Metro trains begin running on Sunderland line after repairs to overhead lines

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Tyne and Wear begin running trains again after repairs to Sunderland line
Credit: Nexus

Tyne and Wear Metro services have resumed on the Sunderland line yesterday after Network Rail repaired extensive damage to overhead lines in the area.

However, trains are operating at a reduced frequency.

The 24-minute service will be in place on the Sunderland line, which the Tyne and Wear Metro shares with other train operators, for the next few weeks whilst Network Rail waits for more components.

The overhead lines were brought down by a freight train at Sunderland station on Friday 22nd May 2020.

This resulted in a service suspension from St Peter’s to South Hylton.

Customer Services Director at Nexus, Huw Lewis, said: “Metro services are now running all the way from Pelaw to South Hylton. Due to the scale of the repairs that our colleagues at Network Rail are undertaking we only have part of the line back in use, meaning we have to operate a reduced frequency of service on the Sunderland line. Network Rail are continuing to work on the damaged overhead lines at Sunderland station, but they anticipate it being a few weeks before this is completed. This is largely due to a wait for special component that they need to fix the overhead lines. Metro customers who need to use the service between Pelaw and South Hylton should allow extra time for their journeys until this issue resolved. We’re sorry for the disruption and inconvenience this is causing.”

From Monday 1st June, there will be a 24-minute daytime frequency between Pelaw and South Hylton.

There will be a 12-minute frequency from Airport to Pelaw and a 30-minute evening frequency between Airport and South Hylton.

Passengers should use Platform 1 at St Peter’s and Platform 2 at Sunderland.

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