Metro night working - what our neighbours need to know
Nexus is responsible for Metro’s infrastructure. Sometimes it is necessary to carry out work to ensure Metro can continue to carry over 40 million passengers a year. During this time we appreciate this may cause some disruption to our neighbours and we thank you in advance for your cooperation.
When carrying out work we will always try to give our neighbours as much notice as possible.
When Nexus is carrying out major works such as the 23 day line closure, we will write to you and hold community drop in sessions.
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You can keep up to date by:
- Regularly checking this page for updates
- Calling the Nexus customer service centre on 0191 20 20 747 (7am-9pm)
Why work during the night?
Many of the complex maintenance tasks can’t be carried out safely while Metro trains are in service and the overhead lines are live. As a result, most of the work can only be carried out safely between midnight and 4.30am.
Types of work:
Landscaping and tree works
Level crossing repairs
|Overhead line maintenance
Station platform and bridge repairs
|Track ballast tamping
Track and embankment cleaning
The Metro tracks see thousands of trains pass over them every day - this causes wear and tear and eventually the rails need replacing. Back
This involves making sure that the bed supporting the Metro tracks is in good order and perfectly level. Back
Major station cleaning work is carried out at night while Metro stations are closed to the public. Noise occurs because we have to use of a generator. Back
The trackside can become overgrown with vegetation: a special rail-going vehicle is used to carry out the cutting. Back
It is important to keep the Metro track areas free of weeds - a programme of weed spaying is carried out every year. The level of noise from this work is minimal. Back
Keeping the Metro lines clear of overhanging foliage and trees involves the use of chainsaws and mechanical hedge cutting equipment. Back
Metro bridge works involve structural repairs. Work to station platforms can vary from station to station. Back
Nexus has a team working round the clock dedicated to removing graffiti from the trackside. Their work involves the use of high pressure washers. Back
There are five level crossings on the Metro infrastructure and major repairs at these crossings involve replacing the rails and the road surface. Back
The overhead power lines supply the electricity Metro trains need to run. These cables need to be kept free of any obstructions and renewed from time to time. Special platforms are used so workers can access these cables. Back
There are thousands of kilometres of cables running about the Metro network. These run alongside the track and are part of the Metro's signalling system - replacing this cabling is essential. Back