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  • Metro on bridge

    More trains when people need them in Metro timetable change

    16 January 2017
    The Metro timetable is changing on 5 February to provide more early morning trains and a better service at peak times. There will be new early morning weekday services from Sunderland, South Shields and North Tyneside stations, reflecting changing demand from Metro passengers. And changes at peak...
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    Budding authors showcase their work on Metro

    19 December 2016
    Talented Metro customers have drawn inspiration from their train journeys to pen winning short stories. Tyne and Wear Metro launched a competition earlier this year asking passengers to write a 250-word story based on the theme ‘Metro Morning’. Scores of people took on the literary challenge and...
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    Metro's £3m tunnel re-railing project is completed

    15 December 2016
    Nexus, the public body which owns, manages and is modernising the Tyne and Wear Metro, has completed a £3m programme to replace the tracks in the iconic tunnels that run deep beneath the streets of Newcastle. Four kilometres of track has been successfully replaced in the tunnels which run from...
  • Pride of the Tyne

    Shields Ferry fares to offer bigger savings in 2017

    8 December 2016
    Shields Ferry fares in 2017 are to offer bigger savings for customers with a Pop Pay As You Go smartcard, while most other tickets are coming down or are being frozen in price. Nexus, the public body which owns and operates the cross-Tyne service, is introducing a 20p saving on single Ferry tickets...
  • Metro stations are a new home for Amazon lockers

    28 November 2016
    The Tyne and Wear Metro is home to a new set of Amazon lockers, giving passengers the chance to collect their online purchases when they pass through stations. Amazon Lockers have been installed at five key stations on the Metro system, including Monument in Newcastle city centre, Four Lane Ends...
  • Christmas and New Year public transport in Tyne and Wear

    28 November 2016
    Nexus has produced a handy guide to when public transport is operating in and around Tyne and Wear this Christmas and New Year. You can download our guide from this page. It provides a quick reference to when bus, Metro, Shields ferry and local rail services are operating, as well as opening hours...
  • Metro's airport extension celebrates its 25th year

    17 November 2016
    The Metro extension to Newcastle Airport has marked its 25th anniversary. The £12m scheme, opened on November 17, 1991, provides the fastest airport to city centre transfers in the country. Millions of holidaymakers and business travellers have benefited over the last quarter of a century. Managing...
  • Apprentices start a new career at the Metro train depot

    8 November 2016
    The Tyne and Wear Metro has underlined its commitment to training and development by taking on five new apprentices at its train fleet depot in South Gosforth in Newcastle. Metro, which carries almost 40 million passengers a year, has recruited the apprentices from Newcastle College’s engineering...
  • Metro cycling trial is extended for six months

    7 November 2016
    Tyne and Wear Metro has extended its cycle trial allowing customers to travel with non-folding bikes for the first time. The limited trial was launched earlier this year to test how far it was possible to support onward travel for cyclists with non-folding bikes without having an impact on the...
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    Most popular Metro tickets are frozen in price for 2017

    3 November 2016
    Metro fares will include bigger savings for customers travelling with Pop Pay As You Go smartcards in 2017, while other popular Metro tickets are to be frozen in price. Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, will introduce a bigger 20p saving on single journeys and 30p saving on the...
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    The future of Metro and light rail services in North East England

    7 July 2016
    The North East Combined Authority’s vision for transport in the region includes ambitious plans to invest in Metro and explore how expansion of our region’s rail networks could be achieved. In the attached document we provide a broader policy context for part of that vision: the business cases for...
  • hospital staff and children with snow dog sculpture

    Metro's little Snowdog delights local children's ward

    28 October 2016
    Children being cared for at the Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital at Cramlington had a very special visitor – Nexus’ very own little Snowdog. The Northumbria is the first hospital in the North East to host ‘Gooch’, the only mobile snowdog on the Great North Snowdog trail – the region’s...
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    Tyneside children voice new Metro safety campaign

    27 October 2016
    The Tyne and Wear Metro has launched a new safety campaign with the help of two North East schoolchildren. Bill Quay Primary School pupils Anya and Eva Leng, who are six and nine respectively, are the voices of a series of new recorded Metro tannoy announcements reminding passengers to take care...
  • Two people with snow dog sculpture

    Metro's little Snowdog joins the trail in Sunderland

    19 October 2016
    The Tyne and Wear Metro’s very own little Snowdog has been on a whistle stop tour of some of the top sights and attractions in Sunderland. Nexus, who have named their little Snowdog ‘Gooch’, are principal sponsors of the Great North Snowdog trail – the region’s biggest ever public art event which...
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    New walking guide as Snowdog hunters flock to Metro

    19 October 2016
    Snowdog hunters are flocking to the Tyne and Wear Metro in their thousands as they scour North East England to complete their collection. Nexus, which owns and manages Metro, says it has seen a significant increase in leisure travel and travel by families since the Great North Snowdog Trail began...
  • shields ferry and RNLI boat

    Shields Ferry hosts emergency training exercise

    13 October 2016
    A training exercise has been held on the River Tyne to practice a multi-agency response to a fire on board the Shields Ferry. The exercise, which took place on Wednesday 12 October, was a chance for the emergency services and the Ferry crew to co-ordinate their response in the event of a major...
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    A dog's eye view of Metro's snowdog trail

    13 October 2016
    Metro-loving Miniature Schnauzer Gus has captured a dog’s eye view of the Great North Snowdog trail travelling by Metro and ferry. Two-and-a-half-year-old Gus took to the Tyne and Wear Metro network with his owner and a GoPro camera strapped to his back to visit some of the 61 Snowdog sculptures...
  • two nexus rail maintenance staff

    Metro's 'orange army' scoops a prestgious rail award

    12 October 2016
    The ‘orange army’ which keeps Tyne and Wear Metro on track through winter has been honoured at a prestigious industry award ceremony. Rail maintenance staff at Nexus, which owns and manages Metro, were named Team of the Year at the Global Light Rail Awards. The prize recognises the efforts the...
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    Your chance to design the new Metrocars

    10 October 2016
    People of the North East are being asked to help design the next generation of Metrocars as part of an ambitious £1 billion bid to upgrade the trains, infrastructure and signalling over the next 20 years. Nexus, which owns Metro, is finalising a bid to the Department for Transport to help fund a...
  • group of engineering apprentices

    Apprentices secure permanent jobs at Nexus

    5 October 2016
    A group of engineering apprentices are celebrating this week after securing permanent jobs on the Tyne and Wear Metro system. Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, has rewarded ten recruits with full time engineering jobs after they all successfully completed their three years of...
  • people on a bus

    New checks on concessionary travel will prevent misuse of the ‘bus pass’

    29 September 2016
    New checks are being introduced on buses in the North East to prevent the misuse of concessionary bus passes meant for older and disabled people. Smart ticket machines on buses operating in Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, County Durham and the Tees Valley have been programmed to indicate immediately...
  • limited edition Snowdog Pop Pay As You Go card

    Special Metro tickets to see the Snowdog trail

    26 September 2016
    The Tyne and Wear Metro has revealed a number of special ticket options to help people to get out and about to see the Great North Snowdog Trail. Limited edition  Snowdog Pop Pay As You Go cards, which include a £10 balance, are available to buy online now, click here for Nexus online store. Pop...
  • Managing Director of Nexus with snow dog sculpture

    Great North Snowdogs take over Metro

    19 September 2016
    The Metro system is to play a key part in Tyne and Wear’s biggest ever mass participation public art event – Great North Snowdogs. The colourful Snowdog trail will see 61 individually designed Snowdog sculptures displayed in local parks and open spaces - and almost all are in easy reach of a Metro...
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    New tracks for Metro's iconic city centre tunnels

    14 September 2016
    Nexus, the public body which owns and manages the Tyne and Wear Metro, is investing £3m in new tracks for the iconic Metro tunnels that run deep beneath the streets of Newcastle city centre. Engineers are replacing a two kilometre stretch of track between Jesmond Metro station and the QEII Metro...
  • people on a bus

    National Fraud Initiative 2016/17

    12 September 2016
    The Passenger Transport Executive (Nexus) is required by law to participate in the National Fraud Initiative’s data matching exercise to assist in the prevention and detection of fraud. This includes supplying data about concessionary travel pass holders to the Cabinet Office. If you have any...
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    Extra Metro services for the Great North Run

    9 September 2016
    Extra Metro services will be in operation for Sunday’s Great North Run - and runners and spectators  are being advised to allow extra time for their journeys and to buy tickets in advance. There will be additional Metro services will be running until around 7pm, when the timetable returns to normal...
  • Parson’s Polygon air vent

    Metro's underground air vent gains listed status

    8 September 2016
    An air vent for the Tyne and Wear Metro’s tunnels beneath Newcastle has been listed by Historic England as an important piece of post-war public art. Parson’s Polygon is a unique terracotta obelisk designed by artist David Hamilton to stand in one of Newcastle city centre’s busiest streets. The 3.5...
  • shields ferry

    The Shields Ferry gears up for the Great North Run

    2 September 2016
    The Shields Ferry service is gearing up for the Great North Run, its busiest day of the year, where it expects to carry 10,000 passengers over the day. Both ferries will be operating on the day of the Great North Run, Sunday 11 September, in order to clear the huge volume of runners and spectators...
  • group of stroke survivors

    Stroke survivors team up with Metro to help others

    30 August 2016
    A group of stroke survivors from South Tyneside have unveiled a project to help other people like them to get around and explore the area as part of their rehabilitation programme. The project has involved the creation of a special walking route and map, starting from Jarrow Metro station. The easy...
  • man busking on shields ferry

    Shields Ferry to host a busking festival on board

    24 August 2016
    Shields Ferry passengers will be entertained by buskers on their Tyne crossings this Bank Holiday weekend. A busker’s pitch will be erected on board the ferry on Saturday August 27, 12pm-6pm, and a host of musicians will be giving live performances. The Crossing the Tyne Festival has been organised...
  • people in front of metro artwork

    Your chance to enter Metro's short story competition

    23 August 2016
    Metro customers are being encouraged to use their daily commute as inspiration for a new short story competition. Tyne and Wear Metro has teamed up with New Writing North to challenge writers, both aspiring and established, to pen a 250-word short story. The story should be based around the theme ‘...
  • pop card

    Pop Pay As You Go arrives on Go North East buses

    22 August 2016
    Customers of the region’s largest bus operator, Go North East, can now use the Pop Pay As You Go payment card on their buses right across the region. The Pop card is a way of paying for public transport and allows customers to use just one card to pay for journeys on public transport in North East...
  • Great North Run runners

    Travel information for the Great North Run 2016

    22 August 2016
    With road closures as well as limited parking, public transport is the best way to get to or from the Great North Run for both runners and spectators. There will be extra bus services, Metro trains and ferry trips throughout the day to help you get around as quickly and easily as possible.  ...
  • central station interior

    Details of weekend closures at Metro Central Station

    12 August 2016
    The Metro concourse and platforms at Central Station in Newcastle are to close for five full weekends to allow for important modernisation work. Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, is closing Metro Central Station over three weekends in September and over two weekends in October –...
  • Great North Run wristbands 2016

    Great North Run Metro wristbands go on sale

    10 August 2016
    Wristbands that double as Metro tickets are on sale to make life easier for people at this year’s Great North Run. The wristbands avert the need to carry loose change or a paper Metro ticket. And they can be bought in advance, which saves time on queuing at Metro ticket machines, which are...
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    Metro resumes between Benton and Monkseaton

    5 August 2016
    Metro services have resumed between Benton and Monkseaton following a 15 day major line closure. The line re-opened on Sunday morning, 7 August, and Metro services will be running as usual for Monday’s morning peak travel periods as usual. Nexus, which owns and manages Metro, has replaced a 3.8km...
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    Aerial footage of Metro modernisation work

    5 August 2016
    Aerial footage has captured the scale of the multi-million pound track replacement scheme that Nexus is carrying out in North Tyneside. Shot from an aerial drone using a 4K digital camera it shows the sections of line being installed between Shiremoor and West Monkseaton Metro stations. The tiny...
  • under 16 pop card

    Reminder to renew U16 Pop cards before 31 July

    26 July 2016
    Parents whose children’s U16 Pop cards are due to expire on July 31 this year are reminded to get their renewal applications in without delay. Nexus has issued the reminder because it receives thousands of applications for U16 Pop cards ahead of the new school year starting in September. By...
  • aerial image of blue house roundabout

    Views sought on two key road schemes in Newcastle

    25 July 2016
    Two of the busiest road junctions in Newcastle are set for a £20m upgrade in plans unveiled by Newcastle City Council. Blue House roundabout on the Great North Road, the junctions off Jesmond Dene Road with Osborne Road, and Ilford Road, and the Haddricks Mill double roundabout in South Gosforth...
  • metro staff next to a bus

    Metro's major line closure gets underway

    20 July 2016
    The Metro line between Benton and Monkseaton is closed for 15 days to allow for a major programme of track replacement. A total of 3.8km of track will be replaced during the major line closure - Saturday July 23 until Saturday August 6. The work, which forms part of the £350m Metro all change...
  • New metro train

    Bold ambitions for Metro and local rail services

    19 July 2016
    The North East Combined Authority has agreed a strategy for investment in Metro and local rail to improve passenger journey and kick start an expansion of high quality local rail for the region. The Metro and Local Rail Strategy identifies a network of disused or under-used rail routes across North...
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    Extra Metro services for the Sunderland Airshow

    13 July 2016
    The Tyne and Wear Metro will be running extra services for this year’s Sunderland International Airshow, and visitors are being advised to allow plenty of time for their journey. The Airshow, which takes place on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 July on the Roker seafront, attracts large crowds from...
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    Nexus services review: still time to have your say

    6 July 2016
    People who live and work in Tyne and Wear are being reminded that they still have time to give their views on local transport services as part of a review of what Nexus provides on behalf of local councils. An eight-week consultation process into Nexus services was launched on June 6 and runs until...
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    Major Line Closure: Benton to Monkseaton

    5 July 2016
    Nexus is to embark on a second programme of Metro track replacement on its lines in North Tyneside, which will involve a 15 day Major Line Closure between Benton and Monkseaton from Saturday July 23 until Saturday August 6. When the line is closed a frequent replacement bus service, the 900, will...
  • actors dressed as soldiers on metro

    Commemorating the Battle of the Somme

    1 July 2016
    The Tyne and Wear Metro has played its part in commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme. Actors dressed as soldiers from the First World War Northumberland Fusiliers travelled on Metro on Friday July 1 between Newcastle and Sunderland as part of the commemorations. Groups of...
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    All day Metro travel for Gold Card holders

    30 June 2016
    Metro Gold Card holders are to get the added benefit of all day travel on the Tyne and Wear Metro system during July and August. Nexus, which owns and manages Metro, is repeating the special offer by lifting the restriction which prevents holders using the Gold Card before 9.30am on weekdays. This...
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    Nexus plans for a rail skills centre in South Shields

    22 June 2016
    Nexus is putting forward plans for a new £8m railway skills centre which could be built in South Shields town centre, if a £7m funding bid is successful. Nexus, the public body which owns and is modernising the Tyne and Wear Metro, is inviting local residents and businesses to find out more about...
  • musicians on shields ferry

    Tyne river trips are back for summer 2016

    21 June 2016
    The Shields Ferry is offering its customers another bumper summer of Tyne river trips. Nexus, which owns and operates the cross-Tyne service, is running a range of cruises, including live music, fish and chip trips, historical commentaries and on-board entertainments for children. The musical line-...
  • people with pop card next to a bus

    Pop Pay As You Go comes to buses in Sunderland

    14 June 2016
    People catching a bus in Sunderland can now use the Pop Pay As You Go smartcard for travel in the city. Stagecoach buses have started to accept the new payment card, launched last year, which can already be used on the Tyne and Wear Metro and Shields Ferry. Sunderland City Council Portfolio Holder...
  • Flying Scotsman train engine

    Metro gets a visit from the Flying Scotsman

    13 June 2016
    Metro passengers have been treated to a glimpse of the world famous Flying Scotsman. The famous engine, which has recently been renovated to pull passenger trains, made an appearance on a line running parallel to the Metro in North Tyneside . It ran for 3km between Benton and Northumberland Park on...
  • group of people at Stadium of Light in Sunderland

    Nexus hosts international rail conference in Sunderland

    8 June 2016
    Metro bosses from across the world have taken part in an international conference on railway safety hosted by Nexus. Rail chiefs from six different continents attended the two-day event, which was held at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland. Nexus hosted the conference in its role as the owner and...
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    Rate the importance of local transport services

    6 June 2016
    Nexus is asking people who live and work in Tyne and Wear to give their views on how important they find local transport services it provides on behalf of local councils. An eight-week consultation launched today (6 June) covers a range of services including maintaining bus shelters and timetables...
  • man driving shields ferry

    Nathan's the youngest Ferry crewman in 30 years

    1 June 2016
    The Shields Ferry has recruited one of its youngest ever crew members. Nathan Williamson has joined as Second Mate at the age of 19, following a successful interview. Nathan, of North Shields, is the second youngest person to work on the cross-Tyne ferry service since Nexus took it over in 1972. He...
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    Pop Pay As You Go comes to buses in South Tyneside

    18 May 2016
    People catching a bus in South Tyneside can now use the Pop Pay As You Go smartcard for travel in the borough. Stagecoach buses have started to accept the new payment card, launched last year, which can already be used on the Tyne and Wear Metro and Shields Ferry. Councillor Allan West, Lead Member...
  • woman next to shields ferry

    Nicola's the first woman to captain the Shields Ferry

    9 May 2016
    The cross-Tyne Shields Ferry service has its first female skipper at the helm. Nicola Peach had to sit the maritime equivalent of a driving test, which she has passed with flying colours. By getting her Boat Master’s Licence Nicola is able to take the controls of the ferry in passenger service, on...
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    Metro appoints a new operations director

    6 May 2016
    The Tyne and Wear Metro has appointed a new Operations Director to lead on service delivery and performance. Chris Carson has joined DB Regio Tyne and Wear, which operates the Metro on behalf of Nexus, with more than 20 years’ experience in the rail industry. The 44-year-old’s career history has...
  • man next to shields ferry

    Tom's set to retire after 30 years at the Shields Ferry

    20 April 2016
    A long-serving Shields Ferry skipper is bowing out after three decades of service on the River Tyne. Tom Bennett, who has captained the cross-Tyne Shields Ferry for 30 years, is set to retire from his role. Tom, 63, of Westoe in South Shields, will be saying an emotional farewell to his colleagues...
  • group of engineers

    Nexus teams up with the Rail Academy for training

    13 April 2016
    Nexus, which owns and manages the Tyne and Wear Metro, has teamed up with Newcastle College’s new Rail Academy to help in the delivery of a major programme of overhead line renewal on the Metro system. The region’s first dedicated training hub for rail engineering, the Rail Academy successfully won...
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    Renewal reminder for U16 Pop cards

    11 April 2016
    Parents whose children’s U16 Pop cards are due to expire on July 31 this year are reminded to get their renewal applications in before the end of April. Nexus has issued the reminder so that it has more time to process the many thousands of applications it receives for U16 Pop cards, which increase...
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    A vibrant new mural is unveiled at Byker Metro station

    7 April 2016
    Metro passengers will see a vibrant splash of colours at Byker station this spring after a new giant artwork was unveiled. Home, by Alex Godwin, is an 11-metre long tableau weaving a multi-coloured adventure around everyday objects from the streets and houses around the busy city metro station....
  • metro train at meadow well station

    Metro services resume after Major Line Closure

    4 April 2016
    Metro services have resumed between Tynemouth and Shiremoor following a 15 day major line closure. The line re-opened on Sunday morning, 3 April, as usual. Nexus, which owns and manages Metro, has replaced a large section of 50 year-old tracks and track beds. The major line closure will took place...
  • woman with bicycle at metro station

    Metro holds limited trial allowing people to travel with non-folding bikes

    30 March 2016
    Tyne and Wear Metro has announced that a limited trial is set to take place which will allow customers to travel on the Metro with their bikes. It is hoped that the limited trial will enhance the use of bikes and support onward travel for cyclists in the region. The limited trial is taking place...
  • metro train at meadow well station

    Metro says goodbye to its last original escalator

    23 March 2016
    Tyne and Wear Metro engineers have completed the replacement of all 28 escalators installed when the system was built in the 1970s and early 1980s. Nexus, which owns and manages Metro has overseen the replacement as part of its £350m modernisation of the light rail system, used by more than 40...
  • metro logo next to snow dog sculpture

    Metro raises awareness for Snowdogs Campaign

    15 March 2016
    Business leaders from across the North East will gather at an event this month to highlight the potential regional benefits to be gained by supporting the Great North Snowdogs campaign. Following the launch of the St Oswald’s-led fundraising initiative, Tyne and Wear Metro has joined forces with...
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    Former Shields Ferry gets a new lease of life in Ireland

    3 March 2016
    A long running mystery over the fate of a former Tyne passenger ferry has finally been solved. The Freda Cunningham, which served as a cross-Tyne Shields Ferry from 1972 to 1993, has been discovered in good working order and carrying passengers in the Republic of Ireland. Nexus, which owns and...
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    Animated guides show how to use Pop Pay As You Go

    25 February 2016
    Metro customers can make the most of Pop Pay As You Go smart travel by watching a series of new step-by-step animated guides about the product. The animations are easy to understand and show people how to use pay as you go on the iconic Pop card. Click here to view them. Three ‘How To’ guides have...
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    Metro marketing team up for top national award

    10 February 2016
    The people that market the Tyne and Wear Metro are in line for a top national award, after passenger numbers rose to their highest for five years. The Chartered Institute for Marketing has named Metro as a finalist in the prestigious Team of the Year category, where it will compete with household...
  • Shields Ferry crew

    Shields Ferry crew star on BBC Two

    3 February 2016
    The Shields Ferry crew have appeared on national TV in a BBC documentary about the River Tyne. You can now view the Sea Cities episode featuring the Shields Ferry via BBC iPlayer for the next 28 days. The programme showed the Ferry staff at work during the day of the Great North Run - their...
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    Snowdog trail to feature on the Metro system

    1 February 2016
    An iconic character from one of the nation’s most enchanting TV animations – The Snowman and the Snowdog - is being brought to life on the Tyne and Wear Metro system. Larger than life sculptures of the Snowdog from the 2012 sequel to Raymond Briggs’ original Snowman film from 1982 are to be...
  • metro train at meadow well station

    Metro passenger numbers pass the 40 million mark

    27 January 2016
    The number of people using the Tyne and Wear Metro rose above 40 million in 2015, the highest passenger number for five years. Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, puts the growth down to the convenience and value Metro offers and the introduction of Pop card smart tickets offering...
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    Nexus to replace 8.7km of track in North Tyneside

    7 March 2016
    Nexus, the public body which owns and manages the Tyne and Wear Metro, is to embark on a multi-million pound programme of track replacement work on its lines in North Tyneside. The work, which forms part of the £350m Metro all change modernisation programme, will involve the replacement of track...
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    Shields Ferry stars in a new BBC documentary series

    22 January 2016
    The Shields Ferry service is to star on national television in a new documentary series for the BBC. The Ferry and its crew will feature in the fly-on-the-wall documentary called Sea City, about everyday life on the river Tyne, which is to be aired nationally in a primetime slot on BBC Two on...
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    Pop Pay As You Go is on sale at Payzone stores

    21 January 2016
    Pay As You Go smart travel on Metro has gone on sale at a range of retail outlets across Tyne and Wear. Nexus, which owns and manages Metro, has an agreement with the consumer payments network Payzone to sell its purple Pop Pay As You Go cards. Pop Pay As You Go, which was launched in November, can...
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    Pop Pay As You Go users pass 2,000 mark

    18 January 2016
    More than 2,000 Tyne and Wear Metro passengers have switched to Pop Pay As You Go smart travel in the last two months alone. Metro became the first rail system outside London to offer the convenience of pay as you go smart travel on the iconic Pop card, which can also be used on a growing number of...
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    Price cut for commuters on the Shields Ferry

    7 January 2016
    Commuter fares on the Shields Ferry have been cut for 2016, as part of a new price package announced by operator Nexus. Single fares are also down and child fares have been frozen on the iconic service connecting North and South Shields. The new commuter fares, approved by the North East Combined...
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    Evening closures resume at Metro Central Station

    30 December 2015
    The early evening closures of Central Station’s Metro ticket concourse and platforms have resumed. Nexus, which owns, manages and is modernising Metro, has resumed the 8pm, closures, Sundays to Thursdays, to allow for modernisation work. The evening closures had been temporarily halted over the...
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    Metro bridge works completed in South Tyneside

    17 December 2015
    Nexus, which owns, manages and is modernising the Tyne and Wear Metro, has completed a £1.1m project to strengthen and protect three Metro bridges in South Tyneside. The project has seen new crash barriers installed to prevent the bridges from sustaining structural damage if any are hit by a car or...
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    Flagship Sunderland bus route gets AV technology

