Modernisation

Metro’s modernisation programme is funded by the Government. By March 2024 a total of £446m will have been invested on the renewal of Metro infrastructure since work began in 2010

Metro infrastructure modernisation work 2010 to date: 

  • 35 Stations refurbished
  • 65km of track renewed or refurbished
  • 52 Switches and crossing renewed or refurbished
  • 52 sets of points motors replaced
  • 6.5km of track drainage installed
  • 33km of cable troughing refurbished
  • 85km of signalling cable replaced
  • 62 bridges structurally repaired
  • 3 bridges completely replaced or replaced
  • 5 bridges removed in their entirety and infilled
  • 27 escalators and 12 lifts replaced
  • A new rail tamping machine acquired
  • 2km of earthworks repaired through ballast retention and stabilisation
  • 65km of overhead line replaced
  • Replacement of help points, the public address system and 500 CCTV cameras
  • A new Radio System installed
  • A new Rail Traffic Management System (RTMS) installed 

This is on top of the completion of the £104m Metro Flow project which saw three key sections of Metro line dualled.

Nexus has procured the delivery of a £362 million train fleet, with the support of the Government. Stadler, the Swiss train manufacturer, won the contract to design, build and maintain the new fleet.  View the new Metro fleet here.

Planned improvement work is shown on the calendar below

October 2023

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Other work - Haymarket early closure, later opening
 
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Other work - Haymarket early closure, later opening
 
Other work - St James escalator work
 
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Station Closure - Haymarket early evening closure later opening
 
Other work - Airport door maintenance
 
Line Closure - No trains between Benton and North Shields 28 October
 
Other work - Whitley Bay footbridge closure
 
Line Closure - No trains between Benton and North Shields 29 October
 
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