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Metro train evacuated after fire

A Metro was evacuated this morning (October 24) after a train fire.

The fire service were called at around 7:40am after reports of the fire on the carriages between Howdon and Hadrian Road.

Evacuation at Hadrian Road station. Credit: @RavistaRonzio

Commuters were forced to wait outside Hadrian Road for another train.

Commuters faced delays to journeys after being evacuated. Credit: @RavistaRonzio

One commuter who was on board said that they were "forced to evacuate" after the back carriage "set alight and filled with smoke!"

The fire started between Hadrian Road and Howden around 7:30am. Credit: @RavistaRonzio

Metro services were suspended between North Shields and St James - they were then reinstated between Wallsend and St James.

Trains are now running.

Newport Bridge to reopen next week

Newport Bridge Newport Bridge connects High Street and Clarence Place across the River Usk. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The A1032 across Newport Bridge on Teesside is due to reopen to vehicles next week on Wednesday, 29th October.

The restoration of the eighty-year-old Grade Two structure began at the end of July and were complicated when the need for extensive maintenance was uncovered.

Stockton Council has adapted the way the repairs are being carried out and a large tunnel-style scaffold has been built to allow motorists to use the road while the work is going on.

The Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Transport, Councillor Mike Smith, said plans to reopen the bridge have been weather dependent:

The very high winds we’ve had in the last few days have made it unsafe to progress the scaffold as quickly as we’d have liked.

It’s unfortunate that we’ve lost this time but the forecasts are not indicating weather that should cause any further delays and contractors are working flat out so the bridge can open with two lanes in each direction from Wednesday.

We know the works have caused a lot of frustration and look forward to the congestion easing once the bridge reopens.

– Councillor Mike Smith

There will be a 17.5 tonne weight limit throughout the works, which will prevent use by some heavy goods vehicles, but buses will be unaffected and access for cyclists and pedestrians will be maintained throughout.

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Train lines blocked between Newcastle and Sunderland

Northern Rail have tweeted that due to a derailed freight train, lines are blocked between Newcastle and Sunderland.

North East bus companies battle to take top title

The region’s two biggest bus companies are about to go head to head with each other in a battle of the best.

Go North East and Stagecoach North East have reached the finals of the prestigious UK Bus Awards next month.

Both companies have made the shortlist in a competition to find the country’s top city bus operator and are also in the running for the UK Bus Operator of the Year Award.

The judges have noted Go North East’s continuing investment in vehicles and new technology, ticket pricing and service delivery.

They have praised Stagecoach North East’s commitment to high operational standards, community relationships and its initiatives such as ‘Back on Board’ for job seekers and ‘VIP’ schemes for young people.

Both companies will be hoping to take the honours ahead of rival entries from Nottingham, Manchester, the West Midlands and Merseyside.

The finals will take place in London in November.

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Train line expected to reopen at 12noon

Mud on the line has suspended all services between Carlisle and Newcastle.

The line is has been closed since 9am this morning and expected to reopen at around 12noon once the debris on the line just outside Brampton has been cleared.

A spokesman from ScotRail said: "We would like to apologise to customers for any inconvenience caused by this incident, which was beyond our control."

Replacement bus services are running between Carlisle and Hexham and Hexham and Newcastle.

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