The Tyne and Wear Metro is supporting the Clap for Carers campaign, which will bring together the nation tonight to thank NHS workers who are tirelessly battling the coronavirus pandemic.
Information screens at 60 stations on the Metro network have a special message displayed on them to promote the campaign, where everyone is invited to applaud NHS staff from their windows, doorsteps or balconies at 8pm on Thursday 26 March.
Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, said the displays were a gesture of support for frontline medics who are facing an unprecedented challenge caring for coronavirus patients.
Customer Services Director, Huw Lewis, said: “This is our way of showing our support for the heroic doctors and nurses who are working around the clock to save lives and beat this pandemic.
“The message of support is running on all of our information displays at all stations on the Metro system ahead of the clap for carers applause at 8pm.
“It’s an amazing way to show support in return for frontline workers who are battling coronavirus. It’s an extra way to show some solidarity with the NHS during this unprecedented public health emergency.”
The Clap for Carers message is circulating widely on social media and hundreds of thousands of people across the UK are expected to participate.
The organisers of the campaign - which started online - say they decided to stage it because "during these unprecedented times they (NHS staff) need to know we are grateful".