As if to prove that it isn’t just the West Midlands Metro who have overhead problems, the Tyne and Wear Metro branch to the Airport was suspended on Monday 10th May after a suspected lightning strike brought down 1,000 metres of overhead wire. The disruption was first reported early afternoon on Monday 10th with services able to resume from the start of the next day.
The overhead came down between Kingston Park and Fawdon after reports of lightning in the area with Nexus’ internal repair team sent to the scene. The Metro had originally tweeted that it was unlikely there would be any service to the Airport until 1200 on Tuesday 11th May but after good progress was made on the repairs it was possible to resume normal services from the start of service instead.
During the disruption there was no service from Regent Centre to Airport with four buses hired in to run a no. 900 replacement bus service between those stations.