UPDATE: Metro trains between Park Lane and South Hylton suspended for at least SEVEN DAYS after flood damage

Metro trains are unable to run beyond Park Lane in Sunderland with operators admitting repairs could take up to SEVEN DAYS.

Metro operators Nexus said: “Due to a serious fault caused by flood damage at a Network Rail substation on the Sunderland line on Thursday 17 November, Tyne and Wear Metro remain unable to run trains beyond Park Lane. Network Rail engineers are assessing the damage to determine a timescale for repairs, but it is expected to take at least 7 days.

"Tyne and Wear Metro are operating a 24-minute service between Pelaw and Park Lane, with no trains travelling to University, Millfield, Pallion or South Hylton stations. A 20 minute service will operate on Sunday, as normal. Stagecoach bus services 8,10,11 and 20 are accepting Metro tickets between Sunderland and South Hylton.”

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Paul Rutter, East Coast Route Director for Network Rail said: “We’re really sorry for the disruption between Park Lane and South Hylton, which has been caused by flood damage. We’re working with Nexus to keep passengers moving wherever we can while we plan and carry out repairs. There will likely be changes to services over the coming days, so people should check before travelling.”

Customer Services Director at Nexus, Huw Lewis, said: “Metro customers using this part of the Sunderland line should look to plan alternative journeys for at least the next week. We hope to share further updates soon, following Network Rail’s site assessment and would advise customers to keep an eye on our website and Twitter feed for details of service information.”

Tyne and Wear Metro have confirmed their service between Park Lane and South Hylton will be suspended for the rest of the day.