News https://www.nexus.org.uk/ en Ferry crew praised after saving a man who fell into the Tyne https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/ferry-crew-praised-after-saving-man-who-fell-tyne <span>Ferry crew praised after saving a man who fell into the Tyne </span> <div><time datetime="2021-08-05T11:00:00Z">Thu, 05/08/2021</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Thu, 05/08/2021</span> <div><p>The Shields Ferry crew have been praised for their quick thinking after they rescued a man who fell into the Tyne.</p> <p>Crew members Nathan Williamson, David Purvis and Stephen Patterson performed the rescue after spotting the man in the water about 50 metres off the South landing.</p> <p>They used a device called a mate saver to pull the man into the ferry, saving his life in the process.</p> <p>The drama unfolded in near darkness at around 9.15pm on Saturday 31 July. The man appeared to have fallen into the river after taking out a small boat near the mid river buoy. </p> <p>The crew brought the ferry alongside carefully and then quickly hooked the man from the water. He was unhurt.</p> <p>Shields Ferry Manager, Carol Timlin, said: “Our crew did a great job with this rescue. All of the man overboard training that we do kicked in and they undoubtedly saved his life.</p> <p>“The incident occurred around 9.15pm on Saturday, so it was pretty much dark when the rescue took place. They spotted him in the water about 50 metres off the South Shields landing. </p> <p>“The man was pulled to safety on board the ferry. He was unhurt and was taken to the South Shields landing.</p> <p>“Our crew regularly undertake training for incidents like this and all of that training kicked in. We are relieved to say that the man was plucked from the water alive.</p> <p>“The incident highlights the dangers of going out on to the River Tyne unprepared. It should serve as a warning that anyone who attempts this is putting their life at risk.” </p> <p>  </p> </div> <section> </section> Thu, 05 Aug 2021 11:18:56 +0000 puntond 50391 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Major contract awarded for Northumberland line project https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/major-contract-awarded-northumberland-line-project <span>Major contract awarded for Northumberland line project </span> <div><time datetime="2021-08-04T16:00:00Z">Wed, 04/08/2021</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Wed, 04/08/2021</span> <div><p>The contractor to build six new stations on the Northumberland Line has been confirmed.   <br />  <br /> The County Council is working with the Department for Transport, Network Rail and Northern Trains Ltd on the ambitious programme to reintroduce regular passenger trains between Ashington and Newcastle by 2024 - boosting education, employment and housing prospects for the region.   <br />  <br /> Morgan Sindall Infrastructure has been appointed as the Primary Contractor on the Council’s new stations framework contract for the Northumberland Line project, and contractual documentation is now being concluded.   <br />  <br /> Initially, the award includes supporting the conclusion of the detailed design and delivery plans for the six stations and bridges.     <br />  <br /> Subject to funding for the delivery of the full scheme being confirmed by the Government, and the recently submitted Transport and Works Act Order (TWAO) application being approved, the framework provides for the contractor undertaking the construction, which is estimated at £40m and currently scheduled to commence in early 2022. <br />  <br /> Morgan Sindall Infrastructure delivers some of the UK's most complex and critical infrastructure for public and private customers. With over 2,000 employees, their engineering expertise and emphasis on building long-term relationships ensures the delivery of safe, innovative and responsible infrastructure across the UK.   <br />  <br /> Council Leader Glen Sanderson said: “We’re delighted to have appointed Morgan Sindall Infrastructure. As a hugely respected company with a proven track record, we’re confident they will carry out a first-class job on this extremely important and high-profile project.   <br />  <br /> “The tendering process was extremely competitive and I’m grateful to all those contractors who clearly put a lot of time and effort into the bidding process.”  <br />  <br /> Simon Smith, Managing Director of Morgan Sindall Infrastructure, said: “We’re incredibly pleased to support Northumberland County Council on this ambitious project. We believe in enhancing communities and creating long-term social and economic opportunities for everyone. We’re excited to continue working with the local communities in Northumberland to improve local transport links and create a lasting legacy in the area.”   <br />  <br /> In May the County Council also submitted a TWAO application to the Secretary of State, which is used for authorising new rail or tram schemes.   <br />  <br /> Earlier this year the Department for Transport provided £34m towards detailed design and preparatory works to allow for the reintroduction of a regular rail passenger service between Ashington and central Newcastle, with several stops in between.   <br />  <br /> The project will also upgrade 18 miles of track, create three new footbridges, underpasses and new signal locations. The whole scheme is projected to deliver economic benefits of up to £470m. <br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Wed, 04 Aug 2021 16:13:33 +0000 puntond 50381 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Funding bid to make public transport safer is announced https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/funding-bid-make-public-transport-safer-announced <span>Funding bid to make public transport safer is announced </span> <div><time datetime="2021-08-02T09:00:00Z">Mon, 02/08/2021</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Mon, 02/08/2021</span> <div><p>Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Kim McGuinness has submitted a bid to the Government’s Safer Streets fund, which includes measures to tackle crime on public transport networks.</p> <p>Based on the findings of her recent survey, the commissioner has come together with local authority leaders and transport partners to draw up a range of solutions to address the fears and concerns shared by local people.</p> <p>These include a new reporting app to transform the reporting process, body-worn cameras for transport staff and Help Points in parks linked directly to CCTV control rooms.</p> <p>This round of the Home Office’s Safer Streets fund focuses on violence against women and girls (VAWG) and putting practical measures in place to make them feel safer in public spaces. It was launched in March as a response to the death of Sarah Everard in London.</p> <p>Findings of the survey in Northumbria showed that people feel most safe in their neighbourhood during the day, and least safe in their nearest park, which was the same at night. Overall responses for Northumbria revealed that during the day time, 47 per cent felt ‘safe or very safe’ on public transport, compared to only 14 per cent at night.</p> <p>Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Kim McGuinness, said: “We’ve come up with a range of measures that we believe rethink public safety. People have told us what would make them feel so much safer and we want to make these things possible.” </p> <p>She continued: “There are various parts to the strategy. We want to give the reporting of ASB a complete overhaul and make it so much easier for local people to get the help they need when they need it. We also want to implement practical solutions like help points and improve lighting. We want to support all this with educational campaigns to raise awareness and promote the support services that people can turn to.</p> <p>“I’ve sent the findings of the survey in my bid with a very clear message that Government must back these concerns with funds that allow us to do something about them. We are still one of the safest regions, thankfully, but we’re clearly not safe enough and things need to change. We’re bringing real solutions to the table that will make our region safer for everyone. All we need now is the green light for Government funding for our region.”</p> <p>Chief Operating Officer at Nexus, Martin Kearney, said: “We have worked in partnership with the Police and Crime Commissioner to build this bid. It is vital customers feel safe on public transport at all times and we look forward to working with Kim McGuinness and our police force on this important project.</p> <p>“Crime rates on the Tyne and Wear Metro are low for a network of its size, but we will never stop working to build customer confidence and deal with anti-social behaviour. </p> <p>“Nexus has already invested in new CCTV and body worn cameras, and we are committed to increasing the visibility of customer support staff on to the network later this year. The Safer Streets funding bid will really help us to build on this work and we fully support it.”</p> </div> <section> </section> Mon, 02 Aug 2021 09:16:07 +0000 puntond 50351 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Join the Big Bus Conversation – the chance to have your say https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/join-big-bus-conversation-chance-have-your-say <span>Join the Big Bus Conversation – the chance to have your say </span> <div><time datetime="2021-07-29T09:00:00Z">Thu, 29/07/2021</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Thu, 29/07/2021</span> <div><p>Regional transport leaders have launched the Big Bus Conversation – a new region-wide campaign to gather feedback ahead of a bid to access a national £3bn funding pot with the aim of persuading people to switch sustainably to the bus. </p> <p>Following the publication of the government’s ‘Bus Back Better’ National Bus Strategy in March this year, local authorities and bus operators are working together to move towards a formal bus partnership which aims to breathe new life into the network. </p> <p>A major project is now underway to create an Enhanced Partnership (EP) for the North East and senior transport leaders are asking for the public to get involved, have their say and help the region secure future funding for the bus network. </p> <p>The North East Joint Transport Committee with NEbus, the local bus operators association, have created ‘Your Vision for Buses’, a document which sets out initial aspirations for the bus network. Stakeholders, including the public, regional businesses and community organisations are being asked to share their views on these ambitions and what they would like to see.</p> <p>Cllr Martin Gannon, Chair of the North East Joint Transport Committee, said: “Buses are hugely important to our region with over 162 million journeys each year. Delivering an Enhanced Partnership is critical to the long-term security of our region’s bus network as future funding from government requires a formal partnership to be in place by April 2022. It will also help us to deliver many improvements to make the network better, more efficient and user-friendly for passengers.