Delays on Metro after cable accident

Services have been delayed on the Metro after an earlier incident Photo: ITV Tyne Tees
Passengers are evacuated off a metro carriage near South Gosforth Credit: Anthony Crawford

People using the Metro service face delays tonight after an overhead cable reportedly came down on one of the trains.

At just after two this afternoon, an overhead line failed above a train between South Gosforth and Longbenton stations.

Around 50 passengers were taken across the track to another station while a second train was reversed to Longbenton to allow passengers to get off.

Trains were suspended between South Gosforth and Airport and a replacement bus service put in place.

A Metro spokesman has apologised for the inconvenience and said the incident was being investigated.

The evacuated carriage between South Gosforth and Long Benton Credit: Anthony Crawford

"The overhead line failure means that trains are suspended between South Gosforth and Four Lane Ends and are likely to remain so until later this evening.

A replacement bus service is running in this area.

Trains are running on all other parts of Metro, including the line between South Gosforth and Airport, but are not to timetable so passengers should leave extra time for their journeys.

We are sorry for the inconvenience caused."

– Spokesman for Tyne and Wear Metro