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Delays on the Metro caused by faulty doors on trains

Operator DB Regio found a fault with some of the doors on some of the Metro trains, leading to delays during rush hour Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Have you experienced delays on the Metro system over the past few days?

If so - it's down to there being less trains running on the shorter busier routes at peak times.

So where are the trains?

Operator DB Regio found a fault with some of the doors on some of the Metro trains.

This means they are being tested - and to do this, trains are being temporarily taken out of service.

A Metro spokesperson told us the main routes affected during rush hour (0700 to 0930 and 1630 to 1900) involve the following trains:

  • Pelaw
  • Monkseaton
  • Regent Centre

It's hoped that services will be back to normal by Tuesday, with the problem not likely to affect the quieter weekend and Bank Holiday services.

Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Did you know?

  • There are 90 Metro trains (individual cars) available in total on the system
  • 78 run on the lines at peak time
  • 54 run at the weekend
Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Find out more about ant delays to the system here

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County Durham man with Cystic Fibrosis one step closer to Everest summit

Training on the icefall Credit: Nick Talbot

A man from County Durham, who aiming to be the first man with cystic fibrosis to climb Everest, has told ITV News Tyne Tees that he is: "Off to Camp 2 tomorrow so making progress."

Nick Talbot, from Hamsterley Forest had to abandon his attempt to climb the mountain last year after being caught in the massive avalanche that killed many people.

Woman racially abused by drunk passenger on train

British Transport Police officers are appealing for information after a woman was racially abused on board a train travelling between Glasgow and Darlington on Thursday, 31 March.

It happened between 3.30pm and 5pm.

A group of three men, who were drunk, were in coach B on the service and began swearing and shouting loudly in the carriage.

When a woman challenged them about their behaviour one of the group shouted racial abuse at her.

Officers are now releasing a CCTV image of a man they believe can help their investigation.

CCTV image of a man they believe can help their investigation after a woman was racially abused Credit: British Transport Police

“This was completely unacceptable behaviour which must have been very intimidating for the victim.

“A number of passengers who were travelling in the carriage have also come forward to express their concern about the man’s behaviour which left them scared and fearful.

“Everyone has the right to travel on the rail network without having to endure intimidation like this, it’s vital that we find the person responsible.

“We believe the man pictured may be able to help our enquiries into this investigation. If you know him please contact us.”

– Investigating officer PC Bradley Williams

Metro line closes between Tynemouth and Shiremoor

There will be disruption to services. Credit: Nexus

The Metro line between Tynemouth and Shiremoor has been closed for the next fifteen days.

The closure is part of a multi million pound project to replace the track.

Replacement buses are running between the stations, every six minutes at peak times.

Services are expected to resume on Sunday the third of April.

Nexus, the public body which owns and manages the Tyne and Wear Metro, say it's about future-proofing the line:

The works that will commence consist of track renewals work and drainage installation works, and it's important work in terms of keeping the asset life going here in this part of the network, so the works that we will be undertaking will see the track future proofed for about 50 years to come."

– DIRECTOR OF RAIL AND INFRASTRUCTURE FOR NEXUS, RAYMOND JOHNSTONE

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A59 to reopen after January landslides

The A59 at Kex Gill is due to reopen on Saturday afternoon, nearly two months after being closed for safety reasons.

The A59 is set to reopen after a landslide in January Credit: ITV News

North Yorkshire County Council says it's made good progress with extensive drainage and stabilisation work.

The road closed on 5 January after significant movement and substantial cracks were detected on the hillside following heavy rain.

Stabilising these steep slopes above the A59 has been a difficult and complex operation and we have been working seven days a week to try to complete the work in as short a time as we are able safely to do so. The slopes are steep and this high ground is subject to harsh weather.

– Cllr Don Mackenzie

North Yorkshire County Council’s long-term aim is to realign the A59 at Kex Gill.

It is currently estimated that the project would cost around £33 million.

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