LITTER problems on the Metro system are being driven off the tracks in South Tyneside.
Concerns have been raised about people dumping rubbish on trackside embankments in the borough.
In particular, Coun Ian Harkus has highlighted the problem of rubbish being strewn along embankments near the Metro bridge linking High Lane Row and Black Road, Hebburn.
He said: “People are throwing bags of rubbish over a wooden fence near the Metro bridge.
“I have spotted beer cans and takeaway food cartons and all sorts.
“This makes the embankment look like a dumping ground and lowers the appearance of the area.”
Coun Harkus, who represents the Hebburn North ward, raised the issue at a recent meeting of Hebburn community area forum, where he pressed public transport provider Nexus for action on the litter problems.
A Nexus official stressed that the trackside area at that location is the responsibility of both Nexus and Network Rail.
But Nexus is aware of the litter problems and has added the work to its litter-picking programme, despite the large area involved.
A Nexus spokesman said: “The issue of trackside litter near High Lane Row is one that we are aware of and will deal with as quickly as we can.
“This section of track runs parallel with a Network Rail line, so we are liaising with them and we are keeping Coun Harkus fully informed of developments.
“The side of the track which is owned by Nexus will be cleaned as part of our regular litter-picking programme, which fits around essential maintenance regimes on the Metro.”