</p> <p>“We need the North East to help us revitalise the network and access future funding. As part of the Big Bus Conversation, we want to know what people across the region want to see from our bus network, how we can improve things to make it work better for them, and what we can do to get people out of the car and onto clean, sustainable public transport. </p> <p>“We’ve set out some initial aspirations in Your Vision for Buses, but we want to hear form the public. What do you want to see, do these aspirations go far enough? Do you have a good idea on how to improve things and encourage people back onto the bus – we want to hear suggestions big and small as part of this process.”</p> <p>Martijn Gilbert, Chair of NEbus, the local bus operators association, said: “We have an exciting opportunity to deliver a transformational bus network as part National Bus Strategy, adapting to new changes in travel demands and helping to support our towns and cities, as well as delivering important improvements to air quality.</p> <p>“We want the voice of the community to help shape these plans, and the big bus conversation is being supporting by our Local Authorities and Bus operators to engage with everyone, regardless of if you currently use the bus or not, to help us draw up plans that everyone can benefit from and make us a better connected, greener and more successful region to live and work in.”</p> <p>The Big Bus Conversation will gather feedback from stakeholders across the North East ahead of the production of the Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP) which will be submitted to the Department for</p> <p>Transport in October. The BSIP sets out proposed plans for the EP, a formal partnership agreement between local authorities and bus operators which outlines how the network will look, feel and operate in the future.</p> <p>To find out more about the Big Bus Conversation or submit your feedback or suggestions visit <a href="https://www.transportnortheast.gov.uk/bigbusconversation/">www.transportnortheast.gov.uk/bigbusconversation</a> before 10 September. <br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Thu, 29 Jul 2021 10:50:07 +0000 puntond 50318 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Nexus creates a butterfly conservation project on Metro https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/nexus-creates-butterfly-conservation-project-metro <span>Nexus creates a butterfly conservation project on Metro </span> <div><time datetime="2021-07-28T09:00:00Z">Wed, 28/07/2021</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Wed, 28/07/2021</span> <div><p>A special conservation area has been created on the Tyne and Wear Metro network to protect a rare species of butterfly.</p> <p>The 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.</p> <p>Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, ensured that a part of the site was designated for butterfly conservation when it got the green light to build the new depot.</p> <p>And the project has now been shortlisted for an environmental award by the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM).</p> <p>Metro Development Director, Neil Blagburn, said: “Protecting this rare species of butterfly was one of the conditions we needed to comply with when building our new temporary Metro depot at Howdon.</p> <p>“Ecological surveys showed that an area of the site is home to the Dingy Skipper, which is native to the UK but is becoming increasingly rare.</p> <p>“The last thing we wanted was the depot project to negatively impact on this important species, so a plan was drawn up to create a segregated butterfly conservation area within the site, well away from the main building and train movements.</p> <p>“The habitat was constructed by our contractors after detailed ecological assessments and it has been a huge success. We are now signed up to the nation’s big butterfly count and will keep an eye on how many we see in the area.</p> <p>“All of the work that went into this element of the project has been nominated for a prestigious environmental award, which is great recognition for the extraordinary length we have gone, to ensure our depot project provided a safe haven for the local wildlife.”</p> <p>Howdon depot was officially opened last year. It serves a temporary maintenance facility for the current Metro train fleet while Nexus transitions to its new main depot at Gosforth over the next three years.</p> <p>Nexus’ consultants, Atkins, is undertaking surveys of the whole site and are counting the butterflies which in turn is supporting the nation’s Big Butterfly Count, which is the world’s largest butterfly survey.</p> <p>The data will be processed by experts over three weeks, and it will be used to understand where conservation efforts should be targeted.</p> <p>Nexus acquired planning consent from North Tyneside Council in 2018 to construct a new satellite rail depot at Howdon and part of the conditions were to create a Dingy Skipper butterfly habitat on the site to reduce the environmental footprint of the creation of the depot.</p> <p>Baseline ecological studies carried out in 2017 consistently recorded Dingy Skipper utilising open mosaic habitats that have established across the former landfill site.</p> <p>Nexus drafted in consultants, Atkins, who provided advice to increase the amount of retained habitat and prepared an ecological mitigation strategy in 2019, including the specification for creating a 1.2-acre area of new Dingy Skipper habitat.</p> <p>Nexus and Atkins are jointly nominated for the CIEEM award, and they will find out if they have won in October.<br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Wed, 28 Jul 2021 09:55:58 +0000 puntond 50311 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Poetry on the platforms https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/poetry-platforms <span>Poetry on the platforms </span> <div><time datetime="2021-07-26T08:09:09Z">Mon, 26/07/2021</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/heathcotej" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">heathcotej</span></span> <span>Mon, 26/07/2021</span> <div><p>A trip on Metro by a local poet has inspired a new display of thought-provoking verse on the platforms at Longbenton Metro station.</p> <p>Working in partnership with Royal Literary Fund Fellows at Newcastle and York Universities, Metro-operator Nexus is proud to support the display of four poems reflecting on the pandemic.</p> <p>They have been unveiled at Longbenton; a busy commuter station used by more than a million customers every year.</p> <p>Poet Anna Woodford, from South Gosforth, came up with the initial idea. She said: “I was on the Metro for the first time in a long time, feeling nervous but excited about some return to normality and thought that a lot of people were probably feeling the same.</p> <p>The last year has been a brief window in time when everyone has lived through the same experience and poetry is a good way of acknowledging that, capturing the spirit of how we feel about restarting our lives.”</p> <p>Nexus agreed to be involved with the project, and with the support of the Royal Literary Fund, Anna approached three other poets to compose a positive poem on the topic of the pandemic.</p> <p>Pippa Little, Penny Boxall and Christy Ducker joined Anna in writing poems, which have now been turned into huge artworks on display in the Metro Station.</p> <p>Huw Lewis, Nexus Customer Services Director, said: “Metro has a long history of displaying art on the network, and we were delighted when Anna got in touch about this project, it’s a great idea and the poems look fantastic in the station.</p> <p>“Placing art and poetry in public places like train stations, where people don’t expect to see it, is a great way of introducing it to the public. I hope these poems will entertain and surprise, provide some inspiration or some comfort and give our customers the opportunity to take a moment of reflection.”</p> <p>All four poets are employed by the Royal Literary Fund, which places writers in universities to encourage and support students with their writing.</p> <p>Steve Cook from the Royal Literary Fund said: “We are proud to support many amazing writers across the North East and to help bring their uplifting words to public attention in different ways”.</p> </div> <section> </section> Mon, 26 Jul 2021 13:28:25 +0000 heathcotej 50282 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Dance performances are set to wow Metro customers this summer https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/dance-performances-are-set-wow-metro-customers-summer <span>Dance performances are set to wow Metro customers this summer</span> <div><time datetime="2021-07-22T13:00:00Z">Thu, 22/07/2021</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Thu, 22/07/2021</span> <div><p>Professional dancers are set to wow customers on the Tyne and Wear Metro this summer with a series of set-piece performances at stations.</p> <p>The pop-up dance performances by the Newcastle-based Southpaw Dance Company mark the launch of Metro operator Nexus’ biggest ever community arts programme.</p> <p>Between August and spring 2022 Metro will be brought to life in new ways through dance, song, music and visual arts projects involving people right across the region and funded by Arts Council  England.    </p> <p>The Metro Takeover programme will see major regional arts organisations including Sunderland Culture, Dance City and Cultural Spring run community projects and commissions to be showcased  at stations across the busy urban transit system. Full details of the Metro Takeover will be announced by Nexus next month.</p> <p>The first set of dance performances specially co-commissioned by Nexus and Dance City will be choreographed by Robby Graham of Southpaw Dance Company. The new work, REACH, will be performed by 14 emerging dance artists that are part of the postgraduate company The Collective, based at Dance City. </p> <p>REACH will be performed at three Metro stations: </p> <p><strong>•    Wednesday August 4 Park Lane interchange in Sunderland - 2pm, 4pm, 6pm<br /> •    Thursday August 5 Tynemouth Metro station in North Tyneside – 2pm, 4pm, 6pm<br /> •    Friday August 6 Newcastle Civic Centre, near Haymarket Metro station – 2pm, 4pm, 6pm</strong></p> <p>Customer Services Director at Nexus, Huw Lewis, said: “We will be turning Metro into a platform for community arts and live performances by creative people from across North East England over the coming year.</p> <p>“We are launching this Metro Takeover by welcoming Southpaw Dance Company to perform for our customers at three of our stations.</p> <p>“From next month, with the support of cultural partners and Arts Council England, we will be promoting opportunities for communities to join new visual and performing arts projects with Metro providing a reach to new audiences. Creative arts and the barriers it breaks down are a great way to help people reconnect with Metro in their everyday lives.”</p> <p>The dancers will perform a new dance-theatre production called REACH. Through the medium of  dance, it brings home a sense of reconnecting and of hope through adversity after the pandemic.</p> <p>In a community-sourced narrative written by Lee Mattinson, it examines the possibilities and the optimism of re-connecting once again as the country emerges from lockdown, culminating in a celebration of the things that connect us and will support our recovery, through friends, family, community and reconnection.