The Tyne & Wear Metro timetable is changing from Sunday 13th October, creating more services during peak periods.
Nexus who own and manage the Metro says that the changes will provide more trains when passengers need them the most, and will reduce gaps between early morning services from South Sheilds and afternoon services through North Tyneside
According to Nexus, from the 13th October, the timetable changes mean:
• A network-wide regular 12 minute frequency from the first train to each Metro terminus.
• Morning and evening peak services running from Monkseaton to Pelaw will be increased.
• An evening peak Monkseaton to Longbenton service will be extended to Pelaw, due to feedback that Longbenton platform and existing services are busy at this time when the train currently terminates at Longbenton.
• The number of trains departing from St James in the afternoon peak will increase by two. Six services will depart between 4pm and 5pm compared with five currently. Departures between 5pm and 6pm will increase from four to five.
• On Saturdays an early morning train which currently starts service at South Gosforth will instead start at Benton, providing an earlier start to service from Benton.
• An additional trip between Longbenton and St James has been added on Saturday mornings when the service ramps up from a 15 minute to a 12 minute frequency.
The changes are made possible by withdrawing the least used peak trains on the Tyne & Wear Metro, between Regent Centre and Pelaw, but most passengers will see no change.
What did the officials say?
Metro Services Director, Chris Carson, said:
“We are responding to customer demands and making changes to the Metro timetable so that we can deliver more trains when people need them.
“This will improve the frequency of Metro services at the busiest times of the day. It reduces the gaps between train services in the mornings and in the evenings, meaning more capacity, and less waiting time for our customers.”
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