Metro disruption: How will your journey home be affected after power fault caused travel chaos

Chronicle Live 2 months ago

Metro trains are running after major delays early on Wednesday but commuters have been warned of further disruption.

Workers who are planning on catching a train home this afternoon could face packed carriages, with some trains still out of service.

An overnight power fault at the fleet depot left passengers facing up to half an hour delays during the morning rush-hour.

The electrical issues resulted in one of two exit points from the Gosforth depot being out of order, meaning Nexus were unable to provide a full peak service, causing system-wide delays.

Trains are now running to all destinations but some peak time trains between Pelaw and South Gosforth will not be running as usual.

A Nexus spokesman said: "Metro core services will be running as scheduled this afternoon following this morning’s disruption due to a power supply fault at the west end of train depot.

"We operate 27 trains for the core 12 minute service, and ten more trains are provided for the peak periods in the busiest area between Pelaw and South Gosforth.

"We will be running five of the ten extra peak services we schedule for the busy evening rush hours. Trains will be a bit busier this evening and we're sorry for any inconvenience caused to passengers.

"This issue has been caused by a power fault at Metro’s Gosforth depot in the early hours of the morning. 

"We lost power at one entrance from the depot to our main line – this meant trains had to be shunted by an alternative route, so we could not get them out fast enough to meet demand during the morning rush hour."

It is hoped that services will be back to normal tomorrow after overnight repair works.

The spokesperson added: "One of the two entrances into our depot is still unavailable and repairs to the electrical supply equipment are taking place this evening so that both access points are ready for Thursday morning’s services."


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