UPDATE: Metro trains back up and running after major power cut

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METRO trains are running again and power has been restored to more than 42,000 properties after a major power cut this morning.

Nexus, which runs the system, said power was lost to the majority of its trains just after 10am today. The transport executive announced trains were to start running again at 12.30.

Trains remained in operation between Pelaw and Brockley Whins stations and South Hylton in Sunderland.

A spokeswoman for Northern Powergrid said: “At around 10am this morning a power cut in the Newcastle-upon-Tyne area affected 42,769 properties on our network.

“We’re sorry for the inconvenience caused for our customers and are investigating the cause of the power cut.

“Our engineers worked quickly, and within 20 minutes we had diverted electricity supplies and reconnected more than 27,000 customers.

“Our remaining affected customers were all restored by 10.50am.”

City centre Metro stations remain closed and tickets are being accepted on buses.

The power cut also affected supplies to traffic signals across Newcastle and North Tyneside.

Thousands of commuters were affected, including Colin Tosh from east Boldon, who contacted us via our Facebook page.

He said: “Had to get off at Central Station. Pitch black. Had to use torch on phone to help old people get up escalator.”

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