Early morning commuters hit by delay on Metro system

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Commuters using the Metro system were faced with early morning delays today (Saturday).

An overhead cable outside Howdon Metro station was brought down at just before 5am after strong winds blew down a tree.

The service was suspended between Wallsend and North Shields to allow for repairs to be carried out, with tickets being accepted on Go North East route 1.

Metro's specialist 'railhead treatment train' used by engineers to combat low rail adhesion has also been caught in this incident during its daily early-morning run.

A Metro spokesman said just before 10am that the tree had been removed and the overhead line repaired, although trains were running to a 25-minute delay at the time.