One Direction fans’ joy as Metro strike is called off

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THE Metro strike planned for tomorrow - the day boyband One Direction are due to play for 50,000 North-East fans - has been called off.

The action has been averted following successful 11th-hour talks between Metro owners DB Regio and the RMT union.

The system will run now run as normal, ensuring tens of thousands of daytime commuters and those attending the 1D concert in the evening will no longer face unnecessary disruption.

Nexus, the public body which owns and manages the Tyne and Wear Metro, has welcomed the decision to call off the strike.

Deputy Director General Tobyn Hughes said: “I’m pleased that the strike has been called off. Common sense has prevailed and a day of major disruption to thousands of our customers has been averted.

“Metro services will now operate as usual tomorrow, and there will still be extra services for the One Direction concert in Sunderland.”

Sharon Kelly, Customer Services and Operations Director at DBTW, which operates stations and trains on behalf of Nexus, said: “We are delighted that we have reached a mutual agreement following a meeting with the RMT and strike action is no longer going ahead.

“Following a number of discussions and meetings, we are extremely pleased that they have decided that strike is not the appropriate action, and instead normal service will be resumed.

“This is great news for all our passengers who use Metro to commute, as well as those travelling to the One Direction concert at the Stadium of Light.

“We do still advise that concert-goers ensure plenty of time for their journey, as this event is extremely popular and we are therefore expecting our services to be busier than usual.”

Concert-goers are being urged to travel in plenty of time when using Metro to get to the Stadium of Light for the concert, with doors opening at 5pm.

They should use St Peter’s and Stadium of Light stations only, before and after the concert.

They may not be able to get off or on trains at other nearby stations to assist with crowd control.