METRO passengers faced delays today after a problem with safety equipment.
Trains coming in and out of Sunderland and across the network were held up due to a fault with train dispatch equipment at Newcastle’s Haymarket station.
Platform monitors which tell Metro drivers when it is safe to move off stopped working at 1.50pm.
A train had to be held at Haymarket for 20 minutes until the equipment was repaired, leading to trains backing up and system-wide delays.
Services were back to normal by 3.30pm, said a Metro spokesman.
He added: “There was a technical problem with the train dispatch system at Haymarket and this resulted in delays across the Metro system, including the Sunderland line. We apologise for the disruption.”