Metro plea to passengers to stop non-essential travel to reduce spread of coronavirus

Passengers re being urged not to use Metro services unless journeys are absolutely essential in a bid to reduce the spread of coronavirus.

Monday, 23rd March 2020, 3:25 pm
Updated Monday, 23rd March 2020, 4:23 pm

Metro operators Nexus want people to restrict non-essential travel on the system, following latest advice issued by the Government.

People are being encouraged not to use any form of public transport unless they are key workers, are going out to buy food, or have essential appointments, such as a visit to their GP.

Nexus Customer Services Director, Huw Lewis, said: “I cannot stress enough that the public must follow the advice: you should only travel on the Tyne and Wear Metro if the journey is essential. It is irresponsible to travel if you don’t need to.

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The public is being urges not to use Metro services for unessential travel

“This is vital so that we can all play our part in implementing social distancing and preventing the spread of the coronavirus.

“Only those people classified as key workers should really be using local public transport services to get to work.

“Metro has a key role to play in getting people to and from work, and to get out and buy food, and for essential appointments, but please don’t travel if you don’t need to.

“We are following all Government advice to prevent Covid 19 from spreading and we need our passengers to follow this advice too.

“The frequency of Metro trains has been reduced but we will continue to provide a service for key workers and essential journeys as long as we need to.”