<br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Thu, 22 Jul 2021 13:28:49 +0000 puntond 50231 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Free travel for children on Metro and Ferry https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/free-travel-children-metro-and-ferry <span>Free travel for children on Metro and Ferry </span> <div><time datetime="2021-07-21T10:11:11Z">Wed, 21/07/2021</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/heathcotej" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">heathcotej</span></span> <span>Wed, 21/07/2021</span> <div><p>Nexus is making family days out even more affordable, with free travel for children all day, every day.</p> <p>Up to three children aged 11 and under can now travel for free on Tyne and Wear Metro and the Shields Ferry when accompanied by a fare paying adult. </p> <p>The offer was first introduced for weekends in January 2020, as part of the celebrations to mark Metro’s 40th anniversary. As restrictions lift, it has been extended permanently so Metro travel is even more affordable at a time when people are keen to get back out and about.</p> <p>Customer Services Director at Nexus, Huw Lewis, said: “We are always looking at how to give our customers the best possible value for money, and offering free travel to children gives families a fantastic opportunity to revisit their favourite places or explore new ones in an extremely affordable way.</p> <p>“It’s been a difficult year for everyone, and the thought of some freedom and adventure is very appealing. We want to help families make the most of their time together and enjoy some fantastic attractions right on our doorstep for less with Metro.</p> <p>"Take The Kids For Free is the biggest change we have ever made in our offer to customers, but now is the right time to welcome a new generation to Metro, and make it easy and simple to travel on clean, green public transport.  I hope this helps make Metro part of everyday life for kids for many years to come and brings families back to our town and city centres, and our leisure attractions."</p> <p>The fare-paying adult must be aged 18 or over and in possession of a valid ticket or validated smartcard. The accompanying children don't need to have a ticket.</p> <p>Cllr Carl Johnson, Deputy Mayor of North Tyneside and chair of the Tyne and Wear Sub-Committee of the Joint Transport Committee, said: “It really is great news that children will be able to travel for free on Metro and the Shields Ferry.</p> <p>“There are so many brilliant places in the local area to get out and visit over the summer holidays which are accessible by public transport, and this is a fantastic initiative to make it easier for families to enjoy them.”</p> <p>Gold Card holders can also use their cards all day throughout July and August.</p> <p><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">For more details on the taking the kids for free, and which adult tickets are valid, see: </span><a href="https://www.nexus.org.uk/metro/take-kids-free" style="color:#0563c1; text-decoration:underline">Take the kids for free | nexus.org.uk</a></span></span></p> </div> <section> </section> Wed, 21 Jul 2021 13:56:14 +0000 heathcotej 50222 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Extra staff promote the wearing of face coverings on Metro https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/extra-staff-promote-wearing-face-coverings-metro <span>Extra staff promote the wearing of face coverings on Metro </span> <div><time datetime="2021-07-19T10:00:00Z">Mon, 19/07/2021</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Mon, 19/07/2021</span> <div><p>The Tyne and Wear Metro will have extra frontline teams on the network today to engage with customers about the need to wear face coverings when making a journey.</p> <p>Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, has made the wearing of face coverings a condition of carriage in stations and on trains unless exempt. Customers could be refused travel if they do not wear one.</p> <p>Metro employees were out in force today, Monday 19 July, to remind and encourage customers, but mask use was as high as ever, and well above 90 percent, say Nexus.</p> <p>Customer Services Director, Huw Lewis, said: “We have extra teams on duty right across the Metro system today to positively engage with customers and to remind them that face coverings must still be worn when travelling on our services.</p> <p>“The Government has said that we are all expected and recommended to keep wearing face coverings in busy indoor settings, including shops and on public transport.</p> <p>“Our frontline teams will be there to talk to customers and explain why wearing a face covering is the right thing to do. They will have disposable face masks to handout to anyone who needs one.</p> <p>“Face coverings are part of Metro’s conditions of carriage, unless you are exempt, so we expect customers to still wear them when they are on the network. If you are travelling on a crowded bus or train then it makes sense to continue wearing a mask in the interests of public health.</p> <p>“Around 90% of Metro customers wear face coverings and we expect that to continue as we move into the next stage out of lockdown.”</p> <p>Covid secure measures on the public transport networks include signage and queueing systems, extra deep cleaning on a daily basis with disinfectant, the use of a specialist anti-microbial spray to protect high touch surfaces for 28 days, UV light sanitisers on escalators, and hand sanitiser points at key locations.</p> <p>Customers are advised to keep the Metro train windows open to allow fresh air into the carriages.</p> <p>For more information go to: <a href="https://www.nexus.org.uk/covid-secure">www.nexus.org.uk/covid-secure</a><br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Mon, 19 Jul 2021 10:43:38 +0000 puntond 50199 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Covid: Face coverings must still be worn on public transport https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/covid-face-coverings-must-still-be-worn-public-transport <span>Covid: Face coverings must still be worn on public transport</span> <div><time datetime="2021-07-19T05:00:00Z">Mon, 19/07/2021</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Mon, 19/07/2021</span> <div><p>Face coverings must still be worn in busy indoor settings including on public transport under new Government advice which came into effect from today, Monday 19 July. </p> <p>The Government says it ‘expects and recommends people to wear face coverings in crowded areas such as shops and public transport’.</p> <p>Wearing a face covering throughout your journey, on stations and trains, is a Condition of Carriage when using Metro unless exempt and customers may be refused travel if they do not. </p> <p>Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, will continue to encourage customers to wear face coverings, and explain the benefits of doing this.</p> <p>This is in line with the Government advice when in public spaces with people you don’t normally encounter.</p> <p>Customer Services Director at Nexus, Huw Lewis, said: “The Government has said people are expected and recommended to keep wearing face coverings when they are in busy indoor settings, including in shops and on public transport.</p> <p>“We are encouraging customers to follow this advice when making journeys on local bus, ferry and Metro services.</p> <p>“We have made wearing face coverings part of Metro’s conditions of carriage, unless you are exempt, and we will use that as a base to encourage people to do so in busy spaces. It has never been a legal requirement to wash hands regularly, but we’ve all been doing that and we should take the same approach to face coverings.</p> <p>“The guidance is clear, face coverings should be worn when inside busy enclosed spaces with people you do not normally encounter. If you are travelling on a crowded bus or train then it makes sense to continue wearing a mask in the interests of public health. </p> <p>“As we move into the next phase of the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown our customers can be reassured that our public transport networks are fully covid-secure and a range of measures have kept it that way right though lockdown. Extra cleaning using anti-bacterial treatments and the use of hand sanitiser points at key stations will continue to take place.</p> <p>“Customers stuck to the face coverings rule when it was introduced in June 2020. The uptake has been high on Metro, with a 90 percent compliance rate recorded across the network, and we are encouraging that to continue so that we keep everyone safe.</p> <p>“As long everyone does the right thing, and follows the guidance, then we can all keep doing our bit to get through the pandemic.”</p> <p>Covid secure measures on the public transport networks include signage and queueing systems, extra deep cleaning on a daily basis with disinfectant, the use of a specialist anti-microbial spray to protect high touch surfaces for 28 days, UV light sanitisers on escalators, and hand sanitiser points at key locations.</p> <p>Customers are advised to keep the Metro train windows open to allow fresh air into the carriages.</p> <p>For more information go to: <a href="https://www.nexus.org.uk/covid-secure">www.nexus.org.uk/covid-secure</a><br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Mon, 19 Jul 2021 06:15:17 +0000 puntond 50194 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Metro secures £13.1m of Government covid funding to support services into 2022 https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/metro-secures-ps131m-government-covid-funding-support-services-2022 <span>Metro secures £13.1m of Government covid funding to support services into 2022 </span> <div><time datetime="2021-07-16T13:00:00Z">Fri, 16/07/2021</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Fri, 16/07/2021</span> <div><p>The Tyne and Wear Metro has secured a further £13.1m of Government funding to support its services through to April next year while customer numbers continue to recover from the impact of lockdown.</p> <p>The Department for Transport (DfT) confirmed the new support package for light rail operators today, Friday 16 July.</p> <p>Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, said that that the longer-term financial support was welcome as it expected its recovery to be gradual after lockdown has ended.</p> <p>The money will be used to cover Metro’s running costs through to 5 April 2022 while fare revenue continues to be adversely affected as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.</p> <p>The funding provides certainty to operators and the resources and time to continue to transition their services to align with new customer behaviours after the pandemic, said the DfT.</p> <p>Director of Finance and Resources at Nexus, John Fenwick, said: “The longer-term financial support for Metro is really welcome and it will help us to sustain services through to April 2022 while the recovery continues.</p> <p>“We have recently seen customer numbers on Metro return to between 60% and 70% of pre-pandemic levels. This further, substantial tranche of funding from the Government shows that they recognise customer levels remain depressed and that it will take time to get back to normal.</p> <p>“The funding will go towards meeting our operating costs, ensuring that Metro, a key local transport network, is sustained while it continues to face the biggest challenge in its history.”</p> <p>Cllr Martin Gannon, Chair of the North East Joint Transport Committee, said: “This funding is welcome news which will ensure Metro continues to provide vital public transport services for passengers across the North East. I’m pleased that this funding takes us up to April 2022 as passenger levels continue to recover as restrictions ease, however, we will continue to discuss with Government the need for a longer term sustainable funding package for public transport.”