560 tonnes of new rail, 7,000 new sleepers and 20,000 tonnes of new track ballast is being stored ready for the modernisation work, which will see the Metro's longest line closure for more than 30 years.
More top news
Newcastle City Council leader tells ITV News Tyne Tees that the city can settle "several dozen" child refugees from Calais' migrant camp.
ITV News Tyne Tees has learned that 3 councils in the North East will do their own devolution deal with Westminster.
The Environment Secretary says she expects improved flood defences at the Foss Barrier in York to hold up in future.