Attempted cable theft causes problems on Tyne and Wear Metro

Tyne and Wear Metro services between South Gosforth and West Monkseaton were suspended for over eight hours on Friday 21st June after a power supply problem caused by an attempted cable theft in the Benton area. No trains ran in the area from the start of service until around 1400 with replacement buses sourced to allow passengers to continue their journeys.

Initially Nexus weren’t aware of what had caused the power supply problems but after staff inspected 2700 metres of cable they discovered a cut in the wire as part of an attempted theft of the valuable cable. Once the issue was found at around 1215 staff set to work in repairing the damage which enabled a service to resume through the area by around 1400.

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