Metro suspended in North Tyneside due to fallen tree near Whitley Bay

A tree which has fallen onto the Metro, causing a service suspension
-Credit: (Image: Submitted - David Hanson)

Commuters are facing rush hour chaos with the Tyne and Wear Metro suspended in North Tyneside due to a fallen tree.

Nexus have told ChronicleLive that the service suspension is expected to last at least a few hours after a tree fell onto the overhead lines near Whitley Bay. Services have been suspended between Four Lane Ends and Tynemouth since around 3pm on Thursday.

Ticket acceptance is in place on some Arriva, Go North East and Stagecoach services operating in the area. It is the second such incident eight days, after a tree fell onto a train 200 metres north of Whitley Bay Station last Wednesday.

A planned closure is already in place on Thursday evening between South Gosforth and Shiremoor after 6.30pm for structural work on Platform One at Benton Metro Station. The 900 replacement bus will still operate after 6.30pm, and it is not yet known if rail services will run again in the area today.

A Nexus spokesperson said: "Metro services are currently suspended between Four Lane Ends and Tynemouth due to a fallen tree on the overhead lines. This has been ongoing since 3pm.

"The fallen tree is located in the Whitley Bay area and caused has damage to Metro power lines. Our engineers are working to get this issue resolved as soon as they possibly can.

"They will assess the extent of the damage, get the tree removed and then repair the overhead wires. Customers can use their Metro tickets and passes on local bus routes.

"This includes Arriva 57 and 57A, Go North East buses 1, 352, 353, 354, 355 and 317, and Stagecoach buses 38 and 63. We’re sorry for the inconvenience caused to customers. Please allow extra time to travel through the affected areas."