Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Metro to Be Hit by Strike on Railways

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Metro to Be Hit by Strike on Railways

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Byline: Keiran Southern Reporter

COMMUTERS are facing a Bank Holiday headache as national rail strike plans threaten disruption on the Metro.

Network Rail staff in the Rail, Maritime and Transport union are set to walk out on Monday and Tuesday in a dispute over pay and jobs, disrupting some Metro services.

Metro services between Pelaw, Sunderland and South Hylton will be unable to run after 5pm on Monday, and will not resume until around 6pm on Tuesday, should the strike happen.

Metro staff are not part of the industrial action and Metro services will still be running on the rest of the network as normal.

Services from Pelaw through Sunderland are affected because Network Rail owns the line and provides signalling and power control.

Raymond Johnstone, director of rail and infrastructure for Nexus, said: "I am sorry for the inconvenience this strike will cause to our customers. It will cause partial disruption to Metro services.

"It means that we are unable to run Metros between Pelaw and South Hylton from 5pm on Bank Holiday Monday until 6pm the following day.

"Passengers are advised to plan their journeys in advance and make alternative travel arrangements if travelling through the area which is affected by the disruption. We are running a bus service to get people to and from the Foo Fighters concert in Sunderland with a minimum of fuss. These direct services will depart from Heworth Interchange and will stop at the Stadium of Light.

"People should plan to travel earlier in the afternoon to avoid any stress, and keep up to date with the latest information over the coming days."

The national strike - the first in 21 years - will affect all train services through Sunderland, including the Tyne and Wear Metro, Northern Rail and Grand Central trains. …

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