Motorists are on the move again after being stuck in a mile-and-a-half queue of traffic when barriers at a Northumberland railway crossing failed to open.
The incident happened at Beal at around 2pm when the gates closed and did not come back up.
Traffic quickly backed up from the crossing to the Holy Island causesway and in the opposite direction back towards the A1.
Network Rail engineers were sent to the scene and the barrier is now open again and traffic is moving.
An eyewitness at the scene said that the queues of traffic stretched back for up to two miles.
A spokesman for Network Rail said earlier that the barriers had failed in the down position and the crossing was closed to road traffic.
“At this moment in time, I can’t say why this has happened, but it is usually a safety thing. When something in the area fails – it could be an issue with the gates, the line or the signals – the barriers come down and stay down for safety reasons.”
Northumbria Police were at the scene and Holy Island Coastguard stood by to ensure the Holy Island causeway was clear of vehicles.