Rail work causes changes

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TRAIN passengers were disrupted this morning because of engineering works.

Problems on the line between Hartlepool and Seaton Carew meant passengers had to board a bus replacement service to get from Church Street to Seaton to embark on train trips to Middlesbrough.

Seperate work taking place on a stretch of track further north between Hartlepool and Sunderland caused problems with Grand Central trains heading to London.

Passengers heading to the capital on all services today and tomorrow will be provided with a bus replacement service to Eaglescliffe from where they can then catch the train south.

On the return home, passengers will be bussed from Eaglescliffe back to Hartlepool.

That work had been previously advertised by Grand Central, but this morning’s unexpected local disruption caught passengers out at Hartlepool train station.

One man, who was trying to catch an early train to Middlesbrough, said: “I was completely surprised when I got here this morning, I knew nothing about it.

“I think we should have been warned in advance, but to be honest even the staff at the station didn’t seem to have been informed either.”

Network Rail was unavailable for comment at the time of going to press, but a statement on the firm’s website advised passengers to check with them before travelling over the Easter weekend.