A MAJOR rail route in the North East has reopened nearly 24 hours after a lorry struck the east coast mainline in East Lothian on Thursday.

All trains between Edinburgh and Newcastle were stopped after a lorry left the road and crashed into a wall before landing on the railway at Haddington Road in Wallyford at around 1.30pm.

A crane was brought in to remove the lorry from the tracks and crews worked through the night to restore services, but Network Rail announced the track remained closed this morning.

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London North Eastern Railway (LNER) warned passengers travelling between Edinburgh and Newcastle not to travel while repairs were carried out. 

Network Rail said on Friday morning they were making “good progress” on repairs after the lorry strike destroyed a signalling cabinet.

The line was reopened after 11am. 

A Network Rail spokesman said: “The East Coast Main Line between Edinburgh and Berwick-upon-Tweed is now re-open following the removal of a heavy goods vehicle from the track near to Wallyford roundabout in Musselburgh.

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"Specialist engineers have completed repairs to the overhead line equipment, boundary wall and retaining walls while replacing two rails following yesterday’s incident. We’re continuing to work closely with train operators and advise passengers to check their journey before travelling.”

Road Policing Officers are appealing for information after the serious road crash in Haddington Road, Wallyford.

The Lothians and Scottish Borders Police spokesperson said: "Around 1.30pm on Thursday, a lorry which was being driven on Haddington Road, Wallyford, left the roadway, collided with a wall and thereafter went down an embankment coming to rest on the East Coast Main railway line.

"Emergency services attended and the 41-year-old male lorry driver was taken to the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary for the treatment of non life-threatening injuries.

"Extensive enquiries are ongoing and officers are appealing for anyone with information to contact police."

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