Metro will run a service between Newcastle and Sunderland before and after the One Direction concert on Wednesday 28 May, despite a planned strike by members of the RMT. There will be reduced train services on other parts of the system including early evening line closures if the strike goes ahead.
Concert-goers are being urged to allow plenty of time to get to the Stadium of Light.
There will be a Metro train every 15 minutes during the day between Newcastle and Sunderland rising to a train every five minutes after 4pm. All passengers going to the concert should use St Peter’s station only.
“We are disappointed that the RMT has chosen to take this action, which is targeted at Metro customers on a very busy day for the North East.
“Should the industrial action go ahead, we will still be able to operate a Metro service. We are making the line between Sunderland and Newcastle a priority to support the concert, a major event for the region, with frequent Metro services between the two cities.
“We urge the RMT to call this action off and for this matter to be further discussed and resolved, without causing unnecessary disruption to thousands of passengers.”
– Sharon Kelly, Customer Services and Operations Director at DBTW
The RMT Union says that its planned strike for Metro workers - on the day of a 1-Direction concert in Sunderland - is being taken reluctantly. It's in dispute with the operator of the Metro system over the dismissal of an employee.
Sharon Kelly, from Metro Tyne and Wear, says although the strike will lead to reduced services in the daytime next Wednesday, they will put all resources into helping people get to and from the 1-Direction concert.
The strike, among RMT Union members who work on the Tyne and Wear Metro, is set to go ahead next Wednesday, coinciding with a 1-Direction concert in Sunderland. The dispute is over the dismissal of an employee.
Strike action on the Tyne & Wear Metro is set to go ahead next Wednesday - on the same day as a 1-Direction concert is scheduled in Sunderland. This afternoon talks broke down between the RMT Union and DB Regio, which operates trains and stations on the Metro.
The decision to call a Metro strike when One Direction are playing at the Stadium of Light is "hugely disappointing and incredibly frustrating", according to SAFC.
The RMT union, which represents workers on the Tyne and Wear metro, will walk out next Wednesday (May 28).
They say its over the dismissal of an employee.
SAFC say this is the second time in two years they've had to deal with industrial action on the day of a concert.
“There has been more than 12 months of detailed planning gone into this concert, working in partnership with agencies from across the region.
It is therefore hugely disappointing and incredibly frustrating for the RMT to call this action, which is cynically timed in an attempt to create the maximum inconvenience to concert-goers.
The regional economy has benefitted to the tune of over £50 million in the five years of hosting shows at the Stadium of Light. Despite all the hard work we have put in, we find ourselves dealing with this when the concert is only days away.