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Flood disruption to rail services across North

Rail services in Northumberland have been disrupted and flood alerts are in place across the North East following heavy rainfall.

The East Coast Mainline has been closed between Berwick and Edinburgh following two landslips in the Scottish borders.

Passengers are unable to use the alternative route to Edinburgh from Newcastle via Carlisle as a landslip is also affecting that stretch of line.

A replacement bus service is operating, calling at Morpeth and Alnmouth.

It's thought the rail line will be closed for the rest of Wednesday, and repairs could take three weeks.

Flood warnings have been imposed in coastal communities across the region.

River warnings

These include Whitley Bay, Cullercoats and Tynemouth, as well as Roker in Sunderland and Easington in County Durham.

The River Coquet in the Felton, Weldon and Brinkburn areas of Northumberland is also expected to flood, as is the Wansbeck at Morpeth Riverside.

Less severe flood warnings are in place on the upper River Tees, the Tyne and rivers across North Northumberland.

Police are urging motorists to be careful on the roads due to poor visibility and weather conditions.

They said heavy rainfall had led to standing water lying on many routes.



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