The Tyne and Wear Metro will return to normal day time running from Monday 18th May 2020 to maximise capacity for social distancing.
Nexus will increase frequency from 24 minutes to 12 minutes until 8 pm every day Monday to Friday.
In peak periods, there will be a train every three minutes between Pelaw and Regent Centre, and between Pelaw and Monkseaton.
Passengers are advised to only travel if you cannot work from home and can not use cycles or car to get there.
Chief Operating Officer at Nexus, Martin Kearney, said: “The safety of customers is our top priority and we are following Government advice to create a Covid-secure environment on the Metro system. By putting more trains into service at busy times, we can maximise the space that we have for social distancing. The new timetable will deliver a 12-minute frequency of service. There will be a train every three minutes through the central area between Pelaw and South Gosforth at peak times. This gives us more capacity and takes us back to pre-lockdown levels of service at busy times. People are advised to take Metro only where a journey is essential, such as for work if you cannot do so from home, and where you can’t walk, cycle or use a car. If you do have to travel then you need to follow social distancing rules, stay two metres apart as much as possible, and wear a face covering at all times. We have made sure Metro stations and trains are cleaned to the highest standard, and that there is clear information on how to distance as you travel.”
Metro will operate a reduced timetable from 8 pm and at weekends.
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