    17 December 2015
    A flagship city bus service in Sunderland has been fitted with audio visual technology to benefit passengers with disabilities. The Sunderland Connect 700/701 service has had audio visual displays installed on all three buses to aid passengers with visual and hearing impairments. It will also be of...
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    New contractor to deliver Metro modernisation works

    17 December 2015
    Nexus, which owns and manages the Tyne and Wear Metro, has appointed TXM Rail to carry out a range of large scale Metro modernisation projects over the next four years. TXM, a division of TXM Plant, has won the tender to deliver major track replacement schemes on the Metro system as part of the on-...
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    Metro brand features in £14m airport redevelopment

    16 December 2015
    The Tyne and Wear Metro’s iconic yellow livery is a striking new feature of a £14m redevelopment of the departure lounge at Newcastle International Airport. The new-look departure lounge has a range of new shops, cafes, restaurants and bar areas – and one of the designs has been inspired by Metro’s...
  • children showing drawings of level crossing safety posters

    Pupils create level crossing safety posters

    11 December 2015
    Nexus, which owns and manages the Tyne and Wear Metro, has given local school children the chance to design a series of level crossing safety posters which have been published in an eye-catching new calendar. Two schools located near to Metro level crossings in Newcastle and North Tyneside have...
  • people on a train

    North East passengers to benefit from rail deal

    9 December 2015
    Rail passengers in the North East will feel the benefit from new trains, more frequent services and smart ticket travel as part of a franchise deal between local councils and the Department for Transport announced today. The deal will also bring greater local powers to hold train companies to...
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    Nexus accountant is honoured by his profession

    30 November 2015
    A young accountant at Nexus has been honoured by his profession for his work on a project to improve local bus services. Tom Clarke received an award from the Chartered Institute for Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) in recognition of his outstanding contribution to public finance and...
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    Metro and Shields Ferry fares for 2016 are agreed

    24 November 2015
    Metro fares are to include savings on the price of single tickets in 2016. The cost of standard adult single Metro tickets will be reduced by 10p from January 2 next year. Pop Pay As You Go will remain the cheapest way to pay for single and daily Metro travel. A 60% discount for young people aged...
  • new art work of south shields interchange

    Green light for new Metro and bus interchange

    23 November 2015
    Plans for a new Transport Interchange for South Shields have been given the go-ahead. Members of South Tyneside Council's Planning Committee approved the application from the Council, Muse Developments Ltd and Nexus, which form part of the next phase of the South Shields 365 Town Centre masterplan...
  • people with new pop card

    View our latest newsletter for stakeholders

    16 November 2015
    Click on the link below to view the latest copy of Nexus Matters, our stakeholder newsletter. Discover the new way to travel with Pop Pay As You Go smart cards Meet our new apprentices See the impact of Metro: all change modernisation in graphics and pictures
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    Works completed at Gateshead Stadium and Felling

    13 November 2015
    Nexus, which owns, manages and is modernising the Tyne and Wear Metro, has completed a programme of modernisation work at Felling and Gateshead Stadium Metro stations. The work, which forms part of the £389m, Metro: all change modernisation programme, has seen both Metro stations given a fresh new...
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    The Shields Ferry's has its first female crew member

    12 November 2015
    The Shields Ferry has recruited its first ever female crew member. Nicola Peach has made history by becoming the first woman to take the controls of the historic cross-Tyne service. Nicola, 37, of Marsden in South Shields, started work on November 2 and is unfazed by joining the Ferry’s all male...
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    Pop Pay As You Go sells well in its first week

    6 November 2015
    Pay As You Go smart travel on the Tyne and Wear Metro has sold well during its first week of operation. Nexus, which owns and manages Metro, has sold 120 purple Pop Pay As You Go cards in the first two days alone since the product launched on Monday 2 November. Close to 300 Pop Pay As You Go...
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    Metro carries an extra 250,000 passengers at Rugby World Cup

    4 November 2015
    The Tyne and Wear Metro saw a quarter of a million more journeys over the ten days that Newcastle hosted the Rugby World Cup, new figures show. Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, said that during the three Rugby World Cup games at St James’ Park, and the Fan Zone events from...
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    Pop Pay As You Go smart travel is officially launched

    2 November 2015
    Passengers on the Tyne and Wear Metro can now enjoy the convenience and value of Pay As You Go smart travel using the Pop card. Transport Minister Andrew Jones and Cllr Nick Forbes, lead member for transport on the North East Combined Authority, met at Haymarket Metro station in Newcastle on Monday...
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    Metro passenger numbers rise to 39 million

    22 October 2015
    The Tyne and Wear Metro has achieved its highest passenger figures for five years, with the number of journeys on the system passing 39 million. Nexus, which owns and manages Metro, puts the growth down to keeping ticket prices low and the introduction of smart ticketing, which offers passengers...
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    Choirs invited to perform Christmas carols on Metro

    21 October 2015
    The Tyne and Wear Metro is calling upon North East choirs of all ages and backgrounds, to take part in a month of Christmas Carols at stations across the network, in a bid to raise money for charity this coming festive season. Each participating group will be able to choose the local or national...
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    Customers encouraged to pay for their travel online

    20 October 2015
    Nexus, which owns and manages the Tyne and Wear Metro, is encouraging Metro season ticket holders to pay for their travel using a new online click and collect service. Metro’s 25,000 season ticket holders can pay online and then collect their MetroSavers by touching in with their Pop card at any...
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    Metro modernisation reaches the halfway stage

    30 September 2015
    A striking new infographic tells the story so far behind the £389m modernisation of the Tyne and Wear Metro system. Nexus, which owns Metro and is delivering modernisation on behalf of the North East Combined Authority, has published the graphic to help explain the benefits to passengers, the...
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    Ten new apprentice engineers join Nexus

    25 September 2015
    Nexus, which owns and manages the Tyne and Wear Metro, has taken on ten new apprentices, including its first female apprentices in more than two decades. The female recruits – Morgan Saville, 18, from East Boldon in South Tyneside and Sam Davenport, 17, from Fulwell in Sunderland – have joined the...
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    Travel information for Rugby World Cup

    24 September 2015
    Public transport information for Rugby World Cup: Newcastle will be hosting three Rugby World Cup matches at St James’ Park. • Saturday 3 October: South Africa play Scotland, 4.45pm kick off • Friday 9 October: New Zealand play Tonga, 8pm kick off • Saturday 10 October: Samoa play Scotland, 2.30pm...
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    Join us at the North Tyneside Transport Forum

    23 September 2015
    Smart ticketing is on the agenda as North Tyneside residents and local groups prepare to share their ideas on public transport at September’s meeting of the North Tyneside Transport Forum. All members of the public are welcome to attend the forum, which is an opportunity to share constructive...
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    Robson Green's missing Metro video is finally found

    18 September 2015
    A long lost video of Robson Green promoting the Tyne and Wear Metro has been discovered more than two decades after it went missing. The educational video, which the Geordie actor appeared in before he shot to fame on British TV, was commissioned in the mid-1980s to deter anti-social behaviour on...
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    £6m revamp of Central Station Metro gets underway

    7 September 2015
    Nexus has begun a £6m scheme to revamp the Metro ticket hall and platforms at Central Station in Newcastle as part of an ongoing programme of station modernisation work right across the Metro system. The work forms part of the £350m Metro all change modernisation programme, which has already seen...
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    Shields Ferry hosts busking festival

    1 September 2015
    Shields Ferry passengers were entertained by buskers on their River Tyne crossings over the Bank Holiday weekend. The Crossing the Tyne Festival saw a busker’s pitch erected on board the Shields Ferry, as well as at both of the ferry landings. There was also a series of busking events at venues...
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    Former Tyne Ferry is transformed into a houseboat

    11 August 2015
    A former Shields Ferry that was facing the scrap yard has been lovingly transformed into a houseboat. The Shieldsman, which was retired in 2007 after 31 years of service on the River Tyne, has undergone a makeover at her new home on the South Coast. The project was a labour of love for the vessel’s...
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    Metro celebrates its 35th year of service

    10 August 2015
    The Tyne and Wear Metro is celebrating 35 years of service. Metro, which carries 38.1 million passenger journeys a year, first opened to the public on August 11, 1980. Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, says the system remains one of the most significant infrastructure projects in...
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    Student Metro travel is on the increase

    5 August 2015
    The Tyne and Wear Metro has seen a rise in student travel, new figures reveal. Nexus, which owns and manages Metro, say there has been a 48% increase in the sale of student MetroSaver tickets in the year to March 2015. In the last financial year Nexus sold 23,000 student MetroSavers, compared to 15...
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    Cullercoats Metro footbridge to close for six weeks

    4 August 2015
    Nexus, which owns, manages and is modernising the Tyne and Wear Metro, is to close the footbridge at Cullercoats Metro station for six weeks to allow for important strengthening work to be carried out. The footbridge will be closed to the public for six weeks from Monday, August 24. The essential...
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    Metro train fleet refurbishment is completed

    30 July 2015
    The £30m refurbishment of the Tyne and Wear Metro’s train fleet has been successfully completed, five months ahead of schedule. DB Regio Tyne and Wear, the light rail operator which runs the Metro on behalf of Nexus, has delivered the work as part of the Metro fleet’s ‘three-quarter life’...
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    New stands for your bus at Gateshead Interchange

    24 July 2015
    From 26th July 2015 passengers using Gateshead Interchange will be re-directed to new stand allocations for some of their bus services. Gateshead Interchange is one of the busiest bus stations in the North of England with more than five million people and hundreds of buses passing through every day...
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    Sunderland Connect bus service begins summer timetable

    23 July 2015
    A flagship Sunderland bus service has been praised for providing an excellent transport link for great days out across the city this summer. The Sunderland Connect service, 700, is now running a summer timetable, which offers greater options for families heading for Roker Beach to enjoy the summer...
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    Click and collect service for Pop card holders

    22 July 2015
    Metro’s 25,000 season ticket customers can now use a new ‘click and collect’ service to buy online and pick up at any station with a Pop smartcard. Nexus, which owns and manages the Tyne and Wear Metro, has launched the new website which makes it even easier for Pop card holders to pay for travel....
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    Metro safety message as school summer break begins

    22 July 2015
    Play safe – stay Safe. Keep off the Metro tracks. That is the message Nexus is putting out to parents and children over the school summer holidays. Nexus, the public body which owns and manages the Tyne and Wear Metro, has issued the safety warning as the summer break gets underway The school...
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    Children take a literary journey on Metro

    20 July 2015
    Children travelling by Metro during the school summer holidays will be able to go on a journey of literary discovery, thanks to a new series of posters. Travelling Tales is a collection of specially designed prints on display at five stations on the Tyne and Wear Metro system. The posters were...
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    Favourite journeys inspire Metro station makeover

    20 July 2015
    A busy station on the Tyne and Wear Metro system has had an artistic makeover thanks to the imagination of talented local schoolchildren. Longbenton Metro station in North Tyneside was given the facelift when five new pieces of artwork were installed, representing the collective creativity of...
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    Metro logo is brought to life for the school holidays

    15 July 2015
    The iconic Metro logo has been transformed into a cartoon character to promote travel on the system on days out during the school summer holidays. The world famous yellow Metro cube has become a cute and cuddly Metro mascot, featuring in a new TV advertising campaign for Metro and at a range of...
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    Public transport information for the Sunderland Airshow

    15 July 2015
    Public transport services for the 2015 Sunderland Airshow. The Sunderland Airshow takes place on the Roker sea front on Friday 24 July, Saturday 25 July and Sunday 26 July. Metro: Additional Metro trains will be running on Saturday and Sunday between Sunderland and Newcastle city centres and...
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    Keep cool and stay hydrated on Metro this summer

    13 July 2015
    Metro customers are being encouraged to keep cool and stay hydrated when travelling on the system this summer. With hot and humid temperatures set to continue into the school holidays, Metro has released useful well-being advice to remind customers, especially commuters, to take good care of...
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    Metro passengers make 2.5m smart journeys

    7 July 2015
    Tyne and Wear Metro passengers have made more than 2.5 million journeys using smart cards since the start of April, new figures show. Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, estimates that about 80,000 adults and students now hold their season tickets on smart cards, making 35,000...
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    Metro stars in its very own television advert

    3 July 2015
    The Tyne and Wear Metro is starring in its own TV advert as the service looks to build on growing passenger numbers. An all-star cast of popular local visitor attractions feature in the advert, part of a new campaign to inspire summer days out travelling by Metro. The advert hit television screens...
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    All day Metro travel for Gold Card holders

    2 July 2015
    Metro Gold Card holders get the added benefit of all day travel in July and August. Nexus, which owns and manages Metro, is repeating last year’s special offer by lifting the restriction which prevents holders using the Gold Card before 9.30am on weekdays for two months from Wednesday, 1 July, as...
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    Metro among best modern structures in the North East

    29 June 2015
    The Tyne and Wear Metro has been named among the best modern buildings in the North East by the prestigious Chartered Institute of Buildings. Metro won the award for the best new construction project between 1965 and 1995, pipping the Byker Wall and Newcastle Quayside to the honour. The awards...
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    Nexus invests £1.1m in a more reliable Metro service in South Tyneside

    26 June 2015
    Nexus, which owns, manages and is modernising the Tyne and Wear Metro, is investing £1.1m to strengthen and protect three Metro bridges in South Tyneside. The project will see new crash barriers installed to prevent structural damage if any of the bridges are hit by a car or a lorry. This will help...
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    Shields Ferry undergoes an engine refit

    23 June 2015
    An iconic cross-Tyne passenger ferry has undergone a £250,000 engine refit, extending the vessel’s service life on the river. Pride of the Tyne has had her engines overhauled in a programme of works which has also included improvements to on-board passenger facilities. It is the biggest refit since...
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    Plans for a new transport hub in South Shields unveiled

    19 June 2015
    Exciting plans have been unveiled for the development of a vibrant new transport interchange in South Shields as part of the £100m town centre regeneration scheme. The new-look transport interchange will be built in the heart of South Shields and will include a combined new Metro and bus station to...
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    Nexus to invest £40m in Metro modernisation over the next 12 months

    17 June 2015
    Nexus, which owns, manages and is modernising the Tyne and Wear Metro, is to invest £40m in modernisation work over the next 12 months. The work will focus on Metro track replacement, station refurbishment and essential new technology. The modernisation will include: • The completed refurbishment...
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    Mexican artwork finds a home on Metro

    15 June 2015
    A splash of Mexican colour and culture has arrived in North Tyneside following the creation of a new artwork at North Shields Metro station, thanks to the region’s most vibrant festival. As part of ¡Vamos! 2015, ‘El Patio de mi casa’ – which translates as ‘My House’s Backyard’ - was created at...
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    Metro passenger numbers grow fastest outside London

    9 June 2015
    The Tyne and Wear Metro has the fastest growing passenger numbers in the country outside of London. A Government report into the performance of England’s light rail and tram systems shows that Metro patronage rose the fastest in the year to the end of March 2015. The data, released by the...
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    Metro trains celebrate 40 years of service

    8 June 2015
    The first ever trains to enter service on the Tyne and Wear Metro have celebrated their 40th anniversary with a special commemorative journey for passengers and former staff. The two original Metro prototypes, Metrocars 4001 and 4002, were recognised for their outstanding service over the last four...
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    A new line up for river trips on the Shields Ferry

    20 May 2015
    Shields Ferry river cruises are back for summer, with an exciting new line up of live music and entertainment added to this year’s bill. Nexus, which owns and operates the cross-Tyne Shields Ferry service, is offering passengers a new range of evening cruises, featuring eight different live acts...
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    Bus route changes in the Sunderland coalfield region

    14 May 2015
    Bus passengers in Sunderland’s rural coalfields region will see two local routes altered from May 31, but this will not result in any loss of service. The 79 and the 79A, which connect Barnwell in Penshaw with Houghton-le-Spring and Hall Lane and Fence Houses, are to be withdrawn from Sunday May 31...
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    Zonal MetroSaver now available from ticket machines

    27 April 2015
    Nexus, which owns and manages the Tyne and Wear Metro, has made its zonal annual season tickets available at the touch of a button from Metro ticket machines. The zonal MetroSaver, which was introduced on January 2 and had previously been available over the counter from Nexus travel shops, is now...
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    Nexus invests in new tracks for QEII Metro bridge

    14 April 2015
    Nexus, which owns, manages and is modernising the Tyne Wear Metro, is to carry out a multi-million pound project to replace the tracks on the QEII Metro bridge which spans the River Tyne. The work, which forms part of the £389m Metro all change modernisation programme, involves replacing two 400...
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    Metro offers perfect platform to launch a small business

    14 April 2015
    Entrepreneurs ready to take their fledgling business ideas to the next level are being encouraged to consider the benefits of setting up shop on the Tyne and Wear Metro system. Whilst many might still associate Metro with the traditional newsagent, over the last five years the increased demand for...
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    Board game for Byker is a giant new artwork for Metro

    27 March 2015
    A board game taking players on a journey of discovery through Byker takes pride of place at the local Metro station from today (Saturday 28 March). Artists Michael Crilly and Chris Morton created the game as the centrepiece of the latest giant artwork at Byker Metro station, titled ‘The Point of...
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    New escalators for Heworth and Gateshead

    18 March 2015
    Nexus has completed the modernisation of escalators at two of the busiest Metro stations south of the Tyne. A total of eight new escalators have been installed at Gateshead and Heworth Interchanges as part of the £389m Metro: all change modernisation programme. The new escalators replace original ‘...
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    Nexus staff feature in 'Apprentice Greats'

    11 March 2015
    A new book about local business leaders who began their careers as apprentices features three senior staff from Nexus. The North East Chamber of Commerce (NECC) unveiled its ‘Apprentice Greats’ book at a glittering launch event on Monday 9 March. The book, sponsored by Gateshead College and...
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    Apprenticeship scheme attracts more women

    11 March 2015
    Nexus, which owns and manages the Tyne and Wear Metro, has seen a higher number of women apply for its engineering apprenticeship scheme – with the recruitment process running until March 31. Hundreds have applied for the training so far, double the number of females compared to last year, with...
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    Jarrow bus station refurbishment completed

    5 March 2015
    Nexus has completed a project to refurbish Jarrow bus station. The £120,000 scheme includes improvements to passenger waiting areas, lighting and security. Nexus, which manages Jarrow bus station, has installed five new modern bus shelters to replace the two 20-year-old ‘tunnels’ that previously...
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    Job seekers' travel scheme is hailed a success

    4 March 2015
    A scheme which provides job seekers in Tyne and Wear with free journeys on public transport has been hailed a success in helping people to get back into work. The Job Seekers’ Travel Voucher Scheme provides bus and Metro journeys to get to and from job interviews and training courses. The £133,000...
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    Nexus wins a national award for Taxicard service

    2 March 2015
    Saving money while protecting a lifeline service for disabled people has won public body Nexus a national award for excellence in procurement. The Taxicard scheme is used by more than 3,000 members in Tyne and Wear who get discounted taxi travel to get to shops, leisure activities and health...
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    Combined Authority wins benefits for local people from new rail franchises

    27 February 2015
    The North East Combined Authority has welcomed ‘Invitations to Tender’ for the Northern and TransPennine Express rail franchises published today, promising a better deal for passengers, additional journeys across the region and new local accountability for how services are delivered. The neca has...
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    Metro bosses welcome Chancellor’s support for new trains

    27 February 2015
    Transport bosses in the North East have welcomed support from the Chancellor George Osborne as they develop plans for an essential new Metro train fleet. Mr Osborne, who was visiting the region today, said:  “We are inviting local authorities to present a business case for future investment in the...
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    Passengers enjoy some 1950s nostalgia in Gateshead

    18 February 2015
    Passengers at Gateshead Interchange have taken a nostalgic trip back to the 1950s, thanks to Beamish Museum. A replica living room from a typical semi-detached 1950s home was set up in the bus concourse at Gateshead. Beamish is asking people who live in 1950s semi-detached houses across the region...
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    Price cut boosts Metro Gold Card sales

    17 February 2015
    Metro Gold Card sales have almost doubled since the price was cut from £25 to £12. The cost of a Gold Card, which offers discounted Metro travel to pensioners and people with disabilities, was halved from 1 April last year. The new price has prompted an extra 24,000 sales over the last nine months...
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    Gateshead Interchange hosts World War I exhibit

    16 February 2015
    Gateshead Interchange hosting to a digital art installation which provides a contemporary insight into the effect of the First World War on the people of Tyne and Wear. Parade Ground, by the digital artist Guy Schofield, is a large-scale video exhibit projected on to a set of temporary hoardings,...
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    Metro modernisation: South Gosforth to Haymarket

    11 February 2015
    Nexus, which owns, manages and is modernising the Tyne and Wear Metro, is to carry out a series of modernisation works on Metro’s busiest section of line between South Gosforth and Haymarket in Newcastle. The work, which forms part of the £389m Metro: all change modernisation programme, will see a...
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    Young carers display artwork at Gateshead Interchange

    4 February 2015
    A series of thought-provoking posters reflecting the challenges which are faced by young carers have gone on display at Gateshead Interchange. Each poster, drawn by the children themselves, details the range of emotions they face in their daily lives while caring for members of their family who are...
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    Two North East travel projects shortlisted for national awards

    4 February 2015
    Two Tyne and Wear-based travel projects have been announced as finalists in a national awards ceremony which recognises the best marketing campaigns of the year. Go Smarter, the Tyne and Wear programme that promotes sustainable travel, and Nexus, the Tyne and Wear Passenger Transport Executive,...
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    Metro's smart ticket system is voted the best in Europe

    29 January 2015
    The Tyne and Wear Metro’s smartcard ticketing system has been voted the best in Europe. Nexus, which owns, manages and is modernising Metro, along with its main contractors Ecebs and Scheidt and Bachmann, won Best Smart Ticketing Service at the 2015 Transport Ticketing Awards in London. The award...
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    Light blue colour scheme chosen for Central Station

    29 January 2015
    Metro passengers have voted in their thousands and have chosen a vibrant light blue colour scheme for the new-look Central Station in Newcastle. More than 5,000 people voted after Nexus gave passengers a chance to have their say on the new colour scheme. Nexus, which owns, manages and is...
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    Tickets gates are installed at Chichester

    16 January 2015
    Nexus, which owns, manages and is modernising the Tyne and Wear Metro, has installed automatic ticket gates at Chichester Metro station in South Tyneside. The new ticket gates have been installed over the last two weeks and will be switched on in February. It will mean that the station will be...
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    Apprentices get behind the wheel of a Metro vehicle

    15 January 2015
    Nexus, which owns and manages the Tyne and Wear Metro, has given its new apprentices the chance to get first-hand experience of operating multi-million pound railway maintenance equipment. Ten first year apprentices, who are part of the three-year Nexus Apprenticeship Scheme, got the chance to...
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    Heritage railway gets Metro level crossing lights

    15 January 2015
    Nexus, the public body which owns and manages the Tyne and Wear Metro, has donated a set of level crossing stop lights to one of the North’s most well-known heritage railways. The Wensleydale Railway in North Yorkshire, which is run by volunteers, has been given a used set of red stop lights from...
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    Metro driver turns counsellor after fatal accident

    7 January 2015
    A Metro driver who was involved in a fatal collision while in the cab of his train has trained as a counsellor to help colleagues who find themselves in the same position. Alan Hudson, a Metro driver for 14 years, decided to become a counsellor as a way of coping with the trauma of an incident five...
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    New zone-by-zone prices for annual MetroSavers

    6 January 2015
    Metro passengers who buy annual MetroSavers can now buy tickets priced zone-by-zone for annual season tickets, offering cheaper travel for thousands of commuters. The zonal MetroSavers are now on sale exclusively from all Nexus Travelshops.  They will be available from all Metro station ticket...
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    Nexus looks to recruit ten new apprentices

    23 December 2014
    Nexus, which owns and manages the Tyne and Wear Metro, has embarked on a third consecutive year of apprentice recruitment for its rail engineering section. A total of ten apprentices are being sought to join the Nexus Apprenticeship Scheme in the autumn of 2015. Nexus expanded the scheme in 2013...
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    Nexus keep transport hubs safe from sex offenders

    23 December 2014
    Customer service workers at Nexus are playing a key role in keeping public transport hubs safe from sex offenders. The Nexus staff have appeared in a new national training video, commissioned by the independent charity Leisurewatch, on how to spot the characteristics and actions of potential...
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    New warning lights for Metro level crossings

    17 December 2014
    Nexus, which owns and manages the Tyne and Wear Metro, has successfully completed an £800,000 project to improve safety at Metro level crossings – including the introduction of warning lights for pedestrians. Five level crossings, which are maintained by Nexus, have received a series of safety...
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    Record sales for Metro's corporate travel scheme

