Relief for One Direction fans as strike action called off

Strike action scheduled to take place on the day of the One Direction concert, has now been averted, following successful talks between DB Regio and the RMT.

The Metro will run now run as normal tomorrow, Wednesday, May 28, ensuring tens of thousands of daytime commuters and those attending the One Direction concert in the evening will no longer face unnecessary disruption.

Sharon Kelly, customer services and operations director at DBTW, which operates stations and trains on behalf of Nexus, said: “We are delighted that we have reached a mutual agreement following our meeting with the RMT this morning and strike action is no longer going ahead.

“Following a number of discussions and meetings, we are extremely pleased that they have decided that strike is not the appropriate action and instead normal service will be resumed.

“This is great news for all of our passengers who use Metro to commute, as well as those travelling to the One Direction concert at the Stadium of Light.

“We do still advise that concert-goers ensure plenty of time for their journey as this event is extremely popular and we are therefore expecting our services to be busier than usual.”

Concert-goers are being urged to travel in plenty of time when using Metro to get to the Stadium of Light for the One Direction concert, with doors opening at 5pm.

All passengers going to the concert should use St Peter’s and Stadium of Light stations only, before and after the concert. They may not be able to get off or on trains at other nearby stations to assist with crowd control.