Metro - A Greener Form of Travel

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Put simply, taking the Metro already helps tackle climate change – it cuts carbon emissions by two thirds compared to traveling by car - and it can do more in future with the introduction of our new state of the art fleet in 2023. That’s why we want more people to switch to Metro

If you want to do your bit for the environment, getting public transport and leaving the car at home is one of the most straightforward things to do. Public transport can be more convenient, quicker, and cheaper to do so. And the green benefits are great too. Car journeys contribute a significant amount of our overall carbon footprint. According to the Energy Saving Trust nearly half of us use a car to drive short journeys, journeys that could otherwise be completed in another, more sustainable way. Using public transport may also have health benefits too.

CO2 emissions by transport mode:

Modeg CO2 pkm

*relate to passenger kilometres

Metro takes over 11 million cars off the roads in the Tyne and Wear region, and for every £1 spent on Metro improvement works it is then responsible for £8 to the economy of the area.

Investment in the future:

  • Our new trains are 30% more energy efficient - saving enough high voltage power for every home in Tynemouth
  • £70m new train depot featuring sedum roofing, rainwater recycling, daylight capture and other environmental features
  • Our new trains are being fitted with state of the art battery technology, allowing them run for up to 45 minutes on a single charge.
  • Metro flow project, will increase our capacity and frequency across the Metro system, running up to 6 train an hour meaning we can carry many more people per hour
  • Station improvements are ongoing with more LEDs being rolled out across the system in the coming months
  • A one-acre habitat at Howdon Metro depot in North Tyneside was established after the former landfill site was found to be home to an increasingly rare butterfly called a Dingy Skipper.
  • Ongoing replacement programme with more efficient lifts across the system, and power saving escalators than slow down when not in use saving energy consumption 
  • EV charging in place at park and ride sites for customers and ongoing replacement of vehicles within our fleet to EV


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