    15 December 2014
    Employers are signing up for a staff travel scheme on Tyne and Wear Metro in record numbers after the Corporate MetroSaver ticket scheme was extended earlier this year, allowing smaller companies with fewer staff to sign up. As a result, Nexus has seen a rise in the number of enquiries and...
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    Nexus sets the standard in good financial management

    15 December 2014
    Nexus is in the top 1% of public bodies when it comes to managing its accounts efficiently, it has been announced. Nexus, which owns and manages the Tyne and Wear Metro, has been marked out for praise by the Government-appointed Audit Commission for the speed with which it was able to publish fully...
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    Art at Byker lifts lid on the secret etiquette of travel

    11 December 2014
    A new giant artwork at Byker Metro station throws a striking new light on the etiquette of travelling by public transport. The work by Cecilia Stenbom, Unspoken, explores the personal preferences and hang-ups we all have when using buses and Metro.  The finished 11-metre long work weaves the...
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    Shields Ferry unveils a new Tyne heritage display

    10 December 2014
    The Shields Ferry has unveiled a vibrant new display which celebrates the heritage of the River Tyne. Nexus, which owns and manages the cross-Tyne ferry service, has installed the new display board in the passenger waiting room at the South Shields ferry landing. The colourful display, which...
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    A new Transport Operations Director is appointed

    27 November 2014
    The North East Combined Authority today announced the appointment of its first Managing Director for Transport Operations, to deliver high quality, integrated public transport services across the region. Tobyn Hughes, previously Deputy Director General of Nexus, will take on the new role...
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    Jarrow bus station refurbished in £120,000 programme

    26 November 2014
    Jarrow bus station is being refurbished in a £120,000 project to improve waiting areas, lighting and security. Nexus, which manages the station, is installing five new modern shelters at Jarrow to replace the two 20-year-old ‘tunnels’ that make up the current station. Cllr Allan West, South...
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    New ticket gates for Byker Metro station

    25 November 2014
    Nexus, which owns, manages and is modernising the Tyne and Wear Metro, has started work on the installation of automatic ticket gates at Byker Metro station in Newcastle. Byker will be the twelfth Metro station to have gatelines, with the work to install them getting underway this week. Chichester...
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    Metro fares for 2015 include new season ticket options

    13 November 2014
    Metro and Shields Ferry fare changes for 2015 include price reductions for young people and a price freeze for pensioners and people with disabilities. There will also be more flexible ways for passengers to pay for their travel rolled out over the course of next year. Nexus, the public body which...
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    Metro shows its support for the Poppy Appeal

    7 November 2014
    Two of the busiest Metro stations have been decorated with a stunning display of poppies ahead of this weekend’s Remembrance Services. The displays, which feature large vinyl poppies mounted on to vitreous enamel panels, have been installed at Monument Metro station in Newcastle and at the Park...
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    Metro art paints a bright future for young women

    7 November 2014
    Metro has teamed up with a community group to help support vulnerable young women across South Tyneside through art. DB Regio Tyne and Wear, which operates the Metro on behalf of Nexus, has unveiled the two pieces of artwork produced by 35 young women of the Bright Futures group, at Chichester...
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    North East bus plans set for independent review

    27 October 2014
    A plan to improve bus services in Tyne and Wear while providing savings for local taxpayers has been submitted to an independent panel of experts for review. The North East Combined Authority (neca) approved the plan to establish local council control of bus services, through a Quality Contracts...
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    Courts issue fines for disorderly conduct on Metro

    24 October 2014
    Six people have been found guilty and fined for disorderly conduct on the Metro system. All of the following cases were heard at North Tyneside Magistrates Court on 8 October 2014. Thomas Quinn, of Grace Street, Byker, was found guilty of disorderly behaviour at Monument station on 10 July 2014 and...
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    North East bus shake-up gets the green light

    21 October 2014
    In a move which could signal the biggest changes to the way buses operate across the region since de-regulation in the 1980s, members of the North East Combined Authority (neca) have today agreed to submit proposals for the introduction of a Quality Contracts Scheme (QCS) for consideration by a...
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    Metro Help Points are to be modernised

    16 October 2014
    Nexus, which owns, manages and is modernising the Tyne and Wear Metro, is investing half a million pounds on the modernisation of passenger help points on the Metro system. The work will vastly improve the quality and reliability of the help points, switching them from an analogue to a digital...
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    QuayLink buses now accept Pop cards

    15 October 2014
    A flagship city bus route has become the first in Tyne and Wear to accept passengers with a Pop card, in a major boost for integration between bus and Metro services. Metro customers can now use their Pop cards to travel on the QuayLink bus, which connects the major attractions on the Newcastle-...
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    Community art marks the refurbishment of Bede Metro station

    3 October 2014
    A vibrant new community artwork has been unveiled to mark the completion of refurbishment work at Bede Metro station in South Tyneside. Ten colourful panels have been designed to span both platforms at the stations, designed by local artist Mark Gibson with the help of the Bede of Jarrow U3A,...
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    New art is a step back in time at Hebburn Metro station

    3 October 2014
    A new community artwork which takes passengers on a journey through the history of the local community has been unveiled at Hebburn Metro station. A High Place Beside The Water was created by local photographer Karen Atkinson, with the help of the Jarrow and Hebburn Local History Society, to mark...
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    Metro safety campaign wins global recognition

    3 October 2014
    An initiative aimed at raising awareness of the dangers of obstructing the Metro doors has won an industry accolade at the Light Rail Awards 2014. DB Regio Tyne and Wear, which operates the Metro on behalf of Nexus, won the Significant Safety Initiative category at the awards for its Door Safety...
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    Courts take action against disorderly conduct on the Metro system

    30 September 2014
    Five people have been found guilty and fined for disorderly conduct on the Metro system. Mustafa Karwan of Roker Avenue, Sunderland, was found guilty of disorderly conduct on Metro premises, at Newcastle Central Metro Station on 25 June 2014 and was fined £400 and ordered to pay £90 costs. The...
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    Nexus Director General announces retirement

    25 September 2014
    The Director General of Nexus, Bernard Garner, is to retire. Mr Garner has led Nexus since 2006, overseeing record £389m investment in the Tyne and Wear Metro, the roll-out of smart ticketing and the Bus Strategy Delivery Project.   The process of seeking a new Managing Director for Transport...
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    New warning lights to be installed at Metro level crossings

    24 September 2014
    Nexus, which owns, manages and is modernising the Tyne and Wear Metro, is investing £800,000 on new safety features at Metro level crossings. The five level crossings which are maintained by Nexus are to get brighter stop lights and clearer warning signs as part of the £389m Metro: all change...
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    Passenger fined £333 for obstructing the doors of a Metro train

    16 September 2014
    A man has been fined for obstructing the doors of a Metro train, causing a delay to the service. Orlando Bevan, 20, of Ludlow, Shropshire pleaded guilty to obstructing the doors on a Metro train, at Gateshead Metro Station on May 20, 2014. Bevan appeared at North Tyneside Magistrates' Court on 10...
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    Long service award for Shields Ferry skipper

    10 September 2014
    A Shields Ferry skipper has clocked up 25 years of service with Nexus. Bob Paterson, of Boldon in South Tyneside, has been recognised for more than two decades spent working on the cross-Tyne service between North Shields and South Shields. Bob, who works as a Boat Master, has been presented with a...
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    Local artists chosen to bring colour to Hebburn and Bede Metro Stations

    10 September 2014
    Two local artists have been chosen to work with their local communities to design new artworks for Hebburn and Bede stations on the Tyne and Wear Metro in South Tyneside. The works by Karen Atkinson and Mark Gibson will take pride of place at the stations which are currently being refurbished...
  • Young people’s travel on transport forum agenda

    8 September 2014
    Travel for young people and plans for road safety are among the subjects to be discussed at the second meeting of the North Tyneside Transport Forum later this month. All members of the public are welcome to attend the forum, which is organised by North Tyneside Council in response to  suggestions...
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    Lift and escalator modernisation work on the Metro system

    8 September 2014
    Nexus, which owns, manages and is modernising the Tyne and Wear Metro, has started worked to replace two more passenger lifts at Jesmond and Manors Metro stations in Newcastle. The work to replace the lifts serving Platform Two at both of the respective Metro stations began today, Monday 8...
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    Metro beekeeping project benefits the environment

    5 September 2014
    Nexus, which owns and manages the Tyne and Wear Metro, has boosted its eco-friendly credentials with a beekeeping project in one of the Metro system’s track-side areas. It is the first time in the history of Metro that a project of this kind has been located on Metro property. Nexus is trialling...
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    Metro footbridge re-opens in North Tyneside

    1 September 2014
    A Metro footbridge in North Tyneside that was closed for six weeks for repair work has now re-opened to the public - in time for the new school term. The pedestrian footbridge linking Marmion Terrace and Norham Road in Monkseaton was re-opened on Sunday, 31 August. Nexus, which owns, manages and is...
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    Shields Ferry gets a clean bill of health thanks to a tiny unmanned sub

    20 August 2014
    The Shields Ferry is shipshape for passenger service thanks to the efforts of a tiny unmanned submersible. A remotely operated vehicle (ROV) has been used to carry out a mandatory inspection of the hull on Spirit of the Tyne – ensuring she can remain in the water for the daily Tyne crossings. The...
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    Metro bridge lights go out to mark World War One centenary

    4 August 2014
    The lights on the Metro Bridge spanning the River Tyne were turned off for an hour from 10pm on Monday 4 August to mark a hundred years since the outbreak of World War One. The Nocturne project, which illuminates the QEII Metro bridge, was switched off as part of a nationwide programme of events to...
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    Charities benefit from Metro lost property auction

    30 July 2014
    Nexus, which owns and manages the Tyne and Wear Metro, has raised over a thousand pounds for charity from its Metro lost property auction. A total of £1,258 has now been officially handed over to good causes, while many other unclaimed items have been recycled or donated to charities. The Metro...
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    Better local bus services for Sunderland and Washington

    29 July 2014
    People in Sunderland and Washington will benefit from a better local bus service thanks to improvements to two key services provided by Nexus for the town. Local councillors have welcomed the changes to the 37 and 73 routes between Washington and Sunderland which came in from Monday, 28 July. The...
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    New coffee shop is just the ticket for Gateshead Interchange

    23 July 2014
    A new coffee shop has opened at Gateshead Interchange, thanks to the efforts of two young entrepreneurs. The GoodBrews coffee shop is a joint start-up venture which has been set up by Anthony Dickson, 27, and his girlfriend Samantha Smallwood, 24, who gave up a job in high street retail to help run...
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    Families make the most of city centre bus route

    22 July 2014
    Families are making the most of an improved city centre bus route in Sunderland. The Sunderland Connect service, 700, is now running to a summer timetable, which offers greater options for families heading for Roker Beach to enjoy the hot weather. And there is great value, with an all-day family...
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    New lighting transforms Gateshead Interchange

    21 July 2014
    Nexus, which owns, manages and is modernising the Tyne and Wear Metro, has completed a project to greatly improve the quality of the lighting at Gateshead Interchange Metro concourse. The Metro concourse, ticket hall and platforms at Gateshead have been fitted with brighter and more energy...
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    Children's art brings colour to West Jesmond

    18 July 2014
    Primary school pupils from Jesmond have created a colourful series of new pictures for their local Metro station, showing scenes from their vibrant local community. It has been created in a unique partnership between Newcastle art gallery The Biscuit Factory’s charitable foundation, West Jesmond...
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    Better local bus services for Washington

    17 July 2014
    Nexus is making changes to bus routes it provides between Washington and Sunderland to give local people a better service from the end of July. The improvements to routes 37 and 73 will give local people better and more direct links between homes and employment sites for thousands of people,...
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    Metro footbridge in Monkseaton to close temporarily for repair work

    9 July 2014
    Nexus, which owns, manages and is modernising Metro, is to temporarily close a well-used Metro footbridge in North Tyneside to allow for essential repair work. The pedestrian footbridge linking Marmion Terrace and Norham Road in Monkseaton will be removed for repairs and repainting for six weeks...
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    Nexus apprentices lend a helping hand at St Oswald's Hospice in Newcastle

    2 July 2014
    Nexus apprentices have taken a break from their training to give the gardens a makeover at St Oswald’s Hospice in Newcastle. All Nexus apprentices have to carry out a small element of work that benefits the community as part of the three-year apprentice training programme. Nexus, which has its...
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    New lift installed at Walkergate Metro station

    30 June 2014
    Nexus, which owns, manages and is modernising Metro, has completed a major refurbishment project at Walkergate Metro station in Newcastle, including a passenger lift at the station for the first time. The new lift provides Walkergate station with vastly improved access, especially for passengers...
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    All day travel for Metro Gold Card holders in July and August

    30 June 2014
    Metro Gold Card holders will get the added benefit of all day travel in July and August. Nexus, which owns and manages Metro, is repeating last year’s special offer by lifting the restriction which prevents holders using the Gold Card before 9.30am on weekdays for two months from Tuesday 1 July....
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    New Sunday services for Sunderland's green bus to the beach

    26 June 2014
    The Sunderland Connect bus service is running to its summer timetable  – with a new Sunday service added to give families and visitors an even better way to link the city’s attractions with its spectacular coastline. From Saturday 28 June until 12 September the popular ‘700’ Sunderland Connect...
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    Passenger lifts at Jesmond and Manors Metro stations are to be replaced

    17 June 2014
    Nexus, which owns, manages and is modernising the Tyne and Wear Metro, is to replace the passenger lifts at Manors and Jesmond Metro stations in Newcastle as part of its £389m modernisation programme. A total of four new lifts will be installed in a phased programme starting from Monday June 23....
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    Nexus starts modernising essential cable troughing on Metro's busiest line

    16 June 2014
    Nexus, which owns, manages and is modernising Metro, has commenced a programme of work to modernise essential cable troughing on the busiest section of the Metro system - but it won’t cause any disruption to services. The work, which is taking place between Jesmond and South Gosforth, involves the...
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    Giant new artwork celebrates the heroes of Byker

    12 June 2014
    Singer Cheryl Cole, a Hong Kong civil rights activist and the inventor of reinforced concrete star in a giant new artwork celebrating the people who have emerged from the East end of Newcastle to make their mark on the world. Also featured in Heroes of Byker are playwright Lee Hall, Victorian world...
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    Metro lost property auction to raise money for charity

    12 June 2014
    Nexus, which owns and manages the Tyne and Wear Metro, has put thousands of items of Metro lost property under the hammer to raise money for charity. The Metro Lost Property Auction – the first one to be held by Nexus since 2009 – took place at Park Lane Interchange in Sunderland on Thursday 19...
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    Nexus invests £6.4m in a new digital radio system on Metro

    9 June 2014
    Nexus, the public body which owns, manages and is modernising the Tyne and Wear Metro, is investing £6.4m in a new digital radio system for its fleet of Metro trains. The new radio system is being installed in the driver’s cabs on Metro’s fleet of 90 trains and in the Metro Control Room at South...
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    Residents views canvassed on transport issues

    5 June 2014
    A new forum will be held for the first time next week to give North Tyneside residents an opportunity to  share their ideas on public transport. Each year people in North Tyneside make over 11 million bus journeys and more than seven  million trips on Metro while many more use local taxi services...
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    Jarrow, Hebburn and Bede Metro stations undergo modernisation work

    3 June 2014
    Nexus, which owns, manages and is modernising Metro, has started refurbishing three Metro stations in South Tyneside in a project which will greatly improve access for disabled passengers. The work at Jarrow, Hebburn and Bede stations will see the stations given a fresh new look, with improved...
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    Shields Ferry river cruises are back for the summer

    15 May 2014
    The Shields Ferry is gearing up for another bumper summer of river cruises, with a growing number of tourists flocking to the region to see the sights of the Tyne. Nexus, which owns and operates the cross-Tyne Shields Ferry service, will be running a busy schedule of river cruises, starting in June...
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    Passenger fined £300 for obstructing a Metro train's doors

    24 April 2014
    A man has been fined £300 for obstructing the doors of a Metro train, causing a delay to the service. Stephen Cullen, 55, of Buttermere Grove in Oldham has pleaded guilty to obstructing the doors on a Metro train, at Byker station on March 2, 2014. He appeared at Court on April 16 and was fined £...
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    Tributes to the man who built the Metro system

    22 April 2014
    Nexus has paid tribute to a former director general who oversaw the construction and opening of the Metro system in the late 70s and early 1980s. Desmond Fletcher, who was from Whitley Bay, headed up the Tyne and Wear Passenger Transport Executive (PTE) for seven years, from 1976 to 1983.  He died...
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    Metro Gold Card price cut prompts increased sales

    16 April 2014
    A cut in the cost of Metro travel for elderly and disabled passengers has sparked an increase in sales. Nexus, which owns and manages the Tyne and Wear Metro, has been inundated with thousands of applications for Metro Gold Cards following the introduction of a price cut from April 1. The cost of a...
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    Metro travel is now being sold at over 400 shops across the region

    14 April 2014
    Tyne and Wear Metro travel is now available to buy from over 400 retail outlets across the region using a smartcard. Nexus, which owns and manages Metro, has announced a tie up with the consumer payments network, Payzone. This means that Metro customers can buy Metro season tickets using a Pop card...
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    Nexus begins supplemental consultation on Quality Contracts Scheme proposal

    9 April 2014
    Nexus has today (9 April) opened a short period of supplemental consultation as it moves to complete a proposal for the UK’s first bus Quality Contracts Scheme. The Quality Contracts Scheme proposal is aimed at halting a long-term decline in the number of people using local buses and protecting...
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    Fines for two men who obstructed Metro train doors

    7 April 2014
    Two people have been fined for obstructing the doors of a Metro train, causing a delay to the service. Steven Richardson, 32 of Holly Avenue, Wallsend, and Glenn Smith, 26, of Ridley Terrace, Gateshead, have both been proven guilty to obstructing the doors on a Metro train, at Wallsend on January...
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    Nexus begins trialling Pay As You Go Metro travel

    26 March 2014
    Nexus, which owns, manages and is modernising the Tyne and Wear Metro system, has begun trialling the Metro’s first ever Pay As You Go smart ticket products. The ‘Pay As You Go’ pilot was launched by the Chairman of the Tyne and Wear ITA, Cllr David Wood on Tuesday 25 March. A new-look purple Pop...
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    Nexus launches a new travel safe guide for young people

    21 March 2014
    Nexus has launched a new travel safe guide to help young people develop the confidence to use the public transport network, including Metros and buses. The guide book, which is to become an educational tool for all schools to use, has been designed by children with autism and Asperger’s syndrome...
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    Metro Gold Card holders reminded that the price cut starts on 1 April

    21 March 2014
    Metro Gold Card holders are being reminded that the price will be reduced from £25 to £12 for anyone buying the ticket from Tuesday 1 April 2014. The new price, which comes into effect in just under two weeks, reflects the fact that the Metro Gold Cards are much easier to buy and use. The new Gold...
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    New bus route improves links to North Tyneside Hospital

    18 March 2014
    A new bus route in North Tyneside starts on Monday, 24 March, to restore important links to the local hospital. Nexus has funded the new 359 service to connect neighbourhoods including West Allotment and the Marden Estate in Cullercoats with North Tyneside General Hospital. Residents in both areas...
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    Nexus unveils its new £2.3m rail maintenance vehicle

    13 March 2014
    Nexus, which owns, manages and is modernising Metro, has invested £2.3m in a state-of-the-art new rail maintenance vehicle to ensure Tyne and Wear Metro tracks are kept up to scratch for many decades to come. The new vehicle has been bought as part of the £389m Metro all change modernisation...
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    Metro provides one of the best airport links in the country

    10 March 2014
    The Tyne and Wear Metro provides one of the best airport links in the country, according to a Which? Report by the influential Consumers Association. With five trains an hour, the quick and convenient Metro service to Newcastle International Airport beat dedicated non-stop services to Heathrow and...
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    Bus service changes in Newcastle

    7 March 2014
    Nexus is making a change to bus services in the west of Newcastle this month, with a new local route launched next month. The new 71A will connect Throckley, Newburn, Walbottle, Chapel Park, Westerhope and Newbiggin Hall with Kingston Park. From Sunday, 23 March, it will run every hour on evenings...
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    Nexus wins a national award for its staff training schemes

    6 March 2014
    Nexus, which owns, manages and the Tyne and Metro, has marked National Apprentice Week by scooping a top award for its outstanding commitment to staff training. Nexus was named best in the UK rail industry for training and development at the Rail Business Awards in London, beating off competition...
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    Families get smart travel advice direct to their sofa

    5 March 2014
    More than 108,000 families are to get personal travel advice sent to their homes – using smart phone technology to let them see next bus times without leaving the sofa. The largest personal travel planning campaign ever mounted in the region is part of a £5m investment programme by local...
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    The £30m refurbishment of Metro's train fleet reaches the halfway mark

    26 February 2014
    The £30m modernisation of Tyne and Wear Metro trains has reached the halfway mark, with the project on schedule to be completely finished by May 2015. Extensive refurbishment work has been completed on a total of 43 Metro cars, which are now back in service, with a further 43 set to be ready by...
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    Cost of Metro Gold Card to be cut from £25 to £12 from April 1

    24 February 2014
    The price of a Metro Gold Card is to be reduced, from £25 to £12 for anyone buying the ticket from 1 April 2014. The new price reflects the fact that the Metro Gold Cards are much easier to buy and use. The Gold Card is now being sold as a smartcard product which can be uploaded directly on to a...
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    Court sentences man for attacking Nexus employee

    20 February 2014
    Nexus said today that attacks against members of its staff will not be tolerated, after a man was sentenced by the courts for assaulting a public transport researcher while they were on duty. The attack, which took place on board a bus in Newcastle on 25 August last year, saw a Nexus worker...
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    Metro investment reaches £150m milestone

    17 February 2014
    More than £150m has now been put into modernising the Tyne and Wear Metro since the ‘all change’ investment programme began in 2010. Cllr David Wood, Chairman of the Tyne and Wear Integrated Transport Authority, this week marked the milestone by meeting Nexus engineers and contractors carrying out...
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    Nexus up for four national rail awards

    4 February 2014
    Nexus has been shortlisted in a record four categories at this month’s prestigious UK Rail Business Awards, recognising its commitment to innovation, investment in staff and a good relationship with local people. The public body, which owns and manages the Tyne and Wear Metro, has been recognised...
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    Nexus invests an extra £100,000 to prevent low rail adhesion

    31 January 2014
    Nexus, which owns and manages the Tyne and Wear Metro, is investing an extra £100,000 in the clearance of trackside vegetation across the system in a bid to reduce incidents of low rail adhesion in autumn 2014. The extra resources will be ploughed into cutting back more trees and shrubbery...
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    Better bus shelters for North Shields town centre

    30 January 2014
    People catching a bus from North Shields are feeling the benefit of investment by Nexus to improve shelters in the town centre, including better lighting and CCTV security. A new 23-metre shelter for the busy bus stops in Bedford Street meets the standard seen at town centre bus stations in Tyne...
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    Metro passengers feel the benefit of contactless payment

    13 January 2014
    More than 20,000 Metro passengers are enjoying the benefit of contactless card payment at ticket machines, new figures show. Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, introduced Paywave contactless technology to its 225 new ticket machines earlier this year. And it has proved a hit with...
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    Nexus to invest £35m in Metro modernisation in 2014

    9 January 2014
    Nexus plans to invest £35m in Metro modernisation work in 2014, but passengers will not see any major line closures planned on weekdays. The bulk of the modernisation work next year will be carried out at weekends and during the night, meaning less disruption for commuters. There will not be a...
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    Metro's smart ticketing system grows in use

    18 December 2013
    The Tyne and Wear Metro’s £25m smart ticketing system – including automatic ticket gates and validators – has seen 10,000 passengers touching in every day using smartcards after just a month of being in operation. Nexus, which owns, manages and is modernising Metro, says that more and more Metro...
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    Discover the latest giant artwork at Byker Metro

    17 December 2013
    A new giant artwork at Byker Metro station throws a colourful new light on the Newcastle suburb. The work by Patrick Murphy, Love My Byker, captures local landmarks in and around the main shopping street of Shields Road. The finished 11-metre long work blows the images up to a huge scale across one...
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    Students and young people to pay less for Metro travel

    17 December 2013
    Students and young people can look forward to paying less for the cost of Metro travel in 2014. The reduced prices will come into effect from Thursday 2 January as part of the annual review of Metro fares. A four week all zone student MetroSaver is coming down from £53.25 to £48. The inner zone...
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    Nexus sets the standard in good financial management

