Sunday closure of Metro line put off to help concertgoers reach South Shields

South Shields bound Metro Train
South Shields bound Metro Train

Modernisation work which would have seen the Metros on both sections of its lines in South Tyneside disrupted has been postponed to help pop fans reach a show.

The service between Jarrow and Brockley Whins to and from Gateshead Stadium had been due to stop between 7.30am and 7.30pm on Sunday.

We have called off our modernisation work on this occasion to allow for an undisrupted Metro services to run for the free Sunday Concert in South Shields.

Huw Lewis

But now, Nexus has taken the decision to hold off on the improvements to avoid a clash with the free Sunday Concert at Bents Park in South Shields.

Atomic Kitten and 5ive are due to perform as the summer series of events kicks off in on the seafront.

The timetable will now operate as usual on both routes.

Nexus, which owns, manages and is modernising Metro, will reschedule the works on a future date in the autumn or winter.

This Sunday’s free Sunday Concert in Bents Park is running between 1pm and 5pm and features two well-known pop acts including 5ive and Atomic Kitten.

Huw Lewis, corporate manager for customer services and communications for Nexus, said: “We have called off our modernisation work on this occasion to allow for an undisrupted Metro services to run for the free Sunday Concert in South Shields.

“We are delivering a huge programme of modernisation work which will benefit Metro passengers and the economy for decades to come.
“This does mean that we have to close Metro lines at weekends.

“However, we try to be as flexible as possible when major events take place, which is why we have reviewed this weekend’s work to postpone the work that we had planned on Sunday.

“Metro services will now be operating all the way along the line to South Shields on Sunday.”

There are three more free Sunday Concerts in Bents Park in South Shields over the coming weeks.

On Sunday, July 19, Billy Ocean, Gwen Dickey and Abi Garrido will perform, followed by Sophie Ellis-Bextor and The Feeling the Sunday after and on August 2.

North East popstars Joe McElderry, Collabro and Lola Saunders will take to the stage.

For more information go to www.southtyneside.gov.uk/article/21688/Sunday-Concerts or https://www.facebook.com/SouthTynesideEvents