Storm Babet: Metro services suspended in North Tyneside and Newcastle due to a tree on overhead lines

Storm Babet: Metro services suspended in North Tyneside and Newcastle due to a tree on overhead linesStorm Babet: Metro services suspended in North Tyneside and Newcastle due to a tree on overhead lines
Storm Babet: Metro services suspended in North Tyneside and Newcastle due to a tree on overhead lines
The suspention comes impacts the line between North Tyneside and the city centre

The Tyne and Wear Metro has confirmed services across part of the system are currently suspended as Storm Babet continues to impact the North East.

The issues were confirmed by the system across social media just after 11am on Friday morning.

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The announcement on X, formerly known as Twitter, read: “The service is currently suspended between North Shields and St James in both directions, this is due to a tree on the overhead line/track area.

“Ticket acceptance has been arranged on Stagecoach bus services. 12 22 39 40 62 63 317.

“Sorry for the inconvenience caused.”

The storm has already caused the Met Office and Environment Agency to isse advice to North East residents with yellow weather warnings continuing into Saturday, October 21.

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Ben Lukey, flood duty manager at the Environment Agency said:

“Persistent and heavy rain brought by a combination of Storm Babet and following weather systems means significant inland flooding is likely across parts of the North East and Yorkshire from Thursday through to Saturday, while, at the same time, flooding is also possible across other parts of the North, East Anglia and the South East.

“Environment Agency teams will be out on the ground, undertaking preparatory operational activity to minimise the impacts of flooding where possible. We advise people to stay away from swollen rivers and urge people not to drive through flood water as just 30cm of flowing water is enough to move your car.”

As part of the yellow weather warning the Met Office is telling the public flooding and public transport delays are possible due to heavy rain and wind.

The current weather warnings are in place until 12 noon on Saturday.

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