    12 December 2013
    Nexus is in the top 1% of public bodies when it comes to managing its accounts efficiently. Nexus, which owns and manages the Tyne and Wear Metro, has been marked out for praise by the Government-appointed Audit Commission for the speed with which it was able to publish fully audited accounts with...
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    More trains call at Dunston and Blaydon

    9 December 2013
    Many more trains will be calling at Dunston and Blaydon stations in west Gateshead as Northern Rail improves local services. Customers will really start to notice the difference between Newcastle and Hexham/Carlisle, when a more regular service will call at Dunston and Blaydon stations, seven days...
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    Public awareness campaign for Metro smart ticketing system

    5 December 2013
    Nexus, which owns, manages and is modernising Metro, is running a public awareness campaign across the Metro system to promote its new smart ticketing system, including the new automatic ticket gates and validators. The campaign aims to show Metro customers how easy it is to use the new ticketing...
  • Disabled groups find out more about Metro smart ticketing

    2 December 2013
    Nexus, which owns, manages and is modernising Metro, has carried out a series of familiarisation events to help disabled people get used to Metro’s new smart ticketing system. Nexus staff have been working closely with locally-based disability groups to show them how to use Metro’s smartcard...
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    Metro and Shields Ferry fares for 2014

    28 November 2013
    Fares on the Tyne and Wear Metro are to be increased by an average of 2.5% in the New Year, well below the average fare rises in the UK railway industry. Nexus, which owns and manages Metro, has had a proposal agreed that Metro fares go up by less than the current rate of inflation, and well below ...
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    Winter travel advice for bus passengers

    14 January 2016
    Nexus, bus companies and local councils are working together to give you the best possible bus service this winter. We’re sharing information, co-ordinating gritting, and planning ahead to keep on the road.  Weather conditions in our region are unstable and can vary within a few miles, making it...
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    Passenger who obstructed Metro train doors is fined

    18 November 2013
    A man has been prosecuted and fined for obstructing the doors of a Metro train, a few weeks after a safety campaign was launched to remind passengers how dangerous this can be. John Adams, 28, of Kyloe Place, Newbiggin Hall, Newcastle, was found guilty of obstructing the doors of a train in his...
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    Nexus consults on possible changes to 59 bus in North Tyneside

    15 November 2013
    Nexus is consulting on possible changes to a bus service it provides in North Tyneside. It wants to hear local views on whether the route of the 59 should be altered following recent changes to commercial services in the area. Residents and councillors in West Allotment and the Marden Estate had...
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    Nexus teams up with Girlguiding to promote rail safety

    12 November 2013
    Nexus has launched a pilot project with Girlguiding to promote railway safety on the Tyne and Wear Metro. The initiative saw Nexus, which owns and manages Metro, team up with Girlguiding’s 1st Forest Hall Guides in North Tyneside to teach them key transport safety messages. Nexus has introduced its...
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    Metro passengers asked to touch in and out with smart cards

    7 November 2013
    Metro passengers can look forward to a new and more modern way of accessing the system as Metro’s new smart functionality – including automatic ticket gates and validators - is activated. This is believed to be the largest scale implementation of a smartcard system using gatelines in the UK outside...
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    Metro launches train door safety campaign

    23 October 2013
    Metro has launched a safety campaign encouraging passengers not to obstruct the doors of a train, and in the process improve services. The initiative includes a specially commissioned animation titled 'Use your brain near a train'. The satirical film features cartoon characters who receive a range...
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    Ticket gates for Byker and Chichester Metro stations

    17 October 2013
    Nexus, which owns, manages and is modernising the Tyne and Wear Metro, is to install the final two Metro stations with automatic ticket gates as part of the £389m Metro all change modernisation programme. Byker Metro station in Newcastle and Chichester Metro station in South Tyneside will both have...
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    Haymarket named among best stations in Europe

    21 October 2013
    A busy station on the Tyne and Wear Metro has been named among the best in Europe. Haymarket station in Newcastle City Centre, used by more than six million passengers a year, has been shortlisted for an award at the prestigious European Rail Congress next month. The station was completely rebuilt...
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    Fares people would pay in ‘better buses’ proposal

    10 October 2013
    Adverts in local newspapers today (10th October) give people a clear indication what they would pay under the proposed Quality Contracts Scheme for local buses. The adverts by Nexus and the Tyne and Wear Integrated Transport Authority also address the misleading claim that council taxes would need...
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    Refurbishment works starts at Walkergate Metro station

    5 November 2013
    Work has started to refurbish Walkergate Metro station in Newcastle, including the installation of a new passenger lift for the first time. It is the 11th station since 2010 to see major refurbishment delivered by Nexus as part of the £389m Metro: all change refurbishment programme. At the same...
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    Passengers benefit from Metro's summer of modernisation work

    10 September 2013
    The successful delivery of this summer’s Metro modernisation projects means that passengers can look forward to an autumn and winter almost entirely free of disruptive engineering works, Nexus confirmed today. Nexus, which owns, manages and is modernising Metro, in a £385m programme, has announced...
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    Gateshead escalator replacement complete

    7 September 2013
    New escalators at Gateshead’s busy Metro station came into service today - a week ahead of schedule after a four month replacement programme. Nexus, which owns, manages and is modernising Metro, has completed the replacement of the four escalators inside the station as planned ahead of the Great...
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    Washington shoppers urged to Go Smarter

    5 September 2013
    Washington Galleries Shopping Centre is hosting an environmental week promoting cheaper, healthier and more sustainable ways of travelling. Sunderland City Council's 'Go Smarter to Work' campaign team is staging the event to encourage more people to walk, cycle or use public transport when...
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    Pinhole images create new artwork at Byker Metro

    1 August 2013
    A new giant artwork at Byker Metro station unveiled today, Thursday 1 August, lets passengers view the Newcastle suburb in a whole new light. The work by local artist Judy Thomas, Byker: Seen and Unseen, is made up of pinhole camera images captured by local people during a community project. The...
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    ITA agrees plan to improve local buses

    26 January 2013
    The Tyne and Wear Integrated Transport Authority has agreed to move forward with plans aimed at providing better bus services while reducing the cost to local taxpayers by £70m. Key features of a proposal it is now opening to consultation include capping future price rises, making travel cheaper...
  • Sunderland Airshow travel information

    23 July 2013
    Public transport information for this weekend’s Sunderland International Airshow. Metro services will be running between Sunderland and Newcastle city centres and Seaburn Metro station. The seafront is only a 15 minute walk from Seaburn station. Extra staff will be on duty to provide passengers...
  • Take the bus to the beach in Sunderland

    4 July 2013
    Sunderland’s popular green bus has moved to its summer route – linking the city’s visitor attractions with its spectacular coastline. And a new range of tickets has been launched to offer great value to families and regular users. From July until mid-September, the Sunderland Connect 700 will link...
  • Major Line Closure: less than two weeks to go

    4 July 2013
    Nexus is less than two weeks away from starting the biggest and most complex modernisation projects in the history of the Tyne and Wear Metro, meaning the busiest section of line will be closed for 27 consecutive days. From Sunday 4 August until Friday August 30 there will be a major line closure...
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    Gold Card lets you travel all day in July and August

    1 July 2013
    Metro Gold Card holders will once again this year get the added benefit of all-day-travel throughout July and August. Nexus, which owns and manages Metro, is repeating last year’s scheme by lifting the restriction which prevents holders using the pass before 9.30am on weekdays for the next two...
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    Checking your Metro ticket on the phone

    19 June 2013
    Nexus, which owns, manages and is modernising Metro, has developed an app for Metro ticket inspectors to check a passenger’s Pop card with a smartphone. The app, which is uploaded to an android smartphone, allows the ticket inspectors to scan the Pop card in order to check the ticket products...
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    Buy a year's travel at any Metro station

    7 June 2013
    Pop smart card holders can now buy a range of season tickets – right up to a full annual pass – from any Tyne and Wear Metro ticket machine. The new easier way to pay is part of the Transport Revolution led by Nexus to roll-out smart travel on Metro and other local transport. To buy season tickets...
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    New bus link trialled in Hebburn

    5 June 2013
    A new bus route has been launched for a six-month trial period linking communities in Hebburn with the town centre, Gateshead and Newcastle. The 27X service is being provided through the South Tyneside Better Bus Partnership with Go North East at the request of a local councillor and in response to...
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    New bus link for Washington

    21 June 2013
    Nexus is working with local councillors and residents to improve bus services for a fast-growing suburb of Washington. Improvements to the existing bus route 73, which Nexus provides using funding from local councils, will provide new links through Teal Farm to schools and shops in Washington, as...
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    Children and young people can go smart for cheaper travel

    29 May 2013
    Children and young people with a Nexus Under-16 Pop Card are being advised to get smart to get the cheapest travel. From tomorrow Metro ticket machines will only sell the cheapest child concessionary fares – 60p single and £1.10 all day, when holders touch their Under -16 Pop card against the...
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    Major Line Closure on Metro for 27 days in August

    23 May 2013
    Nexus is to embark on one of the biggest and most complex modernisation projects in the history of the Tyne and Wear Metro this summer, meaning the busiest section of line will be closed for 27 consecutive days. The multi-million pound works involve a major line closure between Haymarket, Airport...
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    Shields Ferry cruises return for summer

    9 May 2013
    Shields Ferry passengers can enjoy some musical nostalgia this summer as another busy programme of river cruises returns to the Tyne. Nexus, which operates the Shields Ferry service, will this year be running special Sing-a-long-the-Tyne trips, giving passengers the chance to request some of their...
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    International Level Crossing Awareness Day

    7 May 2013
    Nexus, which owns and manages the Tyne and Wear Metro, has marked International Level Crossing Awareness Day by promoting key safety messages for pedestrians and motorists. Nexus is targeting a safety leaflet drop at its busiest level crossing on the Metro system – the Kingston Park crossing in...
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    Advice for bus pass holders whose cards are about to expire

    3 May 2013
    Tyne and Wear residents whose concessionary travel card (free bus pass) expires in the next few months are being warned they need to fill out an application form to get a new one. New smart cards are issued free by Nexus, except where a change of name or photo is required, but holders must apply to...
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    Giant new artwork for Byker Metro

    2 May 2013
    A giant new artwork at Byker Metro station takes people on a tour of the hidden treasures of the surrounding area. The 11 metre-wide ‘Byker Barcodes’ artwork Trails and Treasures captures everyday and overlooked features, patterns and detail from the streets of East Newcastle and weaves them into a...
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    Smart ticket machines prompt growth in card payments

    25 April 2013
    Nexus, which owns, manages and is modernising the Tyne and Wear Metro, has seen a major growth in the number of passengers paying for journeys using debit and credit cards following the installation of smart ticket machines. Over 100,000 card transactions are being taken every month on Metro, with...
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    New escalators for Gateshead Metro station

    19 April 2013
    Nexus, which owns, manages and is modernising Metro, is investing in six new escalators at its busiest station in Gateshead as part of the £385m Metro: all change modernisation programme. The work is taking place at Gateshead Metro station, which is used by 3.6 million passengers a year and is the...
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    Metro's 'Roman' station has a modern new feel

    12 April 2013
    A new artwork celebrating Wallsend’s Roman heritage is being unveiled by local MP Mary Glindon to mark the refurbishment of the town’s Metro station. The artwork takes the 1.5 million people who use the station every year on a photographic journey along Hadrian’s Wall, from nearby Segedunum Fort...
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    Smart travel for the Shields Ferry

    12 April 2013
    The Shields Ferry service has joined the Pop card transport revolution, with smart travel now available on the cross-Tyne service. Nexus, which owns and operates the cross-Tyne service, has fitted smartcard validators on board the Ferry and a new four-week FerrySaver ticket is available as a smart...
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    Emirates sponsor Metro trains

    4 April 2013
    Nexus, which owns and manages Metro, is delighted to welcome the airline Emirates in a year-long sponsorship of Tyne and Wear Metro trains. Emirates, one of the world’s fastest growing airlines, has branded two Metro trains with its company logo, displaying travel inspiration to Newcastle...
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    Metro Gold Card holders get smart travel

    2 April 2013
    Tens of thousands of Metro Gold Card holders will switch to smart travel as they renew their annual passes this month. Gold Card, which allows off-peak travel for older and disabled people, is now being sold as a ‘smart’ ticket by Nexus, added electronically to customers’ concessionary bus passes....
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    Pop card validators at Metro stations are put through their paces

    21 March 2013
    Nexus, which owns and manages Tyne and Wear Metro, has begun testing its new station validators which passengers will soon be using to access the system using smartcards. Validators, automatic gates and smart Metro ticket machines are being installed as part of the roll out of the new smart travel...
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    Monkseaton bridge works are completed

    19 March 2013
    Nexus, which owns, manages and is modernising Metro, has completed a complex programme of bridge renewal at Monkseaton Metro station in North Tyneside. Major works to replace the bridge and to modernise gas, electricity, phone and water supplies that run through it have now been finished. The set...
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    Newcastle Metro station revamp begins

    15 March 2013
    Work has started on the refurbishment of two of Newcastle’s busiest suburban Metro stations as part of the £385m Metro: all change modernisation programme. The twin projects at South Gosforth and West Jesmond will improve facilities for more than four million passengers who use the stations every...
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    Nexus issues over 200,000 free bus passes

    13 March 2013
    Nexus has sent more than 200,000 replacement concessionary bus passes to elderly and disabled people in Tyne and Wear whose existing cards expire at the end of this month. It is now advising people who have not yet received their replacement pass, and whose card shows an expiry date of March 2013,...
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    Nexus creates 30 new rail apprentice posts

    7 March 2013
    Nexus today announced it is to create 30 apprentice posts in a major expansion of its engineering training programme to be delivered in partnership with expert provider Gateshead College. Nexus, which owns, manages and is modernising the Tyne and Wear Metro, has unveiled its advanced engineering...
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    The Transport Revolution gathers pace

    6 March 2013
    Nexus has now issued more than 7,000 smartcards to passengers, as the Pop card transport revolution gathers pace. The Pop card will transform the way people access Metro and other local public transport services. More and more passengers are now applying for a Pop card, which will be used to...
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    Train refresh underway for North East rail passengers

    11 February 2013
    Northern Rail passengers in the North East are starting to notice the effects of a refresh project that is getting underway across the train operator’s fleet of Class 142 trains. Northern operates over 150 Class 142 vehicles or ‘pacers’ as they are commonly known in the industry. The refreshed...
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    Travel gets smarter for Newcastle University

    27 February 2013
    Students at Newcastle University will soon be able to use their campus smart card to travel around the city on the Tyne and Wear Metro. The pilot scheme launched today between the North East Smart Ticketing Initiative (NESTI) and the University will eventually reach up to 20,000 students, when it...
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    Metro encourages passengers to join the transport revolution

    26 February 2013
    Passengers on the Tyne and Wear Metro were today treated to a rainbow coloured revolutionary display, as the countdown to the transport revolution begins with the roll out of the new Metro Pop card to all MetroSaver customers. A group of Pop revolutionaries, complete with placards and props, came...
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    Appeal for historic Shields Ferry photos

    25 February 2013
    Nexus is appealing to the public for help in putting together a new archive of historic photos for the Shields Ferry’s new Facebook page. Nexus already owns a huge amount of old photographs of the iconic cross-Tyne ferry service from down the years, and many of these are already on display on the...
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    Free bus passes sent out by Nexus

    22 February 2013
    More than 200,000 Tyne and Wear residents are to get a new free bus pass sent to their homes over the next month. The new English National Concessionary Travel Scheme smart cards will be sent to anyone who already holds a permanent card which expires at the end of March 2013, on the grounds of age...
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    Transport Secretary sees Metro modernisation

    20 February 2013
    Nexus, which owns and manages Metro, has welcomed a visit from the Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin who was given an update on the £385m Metro all change modernisation programme. The Minister travelled on a refurbished Metro train from Newcastle Airport into Newcastle city centre. He got to...
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    Funding boost for Metro

    8 February 2013
    The Tyne and Wear Metro is to benefit from a £23 million funding boost, Local Transport Minister Norman Baker confirmed today. The Department for Transport has confirmed that it has awarded Nexus, the Tyne and Wear Passenger Transport Executive, a total of £93m which is the maximum possible funding...
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    Old Metro ticket machine to go in a museum

    6 February 2013
    Nexus, which owns, manages and is modernising the Metro system, has donated one of its 30 year-old old Metro ticket machines to Tyne and Wear Musuems to keep for posterity. The old Metro ticket Metro machines are in the process of being replaced as part of the £385m Metro all change modernisation...
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    Bus lane bollards trialled in Gateshead

    4 February 2013
    Plastic bollards are being installed on roads in Gateshead to stop drivers ignoring the markings for bus lanes. They will be placed on the solid white bus lane line and are intended to deter motorists from cutting into the lane early or ignoring them completely. They are being trialled on the A184...
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    Smart ticket machines for North Tyneside

    29 January 2013
    Nexus, which owns, manages and is modernising the Tyne and Wear Metro, has successfully completed work on the installation of new smart ticket machines at all of the Metro stations in North Tyneside. The new ticket machines are at the heart of a £25m project to update the ticketing system on Metro...
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    Major line closure: Byker-North Shields

    28 January 2013
    Nexus, which owns and manages the Tyne and Wear Metro, is to carry out a six-day Major Line Closure in North Tyneside in February, as part of the £385m Metro: all change modernisation programme. The work is the last in a series of major line closures to replace 30-year-old Metro tracks and track...
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    Metro Gold Card price freeze

    24 January 2013
    The Tyne and Wear Integrated Transport Authority has agreed to freeze the cost of Metro Gold Cards at £25 for the second year running. The Gold Card offers holders unlimited travel on Metro for just 50 pence a week. It can also be used to travel on the Shields Ferry service. Gold Cards were...
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    Councillors review progress towards a better bus service

    23 January 2013
    Changing the way local buses are planned and provided could see cheaper fares for young people, protect against cuts to services and give the taxpayer greater value for money, councillors will be told this week. The Tyne and Wear Integrated Transport Authority will be told at itys meeting on 24...
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    Smart ticket machines for Sunderland

    16 January 2013
    The Sunderland section of the Tyne and Wear Metro has become first part the system to see new smart ticket machines fitted at all of the stations. Nexus, which owns, manages and is modernising Metro, has installed smart ticket machines at the 12 Metro stations on the Sunderland line, with St Peter’...
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    Metro stations host crime consultation

    9 January 2013
    Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird has taken her Police and Crime Plan consultation to passengers on the Tyne and Wear Metro system. When elected, Ms Baird stated that she wanted to involve all communities in the formation of her Police and Crime Plan – which will direct the...
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    New parking spaces at East Boldon

    9 January 2013
    Work starts next week on a £25,000 project to add 13 extra free parking spaces at East Boldon Metro station. Nexus, which owns, manages and is modernising Metro is adding spaces within the existing station car park. The work, which starts on January 14 and will last about three weeks, will see the...
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    Monument Metro station evening closures

    11 January 2013
    Monument Metro station in Newcastle city centre is to undergo a series of early evening closures starting from this Sunday, 13 January, to install new smart ticket machines and electronic ticket gates. The closures will take place from 8pm in the evening until the end of Metro services from Sunday...
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    Monument gets new ticket machines and gates

    27 December 2012
    Nexus, which owns, manages and is modernising Metro, is starting work on new ticket machines and electronic ticket gates for its busiest Metro stop – Monument Metro station in Newcastle city centre. Monument is one of the ten busiest railway stations in the English regions, with more than ten...
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    The Shields Ferry launches on Facebook

    21 December 2012
    The Shields Ferry has launched its own Facebook page to keep passengers up to date with the iconic cross-Tyne service. Nexus, which owns and operates the Ferry, is using Facebook as a fresh channel for communicating with customers. The Shields Ferry crossing, which links North Shields and South...
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    New Metro ticket machines for Airport

    13 December 2012
    The multi-million pound modernisation of the Tyne and Wear Metro system has arrived at Newcastle International, with the airport’s Metro terminus kitted out with new ticket machines and automatic gates. The arrival of the new technology at the airport, a vital gateway into the region, is a major...
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    Winter travel advice for bus passengers

    19 January 2013
    Nexus, bus companies and local councils are working together to give you the best possible bus service this winter. We’re sharing information, co-ordinating gritting, and planning ahead to keep on the road. If severe weather does hit the region bus is the safest way to travel – but some delays and...
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    Metro and Shields Ferry fares for 2013

    3 January 2013
    The Tyne and Wear Integrated Transport Authority has agreed a Nexus proposal for Metro fares that will see an average increase of 4.1 percent from 6 January 2013. But the revised fares will see the peak Metro DaySaver tickets withdrawn in favour of cheaper off-peak tickets, to benefit commuters and...
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    New Metro park and ride scheme underway

    14 November 2012
    A new scheme of parking charges at Metro park and ride sites, including free parking after 5pm and free parking on Sundays, has come into effect. Nexus, which owns and manages Metro, is lowering the cost of parking to £1 at all the Metro park rides it manages. Parking will be free all day on...
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    New info screens for Metrocentre rail station

    12 November 2012
    Passengers travelling by train from the Metrocentre now have access to real time updates thanks to new customer information screens on the platforms and in the Public Transport Interchange. The new screens along each platform have been jointly funded by Nexus, the Tyne and Wear Passenger Executive...
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    ITA hears partnership offer from bus companies

    13 November 2012
    Members of the Tyne and Wear Integrated Transport Authority have heard details of a partnership proposal aimed at improving local bus services. The ITA last year asked bus companies to form a collective association and put together a proposal, based on a series of meetings and joint working between...
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    Invitation to Tyne and Wear User Group Annual Meeting

    6 November 2012
    Tyne and Wear Public Transport Users Group is having their second Annual General Meeting of the year on Monday 26th November 2012. The group invites public transport users to join them for discussions regarding priorities and improvements to Public Transport in Tyne and Wear. The meeting will be...
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    Bus station Beethoven sonata is online hit

    31 October 2012
    A film of passengers playing Beethoven in a Newcastle city centre bus station is becoming a surprise internet phenomenon. The film by video artist Anton Hecht has racked up more than 150,000 views on YouTube in less than a week and been featured by major online sites MSN and CBS news in the USA....
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    School kids star in bus safety DVD

    7 November 2012
    Nexus has given secondary school pupils the chance to star in their own DVD to promote safety on bus services in Tyne and Wear. Nexus asked pupils from Heaton Manor Secondary School in Newcastle to appear in the short safety film, which will be used as a teaching aid across the region. The children...
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    Tynemouth station wins Heritage Award

    23 October 2012
    Tynemouth station has won an English Heritage award after an extensive battle to rescue the listed Victorian station. Owner Station Development Ltd was presented with the ‘Angel Award for the Best Craftsmanship Employed on a Heritage Rescue,’ for work at Tynemouth station. The majority of work...
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    City Metro stations get new smart ticket machines and gates

    22 October 2012
    Nexus has started installing new smart ticket machines at its Metro stations in Newcastle city centre – and work is underway on the electronic ticket gates that will transform the way passengers access the system. Nexus has already upgraded 45 of its 60 Metro stations with smart ticket machines...
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    Safety cameras for Metro level crossings

    16 October 2012
    Nexus, which owns and manages Metro, has fitted special cameras at two Metro level crossings to catch drivers who run through the red ‘stop’ lights when trains are approaching. The camera units have been installed at the Kingston Park and Bank Foot Metro level crossings in Newcastle. They are...
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    Bus pass holders asked to update details

    11 October 2012
    Nexus is asking free bus pass holders in Tyne and Wear who have moved or changed name in the five years since their last pass was issued to get in touch. Those people who have an English National Concessionary Travel Pass that expires on 31 March 2013 who have changed personal details need to let...
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    New more frequent journeys on Sunderland's green bus

    10 October 2012
    A popular city centre bus route has been boosted with a new ‘green’ vehicle and more frequent services. Sunderland Connect was launched a year ago to link the main attractions, destinations and University halls and campuses around the city centre with new environmentally-friendly hybrid buses....
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    Drivers fined for contravening bus lane

    9 October 2012
    Over 170 drivers have been fined for using bus lanes in Washington. Since the beginning of May, police have handed out a total of 178 fixed penalty £30 fines to motorists flouting the law by driving on bus only routes. The action comes as part of Operation Effect, set up to combat concerns raised...
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    Metro highly commended at UK Light Rail Awards

    8 October 2012
    Nexus has been highly commended for its huge efforts to repair the Metro system after June’s devastating storms and flooding. The commendation was given to Nexus in the team of the year category at the Light Rail awards in London. DBTW, which operates Metro on behalf of Nexus, was highly commended...
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    Emergency shuttle bus for Newburn

    28 September 2012
    An emergency shuttle bus for the Newburn area is running to help people left without public transport in the area. The bus, provided by Nexus, will run every 20 minutes from 7am until 8pm between Newburn village and Throckley, allowing residents of Newburn to reach the local supermarket, other...
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    Plans to improve bus services move forward

    11 September 2012
    A decision is due to be made over the future shape of bus services in Tyne and Wear by the end of the year. The Integrated Transport Authority (ITA) is seeking to adopt a new model which will increase the number of people using local buses and provides a better service which delivers greater value...
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    Free Metro park and ride extended

    19 September 2012
    A special offer on free car parking at Metro park and ride sites has been extended until the end of November. Nexus, which owns and manages the Tyne and Wear Metro, has extended the special offer as a goodwill gesture to passengers after a busy year of modernisation work that has meant disruption...
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    Two thirds of stations have new ticket machines

    18 September 2012
    Nexus, which owns, manages and is modernising the Tyne and Wear Metro, has installed new ticket machines at more than two thirds of the stations on the Metro network. A total of 42 Metro stations now have new ticket machines fitted, with the rebuilt Metro station at North Shields, which has fully...
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    £5m boost for sustainable transport

    11 September 2012
    Commuters across Tyne and Wear are to benefit from £5m of Government money that will make their trips to and from work easier and greener, following a successful funding bid from the Tyne and Wear Integrated Transport Authority (ITA). The funding, from the Department for Transport's Local...
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    Can you do business without a car?

