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The Tyne and Wear Metro service is open this morning following a power surge which closed large parts of the system in Newcastle on Monday. Operator Nexus says checks will now be carried out when trains stop each night.
Tyne and Wear Metro has tweeted thanks to members of the public who helped out during the disruptive power surge yesterday.
A power surge is a spike in electrical current. The spike is very brief, it can last less than a thousandth of a second, but it can still cause damage.
Metro services are suspended between South Gosforth and Shiremoor all day, Tuesday 16 August, due to a power fault. A replacement bus service, number 900, is calling at or close to the affected stations.
There is a frequent service on all other routes with a train about every 12 minutes, although these will not be to the normal timetable between Shiremoor and St James. Passengers travelling to Newcastle from stations at Monkseaton and Whitley Bay are advised to go via Wallsend to Monument.
The fault has been caused by a power surge at a Metro electrical sub-station in Gosforth which caused more widespread disruption on Monday. Engineers will complete repairs tonight, as this will require switching off power to a wider part of the Metro network.
There are will be no Metro trains running during rush hour (TUE 16th) between South Gosforth and Shiremoor.
A limited replacement bus service is operating instead.
It's after a huge power surge on Monday (15th) afternoon that left passengers across the Metro network trapped on stranded trains.
An investigation is taking place to find out what caused it.
It's unclear how long this stretch of line will be affected for.
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There were 7 trains that came to a stop. We needed to make sure the line was safe- it was a very well practised evacuation.
Gary Rogers was in the tunnel between Monument and Central station when there was a massive flash and the train stopped.