Strike will suspend Metro services

METRO services and the Shields Ferry will be suspended on Wednesday if strike action goes ahead, Nexus have confirmed this afternoon.

The cancellation of all Metro services is a result of a day of industrial action by members of unions employed by both Nexus and DB Regio, which operates trains and stations on behalf of Nexus.

The unions are in dispute with the Government over public sector pension reform.

There may be also disruption to Metro services late on Tuesday night, November 29, and early on Thursday morning, December 1, as a result of the industrial action on the Wednesday.

All available Metro staff and managers will be taking part in essential maintenance and security patrols in conjunction with the police and contractors during the 24 hour shut down.

Passengers are advised to keep in touch with the latest information through, Metro’s ‘My Metro’ Twitter and Facebook sites, and through local media in case the situation changes.

Nexus has today also confirmed the Shields Ferry service will be suspended on Wednesday November 30 in the event of the strike going ahead. There will be no replacement bus service.

Commercial bus services are not affected by the day of action and will run as normal, while only a small number of Nexus Travel Shops will be open.

Traveline will operate with a reduced staff and people are strongly advised not to call during 30 November. They should instead plan their travel in advance of the day of action either by logging on or by calling Traveline on 0191 20 20 747.

Nexus Head of Communications, Huw Lewis, said: “This is a dispute between the Government and the public sector unions and it is not one of our making. It does mean that there will not be any Metro services in operation on Wednesday November 30.

“We are sorry for the inconvenience caused and can assure customers we have explored every option for a partial service, but this is not possible.”