Metro carries about 40 million passengers every year on the busiest and most frequent local rail network outside London.
Metro needs new trains if it is to continue offering a reliable, convenient and comfortable service for people in North East England.
The current Metrocars were constructed in the late 1970s, and have served their purpose well. However, despite undergoing two significant refurbishments, the fleet is coming to the end of its life, with many components effectively life-expired, contributing to a very unstable operating environment.
Nexus has a detailed £400 million business plan for a new train fleet and associated depot upgrades, which is worth more than three times the financial investment in terms of ongoing benefits to North East England. We submitted this plan to the Department for Transport in 2016 and are now in detailed negotiations on how it will be funded.
Designed and built specially, new trains will take Metro into the future with world-class reliability and comfort, much greater energy-efficiency and modern carriage features and technology for our passengers.
Metro is a fundamental part of the economic and social life of North East England - taking 11 million car journeys off the region’s roads and helping town and city centres to thrive. New trains - delivered from 2021 - can provide decades of effective service to Metro and its passengers. Investment now will secure the system’s future and let us explore potential new routes.
Our plans are supported by the North East Combined Authority, the Local Enterprise Partnership and major businesses, universities and public service providers.