There has been widespread disruption for many road and public transport users this morning as heavy rainfall and flooding brought services to a standstill in the North East.
The disruption has led to the cancellation of train and bus services in the region as well as the closure of major roads.
The Met Office yesterday issued a ‘yellow weather warning’ for hours of gales and rain in the North East over the early part of the week.
The warning is in force on Tuesday and covers much of the North East, with weather likely to consist of heavy persistent rain and gales in our region.
Major rail services between Newcastle and Middlesbrough have been hit with long delays and cancellations, operators Northern Rail confirmed earlier this morning.
Northern said: “Due to heavy rain flooding the railway between Newcastle and Middlesbrough the line is blocked in both directions. Train services running through these stations will be cancelled or delayed by up to 60 minutes.”
London North Eastern Rail also confirmed disruptions to their services.
They stated: “Due to a fault with the signalling system between Durham and Newcastle that has been caused by heavy rain, trains have to run at reduced speed on all lines in the surrounding area.”
In addition, users of the Tyne and Wear Metro have been urged to avoid using their services until later today due to the flooding which has greatly affected services this morning.
The main flooding sites are located near to Ilford Road Metro station and in the Tyne Dock tunnel. Staff remain at both sites pumping off excess water.
Tyne and Wear Metro stated: “Customers are advised to put off travel on Metro until later today if they can, due to heavy rain and flooding effecting parts of the system.”
Service has resumed between Haymarket and South Gosforth and Jarrow and South Shields but trains are not running to timetable.
Go North East bus services 9 and 56 are accepting Metro tickets between Gateshead and Sunderland.
Trains are still off between South Gosforth and Kingston Park so Stagecoach bus services 6, 7, 8 and x47 are accepting Metro tickets in the affected area.
The havoc caused by the flooding in the region has also led to disruption on the roads with the A1058 Coast Road Eastbound closed, leading to queuing traffic due to flooding and broken down car at A188 Chillingham Road (Chillingham roundabout ).
The A6085 in both directions is also blocked blocked, with slow traffic due to flooding between Scotswood Road and Northumberland Road (Asda).
Furthermore, the northbound carriageway of the A167 Gateshead Highway is flooded with traffic ground to a halt.
Earlier, the council cleared the A1058 Coast Road of water in the eastbound carriageway under the A188 Chillingham Road roundabout.
Delays and tail backs on the Coast Road do, however, remain severe.
The disruption to the roads means that many bus services in the region have also experienced delays and cancellations.
Major bus operator Stagecoach stated that temporary bus stop suspensions on Shields Road and Heaton Park Road, have affecting Services 12, 18, 22, 32, 32A, 39, 40.
Go North East also confirmed that due to the multiple road closures on the Coast Road earlier, services 309, 310, 311 are currently suffering delays of up to 50 minutes.
Tyne and Wear Fire service have urged, despite the severity of the situation, that normal advice with regards to when to get in touch with them remains in place.
They confirmed: “We are currently receiving a high number of 999 calls due to the heavy rainfall today. Some of those calls relate to minor flooding or blocked drains – please don’t call 999 for this reason. Only call 999 if there is an immediate risk to person and property.”
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