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How the Tyne and Wear Metro timetable is changing

Nexus has announced a number of changes to its timetable Credit: ITV News

The Tyne and Wear Metro timetable is to change on Sunday in a move its operators say will make trains available when passengers need them most.

Nexus, the firm that runs the Tyne and Wear Metro, has announced several changes to Metro services.

The company has said it will put extra trains on to meet demand during peak times and also extend some services.

Changes include:

  • A 12-minute frequency from the first train to each Metro terminus
  • Additional morning and evening peak services running from Monkseaton to Pelaw
  • The evening peak Monkseaton to Longbenton service will be extended to Pelaw
  • Two more trains to run from St James during afternoon peak use
  • The early Saturday morning service which starts at South Gosforth will instead begin at Benton
  • An additional Saturday morning service will run between Longbenton and St James

Metro services director Chris Carson said: "We are responding to customer demands and making changes to the Metro timetable so that we can deliver more trains when people need them."

However the changes have resulted in some services being withdrawn. Nexus has said it is "withdrawing the least-used peak trains between Regent Centre and Pelaw" to make the changes "possible".