</p> <p>Nexus has put a range of measures in place to ensure that the Metro system is covid-secure.</p> <p>Measures include new signage and queueing systems, extra deep cleaning, UV light sanitisers on 36 escalators and hand sanitiser points at key locations.</p> <p>Metro customers are also expected to wear face coverings when travelling on the system, unless they are exempt.</p> <p>Wearing a face covering throughout your journey, on stations and trains, is a Condition of Carriage when using Metro unless exempt and customers may be refused travel if they do not.  You should also wear face coverings when inside bus stations and interchanges or travelling on the Shields Ferry.<br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Fri, 16 Jul 2021 13:50:11 +0000 puntond 50170 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Watch: Time lapse film captures demolition work at Gosforth Metro depot https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/watch-time-lapse-film-captures-demolition-work-gosforth-metro-depot <span>Watch: Time lapse film captures demolition work at Gosforth Metro depot </span> <div><time datetime="2021-07-16T09:00:00Z">Fri, 16/07/2021</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Fri, 16/07/2021</span> <div><p>Demolition work at Gosforth Metro depot has been captured in a fascinating new time lapse film.</p> <p>The footage shows showcases the first six months of the £70m project, which will see the current Metro depot replaced by a state-of-the-art new facility.</p> <p>Months of work in the two-minute video, from the start on site last winter and part of the current Metro depot being ripped down, to the more recent enabling and foundation works on site.</p> <p>The footage was shot by VolkerFitzpatrick, the company that is building the new Metro depot.</p> <p>The 100 year-old depot, at Gosforth in Newcastle, is being pulled down to make way for a state-of-the-art maintenance base for the new Metro train fleet, which is set to arrive in 2023.</p> <p>Stadler, the Swiss train builder, and its construction partner VolkerFitzpatrick, have completed the partial demolition of the main building and are laying the foundations of the new one.</p> <p>The Metro depot project started last year and most of the construction work is set to be completed by 2025.</p> <p>Work will started in April on laying the new tracks which will involve boring hollow steel tubes into the ground and filling them with concrete.</p> <p>Foundation work on the main building has started and a second phase of demolition, involving the removal of an old stabling shed to the west of the depot, will take place later this year.</p> <p>The final two stages of demolition will be in 2022 and 2023.</p> <p>The demolition work is being done by Thompson’s of Prudhoe. </p> <p>  </p> </div> <section> </section> Fri, 16 Jul 2021 09:07:25 +0000 puntond 50169 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Metro customers must keep wearing face coverings when travelling https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/metro-customers-must-keep-wearing-face-coverings-when-travelling <span>Metro customers must keep wearing face coverings when travelling</span> <div><time datetime="2021-07-15T10:00:00Z">Thu, 15/07/2021</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Thu, 15/07/2021</span> <div><p>Metro customers must continue to wear face coverings when travelling on the system, unless they are exempt.</p> <p>Wearing a face covering throughout your journey, on stations and trains, is a Condition of Carriage when using Metro unless exempt and customers may be refused travel if they do not.  You should also wear face coverings when inside bus stations and interchanges or travelling on the Shields Ferry.</p> <p>This is a simple step that everyone can take to protect you and your family’s health and that of other people in the community.  Our frontline teams will continue to remind and encourage customers to wear face coverings when using public transport, and to explain the benefits of doing so.</p> <p>Huw Lewis, Customer Services Director at Nexus, said: “We are all expected and recommended to keep wearing face coverings in busy indoor settings, including shops and on public transport.</p> <p>“We will be encouraging customers to follow this advice when making journeys and we will have extra teams out on Monday to talk with customers about why that’s the right thing to do for everyone.</p> <p>“We have made wearing face coverings part of Metro’s Conditions of Carriage, unless you are exempt, and we will use that as a base to encourage people to do so in busy spaces. It has never been a legal requirement to wash hands regularly, but we’ve all been doing that and we should take the same approach to face coverings. </p> <p>“Encouraging people to do the right thing is as important as enforcement powers in keeping everyone safe, and we are joining the much larger North East England campaign with health chiefs, local councils and businesses to promote positive behaviour.</p> <p>“We want there to be a single clear message about what customers should do on public transport, whether it be Metro or bus or Ferry in North East England. Local authority leaders have contacted the Government to ask for clear and consistent powers across the industry which we will support if they are brought in.”</p> </div> <section> </section> Thu, 15 Jul 2021 10:41:01 +0000 puntond 50150 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Nexus showcases new Metro fleet project at UK Light Rail Conference in Gateshead https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/nexus-showcases-new-metro-fleet-project-uk-light-rail-conference-gateshead <span>Nexus showcases new Metro fleet project at UK Light Rail Conference in Gateshead</span> <div><time datetime="2021-07-13T13:00:00Z">Tue, 13/07/2021</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Tue, 13/07/2021</span> <div><p>Nexus is supporting and exhibiting at the 2021 UK Light Rail Conference, which is taking place in Newcastle-Gateshead.</p> <p>The prestigious two-day event, July 13-14, is the fifteenth running of this international congress and exhibition that brings together professionals from across the public transport sector to share experience and best practice.</p> <p>Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, is exhibiting its exciting Metro Futures project, which is a £362m programme that will see the existing Metro train fleet completely replaced and a new Metro train depot constructed. </p> <p>The conference, which is being held at Hilton Newcastle-Gateshead, brings together the sector’s leading figures and key opinion-formers for two days of open and honest debate.</p> <p>Managing Director Transport North East, Tobyn Hughes, said: “It is my great pleasure to welcome the UK light rail conference to North East England.</p> <p>“This prestigious event was first launched 15 years-ago to share best practice and bring together industry leaders across Britain and Europe.</p> <p>“It seems fitting that now is the time for our region to host the event as we prepare for the introduction of a new fleet of trains for the Tyne and Wear Metro. This is alongside a whole host of other major transport investments.</p> <p>“As well as receiving presentations from the Tyne and Wear Metro, the conference will also hear how transport is part of the economic recovery of this region.”</p> <p>Chief Operating Officer at Nexus, Martin Kearney, said: “It’s really exciting that our region is hosting the UK light rail conference. It’s a fantastic opportunity to share best practice with colleagues from this country and from across Europe.</p> <p>“It’s a chance for Nexus showcase our own Metro system and share our exciting investment plans for the future.”</p> <p>At a time when the industry has never needed a greater requirement for continuity and stability, the event includes insightful and interactive presentations and debates, over 40 top-level speakers, and a busy exhibition of leading suppliers and service providers.</p> <p>Delegates will learn first-hand the lessons from the Tyne and Wear Metro’s major renewals programme, as well as gaining insights into the next exciting phases of Metro fleet replacement project, infrastructure modernisation work and future expansion plans.</p> <p>The conference brings together the sector’s leading figures and key opinion-formers for two days of open and honest debate. </p> </div> <section> </section> Tue, 13 Jul 2021 13:15:03 +0000 puntond 50076 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Walking for wellbeing...and website updates https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/walking-wellbeingand-website-updates <span>Walking for wellbeing...and website updates</span> <div><time datetime="2021-07-12T09:10:10Z">Mon, 12/07/2021</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/heathcotej" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">heathcotej</span></span> <span>Mon, 12/07/2021</span> <div><p><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">A local group supporting widows and widowers have swapped foreign trips and sunnier climates for coffee mornings and local walks during the pandemic. </span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">The group, called Embark2, have been following some walks between Metro stations, and helping keep the Nexus website up-to-date in the process. </span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:11px"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:107%"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">John Webb, Founder of Embark2 said: “We provide support for anyone who has experienced the loss of a partner and offer opportunities to </span><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">meet up, usually weekends away and holidays, where we can share our experiences of grief and remaking our lives.  </span><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">As part of our Wellness initiative during the pandemic, we are running a series of short walks between some Metro stations. </span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:11px"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:107%"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">“The walks are easy to follow and usually include somewhere to stop for a coffee. Our members have enjoyed the opportunity to get out and about once restrictions allowed.” </span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:11px"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:107%"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">The group have already followed five Metro walks, with more to come. The walks cover all areas of the Metro network, and the routes are available on the Nexus website. </span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:11px"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:107%"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">While on their walks, the group members note any changes or amends needed to the route guides, such as changes to pub or shop names, and new road or path layouts, and feed them back to Nexus. </span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:11px"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:107%"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">Huw Lewis, Customer Services Director at Nexus, said: “There’s lots of different ways our customers use Metro, whether it’s for getting to work or education or to access social activities. The Metro Walks were developed a few years ago to encourage people to use the network to explore new places, knowing they will finish at a Metro station to get them home easily too. </span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:11px"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:107%"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">"It’s great that the walks are still being used and providing ideas for wellbeing activities during the pandemic, and it’s an added bonus for us that John and his group are very helpfully letting us know of any changes we need to make to our website pages.” </span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:11px"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:107%"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">There are 38 Metro walks, ranging in distance from two to nine miles, all starting and ending at Metro stations, and all with detailed directions. Find them on the Nexus website here: </span><a href="https://www.nexus.org.uk/explore?title=&amp;tid=81" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">Explore | nexus.org.uk</span></a>   </span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:11px"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:107%"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">More details about Embark2 are available here </span><a href="https://www.embark2.co.uk/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">Embark2 |</span></a> </span></span></span></p> </div> <section> </section> Mon, 12 Jul 2021 11:01:55 +0000 heathcotej 50062 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Metro merchandise on sale now https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/metro-merchandise-sale-now <span>Metro merchandise on sale now </span> <div><time datetime="2021-07-08T11:12:12Z">Thu, 08/07/2021</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/heathcotej" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">heathcotej</span></span> <span>Thu, 08/07/2021</span> <div><p style="margin-bottom:11px"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:107%"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">A new online shop selling Tyne and Wear Metro branded merchandise is now live. </span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:11px"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:107%"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">Items for sale include 40<sup>th</sup> anniversary commemorative items and everything costs under £10. </span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:11px"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:107%"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">The range features tea towels with the full Metro route design on them, a metal tin complete with branded pen and pencils and a coaster in Metro’s iconic yellow colour. </span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:11px"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:107%"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">2020 marked the 40<sup>th</sup> anniversary of Metro, and the merchandise range includes metal keyrings with the anniversary dates on them, and a pack of 10 high quality postcards, each featuring different images from the construction and opening of the Metro network. </span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:11px"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:107%"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">And following a number of requests from the public about purchasing the Metro branded face coverings which Nexus employees wear as part of their uniform, face coverings have been added to the range. Two designs are available, and the coverings are 2 ply and machine washable. </span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:11px"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:107%"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">Head of Marketing, Communication and Information at Nexus, Kerry Leng, said: “We had a lot of support for our 40<sup>th</sup> anniversary celebrations last year, even though we couldn’t do everything we wanted to due to the pandemic. The old photographs are always popular and seeing our heritage train out on the network is a real highlight for some of our customers. </span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:11px"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:107%"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">"We’re delighted that we can now offer Metro customers and fans the opportunity to own a small piece of Metro memorabilia. Everything is affordably priced, great quality, and of course, features our iconic brand.” </span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:11px"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:107%"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">Stocks are limited, and Metro are also asking customers what other items they would like to see for sale, if the range was to be extended further. </span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:11px"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:107%"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">Buy online here <a href="https://www.nexus.org.uk/metro/merchandise" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Metro Merchandise | nexus.org.uk</a> </span></span></span></span></p> </div> <section> </section> Thu, 08 Jul 2021 11:59:45 +0000 heathcotej 50025 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Sunderland central station to be transformed https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/sunderland-central-station-be-transformed <span>Sunderland central station to be transformed</span> <div><time datetime="2021-07-08T09:00:00Z">Thu, 08/07/2021</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Thu, 08/07/2021</span> <div><p>Transformational plans to revamp Sunderland’s central train station are full steam ahead, with a £26m boost that will ‘give Sunderland the rail station it deserves’.</p> <p>Striking proposals for the southern entrance of Sunderland’s central station were unveiled today, for a six-year programme to fully transform the city’s arrival point.  </p> <p>Preparatory work on the first part of the ambitious project is expected to begin within days, kick-starting a programme of improvements that will deliver a beautiful new station for the city. </p> <p>Working in partnership with Network Rail, Nexus, Grand Central and Northern Rail, Sunderland City Council is driving this essential project, beginning with the demolition of the current south entrance, clearing the way for the construction of a statement building that will herald the start of the transformation into an integrated public transport network that matches the city’s ambitions and meets future needs.  </p> <p>The new entrance will create a prominent visible landmark, with a stunning façade overlooking Market Square.  The large glass wrap-around design, creating a light, bright and welcoming concourse, will be set among upgraded public realm.  A new ticket office and reception, public toilets, comfortable waiting areas and retail space and cafes will all be created, as well as improvements to accessibility.  Office space on the new mezzanine level will be reserved for railway industry staff.</p> <p>A meeting of the council’s cabinet is expected to sign off plans for the station regeneration, which also includes a new multi-storey car park (MSCP) on Holmeside. </p> <p>Having unlocked the funding needed to push ahead with the southern concourse, council leaders will pave the way for the whole transformation programme to be delivered over the next six years, with the northern entrance reimagined, with attractive public realm to create the Central Business District statement building and gateway entrance on High Street West.  The northern entrance will become the city’s main arrival point, with Mackies Corner and the Elephant Tearooms just two of the impressive buildings greeting people coming into Sunderland.  </p> <p>Major works to the platform-level of the station are included in the plans, with the ambition to increase capacity by creating a four track, four platform station that separates Nexus and Metro, on one platform, from mainline services allowing both to expand as public transport connections regionally and nationally, and enabling them to provide access to jobs, to secure investment and to grow the economy. </p> <p>More than £16m has been secured from the Transforming Cities Fund to progress southern entrance works, with the remaining balance coming from the council and partners including Nexus and Network Rail.</p> <p>Councillor Graeme Miller, leader of Sunderland City Council, said: “The stunning CGIs and animations that we’re unveiling today are not just a vision.  They’re a delivery plan, and the product of many months of work to secure a transformational programme of investment in the station that is both ambitious and deliverable.  </p> <p>“We are absolutely focused on making this happen quickly, because we know it’s something residents want and something Sunderland deserves - a station to be proud of, reflecting the size, scale and significance of an ambitious Northern powerhouse.</p> <p>“So much is happening in Sunderland right now - in recent months we’ve had the launch of Riverside Sunderland, a fantastic Nissan jobs announcement and continued infrastructure works enhancing our connectivity. This project represents another huge leap forward in our evolution. </p> <p>“Sunderland is a city on the march.  We’re ambitious, we’re focused and we’re delivering the transformation needed to ensure we become the dynamic, vibrant, healthy smart city we want to be.  The station – as a key arrival point – has to be a core part of our plan for Sunderland, and it is.”</p> <p>As well as the station, the funding expected to be released by the council next week – which will create a total £26m ‘pot’ for the scheme - will also enable the development of a 400-space four-storey multi-storey car park at Holmeside to support the station.</p> <p>Jason Hamilton, route programme director for Network Rail, said: “We’re really pleased to be working with Sunderland Council on this project which will transform rail travel for people in the city. <br /> “The work we’ll begin over this summer will make this a better station for passengers, with the introduction of a new escalator and easier access across the station. It will also improve passengers’ connections to other forms of transport from the station. </p> <p>“We’ll work overnight where needed on many parts of this project, so that there’ll be no disruption to the train services people rely on now.”</p> <p>Work on the southern entrance of the station is expected to get started in August, and completion is scheduled for the end of 2022, with the new southern entrance set to open at the beginning of 2023. </p> <p>The project has been well-supported by transport provider Nexus, which has part-funded the programme.  Martin Kearney, Chief Operating Officer at Nexus, said: “We have worked alongside Sunderland City Council to make the case for investment and fund this £26 million project, which builds on the major refurbishment at platform level we delivered in 2010.  