RVI by the Air Ambulance.

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There is severe rail disruption ongoing with CrossCountry, LNER, Lumo, Northern and TransPennine Express services all affected.

There have also been cancellations and rail delays of up to an hour as lines between Newcastle and Berwick-upon-Tweed are blocked.

Here are some of the routes affected:

  • CrossCountry between Plymouth and Aberdeen and also between Bristol Temple Meads and Edinburgh / Glasgow Central
  • Northern between Carlisle and Morpeth
  • LNER between London Kings Cross and Edinburgh / Aberdeen
  • Lumo between London Kings Cross and Edinburgh
  • TransPennine Express between Newcastle and Edinburgh

A spokesman for British Transport Police said: ‘British Transport Police were called to Morpeth railway station at 3.02pm today (7 January) following reports of a casualty on the tracks.

"Officers and paramedics are in attendance and a person is being treated at the scene.

"This incident is not being treated a suspicious."

A spokesman for North East Ambulance Service said: “We received a call just after 3pm and dispatched a paramedic crew, our Hazardous Area Response Team and the air ambulance.

"The patient was flown to the RVI by the air ambulance.”

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