TRAINS running between Haltwhistle and Carlisle were disrupted yesterday due to a landslide.

The landslip at Wetheral caused all trains operating between Haltwhistle and Carlisle to come to a standstill, with services between Carlisle and Newcastle either cancelled or delayed.

Train company Northern reported on Twitter that trains could be delayed or cancelled due to this and rail users should expect disruption.

Workers for Network Rail were quickly on the scene to assess the situation and provided bus replacement services between Carlisle and Haltwhistle.

A spokesman for Network Rail said: “A landslip on the railway between Wetheral, east of Carlisle, means train services between Haltwhistle and Carlisle are currently unable to run. Services from Newcastle are currently terminating at Haltwhistle, and a bus replacement service is in operation on the route between Haltwhistle and Carlisle.

“Our engineers are on site working to restore services on the line as quickly as possible and limited services between Haltwhistle and Carlisle are expected to resume. Teams will be carrying out work tonight and the line is expected to reopen tomorrow, allowing a normal service to resume.

“We appreciate the impact that delays will have for passengers in the current wet weather. Passengers planning on travelling on the Tyne Valley line are strongly advised to check before they travel with their train operator or on the National Rail Enquiries website,”

Elsewhere, flooding affected the line between Barrow and Carlisle with several sites being reported to Northern. As the day continued flood water started to recede and some trains were able to pass through the affected areas.

Flooding was also reported to have affected the line between Maryport and Carlisle with bus replacements being put on to reduce disruption to passengers.