It will create an iconic new landmark for Sunderland. The designs are fresh and modern, bringing this key regional gateway into the 21st century. </p> <p>“Metro customers make almost 1.5 million journeys a year through Sunderland station, where our frequent services connect easily with Intercity and regional trains, as well as having the city centre on the doorstep.  Our customers can look forward to travelling from a bright new station at the same time Metro’s new train fleet begins to enter use.”</p> <p>Kerry Peters, Regional Director at Northern, said: “Northern is delighted to be working with our partners on this project and our customers will see big improvements at Sunderland station and it will offer much more to the community it serves.</p> <p>“I am confident that the significant changes made at Sunderland will help to enhance the overall experience for passengers – whether that’s buying a ticket, waiting for a train or getting information about our services.</p> <p>“The refurbishment is part of a larger programme of improvement work taking place across our network which includes installing more CCTV, resurfacing car parks and improving accessibility for all our customers.”</p> <p>Cllr Martin Gannon, Chair of the North East Joint Transport Committee, said “This is excellent news for the North East. Sunderland Station is a key part of the region’s Transforming Cities Fund Programme, and I’m sure the modern facilities will be warmly welcomed by passengers. </p> <p>“The revitalised station will serve as a gateway into the retail core of the city centre and the wider Sunderland area and will greatly benefit business, commuters and visitors to Wearside.”</p> <p>The council wants the completion of the southern entrance to act as a catalyst for further investment, with the plans to revamp the wider station part of a ‘one station vision’.  This fits with the wider regional aspiration to reconnect former rail lines to Sunderland’s central station, including the Leamside Line, tied into the Government’s Levelling Up agenda as well as ambitions shared by Government and the city council to deliver more sustainable transport solutions as part of a bid towards carbon neutrality.  </p> <p>In 2019/2020 c1.5 million Metro trips were made from and to the station, with a further c427,000 trips made using the national rail network.  Numbers are expected to grow as the city centre becomes an economic hub and the city will require supporting infrastructure to encourage sustainable travel.</p> <p>Cllr Graeme Miller added: “Enabling easy, sustainable travel into and out of Sunderland, connecting people to jobs and opportunities in a cleaner, greener way is critical if we want to level up the economy in the North East.  </p> <p>“We’re delighted to be moving forward with this much-needed project in partnership with colleagues who share our commitment to delivering an exemplar travel hub for the city and we look forward to sharing more exciting details of our plans for the north entrance, and the platform level of the station soon.”<br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Thu, 08 Jul 2021 09:08:25 +0000 puntond 50019 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Former EasyJet worker starts a new career at Metro https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/former-easyjet-worker-starts-new-career-metro <span>Former EasyJet worker starts a new career at Metro </span> <div><time datetime="2021-07-05T09:00:00Z">Mon, 05/07/2021</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Mon, 05/07/2021</span> <div><p>A former EasyJet worker who was made redundant by the budget airline during lockdown has relaunched his career at the Tyne and Wear Metro.</p> <p>Chris Clements, who worked as cabin crew for seven years, has shrugged of the disappointment of losing his dream job after becoming a Metro Customer Services Manager.</p> <p>Chris, 26, of Backworth in North Tyneside, flew right across Europe with EasyJet before the pandemic plunged the travel industry into crisis.</p> <p>He was one of the 1,900 UK based staff who lost their jobs when the airline closed its bases at Newcastle, Stansted and Southend.</p> <p>But the chance to make a fresh start and join the Metro’s frontline customer services  teams was just the tonic for Chris.</p> <p>He said: “The job at Metro is a fresh start for me and I’m loving every minute of it. I started in EasyJet cabin crew when I was only 18 years old, it was my dream job, but that was all wrenched away by the pandemic.</p> <p>“We were furloughed at first and then the company said they were starting a big consultation on job losses. I’d never experienced anything like that before. It came as a massive shock to be made redundant. When something is taken away from you and you can’t control then it is quite tough. </p> <p>“I had seen there was a customer facing role at the Tyne and Wear Metro and I decided to apply. EasyJet had offered us the chance to carry on flying out of Edinburgh instead of Newcastle but that wouldn’t have worked for me.</p> <p>“It was great just moving from planes to trains, and having used the Metro all my life, I jumped at the chance to work for such an iconic and fantastic local brand.”</p> <p>Since joining Nexus, the public body which owns and operates Metro, Chris has taken on a team 110 customer service staff.</p> <p>And he was thrown straight into becoming one of the faces of a new marketing campaign to welcome more customers back to Metro as lockdown eases.</p> <p>He said: “I’m really passionate about doing well in this role. It is an exciting time to join the Metro, what with the new train fleet on the way and more customers starting to return. There are more people travelling now that lockdown has eased and thing are looking a lot better than they were. </p> <p>“I can’t wait to get the chance to get involved in delivering Metro services for major events like stadium concerts and the Great North Run.”</p> <p>Lynne Dickinson, Head of Station Delivery at Nexus, said. “As soon as I met Chris I knew his bubbly personality would be a great addition to the Metro customer services team. His enthusiasm and commitment to providing great customer service was just the ticket for us.”</p> </div> <section> </section> Mon, 05 Jul 2021 09:00:41 +0000 puntond 49940 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Record results in customer satisfaction survey https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/record-results-customer-satisfaction-survey <span>Record results in customer satisfaction survey </span> <div><time datetime="2021-07-02T09:10:10Z">Fri, 02/07/2021</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/heathcotej" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">heathcotej</span></span> <span>Fri, 02/07/2021</span> <div><p><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:10.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">Customer satisfaction with Tyne and Wear Metro has risen to record levels as passenger numbers continue to recover following the easing of lockdown rules.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:10.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">Metro users gave the system’s frontline teams their highest scores ever for helpfulness, knowledge, and professionalism.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:10.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">And overall Metro was rated eight out of ten by more than 750 customers who took part in surveys during May this year – the highest overall rating since the same month in 2014.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:10.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">The record results recognise the tireless efforts of Metro’s frontline teams throughout the pandemic, keeping stations and trains reliable, clean and Covid secure.  </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:10.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">John Alexander, Metro Operations Director, said: “This is fantastic news and a real credit to a lot of people who have contributed to making the Metro journey experience better during a very challenging time. Well done to everyone involved, this is excellent recognition for all your efforts. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:10.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">We are keen to push the customer satisfaction scores even higher and are continuing to work on improving the passenger experience, including recruiting more people to the team, developing new ticketing and payment methods, and of course investing in a new fleet of trains.” </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:10.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">Nexus, the public body which owns and operates Metro, has invested heavily in an enhanced cleaning regime to keep stations and trains Covid secure, including anti-microbial fogging of trains and UV-filters on escalator handrails, both of which kill 99% of bacteria. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:10.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">Cllr Carl Johnson, chair of the Tyne and Wear Sub-Committee of the Joint Transport Committee for the North East, and North Tyneside Council’s Deputy Mayor and cabinet member for Regeneration and Economic Development, said: “It’s great to hear that confidence is increasing among passengers to return to the Metro and that customers are happier than ever before.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:10.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">“The Metro is a vital service that thousands of people across Tyne and Wear and beyond rely on and is a cleaner, greener alternative form of transport while helping reduce congestion on our roads. I would like to congratulate all the frontline staff who have contributed to keeping Metro services running.”</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:10.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">More than 400,000 people a week are using Metro for work and leisure travel, just under 70% of the number who travelled before the pandemic started.  That number is expected to rise further as offices re-open and as people travel for leisure activities in the school summer holidays.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:10.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">Nexus has invested £362m in a full new fleet of trains, <span style="color:#292929">which will transform performance and passenger experience.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="vertical-align:baseline"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="font-size:10.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">Swiss based train manufacturer Stadler will deliver 46 new trains, from 2023, with manufacturing starting in August this year. </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="vertical-align:baseline"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="font-size:10.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">The new trains will be 15% more reliable than the current, 40-year-old, fleet, and will cut Metro’s high voltage power consumption by 30%, while providing Metro passengers with new features including charging points, air conditioning and increased accessibility</span></span><span style="font-size:10.5pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">.