The Tyne and Wear Metro is providing later evening services for customers on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.
While many other train operators services end early evening, Metros services will still be operating to help families and friends as they descend on the region’s restaurants, bars and nightspots.
On Christmas Eve, Monday 24 December, a weekday service will run until about 6.30pm*, with an hourly service thereafter (and a 30 minute service in Newcastle city centre) until about 11:00pm*.
Trains will also run to a weekday timetable on New Year’s Eve, Monday 31 December, 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 the crowds expected for Newcastle’s early evening New Year’s Eve fireworks display, which is a free event at Newcastle Civic Centre at 6pm.
Metro Services Director, Chris Carson, said: “It’s a busy time of the year for everyone as they enjoy nights out and festive events with friends and family, which is why we are providing train services later into the evening on Christmas Eve and on New Year’s Eve.
“Metro is part of everyday life in our region and is the most convenient way to get around during this hectic time of year. It is a quick and easy way to travel meaning you don’t have to worry about the traffic or the cost of parking.
“Customers will be able to go out over the festive period, and not have to worry about having a designated driver as Metro will be on hand to get people home safely. We hope the extra Metro services will help make life easier for our passengers and allow them to make the most of the festive season.”
Additional Christmas and New Year Metro services will be in operation across the festive period, providing a higher frequency of service at this busy time of the year.