When will the Tyne and Wear Metro closures end?

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Metro closures along a major part of the line will continue for the rest of the week

A major Metro line closure is affecting commuters across Tyneside this week.

No trains are running between St James and Tynemouth at the moment as operators Nexus work on modernising the line.

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Commuters are having to use a replacement bus service or find another means of transport to move across the region.

Why is the Metro line closed?

This stretch of the Metro line is closed for modernisation works that Nexus has labelled a "major programme".

The overhaul of overhead power lines is necessary in preparation for the new fleet of trains coming to the system as part of a £30 million programme.

The closure will also allow for track replacement, essential work on Metro bridges and embankments, and vegetation management.

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When will the Metro line open again?

The Metro line between St James and Tynemouth will be closed for a number of days.

No trains will run on that route until Saturday, February 26.

From that point, trains will return to running as normal.

What has Nexus said about the closure?

Major Projects Director at Nexus, Cathy Massarella, said: “We are investing £30m in Metro’s overhead lines as we get ready for the new trains arriving at the end of the year.

“The five-day closure allows us to replace a large section of wire between Newcastle and North Tyneside, and also carry out other essential modernisation including track and embankment work.

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“There is no good time to close a large section of the network. Carrying out major work in half-term break means we also avoid disrupting education for pupils who use Metro to get to school in the affected area.

“We will ensure there is a fast and reliable replacement bus service running when the Metro line is shut. We advise customers to plan their journeys in advance before travelling.”

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