South Shields to Chichester line closed for four weeks
8 July 2019, 09:31 | Updated: 8 July 2019, 09:36
Commuters are being warned to plan for their journeys if they are using the Tyne And Wear Metro - as the line between South Shields and Chichester is closed for four weeks.
The closure is to allow for the completion of the new £21m bus and Metro interchange in South Shields.
It will see the town centre have an entirely new Metro terminus when the new interchange opens its doors. The current Metro station, on King Street, which first opened in 1984, will close permanently and will be demolished.
Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, is closing the line for signalling and telecoms works so that Metro trains will be able to serve the new interchange.
The major line closure will start from today (Monday, July 8th) and will run until Sunday, August 4th when the new interchange will open.
During the closure, a frequent replacement bus service, the 900, will run. Metro services will continue to operate as usual from Chichester towards Jarrow and and Hebburn, and onwards to Newcastle and Sunderland.
Managing Director of Nexus, Tobyn Hughes, said: “The new £21m transport interchange is very close to completion and it’s going to be a really exciting development for South Shields town centre when it opens to the public in less than two months.
“This new interchange, which brings Metro and bus links under one roof, is a key part of the ongoing regeneration of South Shields town centre. It will deliver a bright, modern, and clean facility for public transport users. It is a step change in quality compared to what was there before.
“We have to close the line between South Shields and Chichester for four weeks so that some final signalling works can be carried so that our trains can stop at the new Metro station.
“I’m sorry for any inconvenience this will cause to our customers. The long term benefit will be a new transport interchange which we think will attract more people into the town for shopping and leisure.”
Construction of the interchange, which forms Phase Two of the £100m South Shields 365 regeneration masterplan, began in April 2018.
It will provide South Shields with a landmark new building housing both the Metro and bus concourses under one roof.