Metro delays after safety fail

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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.”

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