    7 September 2012
    Tom Bailey, a senior surveyor with GVA, decided to put sustainable transport in and around Tyne and Wear to the test. Could he fulfil a busy diary of business meetings and site visits using a bicycle, bus and Metro rather than a car? Find out how he got on through this link to his diary, published...
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    Improved bus routes for west Newcastle

    5 September 2012
    Nexus is launching two new bus routes to improve links between West Newcastle, the city centre and the MetroCentre. The 84 and the 84A are being introduced from Monday 17 September, providing hourly, Monday to Saturday, daytime links from the heart of Newcastle to western suburbs of the city. The...
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    'Behind the scenes' film looks at escalator replacement project

    14 January 2013
    Nexus has made a short film giving a ‘behind the scenes’ look at its major project to replace escalators at Central and Monument stations. Each escalator takes several months to replace as part of the £385m Metro: all change modernisation programme, with the whole project lasting into 2013. A total...
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    Metro line re-opens Wallsend-Tynemouth

    3 September 2012
    Metro services have resumed in full between Wallsend and Tynemouth after a 23 day Major Line Closure. Nexus, which owns, manages and is modernising the Tyne and Wear Metro, has completed the work on time and train services resumed on Monday 3 September. And the newly refurbished North Shields Metro...
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    New fares for under 16s from 1 September

    4 September 2012
    New child concessionary fares for under 16s come into force on 1 September, with child single and CAT tickets available with a Pop Card on bus and Metro in Tyne and Wear rising by 10p each. Parents are being advised by Nexus to make sure children have enough for their fares as the new school term...
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    Nexus to improve facilities at Heworth Interchange

    20 August 2012
    Work starts this week on a £200,000 project by Nexus to improve facilities for bus passengers at Heworth Interchange. The project will see bus shelters replaced and upgraded, with environmentally-friendly LED lighting and better seating installed between August and November. The project, funded...
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    Nexus offers new fare offers to under 19s from September

    15 August 2012
    Nexus is making travel for thousands of under-19s simpler and cheaper this September with new fare offers on Metro and on dedicated school bus services. From next month the Metro 16-18 Card season ticket is being extended to cover all passengers in the age group, not just those enrolled at schools...
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    Artist brings Beethoven piano piece to bus station

    15 August 2012
    An artist has created a unique musical performance in Newcastle’s busiest bus station – with the help of a grand piano and passing passengers. On Friday, 17 August, video artist Anton Hecht played a concert piano at Stand T in Haymarket Bus Station, used by three million people every year....
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    Shields Ferry features in TV advert

    6 August 2012
    The Shields Ferry has featured in a TV advert promoting South Tyneside. The advert, which aired on ITV Tyne Tees in June and is also available to view online, was produced as part of a campaign to promote the borough of South Tyneside as a great place to live, work and visit. The cross-Tyne Shields...
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    Nexus invites operators to help develop plans for local bus services

    3 August 2012
    Nexus has today asked local bus operators to help it develop a system of bus franchising, known as a Quality Contracts Scheme, for Tyne and Wear. Nexus is exploring the possibility of bus franchising, known as a Quality Contracts Scheme on behalf of the Integrated Transport Authority, alongside the...
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    Metro makes holiday travel easy

    2 August 2012
    Approximately 50,000 customers flew to and from Newcastle International Airport during the first weekend of the school summer holidays – marking the start of one of the busiest times of year for the region’s biggest airport. Around 300 flights arrive and depart over each weekend during the summer...
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    Fun bus proves popular with youngsters

    1 August 2012
    Nexus is running a fun bus complete with its own on-board soft play area to keep youngsters occupied during the school holidays. The fun bus, which is free, has been based at locations across Tyneside and Wearside and the play facilities have proved popular with the children. Nexus has laid on the...
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    Metro teams up with local lifeguards

    30 July 2012
    Tyne and Wear Metro and The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) have teamed up to urge people to spare a thought for safety. Around two-thirds of people in the region go to the seaside at least once a year and many of the beach-going public in Newcastle are expected to make the most of the...
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    Child concessionary fares rise from September 2012

    27 July 2012
    Child concessionary fares for public transport in Tyne and Wear are to rise by 10p from 1st September 2012 – the first change in price for four years. The single fare will rise from 50p to 60p and the ‘CAT’ Child Allday Ticket will rise from £1 to £1.10. Child Concessionary fares are provided by...
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    Sunderland Connect is the greener way to the coast this summer

    25 July 2012
    The Sunderland Connect bus service begins its summer timetable this weekend – linking the city’s visitor attractions with is spectacular coastline. From Saturday 28 July the popular ‘700’ Sunderland Connect route will link Harbour View and Marine Walk to the city centre. Sunderland Connect, which...
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    Free parking at Metro stations all summer

    18 July 2012
    Free summer parking at Metro car parks across Tyne and Wear has started – making travel cheaper for thousands of Metro passengers going to work or summer events. Nexus has made all the Metro car parks it manages free of charge from Wednesday 18 July until 31 August – creating an extra 1,500 free...
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    Changes to local buses in South Tyneside

    13 July 2012
    Nexus is making changes to bus routes it provides in some parts of South Tyneside to better reflect local demand for services. The changes, from 29th July, will open up new travel opportunities and a better balance with services run by commercial operators Stagecoach and Go North East in the...
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    Tyne and Wear pupils 'Suss The Bus'

    10 July 2012
    Around 1,000 11-year-olds are getting lessons in how to make the most out of bus travel before they move to secondary school.   A record number of children from Year Six in Tyne and Wear are being given the passenger-friendly introduction to bus travel between 21 May and 6 July this year. The ‘Suss...
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    Special offer on Day Rover tickets

    9 July 2012
    Bus and Metro users are being offered a special offer on Day Rover tickets on local public transport as the region gears up for a busy summer of events that include the London 2012 Olympics in Newcastle. The Day Rover, which allows unlimited all-day travel on Metro, the Shields Ferry, buses and...
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    Extra bus and Metro for Olympic Football

    6 July 2012
    Transport Minister Theresa Villiers MP today unveiled extra bus and Metro services that will make public transport the easiest and best way to get to London 2012 events at St James’ Park in Newcastle. Nexus and Newcastle City Council have worked alongside Games organisers to provide extra transport...
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    New passenger lifts for Heworth and Four Lane Ends

    4 July 2012
    Nexus, which owns, manages and is modernising Metro, is starting work this week on the replacement of the passenger lifts at Heworth and Four Lane Ends interchanges. The work will see the passenger lift cars replaced with brighter, cleaner, quieter and more energy efficient technology. The work...
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    Royal visit for Tynemouth Station

    2 July 2012
    The restored Tynemouth Station got the royal seal of approval when it was officially re-opened by HRH The Princess Royal. During a visit to North Tyneside Princess Anne viewed the restoration of the historic station before unveiling a plaque to mark the completion of the work. Tynemouth Station is...
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    Gold Card users get all-day travel this summer

    2 July 2012
    Metro Gold Card holders will once again this year get the added benefit of all-day-travel throughout July and August. Nexus is repeating last year’s scheme by lifting the restriction which prevents holders using the pass before 9.30am on weekdays for the next two months - on both Metro and Ferry....
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    Nexus uses solar power to light bus shelters

    28 June 2012
    Nexus has harnessed solar power to illuminate bus shelters with a source of renewable energy. Nexus, the public body that manages local bus infrastructure, including stops and interchanges, has invested £250,000 in solar powered lighting at its bus shelters to reduce electricity costs and cut...
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    Whitley Bay bus routes improved

    27 June 2012
    Local minibus routes in Whitley Bay are changing from Monday, 9 July. All local bus services paid for by Nexus are reviewed on a regular basis to make sure they meet the needs of local people and provide good value for money. We have received a lot of feedback on changes we made to Whitley Bay...
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    Drop-in sessions for Major Line Closure

    27 June 2012
    Nexus is to hold a series of drop-in sessions in North Tyneside for the public to find out more about the 23-day Major Line Closure between Wallsend and Tynemouth this August. This will give people the chance to discuss the impact of the line closure, August 11 to September 3, and the modernisation...
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    Big picture unveiled at Byker Metro station

    12 June 2012
    A stunning new community mural, in the shape of one of the North East’s most iconic buildings, has been revealed at Byker Metro Station, thanks to budding local photographers who took part in a recent Tyne and Wear Metro photo competition. The mural, which has been designed in the shape of The Sage...
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    Shields Ferry earns environmental award

    11 June 2012
    The Shields Ferry has gained an internationally recognised award for its commitment to the environment. The popular cross-Tyne service has been recognised by the Lloyd’s Register Group, one of the world leaders in assessing business processes and products to internationally recognised standards....
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    Local bus links in West Newcastle

    21 May 2012
    Nexus has completed a consultation with local residents on plans it believes will improve local bus services in West Newcastle. The plans are aimed at providing faster and more direct link from Walbottle, Newburn and Throckley to West Denton Shops, as well as a new direct link from Blucher Village...
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    Nexus backs new campaign to target metal thieves

    21 May 2012
    Crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers is today launching a pilot campaign to tackle the issue of metal theft across Northumbria which costs the UK economy around £770 million per year. The Charity is supported by Nexus, and the charity aims to fight the number of incidents occurring in the...
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    New Metro ticket machines arrive in Sunderland

    21 May 2012
    Nexus, which owns, manages and is modernising Metro, has installed new ticket machines at University Metro station in Sunderland, the first station in the centre of the city to get the new technology. The new ticket machines were unveiled at University Metro station by Sunderland City Council...
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    Stopping the bus lane abusers

    21 May 2012
    Police in Washington are having a big 'effect' on motorists who abuse bus lanes. Officers are running operation Effect after complaints from the public about drivers flaunting local bus link restrictions. Neighbourhood Inspector Paul Stewart from Washington said: "Bus only link lanes are in place...
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    Metro modernisation in North Tyneside

    16 May 2012
    Nexus, which owns and manages the Tyne and Wear Metro, is to carry out another major phase of comprehensive modernisation work in North Tyneside this summer. This huge programme of work will mean a Major Line Closure of 23 days between Wallsend and Tynemouth from Saturday August 11 to Monday...
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    Young people encouraged to go smarter

    14 May 2012
    Young people are being urged to get into sustainable travel through a programme of cutting-edge projects to get more young people to cycle, walk and take public transport to school. Schools Go Smarter is a Tyne and Wear-wide suite of green travel projects aimed at primary and secondary school...
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    Nexus celebrates 40 years of running the Shields Ferry

    14 May 2012
    Nexus is celebrating 40 years of owning and operating the cross-Tyne Shields Ferry service. Nexus took over the Shields Ferry in May 1972 after new legislation allowed passenger transport executives to carry passengers on inland waterways. The Shields Ferry, which links the towns of North Shields...
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    New escalators for city centre Metro stations

    26 April 2012
    Nexus, which owns, manages and is modernising Metro, is investing in new escalators at two of its busiest Metro stations in Newcastle city centre. Monument and Central Metro stations are both set to undergo escalator replacement work over the next 12 months. A total of eight new escalators are...
  • Architect view of West Jesmond Metro Station

    West Jesmond and South Gosforth stations to be upgraded

    23 April 2012
    West Jesmond and South Gosforth are to be upgraded to staffed Metro stations, with refurbishment work starting this summer. The two stations, used by around three million people a year between them, are the latest to benefit through the £385m Metro: all change modernisation programme. You can...
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    Nexus installs new Metro train wash

    19 April 2012
    Nexus, which owns, manages and is modernising the Tyne and Wear Metro, has invested almost a million pounds in a new train wash for its fleet depot in South Gosforth in Newcastle. The new train wash has been installed as part of the £385m Metro: all change modernisation programme, which will see...
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    Shields Ferry cruises back for summer

    10 April 2012
    Shields Ferry river cruises are all set to return this summer, with the hugely successful Fish and Chip Trips coming back by popular demand after a successful debut last year. Nexus, which operates the Shields Ferry service, will once again be offering passengers a tasty portion of great British...
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    Cable thief caught in the act

    29 March 2012
     A Sunderland man has been banned from entering any railway station in England and Wales for the next three years after stealing essential railway equipment from Tyne and Wear Metro.  Joseph Carolan (47) of Exeter Street in Pallion, Sunderland, was sentenced yesterday (Monday, 26 March) at...
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    Happy Birthday Sunderland line!

    30 March 2012
    The Sunderland line of the Tyne and Wear Metro is celebrating its 10th birthday, having carried more than 40 million passengers since opening. Opened to the public on March 31st 2002, the line transformed travel between the two biggest cities in the North East, and continues to do so today. The...
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    Gold Card holders reminded to renew from 3 April

    26 March 2012
    Nexus is reminding Metro Gold Card holders whose cards expire on April 30 that they will be able to renew them from April 3 at any Nexus TravelShop with the price frozen at £25. When Metro Gold Cards have been renewed they will be valid for a period of exactly 365 days from the day after the expiry...
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    Teenagers to get cheaper Metro travel

    26 March 2012
    Up to 12,000 teenagers will get much cheaper Metro travel from September thanks to changes designed to help those in vocational training and doing apprenticeships. The Tyne and Wear Integrated Transport Authority, which sets fares on Metro, has backed a Nexus proposal to widen eligibility for the...
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    £5million boost to beat traffic hotspots in Tyne and Wear

    23 March 2012
    Bus passengers and other road users in Tyne and Wear are to benefit from a package of measures that will save them up to one million hours a year from shorter journey times and reduced delays. The Tyne and Wear Integrated Transport Authority has been awarded almost £5 million from the Government’s...
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    Nexus strengthens local bus links in Whitley Bay

    19 March 2012
    Nexus is creating new local bus links to local shops, services and health facilities in Whitley Bay and North Shields from Monday 26 March.   There is a brand new W7 route linking South Wellfield and Earsdon directly to North Tyneside General Hospital and Percy Main, for connections by Route 19 bus...
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    Stay safe on level crossings

    16 March 2012
    Nexus has launched a new campaign to promote the safe use of Metro level crossings, with guides sent to 28,000 homes reminding people of key safety guidelines for drivers and pedestrians. Nexus wants to reduce the number of incidents of misuse. There has not been an actual collision on a Metro...
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    One third of all Metro stations with new machines

    13 March 2012
    One in three Metro stations now have new machines letting passengers pay with credit/debit cards and bank notes as well as coins – and the number will rise further this week. Bank Foot, Longbenton and Seaburn have been added to the list of stations where passengers can benefit from using the new...
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    First midweek evening line closures for Metro modernisation

    6 March 2012
    A Metro line is to be closed after 9pm on mid-week evenings on eight nights this month in order to carry out important modernisation work. Nexus which owns, manages and is modernising Metro, is trialling the late evening closures because they will affect fewer passengers than weekend closures. The...
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    Nexus apprentices train with the Royal Navy

    27 February 2012
    Nexus, which owns, manages and is modernising Metro, has been putting its new rail engineering apprentices through their paces on a ‘boot camp’ style training course with the Royal Navy. The four apprentices have been learning their trades on a residential course at HMS Sultan in Gosport, on the...
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    New Metro ticket machines in at Cullercoats

    17 February 2012
    Nexus, which owns, manages and is modernising Metro, has installed more new ticket machines in North Tyneside, with Cullercoats the latest Metro stop to get the new technology. The work at Cullercoats station makes it one of the first Metro stations in North Tyneside to get new ticket machines....
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    New ticket machines

    1 January 2012
    New ticket machines are coming to your station soon, they'll let you: Pay by coins, notes or credit/debit card  Buy weekly MetroSaver Buy multiple tickets at once if you are travelling as a group   The following Metro stations have new ticket machines installed: Byker Bede Brockley Whins Callerton...
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    Refurbished Metrocars enter service

    15 February 2012
    The first train of refurbished Tyne and Wear Metrocars has entered service at Sunderland station, starting a run to Newcastle International Airport, Nexus has announced. The first modernised train, made up of two refurbished Metrocars, boasts a completely new interior and sleek metallic grey and...
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    First new ticket machines in Newcastle

    10 February 2012
    Nexus, which owns, manages and is modernising Metro, is stepping up the installation of its new ticket machines during February and March, with Byker among the first Metro stations to be upgraded in Newcastle. The new ticket machines were officially unveiled by Newcastle East MP Nick Brown and...
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    Shields Ferry still going strong

    10 February 2012
    Nexus, which owns and operates the Shields Ferry, say that passenger numbers on the daily cross-Tyne service have been unaffected since the opening of the second Tyne Tunnel. Since the new tunnel was opened in November of last year Nexus has recorded a zero percent fall in the number of people...
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    Weekend Metro line closures as modernisation work continues

    2 February 2012
    Nexus, which owns, manages and is modernising Metro, is carrying out its first major modernisation work of the year, strengthening bridges and embankments that are more than 150 years-old on Metro lines in North Tyneside. The modernisation work will involve a series of five weekend line closures on...
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    Metro Gold Card price frozen for 2012

    26 January 2012
    The Tyne and Wear Integrated Transport Authority has frozen the cost of Metro Gold Cards at £25 in 2012 along with the cost of child concessionary tickets. The revised prices for concessionary Metro travel in 2012 were agreed by the Integrated Transport Authority (ITA) at a meeting today. Gold...
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    Nexus welcomes Transport Minister to see Metro modernisation work

    17 January 2012
    Nexus, which owns, manages and is modernising the Tyne and Wear Metro, today welcomed Transport Minister Norman Baker MP to see at first hand the progress of the £385m Metro: all change modernisation programme. Nexus is modernising the 30 year-old Metro system over the next 11 years with funding...
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    Community leaders discuss bus plans

    5 March 2012
    Business and community leaders in Tyne and Wear have been invited to a series of meetings to hear more about proposals to change the way bus services are planned and delivered. Nexus organised the Bus Strategy engagement meetings on behalf of the Tyne and Wear Integrated Transport Authority (ITA)...
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    Warning for passengers who hold open Metro train doors

    11 January 2012
    Metro is urging passengers to remember it is a safety issue and breach of Metro regulations for members of the public to hold open the doors of a Metro train. The issue of holding the doors open is a persistent issue for Metro as a small minority of passengers believe it is acceptable behaviour....
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    Free local bus service for Asda supermarket in Byker

    9 January 2012
    Asda is providing a free local bus service to its recently-opened supermarket in Fossway, Byker. The bus service was required by Newcastle City Council as a condition of the enlarged store opening late last year. There are three different local routes, all running Monday to Saturday. For full...
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    Nexus welcomes air support in the fight against cable theft

    4 January 2012
    Nexus, which owns and manages the Tyne and Wear Metro, has welcomed the help of the Northumbria Police helicopter in the battle against theft. The Force’s North East Air Support Unit is being deployed to fly regular patrols over Metro lines, using infra-red detection equipment to spot intruders....
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    Metro fare increases capped in 2012

    19 December 2011
      Tyne and Wear Metro fare increases for 2012 have been capped at a lower level following lobbying by the Integrated Transport Authority to win one-off additional support from the Government.   This means that all Metro single tickets will rise by just 10p, instead of 20p, from January 1. The...
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    New timetable restores 'missing' stop

    15 December 2011
    A new timetable for Metro services between Sunderland and South Hylton stations has restored a ‘missing’ stop at Millfield station in Sunderland that has existed for the past two years. The 11th December timetable change affects only service between Sunderland and South Hylton. Some trains are re-...
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    New Metro ticket machines at Tyne Dock

    12 December 2011
    Nexus, which owns, manages and is modernising the Tyne and Wear Metro, has unveiled the first of its new Metro ticket machines in South Tyneside. The new machines are at the heart of a £25m project to update the ticketing system on Metro. Nexus is replacing 225 ticket machines at 60 stations. The...
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    New 'mobile' web page for travel updates

    9 December 2011
    Nexus is helping passengers gear up for winter travel disruption with the launch of a new ‘mobile’ website and a range of new measures to ensure updates are communicated more quickly. The Nexus website, nexus.org.uk, is now enabled for smart mobile phones. When someone logs on to the familiar nexus...
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    North Shields fully open for Christmas

    2 December 2011
    Nexus, which owns, manages and is modernising Metro, has fully re-opened North Shields Metro station for the busy Christmas period. The station, which is being completely rebuilt, will remain fully open during and December and into January following a series of platform closures. Platform one at...
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    Major change proposals for local bus services

    1 December 2011
    The Tyne and Wear Integrated Transport Authority has voted to begin a process that could lead to major changes in how local bus services used by 140 million passengers a year are planned and delivered.  The Authority has begun work to develop a Quality Contract Scheme (QCS), which would represent...
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    Metro and Ferry fares for 2012

    24 November 2011
    Metro fares are to rise from 1 January 2012, but passengers will still be able to get bigger discounts by buying tickets online. Metro season ticket prices have discounts of ten percent for people who opt to renew their tickets on the Nexus website, www.nexus.org.uk. And 16-18 year-old students...
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    Nexus graduate trainee wins national award for presentation skills

    21 November 2011
    A Nexus graduate trainee has wowed a panel of judges with her presentation skills to scoop a top national award. Carly Foster, 23, of Gateshead, beat off strong competition from other young professionals to win the Presentation Award from the Chartered Institute of Highways and Transportation (CIHT...
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    Hard-hitting poster warns against cable theft

    27 November 2011
    Nexus has joined forces with North Tyneside Council and Northumbria Police to launch a hard hitting poster campaign to warn of the dangers and consequences of cable theft from Metro lines. The campaign, which is being rolled out across Tyne and Wear, uses graphic images of a man with electric burns...
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    Making Metro and bikes work better together

    14 November 2011
    Cycling initiatives prioritised at conference Delegates from leading cycling organisations have been given the chance to discuss ways to improve integration with the Tyne and Wear Metro at the rail system’s annual stakeholder conference. The conference was a chance for senior managers at Nexus,...
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    The new generation of Metro ticket machines has arrived

    7 November 2011
    Nexus, which owns, manages and is modernising Metro, has officially launched its new generation of Metro ticket machines, transforming the way that passengers can access the network. The new machines are at the heart of a £25m project to update the ticketing system on Metro. Nexus is replacing 225...
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    First refurbished Metro train re-dedicated

    31 October 2011
    Nexus, which owns, manages and is modernising Metro, has officially unveiled its new look Metro trains following a multi-million pound refurbishment programme. The first modernised train, with its plush new interior and sleek light metallic grey and black colour scheme, has been officially unveiled...
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    Tyne and Wear Metro receives Safer Tram Stop Award

    31 October 2011
    Eleven Tyne and Wear Metro stations have been awarded the prestigious Safer Tram Stop accreditation by Secured by Design. DB Regio Tyne and Wear, which operates Metro stations and trains on behalf of Nexus, has been working with the British Transport Police (BTP) to meet the complex criteria...
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    Modernisation complete at Chillingham Road Metro

    25 October 2011
    Nexus, which owns manages and is modernising Metro, has completed the transformation of Chillingham Road Metro station in Newcastle. Chillingham Road station has been upgraded as part of the £385m Metro all change modernisation programme, which will see stations and trains transformed over the next...
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    New art at Tynemouth just the ticket

    19 October 2011
    A new artwork at Tynemouth station celebrates the iconic little yellow Metro ticket, soon to be replaced as Metro ticket machines are modernised. 'Transitions ... From Here to There', has been created by Northumbria University Fine Art Graduate, Kimberley Gaiger for the station’s Bridge Gallery,...
  • Partners with giant jigsaw of Sunderland Connect route

    New greener bus on Sunderland's streets

    17 October 2011
    Sunderland’s first greener hybrid-engine buses take to the city’s streets from Friday, 14th October on the new Sunderland Connect route 700. The Optare Solo SR hybrid vehicles will be launched at Park Lane Interchange by Councillor James Blackburn, Sunderland City Council Portfolio Holder for...
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    DB Regio named 'Operator of the year'

