Storm Ali LIVE: Latest Metro, trains and traffic news and how your journey home could be affected

Storm Ali is continuing to cause disruption across the region this afternoon.

Here is they very latest on its impact - and how it could affect any journeys you are making.

Western Approach in South Shields is currently closed

Western Approach in South Shields is currently closed


8pm Update: Metro say there are delays of up to 15 minutes between St James and South Shields , and between Airport and South Hylton due to obstruction on the line.

6:25pm Update: Metro services between South Shields and Pelaw have resumed again. The last disruption was due to a fallen tree between Jarrow and Hebburn resting against overheads lines. Services are now operating to all areas but remain subject to delays.

A Nexus tweet said: "Metro apologises for the inconvenience caused to your journey tonight."

5.30pm Update: Metro trains ARE running to South Hylton, despite some signage issues. Metro has tweeted: "Due to an issue with our displays some of our platform boards are displaying Fellgate. These trains are continuing to South Hylton. Apologies for any confusion caused."


6.35pm Update: Nexus has confirmed the Shields Ferry cross-Tyne service has resumed.


6.45pm Update: Western Approach in South Shields has now reopened, Stagecoach NE has tweeted all its bus services in the area are now resuming normal service.

5.55pm Update: A statement from Portfolio Holder for Environmental Services Councillor Amy Wilson, from Sunderland City Council, said: "We are currently responding to a number of reports of fallen trees and damage to properties as a result of Storm Ali.

"This has included a number of calls about tiles being blown off roofs and walls that have come down. Building control officers are responding to call outs on damage to property. We also have council tree surgeons on 24 hour standby to deal with any calls on fallen trees and branches.

"There’s also a risk of high winds causing disruption to the transport network, with the potential for trees, branches and other debris to block roads and disruption to the Metro, so I would urge anyone who doesn’t have to go out to stay at home and if you do have to go out, to take extra care and to beware of the risk of flying debris.

"The weather is also looking unsettled for the rest of the week with heavy rain expected tomorrow and more strong winds expected on Friday."

Western Approach in South Shields is currently closed. Stagecoach North East has tweeted: "Due to the closure of Western Approach in South Shields all services are unable to serve Laygate and Western Approach all services are diverting via Chichester Road and Westoe Road in both directions."

A dust cloud has been spotted covering a stretch of the A19 over both carriageways between Sunderland and Seaham. Drivers are urged to take care.


London North East Railway has tweeted: "We are experiencing significant travel disruption as a result of high winds, and overhead wire damage at Durham and north of Berwick today. As a result, we are advising customers not to travel between York and Scotland today. Customers with tickets valid for travel today, Wednesday 19 September, will be able to use their tickets to travel on any LNER service tomorrow, Thursday 20 September.