A major programme of Metro track replacement in Gateshead is nearing completion after two weekends of intensive works.
Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, is replacing 1.6km of track in the first phase of an £8m project south of the Tyne.
The work forms part of the £350m Metro all change modernisation programme.
A total of 800 metres new Metro track was successfully renewed between Gateshead Stadium and Felling over the Easter weekend, while 260 metres was replaced between Gateshead and Gateshead Stadium over the weekend of April 13-14.
The works will be completed when a further 600 metre stretch of line between Gateshead Stadium and Felling is replaced over the May Bank Holiday weekend, May 4-6.
Acting Director of Rail and Infrastructure, Michael Ellison, said: “We’re investing £8m in new Metro tracks south of the Tyne and I’m grateful to our customers for their patience while the work has been carried out over recent weekend line closures.
“A whole kilometre of track in Gateshead has now been replaced and the rest will be done over the forthcoming bank holiday weekend.
“There is never a good time to close a Metro line but we need to do this work and Metro is not as busy at weekends. Track replacement is absolutely vital for us to secure Metro’s long term future.”
Metro services south of the Tyne will be affected over the May bank holiday weekend as follows:
• May 4-6 (Bank Holiday weekend): No trains Monument to Hebburn/Brockley Whins
Replacement bus services, number 900 and 901, will be calling at or close to all Metro stations in the affected areas when the lines are closed.
Customers are advised to allow extra time if travelling through the affected areas.