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WARNING: Metro line closure to be extended

A frequent replacement bus service will be running in the affected area. Photo: ITV News

The Tyne and Wear Metro line closure is to be extended from August 12, to include the whole stretch between South Gosforth and Shiremoor.

It's the second phase of amajor line closure, which has been put in place until Sunday 3 September, while improvement works are carried out.

A frequent replacement bus service will be running in the affected area and where possible, passengers are advised to travel into Newcastle on Metro via Wallsend.

The work, which forms part of the £350m Metro all change modernisation programme, will involve the replacement of ageing tracks, the strengthening of embankments, and the replacement of the Killingworth Road Metro bridge in South Gosforth.

Director of Rail and Infrastructure at Nexus, Raymond Johnstone, said the closure is being extended so they can "press on" with the work:

“Projects on this scale can only be done by closing Metro lines, so that workers can get access and get the job done as fast as possible.

“I apologise in advance of anyone will be disrupted by the work. When lines are closed frequent replacement bus services are being provided and staff are duty to assist our customers.”

– Director of Rail and Infrastructure at Nexus, Raymond Johnstone
Nexus has already sent letters to over 3,000 households between South Gosforth and Shiremoor to make residents aware of the forthcoming works. Credit: ITV News

The temporary closure of Salters Lane in Gosforth started from Thursday July 20 to allow for the Metro bridge replacement work.

Nexus has sent letters to over 3,000 households between South Gosforth and Shiremoor to make residents aware of the forthcoming works.

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