Passengers stuck on train

RAIL passengers were stuck for three hours when their train broke down shortly after leaving Morpeth station.

The 18.53 East Coast service from Newcastle to Aberdeen on Tuesday slowed to a halt because of a mechanical issue and engineers were called out to fix the problem.

The line remained open, meaning other services were able to overtake the train.

An East Coast spokesman said: “We can confirm that East Coast’s 18.53 service from Newcastle to Aberdeen suffered a mechanical problem between Morpeth and Alnmouth, causing a three-hour delay for which we apologise.”