The Tyne and Wear Metro will be running additional services during the busy festive season.
Metro will be making extra trains from 14 December available to help shoppers, families and partygoers as they descend on the region’s shopping centres, restaurants, bars and Christmas events.
Additional Christmas Metro services will be in operation across the festive period, providing a higher frequency of service at this busy time of the year.
Metro Services Director, Chris Carson, said: “We are responding to customer needs by providing extra services in the countdown to Christmas. The festive period is an exciting but extremely busy time for everyone as we enjoy Christmas events with friends and family as well as getting the all-important last minute shopping, so extra Metros are vital.
"Metro is part of everyday life in our region and is the most convenient way to get around so you can easily travel to and from events, get hold of this year’s must have Christmas gifts, visit Santa’s grotto, go ice skating or enjoy one of this year’s pantos.
“Metro will be on hand throughout the festive period as a quick and easy way to travel meaning you don’t have to worry about the traffic or cost of parking. The extra Metro services will enable our passengers to spend quality time with friends and family – to make the most of this special time of year.”
Below is all of the key Metro Christmas services information for 2018:
A weekday service will run on Christmas Eve until about 6.30pm*, with an hourly service thereafter (and a 30 minute service in Newcastle city centre) until about 11:00pm*.
No trains will be in operation on Christmas Day.
On Boxing Day a normal Saturday service will run from about 8:00am* until about 8:00pm*.
A normal weekday service will run from Thursday 27 December until Friday 28 December, with a normal Saturday service on Saturday 29 December and a normal Sunday service on Sunday 30 December.
New Year’s Eve:
Trains will also run to a weekday timetable on New Year’s Eve until approximately 10:00pm* then at a half hourly frequency (and a 15 minute service in Newcastle city centre) until about 11:00pm*. There will be additional trains running to accommodate extra travellers expected for Newcastle’s early evening New Year’s Eve celebrations.
New Year’s Day:
No trains will be in operation on New Year’s Day. The timetable returns to normal service from Wednesday 2 January, 2019.
*Times will vary for each station and destination, please check before travelling.