Nexus, the public body which owns and manages the Tyne and Wear Metro, is to carry out a major programme of track modernisation in Newcastle.
The project will involve the replacement of a 3.8km section of Metro line that runs east to west beneath Newcastle city centre. The tracks which traverse Byker Metro viaduct will also be replaced.
The work, which forms part of the £350m Metro all change modernisation programme, will be carried out over four consecutive weekends – 11-12 February, 18-19 February, 25-26 February and 4-5 March.
The work has been packed into these weekends in order to minimise the level of disruption to passengers.
Each closure will mean train services are suspended between St James and Wallsend and replacement buses running. The rest of the Metro system will be unaffected.
Director of Rail and Infrastructure, Raymond Johnstone, said: “Track replacement is a vital part of our £350m modernisation programme in order to secure the long term future of the Tyne and Wear Metro for many decades to come.
“A huge amount of new track has already been installed and the next area to get this work is the line from Chillngham Road through to St James Metro station in the centre of Newcastle.
“We’ve been able to pack this work into weekends as the scope is slightly different to other recent schemes where we’ve had to shut lines for much longer.
“I am sorry if any of our customers are inconvenienced by these works. A frequent replacement bus service will be provided on each weekend that we are working.”
The project will involve the replacement of a 3.8km section of Metro line. This includes the tunnels that run east to west beneath the streets of Newcastle from the St James terminus to Manors Metro station.
The tracks which traverse the Byker Metro viaduct will also be replaced as part of the project.
During each weekend of working there will be a replacement bus service, 900, in operation running between Wallsend and Newcastle city centre. Passengers are advised to allow some extra time if travelling through the affected area.
At the end of 2016 Nexus completed a project to replace the tracks in the Metro tunnels that run beneath Newcastle from North to South, from Central Station to Jesmond.