WEATHER: Afternoon travel, delays and disruptions
Written by Scott McGerty on 28th February 2018
The beast from the east has certainly arrived here in Sunderland and here we will keep you updated will the latest travel news.
Most schools in Sunderland have shut today and there’s been a number of disruptions to public transport and roads across the city.
On the Tyne and Wear Metro, trains are continuing to run to all stations but not to timetable with trains running around every 20 minutes.
Service is suspended between Bede and South Shields, both directions, due to a points failure. We're running a limited service, with trains up to approximately every 30 minutes to all other destinations. Apologies for any inconvenience, please leave plenty time for your journey.
— Tyne and Wear Metro (@My_Metro) February 28, 2018
This morning Stagecoach bus services across Sunderland were all cancelled however at lunchtime they starting running some services again.
All buses, including the E services to South Shields, are running at the moment but they are subject to delays and estates in many areas will not served.
However services are now avoiding Church Bank and the Village Green in Southwick, while service are also diverting away from Silksworth and Tunstall.
Sun Ops: Service 12 Is to follow 13 route between City Center and Hall Farm Unfortunately at this time we can Not operate in Silksworth and tunstall due to the poor road conditions.
— Stagecoach North East (@StagecoachNE) February 28, 2018
Go North East have announced they are withdrawing all services tonight with last departures will between 7pm and 8pm.
Go North East Services across Sunderland are in the most part running normal routes but many are subject to delays.
- Services 2/2A are unable to service beyond Ryhope, meaning they’re not serving Silksworth and are turning around at Ryhope. They’re also omitting Hollycarrside Road.
- Services 33 is omitting estates and Dene Steet.
- Service 35/35A is ommiting estates and Low Moorsley turning circle is closed.
- Service 38/238 is omitting housing estates and sticking to main roads.
- Service 39 is omitting Pennywell.
On the trains, there’s severe disruptions on services right across the North East including on Northern and Grand Central through Sunderland.
Grand Central 17:31 Sunderland-London has been amended.
On the roads, conditions are poor in many areas, many back roads and estate routes are impassable.
The advice is to travel only if it’s absolutely necessary and if you are on the roads try sticking to main routes.
Here will update you with road delays as they come in:
- Tunstall Hope Road aka The Hope is closed in both directions.
- There’s stationary traffic on the A1018 Seaham Grange/Ryhope into Sunderland turn off from the A19, travel time of over 10 minutes,
- The A19 is both direction is very busy tonight with increased journey times, looking at delays ranging from 5-12 minutes.
Many schools remain closed tomorrow morning, you can checked the confirmed closures online and we will be updating our website with the latest closures tomorrow morning.
Sunderland College and the University of Sunderland have both confirmed they’ll be closed tomorrow, including the University’s student libraries.
Both have said they’ll be looking to reopen on Friday.
We will continue to update this post with the latest travel information as we can.