Good news for One Direction fans as Metro strike is cancelled ahead of Sunderland gig

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A METRO strike timed to take place as thousands of fans made their way to see One Direction on Wearside has been called off.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union on the Metro were due to walk out today, but the organisation has said it has now reached acceptable settlement over the sacking of one of its members.

Nexus, the public body which owns and manages the Tyne and Wear Metro, has said it is pleased that the action has been called off following talks between the union and DB Regio, the company which operates Metro on behalf of Nexus.

It had said it would ensure the service went uninterrupted after the industrial action was announced.

Deputy director general of Nexus, Tobyn Hughes, said: “I’m pleased that the strike has been called off. Common sense has prevailed and a day of major disruption to thousands of our customers has been averted.

“Metro services will now operate as usual tomorrow and there will still be extra services for the One Direction concert in Sunderland.