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Tyne and Wear Metro boasts rapidly rising passenger numbers

The Tyne and Wear Metro has the fastest growing passenger numbers in the country outside of London.

There were 38.1 million journeys on the Metro in the twelve months until the end of March 2015 - a 6.7% rise, according to the Department of Transport.

The figures were released in a Government report into the performance of England's light rail and tram systems.

Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, said the growth in passenger numbers was down to ticket prices being kept low and because of the improving economic climate.

The Metro's passenger growth was only bettered by the Docklands Light Railway in London.

Travel: Monument Metro station closed due to fire alarm

Monument Metro station is currently been fully evacuated due to a fire alarm being activated just after 12:30pm today, April 17.

Tyne & Wear Fire & Rescue Service have four fire engines dealing with the incident, which Nexus say was caused by 'light fixtures burning out'.

The station is currently closed, but trains are still running through Monument.

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Metro closed South Gosforth to Haymarket

Disruption on Tyne and Wear Metro. Credit: Nexus

The Tyne and Wear Metro will be closed this weekend on one of the busiest stretches for planned modernisation work.

The service will not run between South Gosforth and Haymarket today and tomorrow as well as next weekend.

A replacement bus service is running but Nexus, who runs the Metro, advise passengers to allow more time for journeys.

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