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An essential new train fleet

Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, 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. They will also build a new £70m Metro train depot on the sire of the current depot at Gosforth in Newcastle.

Designed and built specially, the 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. We’re basing our ambitions on the biggest ever consultation with local people on the journeys they want to enjoy in future.

Metro carries about 36 million passengers every year (pre-Covid era) on the busiest and most frequent local rail network outside London.

It is a fundamental part of the economic and social life of North East England - taking 15 million car journeys off the region’s roads and helping town and city centres to thrive.

New trains - delivered from 2022 and set to enter passenger service in 2023 - will provide decades of effective service to Metro and its passengers. The 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.

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