On 11 August 2020 Tyne and Wear Metro will celebrate its 40th anniversary – having carried over 1.5 billion people since it opened in 1980.
Unfortunately some of our planned anniversary events for this year won't be happening till 2021, due to Covid-19. We'll let you know details as soon as we can.
We'll be celebrating in different ways though. Don’t miss the opportunity to join in our celebrations as we commemorate 40 years of Tyne and Wear Metro - regular updates will appear here and you can follow us on Facebook and Instagram.
Special train livery marks 40 years of Metro
Metrocar 4001, one of the original prototypes in use since Metro opened to the public in 1980, will bear the unique external livery throughout the summer, ahead of Metro’s 40th birthday on Tuesday August 11.
The carriage will be decked out with travelling exhibitions changing throughout the year, and celebrating Metro’s heritage, its place in the community, and the future arrival of new trains.
The unique design features new versions of each of Metro’s distinctive liveries since the system opened 40 years ago – the original Tyne and Wear Passenger Transport Executive of white and yellow; bold blocks of red and blue introduced in the 1990s, and the current sleek black and grey colour scheme.
Looking ahead to the future an exciting time awaits us following the appointment of Swiss train builder Stadler who will be building our new 46 train fleet; these will replace the existing fleet by 2024.
Under the Metro Flow project, by September 2022, an existing freight line in South Tyneside will be converted and electrified which will allow both metro and freight services. It will boost the capacity for an extra 30,000 passenger journeys every day.