Metro disruption: No trains between South Shields-Jarrow, delays in Sunderland

Metro trains between Jarrow and South Shields are off due to damage to overhead lines.
Metro trains between Jarrow and South Shields are off due to damage to overhead lines.

Metro users faced a day of disruption after the gales caused the suspension of trains between Jarrow and South Shields.

Overhead power lines were damaged last night, and engineers have been working throughout the day to assess the damage.

A spokesman for Nexus, which operates the Tyne and Wear Metro, said: "There are no trains running between Jarrow and South Shields in both directions until further notice.

"This is due to problem with the overhead line.

"We are currently operating a bus replacement service, the number 900, calling at or near to all stations between Jarrow and South Shields."

Go North East are accepting Metro tickets in the affected area. Bus services 27 operate between Heworth and South Shields.

Passengers were reporting long delays, including Carly Wilson, who wrote on the Gazette's Facebook page: " I went to Tyne Dock metro station at 8.50 to be told there was a replacement bus service.

"I went to the bus stop near Landreth House where it always arrives and there was a 'Metro replacement, service 900' sign.

"After over half an hour of waiting with no bus and 10 unanswered calls to customer service I had to call someone to get a lift to Jarrow and still ended up being nearly an hour late to work."

Just before 3.30pm today, Nexus said there were no trains running between Sunderland and South Hylton due to an obstruction on the line.

It was removed in about an hour, and the service resumed, though passengers were told to expect delays of up to 15 minutes.

Stagecoach is accepting Metro tickets in the affected area. Bus services 8 operate between Sunderland and South Hylton.