    17 October 2011
    DB Regio Tyne and Wear (DBTW) has been recognised for its excellence in the operation of Tyne and Wear Metro after winning the prestigious Operator of the Year accolade at the 2011 Light Rail Awards.  Since it won the concession in April 2010, DBTW has put efficiency standards in place that have...
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    Metro wins 'Top Gear' style challenge

    14 October 2011
     On the 10th October, the Metro went head-to-head with a specially branded Metro car, making the 12.1 mile journey from Monkseaton to Newcastle in just 35 minutes compared to 42 minutes for the car. Just a day later, the Metro triumphed again, completing the 9.4 mile journey from Fellgate to...
  • Launch of POP Card

    Major award for innovation and ambition

    13 October 2011
    The organisation that oversees transport provision in Tyne and Wear is celebrating after being named the best in the country.   The Tyne and Wear Integrated Transport Authority (ITA) was named ITA of the year at the 2011 National Transport Awards ceremony in London.   Competition judges recognised...
  • Architect's image of new North Shields Station

    Major building work at North Shields

    12 October 2011
    Nexus, which owns, manages and is modernising Metro, is embarking on a key phase in the multi-million pound project to rebuild North Shields Metro station in North Tyneside. The steel structure for the new station building and new platform canopies will be put in place over the next three weekends...
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    My Metro Challenge: Car vs Metro

    7 October 2011
    Who do you think will reach the city centre first - Metro or Car? Follow all the action on Facebook Monday 10 and Tuesday 11October will see Tyne and Wear Metro race across North/ South Tyneside and into Newcastle/ Sunderland City Centre in a ‘Top Gear’ inspired challenge against a member of the...
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    New Metro train colours revealed

    7 October 2011
    Nexus has unveiled the new livery for Metro trains as the first refurbished Metrocar returns to the region after a major refurbishment. Metrocar 4041, the first of 90 to be stripped down and refitted by a specialist engineering firm in Doncaster, has a sleek light metallic grey and black finish,...
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    Kids' art on show at Tynemouth

    28 September 2011
    Colourful new artworks designed with the help of local school children are brightening up Tynemouth station as a project to restore it continues. As part of the cultural and community engagement programme running alongside the restoration of Tynemouth Station, the artists Gaynor Devaney and Dave...
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    Metro joins Facebook

    26 September 2011
    Following the success of the Metro Twitter page we have now launched a Facebook page. As well as keeping passengers up to date about any disruptions or modernisation work, we will also be teaming up with local businesses to offer our followers some fantastic deals and competitions. This month we...
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    Metro celebrates student fever

    27 September 2011
    As thousands of new students arrive in the North East to attend Newcastle, Northumbria and Sunderland Universities, Metro is helping to raise awarness and encourage students to visit the vast attractions that our region has to offer.   Sharon Kelly, Customer Services Director at Metro, said: “New...
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    Make a splash by bus in South Tyneside

    6 October 2011
    Bus users in South Tyneside can swap their usual seats for a free swim in one of the borough’s pools thanks to a local travel partnership. Go North East passengers are being offered a free swim at either Temple Park Leisure Centre or Hebburn Swimming Pool between Monday 26 September and Monday 31...
  • Nexus' Director General with new apprentices

    Nexus takes on new apprentices

    13 September 2011
    Nexus has begun a new engineering apprenticeship scheme, which will see the recruits spend their first year living and training with the Royal Navy. The scheme, which saw hundreds of hopefuls vying for just four available places, involves a one-year residential course at Europe’s largest...
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    Getting you to school on time

    2 September 2011
    Nexus has launched a new web microsite to provide information to parents and children on the best way to travel to school by bus. The microsite was launched this week, just in time for the new academic year. On the site www.nexus.org.uk/schoolbus users can access interactive journey planning...
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    New city centre bus for Sunderland

    1 September 2011
    A new city centre bus service linking Sunderland’s biggest attractions and amenities starts service this month - for full timetable and fare details click here. The ‘Sunderland Connect’ 700 route will run from Monday 12 September, funded by a unique partnership between Sunderland City Council, the...
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    New weapon in the fight against cable theft

    30 August 2011
    A new weapon is being used by Network Rail to protect essential rail equipment in Sunderland from thieves who target it for its scrap value.   Thieves continue to target parts of the overhead line systems used by the Tyne and Wear Metro – even though a programme to replace the old copper cables...
  • Art at Cullercoats Metro Station

    Local photographer brings summer sun to Cullercoats

    31 August 2011
    A local photographer’s sun-drenched images of Whitley Bay are on display at Cullercoats Metro station. Nexus, which owns and manages the Tyne and Wear Metro, is displaying the works by Paul William Llewellyn Jones as part of its Art on Transport programme. The six images went on display just ahead...
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    Nexus ready for a busy weekend of Metro modernisation works

    19 August 2011
    Nexus, which owns, manages and is modernising Metro, is carrying out a series of essential modernisation projects on the Metro system over the forthcoming August Bank Holiday weekend. The work is being packed into the weekend in order to minimise disruption to passengers and to allow Nexus to do a...
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    Nexus enters new phase of work at North Shields

    17 August 2011
    Nexus, which owns, manages and is modernising Metro, has begun a major new phase in the multi-million pound redevelopment of North Shields Metro station, with work underway on the new-look ticket concourse. The development work at North Shields has so far been focussed on demolition work and...
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    Extra fish and chips river cruises on the Shields Ferry

    23 August 2011
    Nexus has made two extra dates available for its fish and chip trips on the Shields Ferry, after they proved a huge hit with passengers over the summer. Demand for tickets has proved high and in response an extra two trips have been added to the calendar – Friday September 2 and Friday September...
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    Gateshead bus service restored by Nexus

    10 August 2011
    Residents living in the Wood Green sheltered housing in Bill Quay, Gateshead, are rejoicing this week over the return of a vital bus service. With the support of Gateshead Older People’s Assembly, 60 local residents from Bill Quay and Pelaw met with Nexus to voice their concerns at the replacement...
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    Improved bus routes for South Tyneside from Sunday, 31 July

    29 July 2011
    A range of improved bus links across South Tyneside is being introduced from Sunday (July 31) following consultation with passengers. The improvements are being made as part of the South Tyneside Better Bus Network partnership, launched last year to bring together bus operators, South Tyneside...
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    Surf's up for bus passengers

    25 July 2011
    SURF’S UP FOR BUS PASSENGERS Bus users will be able to swap their usual seats for a free swim in one of the North East’s newest leisure centres over the summer holidays thanks to a local travel partnership. Passengers in East Gateshead are being offered a free swim at the new Heworth Leisure Centre...
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    Bus service improvements in South Tyneside

    21 July 2011
    Some bus services in South Tyneside are changing from 31 July in response to feedback from local residents. The improvements are being made as part of the South Tyneside Better Bus Network partnerships, launched last year to bring together bus operators, South Tyneside Council and Nexus. The...
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    New local bus links in North Tyneside

    18 July 2011
    Nexus is making changes to improve local bus services in North Tyneside, responding to feedback from local residents and councillors.   From Monday, 25 July the 335 route will be extended to the Asda superstore in Benton.   The extension will provide people in Hadrian Park, Battle Hill and High...
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    Nexus finds new operators for Veolia bus routes

    7 July 2011
    Local bus services now operated by Veolia transport on behalf of Nexus are changing at the end of July – but passengers should be reassured all routes that now run will continue to do so. All services now operated by Veolia on our behalf (listed below) will transfer to new operators on 24 or 31...
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    Nexus suspends Metro modernisation work for Mouth of the Tyne Festival

    6 July 2011
    Nexus, which owns, manages and is modernising Metro, will not be carrying out any planned modernisation work this weekend while the Mouth of the Tyne Festival is taking place. With thousands of people expected at the festival in North Shields and South Shields Nexus has kept the weekend free of...
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    Parents urged to replace Nexus Under 16 travel cards before deadline

    4 July 2011
    Parents are being urged to make sure their children have the new Under 16 Pop Card before the end of July. Failing to get the new card could mean children missing out on cheaper concessionary travel on public transport in Tyne and Wear. The new Pop smartcard has replaced the old Under 16 Card as a...
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    Stagecoach launches £7m eco-bus fleet

    4 July 2011
    Local bus operator, Stagecoach North East, is launching a £7.2million fleet of hybrid electric buses in Newcastle. The investment in the 26 new buses followed an award of £2.2million from the Government’s Green Bus Fund, with Stagecoach North East funding the balance of £5millon. The award from the...
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    Metro Gold Card users to get all-day travel this summer

    30 June 2011
    Metro Gold Card holders will once again this year get the added benefit of all-day-travel throughout July and August, Nexus has announced. Nexus is repeating last year’s scheme by lifting the restriction which prevents holders using the pass before 9.30am on weekdays for the next two months. Gold...
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    Fighting Metro cable theft

    22 June 2011
    Nexus, which owns, manages and is modernising Metro, has acted to reassure Metro users it is doing all it can to combat the problem of cable theft and has apologised for the delays it caused. Nexus engineers worked across the weekend and in the early hours of Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday to repair...
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    Tyne cruises on the Shields Ferry are up and running

    21 June 2011
    Nexus has embarked on its summer programme of nostalgic Tyne river cruises on the Shields Ferry, with tickets still on sale for a wide range of trips over the next four months. Nexus, which owns and operates the Shields Ferry, has a busy schedule of river cruises from now to October. Tickets remain...
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    New footbridge and lifts open at Benton

    30 June 2011
    NEW FOOTBRIDGE AND PASSENGER LIFTS OPEN AT BENTON METRO STATION Nexus, which owns, manages and is modernising Metro, officially opened the new footbridge and lifts at Benton Metro station opened on Friday 17 June. The £1m development will dramatically improve access for passengers travelling from...
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    Haymarket and Four Lane Ends diversions

    13 June 2011
    Passengers using Haymarket and Four Lane Ends bus stations are being warned of stand changes during the latest phases of rebuilding works. Bus stands will change at Haymarket on Thursday, 16 June, in the latest phase of building works. Coast Road services will continue to use stops in St Mary's...
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    Video: How Metro keeps its trains clean for passengers

    9 June 2011
    This latest video highlights the efforts that go into keeping Metro clean for the thousands of passengers who use the service. DBTW, who operate Metro on behalf of Nexus, has a stringent cleaning programme in place for Metro’s 90-strong fleet of trains. A dedicated team of cleaning staff work round...
  • Nexus' Phil Kirkland and Cllr Ed Hodson

    Putting old railway sleepers to good use

    10 June 2011
    Nexus aids footpath conservation in North Tyneside Nexus, which owns, manages and is modernising Metro, is putting used railway sleepers to good use in North Tyneside. Nexus, which is carrying out the £385M Metro: all change modernisation programme, is donating dozens of used sleepers to North...
  • Mayor and Mayoress of South Tyneside and Cllr Tom Hanson

    More dates for Fish & Chip Trips on the Shields Ferry this summer!

    6 June 2011
    This year's new Fish & Chip Trips on the Shields ferry have been a sell out so Nexus have added more dates for September to make sure people don't miss out.  The trips take in some of the Tyne's most iconic views and extra dates are now available for Fridays 2 and 16 September.  They two new...
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    Nexus launches new local bus links for Gateshead

    24 May 2011
    NEXUS LAUNCHES NEW LOCAL BUS LINKS FOR GATESHEAD Nexus is improving local bus links in Gateshead, with new and revised services starting on 29 May. The changes follow the biggest ever consultation with Tyne and Wear residents on the bus services they want to see, held last year. They affect the 10...
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    Sunderland bus service changes 29 May

    15 May 2011
    Nexus and Go North are making some changes to services they provide in Sunderland. In many cases bus services will be provided by a new operator after 29 May, but on the same route and at the same or similar times. Durham County Council is reducing the number of bus routes it pays for, and where...
  • People meeting at bus station

    New Network one ticket prices

    6 May 2011
    The Network One range of travel tickets will be going up in price from Sunday, May 8. Network One tickets are travel passes that allow travel on all modes of public transport in Tyne and Wear. This is the first price increase since these tickets were rebranded last year. It has become necessary due...
  • Sunderland Station

    Second major award for Sunderland

    6 May 2011
    The ‘inspirational’ £7 million modernisation of Sunderland station platforms by Nexus has won a second major design award. The project was Highly Commended in the Design and Innovation Category at the 2011 North East Renaissance awards, held by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors in...
  • Tynemouth Station

    Tynemouth preserved

    14 April 2011
    The future of Tynemouth Station - previously recognised as one of the highest priority buildings at risk in the country - is to be secured with the start of work on its historic canopies. Work has started at the Grade II* listed building following a rescue package resulting from a public and...
  • benton bridge

    Benton bridge nearly complete - video

    11 April 2011
      Work is nearing completion on a project to build a new footbridge with passenger lifts at Benton Metro – transforming access at the station. Contractors have been installing steps, wiring and lighting to the new bridge since it was winched into place in a delicate overnight operation in March....
  • older people and kids

    Gold Card expiry date information

    7 April 2011
    Nexus has today altered the validity of some Metro Gold Cards to ensure that customers buying a £25 pass will receive 12 months of travel. This means Gold Cards bought since 1 April 2011 will be valid until the end of April 2012. Anyone who has purchased a Gold Card since 1 April with a ‘March 2012...
  • Architect's image of North Shields Station

    North Shields Metro Platform 2 re-open

    7 April 2011
    Nexus, which owns, manages and is modernising Metro, has re-opened Platform No2 at North Shields Metro station for passengers. The platform, which serves trains to Newcastle via Wallsend, had been closed all week due to the ongoing modernisation work that is taking place. Platform Two was opened...
  • Metro trains at Tynemouth

    Metro re-opens from Byker to Tynemouth

    4 April 2011
    Nexus, which owns, manages and is modernising Metro, has today (Monday, April 4) re-opened the Metro line for train services between Byker and Tynemouth following a 23-day closure for vital modernisation work. The first trains started running as per the normal Metro timetable from just after 5.30am...
  • man gets travel advice

    Bus passes go 'smart' on Go North East from 1 April

    30 March 2011
    All Go North East buses are now fitted with smartcard readers which check your concessionary bus pass automatically.  From Friday, 1 April, if you hold a national concessionary bus pass, instead of showing it to the driver just place the concessionary pass on the smartcard reader at the front of...
  • cast singing

    Metro - The Musical: See it here now

    24 March 2011
    Metro - The Musical, a celebration of 30 years of our iconic light rail system, gets its world premiere tonight on the BBCk Look North regional news programme. The project has taken six months to complete, from auditioning the best local talent to filming Rapper Sword Dancers dancing inside a Metro...
  • Lisa Johnson and peacock artwork

    Giant new artwork for Gateshead Interchange

    22 March 2011
    An art student’s giant image of a peacock will be seen by thousands of people every day, welcoming passengers to Gateshead Interchange. Lisa Johnson’s peacock design was chosen following an appeal by Nexus for a piece of art to liven up the entrance to the interchange, used by four million people...
  • platform 5 artwork

    National design award for Sunderland station

    18 March 2011
    The £7m modernisation of Sunderland station platforms by Nexus has won a national design award. Platform 5, the artwork that is the centrepiece of the new station, was named winner in the Special Projects category at the 2011 Lighting Design Awards in London. The work by Jason Bruges Studio was...
  • ballast trains

    The inside track on Metro modernisation video

    16 March 2011
    Find out more about the progress with the 23-day Metro line closure in this latest video clip which was shot at the Chillingham Road work site on 16 March. The video shows the loading of the ballast which is needed for the replacement of the Metro rails between Byker and Tynemouth. Projects are on...
  • Older couple on shields ferry

    Metro Gold Card holders advised they can now use them on the Shields Ferry

    15 March 2011
    Metro Gold Card holders can now use the pass to get unlimited free travel on board the cross-Tyne Shields Ferry service. The Gold Card scheme, which already offers pensioners and disabled people unlimited travel on Metro for just over £2 a month, was extended to cover the Shields Ferry from...
  • line of buses

    Bus fleet arrives for Major Line Closure

    11 March 2011
    A fleet of more than 20 modern low-floor buses will be running when the Metro line is closed between Byker and Tynemouth.   The buses, a fleet of red double-deckers which have been brought up from London specially, will be running frequent services between Byker and Tynemouth, from normal first to...
  • Architect impression of Chillingham Road Metro Station

    Nexus reveals plans for the modernisation of Chillingham Road Metro Station

    10 March 2011
    NEXUS REVEALS PLANS FOR THE MODERNISATION OF CHILLINGHAM ROAD METRO STATION Nexus has today revealed plans for the modernisation of Chillingham Road Metro station, giving an insight into what the redeveloped station will look like. Refurbishment of the station will start on Saturday, 12 March 2011...
  • Rebecca Ditchburn talks to Whitehouse Primary School

    Getting the safety message across to schools

    9 March 2011
    Pupils at 18 schools near Metro are getting special lessons on safety ahead of the Major Line Closure between Byker and Tynemouth. Nexus, which owns and manages Metro, is targeting the schools in Newcastle and North Tyneside with the message: ‘stay off the tracks to stay safe’. Rebecca Ditchburn,...
  • Old North Shields BR Station

    Oldest commuter railway in the world

    9 March 2011
    The Metro line between Chillingham Road and North Shields can claim to be the oldest dedicated commuter railway anywhere in the world. It was first opened to trains in June 1839 – 172 years ago – by the Newcastle and North Shields Railway Company, creating a route from the growing coastal towns...
  • CCTV camera at station

    High security for Metro sites

    9 March 2011
    A ring of security patrols, mobile CCTV and police operations will protect Metro during the Major Line Closure. The measures will keep the 11km of track between Byker and Tynemouth secure from trespassers and cable thieves. Ken Mackay, Nexus Director of Rail and Infrastructure explained: “The...
  • Passengers boarding bus

    Local bus services are changing

    1 March 2011
    Nexus is making big changes to the local bus services it provides in Newcastle and North Tyneside using funds from local authorities. More than a dozen new or improved routes will be launched from Sunday 27 March, improving local links to shops, health services and places of work. The new services...
  • Artist impression of new Howdon Metro Station

    Drop-in session for residents in Howdon

    28 February 2011
    NEXUS TO HOST PUBLIC DROP-IN SESSION ABOUT MODERNISATION WORKS AT HOWDON IN NORTH TYNESIDE Nexus, which owns, manages and is modernising Metro, is holding a drop-in session for residents of Howdon to find out more about plans to modernise Howdon Metro station and works taking place there during the...
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    Nexus installs new footbridge at Benton

    3 March 2011
    Nexus, which owns, manages and is modernising Metro, installed the new footbridge at Benton Metro station in the early hours of Thursday, 3 March. Work will now take place over the coming weeks to install cabling, lighting and build a second lift tower before the bridge can be opened at the end of...
  • Pop card - under 16 design

    Parents warned: Don't miss out on Under 16 Card renewal

    22 February 2011
    Parents are being warned they have just a few days left to renew their children’s Nexus Under 16 travel card for free. Nexus is replacing around 60,000 Under 16 Cards in Tyne and Wear to new Pop smart cards. The deadline for free renewal in Monday, 28 February – after this date parents will be...
  • Nexus' Director General, Bernard Garner with Rt Hon Theresa Villiers MP

    Nexus scores double success at the UK Rail Awards

    21 February 2011
    Nexus, which owns, manages and is modernising the Tyne and Wear Metro, has scooped two prizes at the prestigious UK Rail Business Awards in London. Nexus won in the station excellence category for the £20m Haymarket redevelopment in the centre of Newcastle and in the PR category for the campaign...
  • Pop Card

    Young people urged to be the first to get smart with Pop Card

    15 February 2011
    Parents are being given a final reminder to send back their children’s Nexus Under 16 renewal forms before Monday, 28 February. Nexus is replacing around 60,000 Under 16 Cards in Tyne and Wear to new Pop smart cards, launched this week. All the parents of holders (apart from those in their final...
  • Launch of Pop Card

    Nexus launches Pop - a new smartcard for Tyne and Wear

    14 February 2011
    Popping onto Metro or bus is about to get much easier with the launch of the biggest smartcard initiative outside London. Pop is the name of the new travel smartcard from Nexus set to be rolled out across the Tyne & Wear region this year. Nexus bosses unveiled the Pop card brand on a Metro...
  • break dancers

    Street dancers encourage youngsters to get smart

    14 February 2011
    A troupe of break dancers toured Metro stations encouraging school pupils to ‘get street smart’ and sign up for their new Pop smartcard from Nexus. As part of its roll-out of smart ticketing Nexus is asking all holders of its existing Under 16 Card to return an application form posted to them – and...
  • the baltic and tyneside

    Light shows and flash mobs herald the arrival of Pop cards

    14 February 2011
    Shoppers, partygoers and football fans were left scratching their head at the meaning of light shows proclaiming ‘Power to the People’. The light shows have appeared all over Tyne and Wear in the last two weeks – and the mystery grew deeper as flash mob choirs popped up in busy locations to sing...
  • Bus shelter Kirkstone Avenue

    Nexus installs bus shelter CCTV in Jarrow

    7 February 2011
    Nexus has installed CCTV cameras in the bus shelter at Kirkstone Avenue in Jarrow to improve security and provide passengers with greater reassurance. The new cameras form part of the Nexus Bus Strategy, which is a three year action plan to improve local bus services. Nexus is the process of...
  • bus stop

    Better bus routes for Hebburn

    28 January 2011
    Nexus is changing two bus routes in Hebburn from 30th January after talking to local councillors and residents about how to improve services in the area. The new 515 will run hourly, Monday to Saturday, from Heworth to Glen Street, via Monkton Business Park, Victoria Road West, Victoria Road East,...
  • North Shields landing

    New Shields Ferry prices for 2011

    28 January 2011
    Nexus, which owns and operates the Shields Ferry, is increasing the fares from February 28, but Metro Gold Card holders will be able to use the pass to travel for free on the cross-Tyne service. The revised prices were agreed by the Tyne and Wear Integrated Transport Authority (ITA) at a meeting...
  • Grandparents and grandkids use the Metro

    Metro Gold Cards £25 from 1 February

    27 January 2011
    Nexus is increasing the cost of Metro Gold Cards from £12 to £25 from Tuesday February 1, but has frozen the cost of child concessionary tickets. The revised prices for concessionary Metro travel in 2011 were agreed by the Tyne and Wear Integrated Transport Authority (ITA) at a meeting today,...
  • Architect's image of North Shields Station

    Find out more about our plans for North Shields station

    26 January 2011
    Nexus, which owns, manages and is modernising Metro, is holding a drop in session on Tuesday February 1 to give local residents the chance to learn more about multi-million pound plans to rebuild North Shields Metro station. The drop in session, which will be attended by Nexus staff and staff from...
  • Some young people

    Parents asked to renew Under 16 Cards

    26 January 2011
    Around 50,000 young people in Tyne and Wear are being asked to renew their Under 16 travel cards – and get set for smart travel. Nexus is this week writing to parents of Under 16 Card holders, apart from those in their final school year whose cards expire this summer. It is asking holders to send...
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    £22m Metro modernisation between Byker and Tynemouth

    19 January 2011
    Nexus, which owns and manages the Tyne and Wear Metro, is to spend more than £22m in the comprehensive modernisation of the route between Byker and Tynemouth in spring 2011. This huge programme will mean a Major Line Closure of 23 days from Saturday March 12 to Sunday April 3, plus a series of...
  • Architext view of new bridge

    Benton Metro footbridge removed

    5 January 2011
    Nexus, which owns, manages and is modernising Metro, is replacing the footbridge which crosses the lines at Benton Metro station this Sunday, January 9, as part of its plans to modernise the station. The plans for Benton include the dismantling of the old footbridge linking the north and south...
  • Bill Jackson

    Nexus says farewell to popular Shields Ferry manager

    29 December 2010
    Nexus has said farewell to a former shipyard worker who for 15 years has taken charge of maintaining the iconic cross-Tyne Shields Ferry Service. Bill Jackson, the Chief Fitter on board the Shields Ferry, has retired and got a terrific send off from fellow crew members when he left. Bill has been...
  • British Transport Police Sunderland on metro

    Christmas crackdown on anti-social behaviour on the railways in North East.

    13 December 2010
    British Transport Police have launched an operation to combat anti-social behaviour in railway stations and on trains throughout the festive season, and to mark the launch are undertaking a night of action across stations in the North East. Operation Garland is a region-wide initiative which will...
  • Cable theft

    Suspected railway cable thief arrested in Sunderland.

    10 December 2010
    Officers from British Transport Police's dedicated cable squad have arrested a man on suspicion of the theft of copper cable after a large amount of railway cable was discovered in his garage. Officers have arrested the 40-year-old man at his home address in Hedon in Sunderland. The man has been...
  • Howden metro station

    Howdon and Meadow Well Metro stations get bright new look.

