Boost for South Tyneside Metro users

Early closing is being suspended at the Newcastle Central Metro system.
Early closing is being suspended at the Newcastle Central Metro system.

Metro users in South Tyneside are being given the chance to make their Christmas shopping a little easier.

Early evening closures of of the Metro ticket concourse and platforms at Central Station are being lifted during December and early January.

The station had been closing at 8pm from Sunday to Thursday to allow contractors to press on with a £6m modernisation scheme, which started in September.

Nexus, which owns and manages the Metro system, is lifting the early closures from tomorrow until Sunday January 3..

The closures are being temporarily lifted so that Central is in full use for the busy Christmas shopping and party season..

Director of Rail and Infrastructure for Nexus, Raymond Johnstone, said: “It’s vital that the Central Metro station is opening throughout the festive period.

“It was agreed at the outset of this project that we would not shut the station in the early evening during December and for the first few days in January.

“This is so our customers can use the station during the busy Christmas shopping period and party season.”

The work forms part of the £389m Metro all change modernisation programme, which has already seen 25 Metro stations modernised throughout the five districts of Tyne and Wear.

The work includes improvements to the passenger waiting areas and platforms new seating and brighter lighting.