Train fault knocks out early morning service from Sunderland and Hartlepool to London

Passengers faced disruption this morning after a train fault knocked out the first service from Sunderland and Hartlepool to London.

A Grand Central train
A Grand Central train

Grand Central was forced to cancel its 6.45am train from Sunderland to London Kings Cross, which also picks up passengers at Hartlepool, due to a fault.

Sunderland passengers were asked to get the Metro to Newcastle to pick up a Virgin Trains East Coast service.

Passengers at Hartlepool were asked to travel to Darlington to pick up a Virgin Trains East Coast service.