Coronavirus updates

Public transport updates

Because of reduced staff availability and passenger numbers due to self isolation and government advice against non-essential journeys, changes are being made to public transport services.

Information updated Friday 3 April, 11:40am


Train services are running to a reduced frequency (seven days a week) until further notice.  During the daytime there will be a 24 minute service and on an evening a 30 minute service. We have introduced extra trains to the timetable from Pelaw through Newcastle on weekday mornings to provide more space for passengers.

Train times for key stations are available from the 'Timetable Changes' section here. Please note the service on 4, 5 April, Good Friday and Easter Monday are slightly different to the usual reduced service, details are included in the link above.

The safety and wellbeing of our customers and our employees is our top priority and as per government guidelines people should only use public transport if it is absolutely essential.

Click here for live travel news for Metro. 

Click here for details on how to claim a refund on travel passes 


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Bus operators are now running emergency timetables on all routes. 

From Saturday 28 March, many services in the region will be reduced to one journey per hour, or a bus every two hours away from large towns and cities.  Always check with the operator before you travel.

From Monday, 30 March, any valid ticket can be used on any bus operator in Tyne and Wear, Northumberland, County Durham and the Tees Valley for the duration of the emergency timetable:

  • Return, day and season tickets on routes and in fare zones where the original ticket is valid.
  • Network One tickets are still recommended for multi-zone and multi-mode travel in Tyne and Wear.

For the latest information and timetables, go to:

Arriva North East

Go North East


Changes to bus services operated by smaller companies and paid for by Nexus are in the pdf attached at the bottom of the page.

School bus services - please contact your school directly about school bus services

Group Travel/Local Shopper Services - please contact your normal operator directly with regards to Group Travel/Local Shopper Services

Concessionary Travel Pass holders can now use their pass at all times - click here for full details

Please use common sense when travelling by bus:
•    Use contactless payments where possible.
•    Wash your hands before/after travelling.
•    Cover your mouth/nose if you cough/sneeze
•    If you have any symptoms, do not travel

•    And of course please only travel if your journey is essential

Please follow the 2 metre rule when travelling by bus:

  • Make sure that you leave 2 metres between you and other passengers when getting on and off the bus, as well as when sitting down or standing on the bus. 
  • Please also leave as close to 2 metres as you can between you and the bus driver when paying for your ticket. 


The Shields Ferry service will operate a reduced timetable from Monday 23 March as crew members isolate in response to Public Health advice on the Coronavirus.

The ferry will operate a regular timetable from 7:15am to 6:30pm Monday to Saturday until further notice, operating a 30 minute frequency, until further notice.

Later evening crossings normally timetabled to operate on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings will be suspended until further notice.  The ferry will also not operate on Sundays.

From Friday 3 April only card payments will be accepted on the ferry. 

Click here for live travel news for the Shields Ferry.


Due to a decrease in travel and an increase in staff absence as a result of Covid 19, a number of services will be cancelled across the north. We are sorry for the inconvenience this will cause our customers and we will advise on these at the earliest opportunity. Please check immediately before you travel via the TPE or Northern apps or their websites.

For updates on local train services go to:

Transpennine Express


Live Travel Map and Journey Planner

Please use the links above for the current Metro, Bus, Ferry and Rail timetables. Live Travel Map and Journey Planner are using the normal timetables, not the key worker ones that are now in place. As soon as that changes, this information will be updated. 

Pop cards, corporate season tickets and other travel passes

Please note that because of reduced staff availability, Pop cards, Pop Pay As You Go cards, Pop blue cards and Corporate Metro Season Tickets may not be delivered to our usual timescales. This also applies to refunds.

Unfortunately we are unable to issue new Concessionary Travel Passes, TaxiCards and any Under 16 Pop cards (new, replacement or renewal) until further notice. Replacements and renewals of Concessionary Travel Passes are also currently unavailable, but we aim to have an online form available soon for them.

Click here for details of how to apply for a refund on your Metro or Ferry season ticket. 

For requests for refunds on Corporate Metro season tickets, please contact you company's rep as normal. More information is here. 


The TaxiCard scheme is operating as normal, but under continual review. Any updates will be communicated by the TaxiCard scheme operators and on this page.

Customer Services

Nexus Customer Services team (0191 20 20 747) are available 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday. Please note that there a only a small number of operators working from home, so please look online, email [email protected] or go to if you can. 

Metro's Customer Service team are not contactable by phone until further notice. Please email them instead at [email protected]

Nexus TravelShops

As part of the measures to prevent the spread of Coronavirus, all of our TravelShops are closed until further notice. 


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