Commuters hit by Metro delays as they head back to work after passenger takes ill on train

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Thousands of people returning to work after Christmas faced Metro delays this morning.

The Tyne and Wear Metro service run by Nexus was affected by minor delays service-wide today as a result of a technical fault at the depot and an ill passenger.

Commuters were being warned to leave extra time for their journeys as they headed back to work following the Christmas break.

Tyne and Wear Metro reported delays of 15 minutes between the Airport and South Hylton and a 15-minute delay between St James and South Shields.

Metro bosses said the delays were caused across the system due to a points failure in the Metro train depot at South Gosforth in Newcastle which delayed getting trains out on to the system. All depot exits were running as normal again by 7.41am but further delays were caused by a passenger who took ill on train at 7.35am.

The train had to be held at Haymarket while an ambulance was called to take the person off for treatment. This caused delays through the city centre and towards Sunderland and South Shields. The train was held at Haymarket platform one for 21 minutes.

A Metro spokesman said: “We experienced delays this morning to a track fault in our train depot. There were further delays when a train had to be held at a station when a passenger required medical attention from paramedics.”

To plan your journey visit: http://nexus.org.uk/travel-information/journey-planner