1. ITV Report

Metro to close for major refurbishment

The Metro line between Wallsend and Tynemouth will be closed for the next three weeks. There will be no trains from Saturday 11th August until Monday 3rd September. The service is being stopped to allow six kilometres of track to be replaced and maintenance work to be carried out along the line.

The work is vital to secure the future of this section of Metro line and provide big improvements to the passenger experience. We are once again focussed on North Tyneside, but in years to come other parts of the network will also undergo major programmes of modernisation.

– Bernard Garner, Director General of Nexus

A replacement bus service will operate between the stations. The work has been timed to avoid the Olympic football matches at St. James' Park and to coincide with the school holidays. Workers will be on site 24 hours a day to ensure the closure is as short as possible.

The work forms part of the £385m modernisation programme, the largest series of capital projects on the system since it opened more than 30 years-ago. It will modernise Metro infrastructure, including the replacement of tracks and renewal of embankments, bridges, signals and communications technology.