A SIGNALLING fault caused delays for several hours to rail services between Carlisle and Hexham.

Train operator Northern said trains had to run at a reduced speed on the Tyne Valley line between Cumbria and Northumberland as a result of the issue this morning (Monday).

Operatives from Network Rail arrived on site after 8am to rectify the issue, and services were back running as normal by 10am.

A spokesman from Northern said: "The 5.44am Carlisle to Nunthorpe service was first affected and was delayed by 28 minutes."

Compensation can be claimed by passengers if services are delayed by 15 minutes or more.

To do so, visit: northernrailway.co.uk/delayrepay.