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Weekend Metro closure between St James and Walkergate

The Metro will be closed between St James and Walkergate for 54 hours between Saturday and Sunday.

Nexus, which owns and manages the Tyne and wear Metro, is to carry out the replacement of a track junction.

A replacement bus service, 900, will run in the affected area.

Nexus will also have staff working above ground on Byker viaduct, carrying out track maintenance.

“Passengers won’t see any of this work happening but I can assure them that it is vital to ensure we have new tracks for the benefit of Metro’s long term future.”

– Director of Rail and Infrastructure, Raymond Johnstone

The work forms part of the £350m Metro modernisation programme, which is an 11 year Government-funded scheme to modernise the Tyne and Wear Metro.

The programme began in 2010 and is currently at the halfway stage.

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Concern grows for missing Sacriston woman, 67

Police are appealing for help to trace missing Kathleen Holdroyd, 67.

Kathleen lives with family in Plawsworth Road in Sacriston and has mental health issues. She left the house in a distressed state on February 10.

Kathleen Holdroyd

Police are concerned for her welfare and are asking anyone with information to call them on 101.

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