Signal slip hits rail travel

Embankment slip near Hartlepool
Embankment slip near Hartlepool

RAIL passengers are being urged to check before travelling after an embankment collapsed, causing a signal to fall down.

Heavy rain and flooding across the region in recent days has led to a number of problems affecting rail services.

In Hartlepool, an embankment slip near Hartlepool Golf Club caused a signal to fall down the embankment on Monday afternoon.

Engineers have been working hard to rebuild the embankment and to restore the signal.

Meanwhile, the Durham coast line between Hartlepool and Seaham has suffered from flooding, which caused damage to the track bed. Engineers spent the day on site working to repair the damage but it is not known when the problems will be cleared.

A spokesman for Network Rail said: “We apologise to passengers who have been inconvenienced by the extreme weather conditions which have brought disruption to the network.

“Passengers are advised to check National Rail Enquiries before travelling.”

l For help and information, call National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50.