    1 December 2010
    Nexus, which owns and manages the Tyne and Wear Metro, has unveiled plans to modernise Howdon and Meadow Well stations. The two stations will be made brighter and cleaner with completely new finishes in a project during spring 2011. The stations, used by 1.3 million passengers a year, are the first...
  • British Transport Police jacket

    British Transport Police crack down on antisocial behaviour in Sunderland

    25 November 2010
    British Transport Police have launched an operation to combat antisocial behaviour in railway stations and on trains throughout the next few months. Operation Nightowl will take place on the rail network in Sunderland on Friday 26 November from 20.00 till 00.00, and will aim to tackle anti-social...
  • Meeting table.

    ITA approves Metro fare increases for 2011

    25 November 2010
    The Tyne and Wear Integrated Transport Authority today (Thursday) agreed Nexus proposals which will see Metro fares go up for the first time in two years. Some fares are also being removed to simplify the fare structure ahead of the introduction of new ticket machines and Smartcard technology, it...
  • Architect's image of new Benton bridge

    Major work starts on new Benton footbridge

    24 November 2010
    The main phase of construction for a new footbridge including lifts at Benton Metro station has started.   The work means that the only access to Platform 2 at the station (from Newcastle and towards the Coast) is from Platform 1 and over the old footbridge for around two weeks.   People going to...
  • Shieldsman ferry

    Special ferry trip to see HMS Ark Royal

    19 November 2010
    The Shields Ferry is running a special river cruise on Tuesday, November 23, for people to watch HMS Ark Royal as she leaves the River Tyne for the final time. The specially-arranged trip will depart from the South Shields Ferry landing at 2.45pm and will give passengers the opportunity to see the...
  • On target cartoon image

    Nexus sets out proposed strategies for public transport

    19 November 2010
    Nexus is presenting three important new strategies for the development of public transport for approval by the Tyne and Wear Integrated Transport Authority. The strategies cover Nexus’ approach to Safety and Security on public transport, park and ride, and the future of the Shields Ferry service....
  • Ken Mackay (left) with Transport Secretary Philip Hammond

    Transport Secretary takes a trip on Metro to see new smartcard technology

    20 November 2010
    Nexus, which owns, manages and is modernising Metro, welcomed the Transport Secretary Philip Hammond to the region to showcase its plans to develop smart ticketing technology for public transport. The Minister travelled on Metro from Central Station in Newcastle to Simonside in South Tyneside,...
  • Street signs

    We need your views about local public transport

    20 November 2010
    Whether we walk, cycle, drive, use public transport or buy goods brought in by lorry, transport matters to all of us – and now is your chance to have your say on the new ten-year strategy for transport in Tyne and Wear. Responses need to be returned by 10 December 2010. The Local Transport Plan...
  • Pudsey Bear on the Shields Ferry

    Pudsey takes a trip on the Shields Ferry

    9 November 2010
    Pudsey Bear took a trip on the Shields Ferry to raise money for this year’s Children in Need appeal. And the passengers were treated to some mouth-watering refreshments courtesy of ASDA store in South Shields. The event, held on Friday, 29 October, raised over £400. The ferry crew also joined in...
  • Asda 'Help for Heroes' donation

    Ferry skipper collects ASDA donation

    9 November 2010
    Shields Ferry Skipper Bob Paterson has collected a £450 donation for the Help for Heroes charity from the ASDA Foundation. Bob, who has now raised more than £3,500 for Help for Heroes, secured the donation from ASDA after they provided all the catering for his fundraising coffee morning on board...
  • Christmas shopping

    Nexus helps elderly get to Christmas shops

    19 November 2010
    Nexus has stepped in to make sure a Christmas shopping evening for elderly and disabled people goes ahead. It is meeting the cost of 12 mini-buses which will carry more than 150 people into the heart of Sunderland for the annual shopping treat. The event on Thursday, 2 December 2010 is organised by...
  • Washington Bus Station

    Bus takes a new route through Washington village

    4 November 2010
    Nexus has diverted a bus route through the heart of a Washington village to give passengers a smoother ride. Route 23, which runs hourly between Washington and Birtley, will from 1st November serve Knoulberry Road in Blackfell. The bus has until now run round the outside of the village on Blackfell...
  • Contract signing.

    Nexus awards framework contracts for Metro modernisation.

    1 November 2010
    Nexus has awarded framework agreements with five major construction companies to deliver its £385m all change programme for the Tyne and Wear Metro. The light rail system, used by 41 million passengers a year, will be modernised over the next 11 years, with tracks, power lines, signalling, stations...
  • Gateshead artwork

    Art success is a feather in cap for Lisa

    19 October 2010
    Gateshead College student, Lisa Johnson’s peacock design was chosen to feature in Gateshead Interchange following an appeal by Nexus for a piece of art to liven up the entrance and welcome travellers. Lisa’s design was chosen out of 30 ideas submitted by Gateshead College students and will feature...
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    Metro bridge renewal works start in North Tyneside

    19 October 2010
    Nexus, which owns, manages and is modernising Metro, has announced plans to carry out the replacement of a Metro footbridge in North Tyneside in just a single weekend in order to minimise disruption to people living nearby. The footbridge that crosses the Metro lines at Deneholm and Relton Terrace...
  • Councillors with 530 bus

    New bus links Luke's Lane and Hebburn.

    14 October 2010
    A new bus service has started linking the Luke’s Lane estate with the Hebburn quay area and Hebburn town centre. The 530 will run every 30 minutes and is being funded by Nexus for a six month trial period. Local Councillors who worked with Nexus to set up the route are urging local people to use...
  • Engineering work on Metro

    Nexus announces major engineering programme for Metro.

    12 October 2010
    NEXUS ANNOUNCES MAJOR ENGINEERING PROGRAMME FOR METRO Nexus, which owns and manages the Tyne and Wear Metro, today announced details of major engineering works over the next six months. The work is part of the Metro: all change modernisation programme, which will see Nexus invest £385m into the...
  • Haymarket Metro Platform

    Metro wins Project of the Year and Best Customer Initiative Awards.

    8 October 2010
    Success at 2010 UK Light Rail Awards for Haymarket station transformation and 100 days Clean Up campaign The Tyne and Wear Metro was honoured this week at the annual UK Light Rail Awards, winning Project of the Year and Best Customer Initiative categories. The annual ceremony, held in London...
  • User group poster

    New user group for public transport launched.

    5 October 2010
    A new independent voice for public transport is being launched later this month. The Tyne and Wear Public Transport User Group will hold a first meeting on Thursday, 21 October, at Gateshead Civic Centre at 7pm. The group is entirely independent of Nexus, but Nexus has offered to help the...
  • Nighttime working.

    Nexus introduces new system for Metro nighttime working information

    5 October 2010
    Nexus, which owns, manages and is modernising the Metro system, has improved the way it communicates information about night time engineering work to its neighbours. Information about maintenance works taking place during the early hours of the morning is now available in three different ways – via...
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    Bus consultation feedback published.

    1 October 2010
    Nexus has published initial feedback from its consultation into the future of local bus links on its website. This breaks down in detail the hundreds of responses local people sent in to Nexus plans to change the network of bus services it subsidises, about 10% of the whole network in Tyne and Wear...
  • Spirit of the Tyne Ferry

    Ferry skipper nets £3,000 for Help for Heroes

    28 September 2010
    Ferry skipper nets £3,000 for Help for Heroes Shields Ferry skipper Bob Paterson has managed to raise £3,000 for the Help for Heroes charity.  Bob organised a coffee morning on board the ferry and a special evening river cruise with all of the proceeds going to the popular charity, which provides...
  • Four Lane Ends

    Resurfacing at Four Lane Ends - advice for passengers

    28 September 2010
    Work is expected to take eight weeks and during this time bus services 1, 18, 32, 32A, 62 and 63 will have to call at nearby stops, instead of the interchange. Please see the attached poster for information on where your bus will call, or look out for information at the station. We apologise for...
  • Sunderland launch

    £7m Sunderland Station transformation complete.

    13 September 2010
    Sunderland Council leader Paul Watson has pressed the button to launch a unique new light artwork – marking the completion of a £7 million project to modernise Sunderland station’s platforms. The £7m refurbishment, led by Nexus with the support of station owner Network Rail and station manager...
  • Tynemouth castle

    Metro digs the outdoors this weekend!

    10 September 2010
    After a sadly soggy August, September looks set to give us a few rays of sunshine, so Metro has decided to make the most out of the outdoors and is encouraging all passengers to shake down their walking shoes, trainers or even welly’ boots and head out for a good ol’ ramble this weekend to blow...
  • bus stop

    Haymarket Bus Station works: Important information for passengers

    1 September 2010
    Bus passengers are being advised there will be some service disruption at Haymarket Bus Station in Newcastle during the £1m roof replacement, starting on Monday, 6 September. The work, by Newcastle City Council involves replacing the roof and an internal makeover, will mean that some bus services...
  • Representatives from Nexus, Go North East, Stagecoach and South Tyneside Council

    South Tyneside Better Bus Network launched

    19 August 2010
    Nexus and South Tyneside Council have signed formal Partnership Agreements with two bus companies underpinning a Better Bus Network in South Tyneside. The separate agreements, one signed with Stagecoach North East and one with Go North East, set out the terms of two voluntary partnerships which...
  • altoonative travel logo

    Altoonative ways to get to the Match

    18 August 2010
    Altoonative Travel is all about helping people make informed choices on how they can get to see their football heroes. For too long, supporters have had to search all over the web for information on bus services, where to park their bike and where is the best car park? But this new scheme will give...
  • Metro - the musical poster

    Metro – The Musical

    13 August 2010
    BBC Newcastle has embarked on an ambitious project to film a short musical about Metro – with the cast drawn from the people who use it every day. Find out more about this project, and how you can take part, here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/local/wear/hi/front_page/newsid_8908000/8908654.stm
  • Public consultation.

    North Tyneside residents have their say on bus services

    12 August 2010
    People in North Tyneside have until Tuesday, 24th August to comment on Nexus proposals to improve local bus links in the borough. More than 1,500 local residents have already taken part in the consultation and Nexus is urging anyone who has not given their views not to miss the chance. The Nexus...
  • Kevin Bruce from USS, Ken Wilson from Nexus, Insp Pam Bridges and Cllr David Ord

    Nexus installs shelter CCTV at Wallsend bus station

    11 August 2010
    Nexus has installed CCTV cameras in its bus shelters at Wallsend bus station to improve security and provide passengers with greater reassurance. The new cameras form part of the Nexus Bus Strategy, which is a three year action plan to improve local bus services. Nexus plans to install 60 cameras...
  • Sunderland station

    Lost and Found in Sunderland - a major new art commission

    11 August 2010
    Nexus, which owns and manages the Metro system, has spent £7 million modernising the platform spaces at Sunderland station - with more than a little artistic inspiration to help. Not one, but three, separate artists were appointed to assist architects and engineers in rethinking the 140-metre...
  • QuayLink bus at Theatre Royal, Newcastle

    Brand new QuayLink fleet takes to the road

    10 August 2010
    A brand new fleet of environmentally-friendly QuayLink buses started service on 10 August, alongside big improvements to the popular Newcastle-Gateshead city centre service. Go North East, which has won a five year contract from the QuayLink partnership of Newcastle City Council, Gateshead Council...
  • Nexus staff replacing the timbers at a Metro station

    Bridge upgrade means better services to South Shields

    4 August 2010
    Nexus, which owns, manages and is modernising Metro, has successfully completed a complex railway bridge upgrade at Bede Metro station in South Tyneside, which will allow for quicker train services between Pelaw and South Shields. The bridge work, which involved the closure of line for 29 hours...
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    Buses are getting better in Blaydon, Ryton and the Tyne Valley

    3 August 2010
     Bus services between Newcastle, Blaydon, Ryton and Tyne Valley towns get a major overhaul this weekend.   Go North East is changing services from Sunday, 8th August, with improved frequencies and new vehicles.   For full details of the changes go to http://www.simplygo.com/news/tyne-valley-bus-...
  • Sunderland Airshow plane and spectators

    Extra public transport services for the Sunderland Airshow 2010

    21 July 2010
    Extra public transport services including buses and Metro and a park and ride facility will be in operation for the Sunderland Airshow on Saturday July 24 and Sunday July 25. Anyone travelling to the Airshow on public transport can obtain further details by logging on to www.nexus.org.uk or by...
  • Question time public meeting.

    Metro Question Time – the full debate

    19 July 2010
    Nexus and the Keep Metro Public campaign group came together in May 2010 to stage a unique question time event for public transport users at Newcastle’s Centre For Life. Here is an edited transcript of the questions asked and answers given during a lively two-hour debate, chaired by former MP Jim...
  • Steve Harper at St James Metro station

    United goalkeeper Harper joins ‘hall of fame’

    16 July 2010
    Newcastle United goalkeeper Steve Harper has become the latest Magpie legend to be immortalised at St James Metro station, in a ceremony on Thursday 15 July. Harper, who has been with United 17 years, had his handprints permanently cast at the station, putting him alongside famous names including...
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    Nexus video made for Local Government Association Annual Conference 2010

    14 July 2010
    The future of any city-region depends on the best transport networks to allow its people to move around easily, to smooth the wheels of business and to let the streets breath. In Tyne and Wear, the transport network is undergoing major changes and massive investment to enhance people’s lives,...
  • St Peter's after clean up

    All cleaned up: the 100 day clean up is complete

    14 July 2010
    The Metro – time to ‘Dig It’ 100 Days Clean Up campaign is now complete and the improvements can be seen throughout the network. Here is a round-up of what the Metro deep clean team has achieved since 1st April: Metrocars The entire fleet of Metrocars received a super valet.  All walls, ceilings,...
  • Aiden and Steve

    Metro arranges special birthday treat for little boy with autism

    12 July 2010
    On Sunday, 4th July 2010, Metro hosted a very special birthday treat for Aiden Scott, an 11 year-old local boy with severe Autism. Aiden has always loved trains, particularly Metro, so on Sunday, Metro staff ensured he had a magical day as he was taken on a VIP tour of Metro’s Gosforth depot. Aiden...
  • Passengers on Metro

    A new voice for public transport users

    14 July 2010
    Public transport users are being urged to come to a meeting on Thursday, 22 July aimed at setting up a passengers’ group for Tyne and Wear. The new group would act as a voice for passengers with bus companies and Nexus, and lobby for improvements to public transport. The meeting takes place from 7....
  • Arriva bus crossing Tyne Bridge

    Take the bus for a super summer day out

    12 July 2010
    People across the North East are being offered extra, greener, transport options for summer days out with special services from local bus company Arriva. Day trips to the seaside from Tyneside include the North Yorkshire resorts of Whitby and Scarborough as well as the Northumberland coast and...
  • grandparents and grandchildren on metro

    Metro Gold Card scheme relaxed during July and August

    7 July 2010
    Pensioners are being encouraged to get out and about this summer with a relaxation of the rules covering the use of all Metro Gold Cards. Throughout July and August all Gold Card holders will be able to travel before 9.30am during the peak period on the Metro system. Holders living outside Tyne and...
  • aerial image of bus stop

    Public art you can see from Space.

    19 May 2009
    Opening Line by Danny Lane was commissioned by Nexus and completed in 2004 to mark the £7 million modernisation of the interchange, used by four million passengers a year. It consists of a long thin line of laser-cut steel and etched glass cut into a series of large ‘picture stories’. And the...
  • Nayam Kulkarni

    Nocturne: an interview with Nayan Kulkarni.

    2 May 2007
    Can you explain your vision for this work, and what the viewer will actually experience now it is complete? Cites are living changing places that are animated by their communities. They have changing atmospheres, sounds, smells, levels of energy. Nocturne seeks to reflect this by transforming the...
  • community art project

    Bloom time at Tynemouth Station.

    18 June 2009
    A unique Victorian railway station is set to blossom thanks to a community art project, which will rely on the bygone use of pinhole photography.  Work began last year to make safe certain sections of historic Tynemouth station's unrestored glass canopy. Now 14 hoardings that surround the...
  • Councillors welcome new Washington bus services

    Councillors welcome new Washington bus services

    5 July 2010
    City councillors have welcomed three new bus services providing important new local links in Washington. All three services are paid for by Nexus using funding from local authorities to supplement the commercial bus network. Councillor John Kelly, who represents Washington North and is Chair of the...
  • Launch of South Tyneside tourist bus

    Sightseeing tour returns in South Tyneside

    24 June 2010
    Summer sees the successful return of an open top sightseeing bus in South Shields, with this year’s route including a stop at the Town Hall to mark the building’s 100th anniversary. Nexus and South Tyneside Council were keen to alter the route this year to include the historic Town Hall, given its...
  • Launching the new service.

    New taxi-bus route for South Tyneside

    22 June 2010
    South Tyneside Council leader Iain Malcom is urging local people to use a new taxi-bus service created as part of the borough’s Better Bus Network. The TB 504 runs hourly evenings and Sundays from South Shields town centre via Laygate, Commercial Road and Boldon Lane to South Tyneside Hospital then...
  • Shields Ferry

    Get a taste of life on a Tyne Tours river cruise

    22 June 2010
    The South Shields Gazette has written a feature about Tyne Tours, which are operated by Nexus. Find out more at the following link: http://www.shieldsgazette.com/daily-feature/All-on-board-for-the.6369158.jp
  • First Metrocar on its way to Doncaster.

    Metrocar takes to road as £20m refurbishment begins

    22 June 2010
    On Monday 21 June a Tyne and Wear Metrocar travelled through the North East streets by lorry – marking the start of a £20 million refurbishment for the entire Metro fleet. The highly technical operation to move the 28-metre long, 40-tonne Metrocar in one piece was the first of many over the next...
  • Chancellor's dispatch box.

    Chancellor confirms £350 million Metro investment in Budget speech

    22 June 2010
    The Chancellor has used his Budget speech to confirm the coalition Government’s commitment to invest up to £350 million in modernising the Tyne and Wear Metro. The Rt Hon George Osborne ranked the Metro: all change modernisation programme among a number of transport projects he said provided...
  • Girl guides

    Shields Ferry helps Tynemouth Girlguides' centenary celebrations

    18 June 2010
    The Shields Ferry has played its part in help Girlguides from Tynemouth celebrate the movement’s 100th anniversary. Nexus, which owns and operates the Shields Ferry, welcomed Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and their leaders from Tynemouth Division units for a trip along the Tyne on board the Pride of...
  • New Sunderland station nears completion.

    £7m Sunderland station refurbishment enters final phase

    17 June 2010
    Work to completely refurbish platform areas at Sunderland railway station entered its final phase on Monday 21 June. This will see the north end of the station re-opened from the start of service, letting passengers see the major improvements made, including the new open-plan staircase. At the same...
  • Hoppings

    Get to the Hoppings by bus and Metro

    11 June 2010
    It’s Hoppings time again – and Europe’s biggest travelling funfair is easy to get to by public transport. Buses from all over Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland stop right outside the fairground site on Newcastle’s Town Moor – every two minutes. And The Hoppings is just a short walk from...
  • Cable theft poster

    Hitting cable thieves where it hurts – the pocket

    11 June 2010
    Rail passengers on the Sunderland line should have more reliable journeys as Network Rail replaces parts of the overhead line systems which were being stolen by cable thieves. Thieves were routinely targeting the copper cables on the Sunderland line, causing massive disruption for passengers and...
  • Buses Getting Better logo

    Free bus travel offer for South Tyneside residents

    10 June 2010
    The Better Bus Network, a unique partnership between Stagecoach North East, Go North East, Nexus and South Tyneside Council, starts on Sunday, 13 June with many routes in the borough changing. To mark the change households right across South Tyneside are being hand-delivered a guide to bus routes...
  • Taxi-bus

    New Nexus taxi-bus for Gateshead Village

    9 June 2010
    Nexus is providing a new local taxi-bus service linking parts of Whickham to Metrocentre from Monday, 14 June. The TB43 goes from Whickham’s Watergate Estate via Broom Lane, Front Street, Coniston Avenue and Lambton Avenue to Metrocentre bus station. It will run every 30 minutes Monday to Saturday...
  • Washington Galleries bus station.

    Nexus steps in to save Doxford, Washington and Birtley bus links

    8 June 2010
    Nexus is providing two new bus routes to fill gaps in the network caused by the withdrawal of commercial services to and from Doxford, Washington and Birtley. The 23 and 37 buses start service from Monday 14 June after Nexus responded to requests from local residents and workers at Doxford...
  • On the buses.

    Have your say on plans to improve local bus links in North Tyneside

    2 June 2010
    People in North Tyneside are being asked their opinion of plans to improve local bus links in a major consultation starting this June. Nexus has unveiled plans to overhaul bus routes it pays for in North Tyneside improving local links right across the community. The Nexus proposals include better...
  • people in front of bus

    South Tyneside Better Bus Network launched

    25 May 2010
    Nexus, Stagecoach, Go North East and South Tyneside Council have got together to launch a Better Bus Network for South Tyneside.     The four partners got together at Jarrow Bus Station to mark the start of a unique collaboration that will start with major changes to routes and timetables from 13...
  • Nexus staff member talks to a customer

    Final chance to give your views on local bus links

    21 May 2010
    Up to 6,000 people have already taken part in a huge consultation looking at the future of local bus links in Tyne and Wear.   And residents in Sunderland, Newcastle and Gateshead still have time to give their views online until 4 June.   Nexus and local councils set up the consultation, to get...
  • Sunderland Bus Station

    Changes to bus services in Sunderland from 30 May

    21 May 2010
    Important news for passengers who use services 36C and 39 in Sunderland during the evening. Stagecoach tickets and passes will no longer be valid on two Sunderland evening bus services after 30 May. A new bus company, Veolia, is taking over evening journeys on the two routes, paid for by Nexus....
  • Northern drivers and conductors celebrate the francise extension.

    Northern secures two year franchise extension

    13 May 2010
    Northern Rail today announces that it has secured a two-year extension to its franchise after beating performance targets for its 2,500 daily train services across the north of England. The Department for Transport has confirmed that Northern, which is owned by a joint venture of Serco and Abellio...
  • Sunderland station

    New Customer Information Screens at Sunderland

    28 April 2010
      New customer information screens have been installed at Sunderland station in the latest step forward in Nexus' £7 million refurbishment of platform areas.   The screens provide different levels of information - showing upcoming departures on some screens while others show train stopping points...
  • The Princess Royal officially opens Haymarket Metro station

    The Princess Royal officially opens Haymarket Metro station

    29 March 2010
    Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal officially opened the redeveloped Haymarket Metro station in Newcastle at a ceremony on Monday March 29. Nexus, which owns, manages and is modernising Metro, has arranged for pupils from Walkergate Primary School in Newcastle to welcome the Royal party on their...
  • Business intelligence report.

    Business Intelligence Annual Report

    30 July 2009
    The Business Intelligence Annual Report (A Year of Change) provides a compilation of public transport and socio-economic trends in Tyne and Wear during 2008/09 supported by data analysis and narrative context. The report is primarily focussed on public transport. however, it also analyses the...
  • Sting on Shields Ferry

    Sting takes a very special ferry tour

    15 April 2010
     North East music legend Sting took a special ride on the Shields Ferry during a return home to his roots. The ferry crew sprang into action when Sting asked to hire a vessel at short notice to take him on a joourney down the Tyne from the bridges to the sea - the first time he had ever made such a...
  • Singers perform at Monument

    Choir sings praises of public transport

    15 April 2010
        Public transport took centre stage when a choir performed a selection of songs to reveal a new-look travel ticket to the public.   Network One, the new name for Network Travel Tickets,  are the only tickets accepted by all the main operators in Tyne and Wear meaning passengers can travel on bus...
  • sunderland bus station

    Changes to some bus services from 18 April

    8 April 2010
    The following bus services are changing from Sunday, 18 April. Where Nexus is stepping in to take over services previously operated by other operators some existing tickets and passes will no longer be valid. Gateshead One early Saturday morning journey each on services 45 (0516 Chopwell-Newcastle...
  • Metro train

    All change for Metro on 1 April 2010

    1 April 2010
    On 1 April 2010 DB Regio Tyne and Wear Ltd (DBTW) will commence operation of Metro stations and trains on behalf of Nexus. This date also marks the start of the big Metro 100 Day Clean Up to improve passengers’ travel experience, just part of the programme of modernisation that will see Nexus...
  • Man on Metro

    Sunderland station work moves to new area.

