Metro reopens between Wallsend and Tynemouth after upgrade

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The Tyne and Wear Metro between Wallsend and Tynemouth has reopened after being closed while it was upgraded.

Nexus, which owns and manages the line, replaced 3.7 miles (6km) of track and improved embankments, bridges, signals and communications.

North Shields Metro station has also fully reopened to passengers after two years of rebuilding work.

The line was closed for 23 days to allow the work to take place.

Director General of Nexus, Bernard Garner, said: "I'd like to thank the public for their patience while the Metro line has been closed.

"It has meant a period of disruption for commuters in North Tyneside and I apologise for that.

"The Metro all change modernisation programme is extremely important for securing Metro's long term future.

"There will need to be line closures but the long-term gain is a vastly improved Metro system for many years to come."

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