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Metro work could hit Sunderland fans’ journey to match

Metro sign with CCTV camera in background.

Metro sign with CCTV camera in background.

SUNDERLAND fans from South Tyneside could face disruption getting to the FA Cup 5th Round game v Southampton this weekend.

They have been advisd to allow extra time for their journeys, due to Metro line closures.

There will be no trains between Heworth and South Hylton and Heworth and Jarrow all day on Saturday and Sunday while essential modernisation work is done on the system.

Also, on Sunday, no trains will run between Jarrow and South Shields until about 1pm, and between Heworth and Jarrow for the whole day.

There will be a frequent bus replacement service running in the affected areas.

The number 900 will run between Heworth and Jarrow and South Shields and the 901 between Heworth and South Hylton. Pelaw station will be closed entirely during the work.

Sharon Kelly, director of operations and customer services at DB Regio Tyne and Wear, which runs the Metro, said: “Passengers travelling in the affected areas are advised to allow extra time to make their journey, especially any fans heading to the match at the Stadium of Light.

“There will be extra Metro staff on hand to assist and direct passengers to the bus replacement services during the line closure.”

Raymond Johnstone, director of rail and Infrastructure for Nexus, which manages the system, said: “I apologise to anyone who will be disrupted as a result of these line closures.

“We are packing as much work as possible into the weekend, and have combined it with Network Rail works to minimise disruption as much as we possibly can on future weekends.

“This work was moved from the weekend of the Tyne-Wear derby game, but unfortunately it has clashed with Sunderland’s FA Cup tie.

“The scale and complexity of the £389m modernisation programme led by Nexus means the work cannot be moved again at this late stage.

“A frequent replacement bus service will be running, and we’re working with SAFC and fans’ groups to make sure people are warned in advance to make alternative arrangements if possible or allow extra time to travel to the game.”

Trains which are running may not be to usual timetable.

 

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