The biggest Tyne and Wear Metro line closure for more than 30 years starts 3rd August. The stretch running up to the airport will be closed for a month as part of a multi-million pound modernisation project.
A stretch of the Tyne and Wear Metro route, which carried 30,000 passengers a day, is to close for nearly a month for refurbishment work - the longest closure in its history.
Stations between Haymarket, Newcastle Airport and Four Lane Ends will be closed for 27 days from Sunday 4th August.
Fifty buses will be laid on instead, but it does mean journeys will take longer and the timetable will change, even for stations not affected by the refurbishment.
The Major Line Closure will see six kilometres of track replaced between Jesmond and South Gosforth, a section of line that has 30,000 passenger journeys each day, 450 train movements and a service every three minutes.
– Director General of Nexus, Bernard Garner
"Closing a Metro line for 27 days is a difficult decision but it is vital so that we can replace a key section of track in as short a time as possible. It will mean we can deliver a high quality Metro service for the next 50 years. I am sorry for any inconvenience caused by the work."**
The bus service 900 will run between Haymarket and Four Lane Ends and service 901 will run between Haymarket and Airport calling at all Metro stations on the route. Local bus routes will not be accepting Metro tickets so passengers need to use the replacement bus services that are being provided.
There will be extra trains between Four Lane Ends and St James via Whitley Bay to provide people living in North Tyneside with an alternative route to Newcastle city centre. Trains will also run to/from Longbenton during peak service.
560 tonnes of new rail, 7,000 new sleepers and 20,000 tonnes of new track ballast is being stored ready for the modernisation work, which will see the Metro's longest line closure for more than 30 years.
It will be the longest Metro line closure for more than 30 years, the Tyne and wear Metro service will be *closed in places for a multi-million pound modernisation. *
This will mean that the line between Haymarket, Airport and Four Lane Ends will be closed for 27 days from 4th - 30th August.**
Preparations are underway for the multi-million pound modernisation of one of the region's transport networks. The stretch of the Tyne and Wear metro that leads to the airport is closing for a month from this weekend. Replacement bus services will be in place.