    10 February 2010
    The £7 million project to refurbish Sunderland Station moves to a new phase from Monday 15 February, with the main entrance re-opening to passengers. From Monday the main south concourse will provide the only access to platforms by lift stairs and escalator, and all trains will call at platforms 2...
  • Stagecoach bus

    Nexus gives Wallsend Bus Station a facelift

    1 September 2009
    Nexus is spending £130,000 on a facelift for Wallsend bus station, with new shelters, improved lighting, extra CCTV and changes to the road layout to improve circulation. Work has already begun on the project which will be completed over the next two months at the bus station beside Wallsend Metro...
  • Bus shelter

    Public transport use rises in Tyne and Wear

    10 August 2009
    The number of journeys made by public transport in Tyne and Wear rose by 7.1 million last year to more than 183 million, prompted by improvements to services and rising fuel prices. Nexus figures for the 2008/9 financial year show that 91% of the growth was in bus use, where journeys by adult fare-...
  • Girl on Metro

    Nexus starts renewal work on Metro footbridges.

    10 March 2010
    Three footbridges over Metro lines are to be closed from Monday 15 March for short periods so maintenance work can be done. Nexus, which owns, manages and is modernising Metro in a £350m programme, is carrying out minor structural maintenance and applying new floor coatings to the structures. The...
  • people looking at metro ticket board

    Exciting changes on the way for Network Travel tickets.

    5 February 2010
    Network Travel tickets – the only ticket to provide unlimited travel on all public transport in Tyne and Wear – will have a new look, a new name and be even easier to use when changes to the tickets come into effect from April 11. The fresh new look for the tickets will include the new name of...
  • Metro engineering work.

    Metro completes £600,000 scheme to renew all five of its level crossings.

    17 October 2008
    A £600,000 project to renew all five level crossings on the Metro system has been successfully completed and will ensure they are in excellent working condition for many years to come. The level crossings at Callerton Parkway, Bank Foot, Kingston Park and Fawdon in Newcastle have been renewed along...
  • Concessionary bus pass.

    Changes to the national free bus pass scheme

    3 March 2010
    The Government is changing the age at which people become eligible for a national concessionary ’free’ bus pass, starting from 6 April 2010. Because Nexus is part of the scheme and is funded by Government to provide concessionary passes, it is bound to follow these changes. From 6 April 2010 people...
  • Jarrow bus passengers

    Nexus and South Tyneside Council extend community bus services.

    18 December 2008
    Two new community bus routes in South Tyneside will give neighbourhoods direct links to local supermarkets. A new Saturday bus will run from Jarrow’s Hill Park estate to Asda in Boldon at 10am, taking in Duchess Crescent off York Avenue on the way. A second Saturday bus will run from Brockley Whins...
  • Route number 1 bus

    One of Newcastle’s best loved bus route bags a £2.5m makeover.

    10 December 2008
    Seventeen new buses have been launched into service along Newcastle’s popular route 1. Local bus operator, Stagecoach North East has invested £2.5m in the new Enviro 400 double deck, low floor vehicles to further enhance its fleet operating in the city centre. The new vehicles are the most advanced...
  • X8 bus passengers

    New Nexus bus for South Hylton and Pennywell

    8 December 2008
      Nexus has stepped in to provide an evening and Sunday bus for South Hylton and Pennywell in Sunderland. New route 8X community bus links residential areas win South Hylton with the Metro station and centre of nearby Pennywell. The 16-seat minibus will run every 30 minutes from 7pm Monday to...
  • Sunderland escalator.

    Sunderland station gets an escalator.

    1 December 2008
    Sunderland’s city centre railway station has its first ever escalator – thanks to Nexus. The new escalator was in use for the first time on Monday, December 4, giving passengers an easier route up to street level. Nexus installed the escalator as part of a £6.9 million refurbishment of the 129-year...
  • Phil Kirkland.

    Metro appoints new Head of Infrastructure and Engineering.

    24 November 2008
    Phil Kirkland, who was part of the team that assisted with the design and construction of Metro in the late 1970s, has been promoted internally after returning to the organisation in 2007. He brings with him over 35 years of railway industry experience. Based at Metro’s operational base in South...
  • Silver Arrows bus

    Nexus news Winged, silver living stunning Silver Arrows services.

    3 November 2008
    At 11am on Thursday, October 30 in Market Square, Sunderland, two winged living statues – glistening in silver from head to toe and bearing bows and arrows - will herald the arrival of Go North East’s brand new Mercedes bus services – the Silver Arrows. The brand new, sleek, sliver buses offer a...
  • Taxi-Bus.

    Three new taxi-bus routes for South Tyneside

    25 March 2010
    Three new taxi-bus services will start running in South Tyneside from Monday, 19 April. The TB529 will run hourly Monday to Saturday from Hebburn Quay stopping at Hebburn Community Association, Glenn Street Medical Centre, Hebburn College, Bill Quay in Gateshead and Heworth Metro station. The TB...
  • Manors Metro station.

    Metro passenger numbers soar at Manors Station.

    6 January 2009
    Metro passenger numbers at Manors station have soared since a new university campus opened opposite the station. Nexus, which, owns, manages and is modernising Metro, says passenger numbers were up 40% between September and November 2008 compared to the previous year. More than 107,000 passengers...
  • Smarcard icon.

    North East takes step forward on smart card plans.

    14 January 2009
    Nexus is to work together with bus operators across North East England to develop the region’s first smart ticketing technology for public transport. The plans would see passengers able to travel anywhere from the Scottish border to the Tees Valley using a single ‘intelligent’ card in place of cash...
  • Awards logo.

    Metro ranked among the UK’s leading train operators

    21 January 2009
    The Tyne and Wear Metro has been shortlisted for Train Operator of the Year at the UK’s most prestigious rail awards ceremony. This is the second year running that Metro has reached the shortlist at the HSBC Rail Business Awards, competing against the likes of Eurostar, London Underground and First...
  • MetroCube

    The Queen officially opens the Metro 1981

    27 February 2009
    A Tyne Tees news report of the day the Queen officially opened the Tyne and Wear Metro, on 6 November 1981, has been posted on video-sharing website You Tube. You can see it by clicking on the below link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vKhW7aJyGnA&feature=related Please note this link takes you...
  • Bus station.

    Nexus to give Blaydon Interchange a £95,000 facelift.

    4 March 2009
    Blaydon bus interchange is to get a £95,000 facelift this spring by Nexus. New shelters, information boards and fences are to be fitted at the interchange in a six week programme of work starting on 16 March. There will also be more seating areas and plans for new energy-efficient LED lighting to...
  • Metro logo

    Talking signposts on Metro help visually impaired.

    11 March 2009
    Nexus has installed talking signposts to assist the visually impaired at two of its busiest stations. Twenty ‘React’ speaker units have been fitted all over Monument and Haymarket Metro stations in a joint project with Newcastle City Council, RNIB and Newcastle Disability Forum. Between them the...
  • Andy Bairstow, Communications Director and David Hogg, Metro Security Manager

    Metro unveils new weapon in the fight against cable theft

    16 March 2009
    Metro has joined forces with Northumbria Police to issue a stark warning to thieves who target sensitive trackside equipment – Metro property is now marked with an invisible forensic coding system called SmartWater. SmartWater is being used on Metro to crackdown on cable theft, which causes delays...
  • Another record breaking year for Metro punctuality.

    16 March 2009
    During the year to March 2009 Metro ran 96.17 percent of its trains on time - ahead of the performance figures which are set down by the Metro Customer Charter. And on Monday March 4 Metro punctuality actually peaked at 99 percent, the highest figure on record for a weekday Metro service. In 2007/...
  • Alan Jones with one of the lifting devices he designed.

    Metro worker’s inventions raise standards at Metro train depot.

    28 April 2009
    A Metro worker has invented two revolutionary types of lifting device which have transformed working practices at Metro’s Train Fleet Depot in Newcastle. Alan Jones used all his knowhow and designed two types of mechanical lifting jack which have made the job of maintaining Metro trains more...
  • Metro logo.

    Metro increases train services to South Hylton in Sunderland

    1 May 2009
    Metro is increasing the number of trains it operates to South Hylton in Sunderland as it seeks to build on another record-breaking year of passenger growth. In the last year Metro has seen passenger numbers pass the 40 million mark – the highest level since the early 1990s – and it is hoped that...
  • Artist, Esme Fletcher with her artwork at Park Lane.

    Sunderland student sees her art on Metro.

    16 May 2009
    A Sunderland student has found an audience of thousands for her art after it was displayed on the city’s Metro system. Esme Fletcher, 20, who is from Grangetown in Sunderland and a second year student at Sunderland University, approached Nexus to ask if she could display work on poster sites as...
  • Children travel.

    Children make a million more journeys by bus and Metro.

    16 June 2009
    Children under 16 have made almost a million extra journeys on bus and Metro in Tyne and Wear since a new simpler fare was introduced last September. The Tyne and Wear Integrated Transport Authority and Nexus introduced the subsidised ‘Cat’ £1 Child Allday Ticket and 50p single at all times to make...
  • The launch of the new service.

    Nexus extends Sunderland local bus service.

    16 June 2009
    A local bus service launched by Nexus in Sunderland is doing so well the route is to be extended. Nexus started the 8X between South Hylton and Pennywell last year after a commercial operator withdrew its evening and Sunday service in the area. It is now being extended to take in the South Hylton...
  • Shopper questions logo

    Mystery shoppers give thumbs up to East Gateshead buses

    18 June 2009
    A ‘mystery shopper’ survey of bus services in East Gateshead has found a high standard of vehicle quality, facilities and information. The survey found that 100% of buses in the area were low floor ‘easy access’ vehicles and all of them had on-board CCTV cameras. The buses also scored highly for on...
  • The award winners.

    Nexus wins national award for disabled travel initiatives

    1 July 2009
    Nexus has won a prestigious national award for the work it does to help disabled people live and work independently. Nexus won the Accessible Travel category at the UK Independent Living Awards, beating competition from across the country. The award recognises a wide range of initiatives by Nexus,...
  • Brian Lightfoot, a Nexus Maintainer, Victoria Browning, Commercial Manager, Prob

    Beating unpleasant odours on Metro

    8 July 2009
    Nexus is using a revolutionary product developed by a local company to remove unpleasant odours from the Tyne and Wear Metro. Nexus, which owns, manages and is modernising Metro in a £300 million programme, has trialled AiroPure in selected areas particularly prone to becoming impregnated by...
  • Academy pupils with their new passes.

    Academy pupils sign up for cheaper travel

    17 July 2009
    More than 130 pupils at Newcastle’s Excelsior Academy have signed up for cheaper travel at a special event organised by Nexus. Nexus staff visited the Academy in Scotswood to help pupils who did not already have one apply for a Nexus Under 16 Card. The card entitles the holder to buy 50p single and...
  • The photo shows Mayor of South Tyneside Cllr John Anglin and his wife.

    New 70-space car park to open at Hebburn Metro station on Friday

    26 March 2010
    Nexus, which owns, manages and is modernising Metro, will be opening an extended 70-space free car park at Hebburn Metro station in South Tyneside this Friday, March 26. The Metro station car park was built by housing developer Taylor Wimpey North East as part of the planning permission for the 220...
  • Mystery shopper logo

    Mystery shoppers give thumbs up to East Gateshead buses

    18 June 2009
    A ‘mystery shopper’ survey of bus services in East Gateshead has found a high standard of vehicle quality, facilities and information. The survey found that 100% of buses in the area were low floor ‘easy access’ vehicles and all of them had on-board CCTV cameras. The buses also scored highly for on...
  • Metro apprentices.

    Apprentices to learn their trade at the Metro depot

    28 July 2009
    Two new apprentices are all set to learn their trade at the Tyne and Wear Metro’s train fleet depot in South Gosforth in Newcastle. Jessica Roberts, of Gateshead, and Jack Fawcett, from South Shields, both aged 17, have been accepted on a four year advanced modern apprenticeship with the Metro...
  • Going up logo.

    Public transport use rises in Tyne and Wear

    10 August 2009
    The number of journeys made by public transport in Tyne and Wear rose by 7.1 million last year to more than 183 million, prompted by improvements to services and rising fuel prices. Nexus figures for the 2008/9 financial year show that 91% of the growth was in bus use, where journeys by adult fare-...
  • Geoff Trevena, new metro chaplain.

    Tyne and Wear Metro takes on a new chaplain

    13 August 2009
    The Tyne and Wear Metro has appointed a new chaplain to provide staff with counselling and spiritual and religious support. Geoff Trevena has just taken up the role and will be paying regular visits to Metro’s operational sites in South Gosforth, Newcastle, including the Metro Train Depot, the...
  • Metro logo.

    Nexus welcomes final funding for new Metro ticket machines and barriers.

    26 August 2009
    Nexus has welcomed news that the Government has announced final confirmation of funding for new ticket machines and electronic barriers on the Tyne and Wear Metro system. The Department for Transport has confirmed that £13.4m is now committed to the project, which will see 225 ticket machines...
  • Metro logo.

    Nexus renews Metro overhead lines in historic tunnel.

    8 September 2009
    Metro engineers have successfully completed a delicate operation to replace almost 800 metres of overhead power lines in a cramped Victorian railway tunnel. Engineers worked throughout Sunday to replace the ageing overhead catenary wire in the 162-year-old tunnel between North Shields and Tynemouth...
  • Sunderland station passenger

    Nexus unveils ‘station of light’ designs for Sunderland

    11 September 2009
    Nexus today unveiled striking new designs for Sunderland railway station which will transform the city centre gateway into a ‘station of light’. Work is already underway on the final phase of a £7 million project to transform the station’s 140-metre platform areas, due to be completed in May 2010...
  • Sunderland station - artist's impression.

    Second phase modernisation has started at Sunderland station.

    9 September 2009
    Work on the second and final phase of a £7 million modernisation project at Sunderland station is now underway. Nexus, which owns, manages and is modernising the Tyne and Wear Metro in a £300 million programme, is investing in the Network Rail-owned station as the major operator using it. The 140-...
  • Metro Ken

    New passenger list successfully installed at Gateshead Interchange

    16 September 2009
    Work to install a new passenger lift at Gateshead Interchange has been completed, Nexus announced today. The new lift, which connects the Metro platform with the ticket concourse, has been installed as part of a £1m programme of work to replace six lifts on the Metro system which are all more than...
  • Ghost at Sunderland.

    Ghost Platform artwork to illuminate Sunderland Station

    17 September 2009
    Nexus has commissioned one of Europe’s leading light artists to create a major new work for its Sunderland ‘station of light’ project. Jason Bruges Studio, which has also won a competition to create major installations for the London 2012 Olympics, will design a 140-metre wall of shifting low-...
  • Metro Ken

    New passenger lift successfully installed at South Shields Metro station.

    18 September 2009
    Work to install a new passenger lift at South Shields Metro station has been completed, Nexus announced today. The new lift, which connects the Metro platform with the street level, has been installed as part of a £1m programme of work to replace six lifts on the Metro system which are all more...
  • Tomorrow's World logo

    Metro of the future: Tomorrow's World 1979

    22 September 2009
    See how Metro was presented as the 'transport of the future' in a BBC Tomorrow's World broadcast from December 1979. The section on Metro starts at 15.15. http://www.bbc.co.uk/archive/tomorrowsworld/8019.shtml?all=2&id=8019  
  • Metro logo.

    Metro apprentice nominated for national award

    25 September 2009
    A Metro apprentice has been nominated for a prestigious national award for his dedication to training. Phil Chisholm, an electrician who works at the Metro Train Depot in South Gosforth in Newcastle, has been shortlisted for Apprentice of the Year at the GoSkills Go For Excellence awards at Wembley...
  • Nexus logo.

    Nexus names final two bidders for Metro operations contract.

    2 October 2009
    Nexus, which owns, manages and is modernising the Tyne and Wear Metro, today announced the names of the final two bidders shortlisted for a contract to operate trains and stations on its behalf. Both bidders could provide an excellent public service and Nexus will now seek to establish the ‘best of...
  • Ray Johnstone

    Nexus appoints a new Rail Director to oversee infrastructure maintenance

    12 October 2009
    Nexus has appointed a new Rail Director to oversee maintenance on the Tyne and Wear Metro network. Raymond Johnstone has taken charge of the day to day maintenance of all Metro’s railway infrastructure, from tracks and signals to stations and ticket machines. His role will be to ensure the safe and...
  • Smartwater protected logo.

    Crime prevention initiative on Metro wins a top national award

    2 November 2009
    A crime prevention initiative which involved coating Metro equipment with an invisible forensic coding system to deter thieves has scooped a prestigious award from senior figures within the UK’s light rail sector. SmartWater, which is being used on Metro to crackdown on cable theft, won Innovation...
  • £5

    Travel by Metro can save you £5 a day, new figures show

    6 November 2009
    Switching from car to Metro could save the average commuter more than £5 a day – or more than £1,000 a year. The shock figures calculated for the Tyne and Wear Metro show the full cost of driving to work in town and city centres. It comes after research showed more motorists are counting the cost...
  • Tynemouth Metro station.

    Government cash boost for Tynemouth Station.

    16 November 2009
    Tynemouth Station is to receive a £2m Government grant for essential conservation work. The station, a Grade II listed structure which was first opened in 1882 by the North Eastern Railway, will have its historic roof canopies repaired. The funding will also be used to enhance the existing...
  • workshop sign

    Gateshead youngsters learn the consequences of antisocial behaviour

    11 November 2009
    School children in Gateshead are taking part in a series of workshops to highlight the consequences of antisocial behaviour. The pilot project, called ‘It’s Your Choice’, will see 150 kids from the Gateshead area learning about the impact of crime and vandalism on their local community. Fire, road...
  • nexus logo.

    Nexus announces details of Metro: all change modernisation programme.

    4 December 2009
    Metro passengers can look forward to a step change in travel over the next three years thanks to detailed modernisation plans unveiled by the system’s owner today. Nexus, which owns and manages the Tyne and Wear Metro, is on the verge of securing a funding package from Government expected to be...
  • Kite bus

    Red Kite buses scoop green award.

    7 December 2009
    Go North East has scooped the Green Marketing award for its Red Kite bus service in New Transit Magazine’s inaugural Green Transport Awards. This is the third award for the Red Kite buses in just over a year, having previously won the Business Award in the 2008 Northumberland Wildlife Trust Awards...
  • Lift doors.

    Nexus completes £1m Metro lift replacement project.

    10 December 2009
    Nexus, which owns, manages and is modernising Metro, has successfully completed a £1m project to replace six ageing passengers lifts at stations across the system. The lifts, some of which were more than 30 years-old, have been replaced with cleaner, quieter and greener lift cars, with CCTV...
  • Spotlight.

    Local bus services in the spotlight.

    15 December 2009
    A major new review of bus services in Tyne and Wear will make sure the network meets the needs of residents. Nexus, which plans and promotes public transport in Tyne and Wear, is working with local councils on the Accessible Bus Network Design Project. It is examining the routes it subsidises...
  • Price freeze icon

    All Metro fares are frozen for 2010

    16 December 2009
    All Metro fares are to be frozen in price for 2010, including singles, returns, monthly, annual, child and student fares. Nexus, which owns, manages and is modernising Metro in a programme worth more than £300 million, had its fare proposals for the coming year approved by the Tyne and Wear...
  • Footballer icon

    Nexus welcomes NewcastleGateshead and Sunderland named as World Cup venues.

    17 December 2009
    Nexus today welcomed the news that NewcastleGateshead and Sunderland have both been named as venues for the World Cup in 2018. St James Park and the Stadium of Light will host games should the Football Association’s bid to stage the World Cup prove successful. The announcement of the host venues...
  • Metro staff

    Transport workers hailed as ‘unsung heroes’ of winter.

    7 January 2010
    Public Transport workers have been hailed as the unsung heroes of the current winter weather gripping the region by the Chairman of the Tyne and Wear Integrated Transport Authority. Cllr David Wood praised the efforts of people working for bus companies and on Metro, rail and ferry for keeping the...
  • North Shields tunnel.

    Nexus invests £175,000 on new lighting for oldest Metro tunnel.

    13 January 2010
    Nexus, which owns, manages and is modernising Metro, has invested £175,000 to transform the lighting in the oldest tunnel on the network. The 162 year-old North Shields tunnel, which was built by the Victorians, has been fitted with new fluorescent lighting to improve access for maintenance staff...
  • Chartermark logo.

    Metro retains its government charter mark award for 12th successive year

    14 January 2010
    Metro has retained its Government Charter Mark for the twelfth year running, with 11 areas singled out as best practice nationally, including Metro’s record breaking level of train punctuality. The Charter Mark assessor was impressed that Metro ran 96.17 percent of trains on time during the year to...
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    Ad campaign shames drivers who block bus stops.

    18 January 2010
    A new advertising campaign aims to shame drivers who park their cars in bus stops, getting in the way of buses and their passengers. The cheeky adverts aim to embarrass people who don’t think twice about the inconvenience caused when blocking busy stops. Using slogans such as “Parking in bus stops...
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    Pink concert in Sunderland means another busy summer for Tyne and Wear Metro.

    26 January 2010
    Nexus, which owns, manages and is modernising Metro, said today it expects thousands of music fans to use the Metro system for this summer’s Pink concert at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland. Pink’s Funhouse Summer Carnival Tour arrives at the Stadium of Light on Friday June 11 at the start of the...
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    Fare free zone at Cobalt Business Park

    26 January 2010
    Hundreds of bus passengers at North Tyneside’s Cobalt Business Park have signed-up to the North East’s first fare free zone which allows them to travel between a number of operators, within the park zone, at no extra cost. The Cobalt FreeZone was devised by Cobalt’s two dedicated travel co-...
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    Nexus launches first online forum for public transport users

    9 February 2010
    The forum, reached through the website nexus.org.uk, is believed to be the first of its kind set up by a public body in North East England. It will allow public transport users to talk directly to Nexus – and to each other – about what is good or bad about the services they use, and the changes...
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    £580 million funding gives Metro a world-class future.

    3 February 2010
    The Government has confirmed today it will award Nexus around £580 million to modernise and operate the Tyne and Wear Metro. Most of the money, up to £350 million pounds, will be spent on the Metro: all change modernisation programme over the next 11 years. A further £230 million will support Metro...
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    Nexus reveals plans to improve local bus links

    16 March 2010
    Nexus today unveiled plans to completely overhaul bus routes it pays for in Tyne and Wear, improving local links in the city and its suburbs. It has launched a consultation to ask local residents, businesses and public bodies to give their views on a major review of bus services, aimed at improving...
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    Neighbourhood police officers visit Park Lane interchange in Sunderland.

    16 February 2010
    Nexus and Northumbria Police are holding a series of events to give people in Sunderland valuable crime prevention advice. The community engagement sessions will give the public a chance to raise any concerns that they have about crime, disorder and anti-social behaviour. Sergeant Paul Whittle, of...
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    White Mare Pool Bridge Works

    17 February 2010
    From Monday 22 February 2010, work commences on the bridge replacement at White Mare Pool A184 flyover, which is expected to take until November 2010. Whilst these works are taking place, the Wardley Bus Gate on the A184 will be taken out of use. The following Go North East services will be...
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    Nexus bus marketing campaign wins national prize.

    18 February 2010
    Nexus has won a national marketing award for its Buses Are Getting Better promotion in Tyne and Wear. The campaign was named best UK Transport Campaign at the CIM Marketing Excellence Awards in London, beating rivals Northern Trains, Merseytravel and Publicis Modem for EasyJet. Buses Are Getting...
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    Bus and Metro passenger numbers reach new highs.

    22 February 2010
    Research by Nexus showed that one million extra journeys were made on public transport in the four weeks to December 19, an increase of 6.4% on the year before. Rising fuel prices, more bus travel by children and people choosing public transport for shopping and the party season are behind the rise...
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    Web sessions help improve service.

    22 February 2010
    Go North East’s Open Line live web chat sessions have helped more than 500 people find out more about using buses and helped provide valuable information which the company has used to improve its services over the years. First introduced in 2007, the Open Line sessions provide an opportunity for...
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    Flash-mob orchestra performs at eldon square bus station

    26 February 2010
    Film of what happened when a ‘flash mob’ orchestra played Ravel’s Bolero at a city centre bus station is being broadcast on YouTube. The busy Eldon Square Bus Station in Newcastle was brought to a momentary stand still as 40 amateur musicians combined to perform the piece made famous by Torvill and...
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    Sunderland youngsters learn the consequences of antisocial behaviour

    10 March 2010
    School children from Sunderland are taking part in a series of workshops to highlight the consequences of anti-social behaviour. The It’s Your Choice project will involve nearly 200 kids from the Sunderland area learning about the impact of crime and vandalism on their local community. Fire, road...
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    Nexus has its eye on antisocial behaviour

    18 March 2010
    This is the first phase of a £100,000 installation programme that forms part of the Nexus Bus Strategy, a three year action plan to improve bus services. Nexus plans to install a further 60 cameras at bus shelters next year. Whilst the cameras have only been installed less than a month, they have...