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Person dies after being hit by metro train in Gateshead

A person has died after being hit by a metro train in the Felling area.

Emergency services are at the scene and metro services are expected to be disrupted for the remainder of the evening.

Extra Metro services for Christmas

There will be more Metro services over Christmas Credit: PA

The Tyne and Wear Metro will be running additional services during the busy festive season.

Extra Metro trains are scheduled to help shoppers, families and partygoers as they descend on the region’s shopping centres and nightspots throughout December.

The additional Christmas Metro services will be in operation from Thursday 8 December until Friday 23 December.

Christmas and New Year is a busy time for everyone as they do last minute shopping and enjoy nights out with friends and family, which is why we are putting these extra train services on.

Travelling by Metro is a quick and convenient way to travel during this hectic time of year and we hope the extra Metro services will help make life easier for our passengers and allow them to make the most of the festive season.”

– Paul Walker, Customer Service Director at DB Region Tyne and Wear
The Tyne and Wear Metro will be running additional services during the busy festive season. Credit: PA

Service operating times:

  • 24th December - Saturday service hours until 6.30pm
  • 26th December - 8am and about 10.30pm
  • 27th December - 8am and about 10.30pm
  • 2nd January - 8am and about 10.30pm

No trains will be in operation on Christmas Day and on New Year’s Day.

Please note that the times vary depending on the train destination, customers should check before travelling.

Trains will also run to a Saturday timetable on New Year’s Eve until approximately 10pm then at a half hourly frequency until the end of service.

There will be additional trains running to accommodate extra travellers expected around the New Year’s Eve Parade at Haymarket in Newcastle.

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North East athlete takes on a train ... and wins!

A North East athlete has taken on an ambitious challenge to inspire others to get active. Lea Stephenson, a fitness instructor from Hexham, made a video of himself racing a Tyne and Wear Metro train, getting off at one stop and then racing it to the next one.

Lea Stephenson after he finished his challenge Credit: Lea Stephenson

The challenge for Lea, who's a 400 metres runner for Tynedale Harriers, was to get back on the train before it left the next station which was 715 metres away. And he made it with time to spare completing the challenge in 2 minutes 10 seconds. Watch highlights of his run here.

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Nine replacement bus services running as Metro problems continue

More buses have been put on ahead of rush hour as disruption continues on the Tyne and Wear Metro.

The trains are currently not running between Heworth and Gateshead.

A map of where the replacement buses are running to and from Credit: Nexus/Tyne and Wear Metro

Metro services suspended between Monument and Heworth

Metro Credit: PA

Metro services are currently suspended between Monument and Heworth due to a section of overhead line coming down near Gateshead Stadium.

A replacement bus service is operating instead - it will call at Metro stations on the route.

Passengers are advised to allow extra time to complete their journeys.

Metro services between Heworth and South Shields and Heworth and South Hylton are now operating.

I apologise to call passengers who have been disrupted. Staff are on site and working hard to restore services as quickly as possible.

We have had problems with two sections of the overhead line coming down at Gateshead Stadium this morning just after 8am and at Hebburn at 6pm on Wednesday evening.

When the overhead line comes down we are unable to operate trains as they have no high voltage power fed to them.

– Managing Director of Nexus, Tobyn Hughes

So what happened?

  • The overhead line came down at Hebburn last night at 6pm. Nexus worked through the night to repair it for this morning.
  • The overhead line then came down at Gateshead Stadium at 8am today (Thurs). Engineers were sent to the site to carry out an assessment and start repairs.
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