Video: Metro boss Tobyn Hughes - don't use the system unless it's absolutely essential

Tobyn Hughes
24 March 2020

The Tyne and Wear Metro will continue to operate to support key workers following the announcement of new restrictions to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

But operator Nexus has said only people making essential journeys should travel.

Metro will continue to operate to all destinations, but the Government has told people to stay at home and they should only travel if they need to buy basic necessities, for medical need, and to get to and from work when it is absolutely necessary.

Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, has said that people should adhere to the new restrictions.

Managing Director, Tobyn Hughes, said: “My thanks go to our customers for bearing with us at this difficult time. People are heeding the Government travel advice.

“The Metro system at the moment is for key workers only. Everybody else should follow the restrictions and stay at home.

“My thanks also go to our hard-working staff for keeping the system working at this critical time. It’s really important to get key workers to their jobs, but it is also important that everyone else obeys the public health advice.

“Make sure that you keep social distancing – that’s a two meyre gap between yourself at other people.

“If you don’t have a very very essential reason to leave your home then please stay there.”

Metro services have been reduced to a 24-minute frequency from today, Monday 23 March, which means a train between every six and 18 minutes between Pelaw and South Gosforth. The updated Metro timetable is available at

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