Tyne & Wear

Metro line in North Tyneside to be shut for revamp work

workmen on the Tyne and Wear Metro
Image caption Work has already been carried out on sections of the network

Metro passengers are being warned about a three-week line closure as part of a multimillion-pound revamp of the network on Tyneside.

A stretch of the line between Wallsend and Tynemouth will be shut for 23 days from 11 August and there will be weekend closures in July and September.

Operator Nexus said it was part of a £385m modernisation programme including replacing tracks, bridges and signals.

A replacement bus service will be run during the closures.

Nexus said the work had been planned to avoid summer events including the Olympics when matches in the football tournament are being played in Newcastle.

Director general Bernard Garner said: "We have stepped up our modernisation programme this year and Metro passengers will increasingly start to notice the difference.

"The amount of modernisation work we are now delivering on Metro is much larger than at any time since the system was first build in the 1970s."

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