Metro breakdown investigated

An investigation has been launched after a large section of the Tyne and Wear Metro was shut down when hot weather caused problems with overhead power lines. The service has now been resumed.

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Long queues as Metro suspended

Hundreds wait to catch buses as Metro suspended Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Hundreds of passengers are queuing in Newcastle city centre to catch buses home after Metro services were suspended.

Sections of the network ground to a halt after it's thought a train got caught up in overhead power lines sagging in the hot weather.

Some passengers say they have been waiting more that two hours Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Long queues have formed at bus stops across Tyneside with some passengers telling Tyne Tees they have been waiting more than two hours.

It is not yet known when the network will be running at full capacity again.

Passengers waiting at bus stop at Heworth Metro station Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Passengers led to safety after Metro train was stranded in tunnel

Passengers led to safety from a tunnel at Gateshead Interchange after power failure on the Tyne and Wear Metro Credit: North News and Pictures
Passengers escorted along Gateshead platform after being rescued Credit: North News and Pictures
Passengers had to be led along the track after train was left stranded near to Gateshead Interchage Credit: North News and Pictures
Emergency services on the Metro platform after rescuing passengers at Gateshead Interchange Credit: North News and Pictures

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All Metro passengers rescued

Emergency services at Gateshead Interchange Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

All passengers have now been rescued from stranded Metro trains.

Some services are now running between Heworth and South Shields, Heworth and South Hylton and to all destinations north of the river.

There is still no service between Gateshead and Heworth.

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