Failed train causes chaos for Sunderland rush-hour commuters.

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COMMUTERS faced rush-hour disruption this evening after a mainline train broke down on tracks shared with the Tyne and Wear Metro.

What is reported to be a Grand Central train broke down on the line between Pelaw and Brockley Whins at about 5.30pm on Wednesday.

As a result, no Metro trains were able to use that stretch of track, leading to major disruption for travellers.

A shuttle service, in the form of a metro train, was put in place between Brockley Whins and South Hylton, while Metro tickets were being accepted by bus services.

As of 6.50pm Metros were running again, subject to a 30-minute delay.