SUNDERLAND commuters will be hit by delays next month as a knock-on effect of a major Metro line closure in Newcastle.
The 27-day closure, on Metro’s busiest route between Haymarket, Airport and Four Lane Ends, will result in a reduction of frequency of trains elsewhere, including to Sunderland.
Trains between Newcastle and Sunderland will run at a reduced frequency of four per hour, instead of the usual five.
This means there will only be one train every 15 minutes between Sunday, August 4, and Friday, August 30.
Metro operator Nexus is advising people to allow extra time for their journeys.
Nexus’ deputy director general Tobyn Hughes said: “The 27-day major line closure will have the knock-on effect of a slightly reduced frequency of service on the Sunderland line, and I apologise to passengers for this.
“We are closing the busiest part of the Metro system, and when we do that, it will make it harder to keep the same frequency of service in other areas. Passengers should plan their journeys in advance and allow extra time to get where they need to be.”
Replacement buses will be operate between the affected stations and there will be an express bus service running from Newcastle’s Central Station to the airport.
The work is part of a £385million modernisation programme.