Public Transport workers have been hailed as the unsung heroes of the current winter weather gripping the region by the Chairman of the Tyne and Wear Integrated Transport Authority.
Cllr David Wood praised the efforts of people working for bus companies and on Metro, rail and ferry for keeping the region moving despite dreadful conditions.
Cllr Wood said: “The men and women who are out there at all times of day and night making sure public transport keeps going have emerged as the unsung heroes of the current winter weather.
“I want to say thanks to the many hundreds of drivers, engineers, cleaners and many others at bus and rail companies who are keeping the region moving.
“Of course there have been delays caused by poor road conditions, and in the worst conditions buses have not been able to reach some estates – but the big picture is that public transport has kept going and we owe our gratitude to the people who make that happen.
“Metro has run well throughout the last three weeks and staff have worked tirelessly not just to keep trains moving but to clear snow and ice from platforms and paths - passengers have been contacting Nexus, which owns and manages Metro, to say thank you."
“Driving is more dangerous in winter conditions and I would urge people to use Metro and bus as much as possible to get around.”
The latest travel information can be found by calling North East Traveline on 0871 200 22 33, which is receiving regular updates from all operators.
People can also log on to nexus.org.uk for regular travel updates and up-to-the-minute information on how Metro and the Shields Ferry is running.