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Major Metro closures start on North Tyneside

The Tyne and Wear Metro Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

There are major line closures on North Tyneside as track replacement work takes place - starting today (23rd July)

It'll mean the lines between Benton and Monkseaton will be closed for 15 days until the 6th of August (Saturday)

Stations including Tynemouth, Cullercoats and Whitley Bay will stay open this time, after work was completed there earlier in the year.

There will be a frequent replacement bus service in operation during the closure for all passengers who would otherwise use the Metro between Benton and Monkseaton.

Find out more about the closures here

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No trains between Newcastle and Darlington

All services have been suspended on CrossCountry between Darlington and Newcastle.

It's after a lightning strike damaged the signalling system.

Trains are unable to run on any of the lines and so all First Transpennine Express, Northern and Virgin Trains East Coast services are also cancelled at the moment.

Extra train announced for Newcastle fans

Credit: Virgin

Virgin Trainshave annouced they will run an extra late night service back to the North East to help Newcastle United fans get home from the club’s opening game of the season.

The football club’s first match in the Championship will kick off at Fulham’s Craven Cottage ground at 7.45pm on Friday 5 August.

With Virgin Trains’ last scheduled service from London due to depart at 10pm, the train operator will now run an additional service which will depart King’s Cross at 11.17pm.

The train will call at:

  • York at 1.31am
  • Darlington at 2.09am
  • Durham at 2.27am
  • Newcastle at 2.57am.

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Plans released for new Metro trains

The future of the Metro? What new trains could look like in the next 20 years Credit: NECA

The NECA (North East Combined Authority) and Nexus have set out what they are calling 'their vision' for transport in the region over the next 20 years.

‘Our Journey’ sets out a wish list for a new Metro fleet and improvements to the network.

It will be discussed at a meeting later this month in more detail (July)

Replacing the Metro trains and electrifying the line though could cost upwards of £500 million.

Some of the main aims of the vision over the next 20 years are:

  • Replace outdated Pacer trains and deliver an essential new fleet for the Tyne and Wear Metro
  • Create a regional express network, with high quality, faster trains and more routes electrified
  • Open new local stations on current lines, re-open key disused lines, consider more Park and Ride stations.
  • Upgrade freight-only sections to passenger use and build new routes
  • Devolve greater control to the region, so local rail and Metro can be managed together to deliver a higher standard for stations,information and customer service
  • Work with rail industry partners to address overcrowding and improve cycle access ontrains

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