Nexus, which owns, manages and is modernising Metro, is carrying out its first major modernisation work of the year, strengthening bridges and embankments that are more than 150 years-old on Metro lines in North Tyneside.
The modernisation work will involve a series of five weekend line closures on Metro lines between Wallsend Metro station and Tynemouth station from the end of February.
The weekend line closures start with an all day closure on Sunday February 26, Wallsend to Tynemouth.
Full weekend closures are planned for the weekends of March 3-4, March 10-11, March 17-18 and March 24-25.
Nexus is also planning a second 23 day major line closure this summer once the Olympic Games are over.
Nexus is also trialling plans to reduce the extent of line closures by planning work on mid-week late evenings.
The first of these line closures will take place over four nights, March 12-15 from Benton to Monkseaton, and March 19-22 between South Gosforth and Benton. These closures start at 9pm.
The work is the latest stage of the £385m Metro: all change modernisation programme, which will see the network transformed over 11 years, with vital infrastructure renewed across Tyne and Wear.
Metro: all change is the largest capital project to take place on the system, used by 40 million passengers a year, since it opened than 30 years-ago.
Director of Rail and Infrastructure for Nexus, Ken Mackay, said: “This is going to be another busy year of modernisation work on the Metro system. This starts with the upgrade of bridges and embankments in North Tyneside that are more than 150 years-old.
“Weekend line closures will be necessary throughout the year and we are also planning a 23 day major line closure in late summer after the Olympics has finished.
“We will do all we can to minimise the disruption for passengers, and when we do close lines a frequent replacement bus service will run. Our engineers are testing new ways to carry out work to reduce the number of hours lines are closed.
“New ticket machines are being installed and the first refurbished Metro trains will be entering service. We’ll also be replacing large sections of Metro track and other infrastructure.
“Passengers will also see more Metro station refurbishment work starting, as well as the completion of projects in North Shields, Howdon and Meadow Well stations.”
Passengers can keep in touch with work which may affect their journey through the website nexus.org.uk, and My_Metro pages on Twitter and Facebook. Passengers can call the Nexus Customer Service Centre on 0191 20 20 747.