Metro passengers face two weeks' of disruption as 'once in a generation' work takes place on ageing power lines

Metro passengers are being warned of a major line closure in February while work is carried out to repair ageing power lines.

Monday, 18th January 2021, 3:16 pm

Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, has announced that lines through the centres of Newcastle and Gateshead will be closed for two consecutive weeks next month.

No Metro services will run between Heworth and Regent Centre / Four Lane Ends for 14 days from Monday, February 15, to Sunday, February 28.

Services will resume as normal on Monday, March 1.

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The closure will allow essential overhead power lines to be replaced as part of a £30m programme of wire renewals across the network.

It will get the network ready for the introduction of a new train fleet, which is expected to transform the customer experience by 2025.

A frequent replacement bus services will be provided during the closure, calling at or near stations on the affected routes. Customers are advised to plan journeys in advance.

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Major Projects Director at Nexus, Cathy Massarella, said: “We are investing £30m in Metro’s overhead lines.

"This is a once in a generation piece of modernisation work.

"It will mean we can deliver a high-quality Metro service for many years to come and it gets our network ready for the introduction of the new trains.

“As part of this renewal programme we have to carry out a two-week major line closure on the busiest lines that run through the heart of Newcastle and Gateshead.

“There is no good time to shut such a big chunk of the network, and this modernisation work can only be undertaken effectively during an extended closure period.

"I apologise to our customers in advance for the inconvenience this will cause.

“Overhead wires are critical for the Metro system to operate.

"They are where the trains draw their high voltage power from.

“The power lines in our central area are ageing.

"They face the most wear and tear on a daily basis and they need to be replaced as soon as practically possible, which is why this work is booked in for February.

“We will ensure there is a fast and reliable replacement bus service running when the Metro line is shut.

"We advise passengers to plan their journeys in advance before travelling.”

Frequent replacement bus services, including express buses, will be provided during the closure, calling at or near stations on the affected route.

All Metro tickets will be accepted on the buses, numbers 900 / 901 / X900 / X901.

There will be extra trains between from Four Lane Ends via Whitley Bay to St James to provide people living in North Tyneside with an alternative route to Newcastle city centre.

Metro trains will still be running in other areas, including: Airport-Regent Centre; St James-Four Lane Ends (Monument east/west remains open); Heworth-South Shields; Heworth-South Hylton.

Ten Metro stations will be closed during the works: South Gosforth, Ilford Road , West Jesmond, Jesmond, Haymarket, Monument north/south platforms only, Central Station , Gateshead, Gateshead Stadium and Felling.

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