Metro staff announce strike

Members of the RMT union have announced strike action on the Metro next Wednesday; the day of the One Direction concert at Sunderland's Stadium of Light.

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Advice to Metro users if strike goes ahead

  • Metro services will start at the normal time but with a reduced frequency on all lines until 8:30am
  • Allow extra time
  • A 15 minute service will run on all lines from 8.30am until 4pm, compared to the normal 12-minute frequency
  • From around 4pm there will be no Metro service between Regent Centre and Airport, Benton and St James and Pelaw to South Shields
  • Frequent services up to every five minutes will run between Newcastle and Sunderland before and after the concert
  • Go North East is providing additional bus services

Metro services on One Direction concert day

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


SAFC: We need 'common sense ending' to planned Metro strike

Tyne and Wear Metro staff will strike next Wednesday. Credit: PA wire

The organisers of next Wednesday's One Direction concert in Sunderland are urging a 'common sense' ending to a planned strike on the Metro system on the day of the performance.

The Stadium of Light says it's incredibly frustrated that a solution hasn't been agreed by the RMT Union and DB Regio, which operates the Metro.


Metro strike will go ahead after talks break down

The RMT union have confirmed to ITV Tyne Tees that there will be a strike on the Tyne and Wear Metro next Wednesday.

The industrial action co-incides with a One Direction concert at the Stadium of Light.

SAFC frustration at Metro strike on 1D concert day

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.

– Gary Hutchinson, Commercial Director, SAFC

Talks are ongoing to try and avert the strike.

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