Metro travellers facing disruption this weekend due to Newcastle works

REVAMP ... the Queen Elizabeth II Metro bridge between Newcastle and Gateshead will be closed for modernisation work.
REVAMP ... the Queen Elizabeth II Metro bridge between Newcastle and Gateshead will be closed for modernisation work.
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METRO travellers in South Tyneside face disruption this weekend.

Work to replace the tracks on the Queen Elizabeth II Metro Bridge over the Tyne between Newcastle and Gateshead means there will be no services from Monument to Heworth or back today and tomorrow.

A replacement bus service, 900, will be provided.

This is the second weekend of disruption as Nexus, operator of the Tyne and Wear Metro system, carries out a multi-million-pound track renewal scheme.

The work, part of the £389m All Change modernisation programme, involves replacing two 400-metre stretches of track on the bridge.

It is the first time since the bridge was built in the late 1970s that entire sections of railway track on it have been completely renewed.

Weekends

Nexus has squeezed the work into the first two weekends of this month in a bid to minimise disruption to passengers.

Its director of rail and infrastructure, Raymond Johnstone, said: “This is a major programme of investment in one of Metro’s most important and iconic structures, the QEII bridge.

“We have packed the work into just two weekends so that disruption to our customers is kept to an absolute minimum. However, I apologise if anyone is inconvenienced by the work.

“It’s the first time we have replaced the tracks and the trackbeds on the bridge since it was opened in the summer of 1980, when the Metro system was launched.

“Replacing the track is absolutely vital to ensure that Metro is around for many decades to come.”

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