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Metro service suspended after man spent nine hours on roof of stationary train

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Recap – man spent all night on top of a Metro

To recap what we know so far:

  • Last night at around 9.30pm a man climbed on top of a stationary Metro train in Shiremoor.
  • The overhead electrical wires were disconnected.
  • Police and fire service personnel attended.
  • The man stayed there all night, finally coming down at around 6.20am.
  • Nexus are now inspecting the overhead wires with a view to restarting full service ASAP.

For those considering their travel options

If you’re weighing up travel options this morning given the metro disruption, there are no significant issues on the roads beyond the usual congestion hotspots.

Beyond that, check your local situation here:

Nexus statement – ‘a man climbed onto a stationary train’

From Nexus, confirmation of the nature of the incident, and that their teams are working to get service back to normal as soon as possible.

A Nexus spokesperson said:

“Metro services are suspended between Benton and Monkseaton due to a trespassing incident. A man climbed on to the roof of a stationary Metro train at Shiremoor station around 9.30pm on Wednesday night.

“The high voltage power was immediately disconnected and the incident was attended by the police and the Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service. The man came down from the roof of train, thankfully unhurt, at 6.20am this morning.

“We are in the process of inspecting the overhead wires and preparing to resume services in the affected area. Customers should check our website nexus.org.ukand twitter page @My_Metro for all the latest information.”

For North Tyneside travellers

We can inform you that those travelling in the opposite direction from the North Tyneside coast should -according to Nexus’s app, be able to carry out their journeys hassle-free. This is the schedule from Whitley Bay station on the opposite side of the line (heading to St James via North Shields).

What the rest of the Metro network looks like

While Nexus has described “systemwide delays” following the police incident at Shiremoor, according to the operator’s Pop app, trains in other areas contnue to run frequently.

For example, at Gateshead station trains are due to depart heading into Newcastle in 3, 12, 15 and 24 minutes.

Incident took place ‘in the Shiremoor area’

The police incident involved one indiviidual, it appears, and took place in the Shiremoor area on the Metro network. More follows as we get it.

Incident is over – but overhead line checks taking place

To confirm, police are understood to have apprehended the indivdual involved in the incident on the Metro service this morning, but the service suspension continues while officials check the overhead line for damage. We’ll keep you updated.

Shuttle service

Between 5am and 7am a taxi-run shuttle service has been operating – but this will soon end with passengers advised to use local buses and make alternative travel arrangements where possible.

Ticket acceptance on local buses

Morning commuters can use a range of buses with their Metro ticket between Longbenton and Whitley Bay. These include the 51, 53, 54, 55, an 57.

What has Nexus said

Metro operator Nexus has said:

“[Northumbria Police] have been able to secure the person involved in the incident at Shiremoor. We have overhead line staff on site now who will begin conducting tests on the overhead line to ensure that no damage has been made. We will update again when they have made progress.”

This comes following earlier news that the Metro service between Benton and Monkseaton was suspended. A shuttle bus service is in operation at least between 5 and 7am.

Metro suspension

Hello – This morning Metro service is suspended between Monkseaton and Benton. This is due to a police incident.

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