Six day major line closure on Tyne and Wear Metro

The Metro line between Byker and North Shields is set to close for six days from Saturday February 16th until Thursday February 21st so that modernisation work can take place.

Metro services in all other parts of the system will operate as usual during the closure.

The work is part of a multi-million pound scheme, costing 385 million pounds, which aims to modernise the Tyne and Wear Metro and refurbish all trains and stations over the next 11 years.

The 900 bus service will run as a replacement for the Metro during the line closures and will call at or near all stations on the affected route.

The Metro line will re-open in full at the start of timetabled services on Friday February 22nd.

“I apologise for the inconvenience this major line closure is going to cause.

Our advice to passengers travelling in the affected area is to allow extra time to complete your journey. There will be a frequent replacement bus service running.

The closure will allow us to complete a number of hugely important modernisation schemes that just can’t be done safely when Metro trains are in operation.

By doing the work over six consecutive days it lessens the need to have more line closures at weekends.”

– Raymond Johnstone, Nexus Rail Director