</span></span></span></span></span></p> </div> <section> </section> Fri, 02 Jul 2021 09:35:50 +0000 heathcotej 49919 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Final interior design of new Metro trains is officially unveiled by Nexus https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/final-interior-design-new-metro-trains-officially-unveiled-nexus <span>Final interior design of new Metro trains is officially unveiled by Nexus</span> <div><time datetime="2021-06-30T12:00:00Z">Wed, 30/06/2021</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Wed, 30/06/2021</span> <div><p>The final interior design of the North East’s new Metro fleet has been revealed today following one of the most far-reaching public consultations the global rail industry has seen.</p> <p>Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, has finalised the design options after an unprecedented 23,000 responses from customers, employees and specialist user groups.</p> <p>The consultation, delivered using interactive online platforms and augmented virtual reality workshops, has resulted in comprehensive improvements and option selection compared to the original design, including extra seats being added, as well as final decisions on the look and feel of doors, handholds, wheelchair spaces, cycle storage, seat fabric, internal artwork and branding.</p> <p>The completed design – with its new open-plan and linear seating layout – meets rail industry standards for safety and accessibility and is aimed at transforming the journey experience. This has been achieved alongside an attractive look and feel true to Metro’s iconic brand heritage.</p> <p>Stadler, the Swiss train manufacturing company, will start production in August. The first new trains will enter passenger service in 2023, delivering a step-change in quality and reliability. </p> <p>Metro Development Director, Neil Blagburn, said: “We’re really excited to reveal the final interior design for the new Metro train fleet. </p> <p>“We’ve listened to the views of thousands of people during the consultation process and we have acted on that feedback by making changes to a range of the interior features.</p> <p>“We have added 12 more tip-seats seats to the carriages, a more bespoke space for wheelchairs, and double grab poles. The poles and handrails will all be in the distinctive yellow Metro colour scheme.</p> <p>“The seats will be made from a hard-wearing material and will have a sleek grey colour. They were designed by our very own in-house team and they will incorporate the iconic ‘M’ logo in the Calvert font that we use on all Metro signage.</p> <p>“Lockdown meant that the entire consultation process had to be done differently, and an array of online tools were used capture a record number of responses for what is the biggest project since the Metro opened 40 years ago. Stadler said it was the most far-reaching customer consultation they had ever known.</p> <p>“Now that the interior designs are finalised the next step will be Stadler starting to build the new trains. This process is scheduled to begin in August.</p> <p>“It’s another step on the road towards the new Metro fleet. When the new trains start entering service it will mark the start of a bright new future for the Tyne and Wear Metro.”</p> <p>The consultation process saw Nexus bring in OpenLab, the digital research team at Newcastle University, to build an interactive website providing a huge level of detail and choice provided through Stadler’s Zurich-based design team.</p> <p>The website was a base for a programme of virtual events – large-scale webinars complemented by deeper online meetings with specialist users. This led to over 23,000 public responses.</p> <p>The final interior design of the new trains will include:</p> <p>An open-plan layout based on linear seating with stand-back areas at each  door to aid circulation and create more room for passengers at busy times. The number of seats rises from 104 to 116 through the introduction of 12 tip seats in each train.</p> <p>Four dedicated wheelchair spaces, matching the quantity in the current fleet, plus two multi-use areas suitable for non-folding bicycles, children’s buggies and  luggage. These areas have tip seats to provide flexible space for different  customer needs through the day.</p> <p>A sliding step at each door to aid boarding and alighting.</p> <p>Digital information screens at key locations throughout the carriage, in addition to central ‘strip’ screens with ‘next stop’ text and audio facilities. The screens will be visible from 90% of all seats and 100% of priority seats.</p> <p>Feedback from the public has led to changes to some of the key features, including an increase in the number of seats from 104 to 116, by adding 12 new tip seats to the carriage design.</p> <p>There was strong customer feedback requesting more seats, taking the design closer to the 128 seats available on the current trains. With 116 seats there will be a net increase of 56 seats per hour when frequency increases from five to six  trains per hour through the Metro Flow project. </p> <p>Areas where the public consultation process has led to design changes:</p> <p><strong>Handrails in wheelchair areas:</strong> The draft design featured cushioned perch positions along the walls behind the wheelchair areas. This has been  changed to a horizontal handrail based on feedback from wheelchair users </p> <p><strong>Wall finishings:</strong> The colour of wall panels was lightened to provide  greater contrast with floors, at the suggestion of Metro customer service staff.</p> <p><strong>Double grab poles:</strong> A double pole with two parallel vertical bars at hand height  was the preferred option with passengers from three alternatives offered at  consultation.</p> <p><strong>Seat and divider decal:</strong> A final pattern for seat coverings and glass divider decals incorporating the iconic ‘M’ logo was created by the Nexus Graphic  Design team, based on consultation feedback.</p> <p><strong>Colouring of floor markings:</strong> Floor markings for wheelchair and multi-use spaces have been changed from white to yellow based on feedback, to  provide greater visibility.</p> <p><strong>Colour differentiation between poles and doors: </strong>Customer consultation showed a preference for yellow grab poles, which will stand out visually and provide consistency with the current fleet, which is important for the  visually impaired. In order to create contrast the internal face of the doors  will be grey, augmented by lights and audio aids during opening and closing.</p> <p>Stadler is building a total of 42 new Metro trains for Nexus, which will be delivered up to 2024. They will be  responsible for servicing and maintaining these trains for  35 years, underscoring their commitment to the regional economy. </p> <p>The trains, which will be 15 times more reliable and will cut energy consumption by 30%, will have modern features including improved internet connectivity, charging points, air conditioning and a step-change in accessibility.</p> <p>Among new features will be an automatic sliding step at every door of the new trains, making travel easier for Metro’s 50,000 wheelchair passengers as well as people with children’s buggies, luggage or bicycles.</p> <p>Stadler is also building a new £70m Metro depot at Gosforth as part of the new fleet project. </p> </div> <section> </section> Wed, 30 Jun 2021 12:10:48 +0000 puntond 49899 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Track renewal underway on Northumberland Line https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/track-renewal-underway-northumberland-line <span>Track renewal underway on Northumberland Line</span> <div><time datetime="2021-06-29T09:00:00Z">Tue, 29/06/2021</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Tue, 29/06/2021</span> <div><p>Another milestone on the Northumberland Line rail project has been reached after the first sections of track were replaced.</p> <p>Network Rail have completed work to renew a section of track in Newsham in preparation for the pioneering project to reopen - the first physical piece of work on the project to reintroduce a regular rail passenger service between Ashington and Newcastle.</p> <p>The line was closed to passengers in 1964 as part of the Beeching cuts and the essential work involved renewing 600 yards of rails and componentry, which had been used exclusively by freight trains for many years.</p> <p>Network Rail were able to start early work after the Department for Transport provided £34 million from the Restoring Your Railway fund towards the project in January 2021, with further funding set to be announced once the final designs are approved.</p> <p>Working in partnership with Network Rail, Northern and the Department for Transport, the transformational project aims to stimulate and support economic growth, regeneration and community development in Northumberland and the surrounding regions.</p> <p>The project will provide new and improved transport links for passengers by upgrading 18 miles of track and signalling, opening six new stations and three new footbridges. The Northumberland line scheme is on track to welcome the return of passenger trains by 2024.</p> <p>Northumberland County Council Deputy Leader, Councillor Richard Wearmouth, said: “It is a great milestone to finally see work to return passenger services physically happening on the line.</p> <p>“While there’s so much going on behind the scenes, the progress feels more tangible when you can actually see it on the ground and this is an exciting time for everyone involved.</p> <p>“We’re looking forward to the scheme continuing at pace as we work towards services starting by 2024.”</p> <p>David Underwood, Senior Programme Manager for Network Rail’s North and East route, said: “It’s amazing to see work to reopen the Northumberland line finally begin. This is a promising first step in an ambitious project which will revitalise rail in the area and see regular passenger services return.</p> <p>“Once complete, the new line will provide the people of Northumberland with access to new opportunities and connect the communities along the line. Throughout the project, we’re planning to use local labour and engage with local businesses where possible.”</p> <p> <br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Tue, 29 Jun 2021 09:06:52 +0000 puntond 49876 at https://www.nexus.org.uk New map highlights Wallsend attractions https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/new-map-highlights-wallsend-attractions <span>New map highlights Wallsend attractions </span> <div><time datetime="2021-06-25T10:11:11Z">Fri, 25/06/2021</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/heathcotej" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">heathcotej</span></span> <span>Fri, 25/06/2021</span> <div><p><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">An empty display board at Wallsend Metro Station has been given a new lease of life by Nexus and Wallsend Chamber of Commerce. </span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">The unit now displays a detailed map of Wallsend town centre, highlighting attractions and amenities, walking distances and points of interest. </span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">Segedunum Roman Fort and Museum is a popular attraction in the town, attracting thousands of visitors every year, and this initiative aims to encourage people to find their way there when using public transport and also encourage them to explore the town further. </span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">Chamber Director Julie Paterson saw the space as an opportunity for Wallsend businesses to promote their local area and encourage those in the town centre to stay for longer. </span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">Julie said: “We’re here to support and promote Wallsend businesses, to locals and those coming in from further afield. We’ve got parks, historical attractions, shops, walking and cycling routes and plenty more. This map is hopefully the first of many which will help visitors see what else we have to offer. We worked with businesses and the local community for their input on what should be included, and the final product looks great.”  </span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">Nexus Stakeholder Relations Officer for North Tyneside, Rebecca Ditchburn, got involved and helped turn Julie’s idea into reality. The refurbishment of the stand and the production of the map was funded by Nexus. </span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">Rebecca said: “Using the space for a map was a great idea by Julie, but what was originally a 4 month project turned into a 16 month project due to Covid. It’s great to see it in place now, in time for some of the restrictions lifting. It’s in an ideal location next to the Metro station and bus interchange, and hopefully it will encourage more people to see more of Wallsend.” </span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">Members of Wallsend Chamber and established Wallsend businesses Baltic Mortgage Solutions and Blueline Taxis helped fund the design of the map, which was completed by local design agency, Design on the Tyne. </span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">Alex Allen, owner of Design on the Tyne said: “I think I speak for all of the Chamber members when I say that we’re very happy to get involved in anything that supports the town, increases footfall and raises awareness of our attractions. I’ve ran my business here for five years and it was a pleasure to do the design for this, hopefully we’ll get the chance to develop more maps in other locations.”</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">Other empty display boards across the Nexus infrastructure are to be looked at for similar projects.</span></span></span></p> </div> <section> </section> Fri, 25 Jun 2021 10:32:32 +0000 heathcotej 49821 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Artwork from BALTIC arrives at Byker Metro station https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/artwork-baltic-arrives-byker-metro-station <span>Artwork from BALTIC arrives at Byker Metro station</span> <div><time datetime="2021-06-24T09:00:00Z">Thu, 24/06/2021</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Thu, 24/06/2021</span> <div><p>Byker Metro station - which has become renowned as a space for public art - is playing host to an eye-catching montage of work from BALTIC.</p> <p>Byker is the latest location on the Metro network to feature artwork from BALTIC’s Open Submission exhibit.</p> <p>A montage of reproductions from Open Submission are on display in the concourse at Byker Metro station, in Newcastle.</p> <p>Customer Services Director at Nexus, Huw Lewis, said: “Byker has become a great location for public art over the years, and I’m delighted that is continuing with the Open Submission works from BALTIC going on display there.</p> <p>“As more passengers start to return to bus and Metro services so more and more will be able to see these art works every single day.</p> <p>“We have an extensive art on transport programme, with a wide and varied range of works displayed in permanent and temporary installations.</p> <p>“I’m really pleased we have been able to carry that on through this project as we start to emerge from lockdown and I hope that people like the displays.”</p> <p>Byker Metro station has paid host to a wide range of work since 2005, including internationally-famous urban artists, community projects and photo exhibits by Metro passengers.</p> <p>Thirteen different pieces of art from Open Submission went up at stations on the Tyne and Wear Metro network in March. These include Bede, Cullercoats, Hebburn, Wallsend, Gateshead and West Jesmond.</p> <p>Each year, BALTIC usually welcomes 450,000 visitors but has had to remain closed since early November, and was only able to re-open on May 19 this year.</p> <p>Last summer BALTIC put out a call for artists of all types and ability to submit works for an Open Submission exhibition. From 500 entries, 158 works were selected for a group show celebrating the art made by the people of the region. The works are by artists who have been making throughout their lifetime, to those just beginning; those who have studied fine art, to self-taught creatives. </p> <p>In the meantime BALTIC is taking a selection of reproductions of these striking artworks out into the streets and outdoor areas in NewcastleGateshead to be seen on everyday routes, daily commutes and local walks from Monday 29 March onwards. Forty-three different artworks will be seen across various locations including Metro train windows, rears of buses, Bus stop shelters in Birtley and digital billboard screens on the approach to the Tyne Bridge and in Newcastle city centre.</p> <p>For those who are able to get online, all 158 artworks can also be seen in BALTIC’s 3D virtual tour of the full exhibition, available at <a href="https://baltic.art/whats-on/exhibitions/3d-virtual-tour-baltic-open-submission">www.baltic.art/openout</a></p> <p>To find out more about art on transport go to <a href="https://www.nexus.org.uk/art">www.nexus.org.uk/art</a><br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Thu, 24 Jun 2021 09:42:27 +0000 puntond 49802 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Another north east firm secures work to supply parts for the new Metro trains https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/another-north-east-firm-secures-work-supply-parts-new-metro-trains <span>Another north east firm secures work to supply parts for the new Metro trains</span> <div><time datetime="2021-06-22T16:00:00Z">Tue, 22/06/2021</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Tue, 22/06/2021</span> <div><p>A north-east firm which makes electrical components has secured a contract to supply equipment for the Tyne and Wear Metro’s new £362m fleet of trains.</p> <p>Turbo Power Systems (TPS), who are based at the Team Valley in Gateshead, is the latest local firm to be taken on by Stadler as part of the project to design, build and maintain the new Metro fleet.</p> <p>TPS have won an order to make highly specialised electrical equipment for all 42 of the new Metro trains - which go into production in August and will start entering service in 2023.</p> <p>They will be responsible for making electrical converters, which will allow the trains to draw the high voltage power that make them run. These devices act as the interface between the pantograph and the power converters. They have an essential safety function for the propulsion system. </p> <p>TPS designs and manufactures cutting-edge power conversion systems for industry, including transport and energy. All of their products are made at their factory in Gateshead. </p> <p>Adrian Wetter, Stadler Project Manager, said: “Stadler has pledged to support the regional economy and involve as many north east or UK-based companies in the new trains’ project as possible.</p> <p>“Ninety per cent of all contracts related to the building of the new depot has already gone to UK suppliers, many of which are north east-based. We are very pleased to award this highly significant contract for electric converters to Turbo Power Systems, which is a leading player in the region.”</p> <p>Carlos Neves, Chief Executive Officer of Turbo Power Systems (TPS), said: “We are absolutely delighted to have partnered with Stadler to deliver one of our innovative power conversion systems for their trains. We have a proven track record in supplying energy conversion solutions, both locally and internationally, and we are proud to share our expertise with Stadler in such a relevant project for the north-east region.</p> <p>“Our team developed a great relationship with Nexus, who supported and engaged us with Stadler during this entire process to guarantee the best of the Northeast supply chain is involved in this project. We are unconditionally committed with both Stadler and Nexus to deliver reliable and efficient products and services that will benefit the passengers and support the growth of our region.”</p> <p>Director of Finance and Resources at Nexus, John Fenwick said: “The Metro fleet project is providing our region with vital economic stimulus in these challenging times. </p> <p>“Stadler are committed to using local suppliers where possible and this helps to secure jobs and drive inward investment as they get ready to start building our new trains later this summer.</p> <p>“I’m delighted to see that Turbo Power Systems in Gateshead have secured the contract to supply specialist components for the new trains. The electrical equipment is a critical part of the train power system to allow the trains to safely use the energy supplied by the overhead line. It’s a significant order and we are looking forward to working with them on the project.</p> <p>“The new Metro trains will be state of the art and will deliver a step-change in quality, comfort and reliability for our customers. Each train will be 15 times more reliable and will cut energy consumption by 30% as well as having modern features including charging points, air conditioning and a vastly improved levels of accessibility.</p> <p>“We are looking forward to the production line starting to roll this August and the first new units entering service from 2023. We will keep our customers updated throughout the manufacturing process.</p> <p>Stadler, the Swiss train builder, will supply 42 new trains for Metro, along with a new £70m maintenance depot. The first trains are set to enter service from 2023.</p> <p>The appointment of TPS is another example of Stadler’s commitment to the regional economy and an illustration of its pledge to use local suppliers, wherever possible.</p> <p>The new Metro trains will be more reliable, cut energy and include modern features, such as charging points and air-conditioning. An automatic sliding step at every door of the new trains will dramatically improve accessibility, making travel easier for Metro’s 50,000 wheelchair passengers as well as people with pushchairs, luggage or bicycles.</p> <p>Stadler are also building a state-of-the-art new Metro depot at Gosforth in Newcastle and will maintain the new fleet as part of the contract, which was announced in January 2020 after a competitive tendering process. </p> <p>Find out more about the new Tyne and Wear Metro fleet at <a href="https://www.nexus.org.uk/newmetrotrains">www.nexus.org.uk/newmetrotrains </a><br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Tue, 22 Jun 2021 16:31:09 +0000 puntond 49787 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Watch: New film highlights the extra cleaning that makes Metro covid secure https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/watch-new-film-highlights-extra-cleaning-makes-metro-covid-secure <span>Watch: New film highlights the extra cleaning that makes Metro covid secure</span> <div><time datetime="2021-06-21T14:00:00Z">Mon, 21/06/2021</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Mon, 21/06/2021</span> <div><p>A new film has been produced to showcase the extra cleaning which makes the Tyne and Wear Metro covid-secure.</p> <p>Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, commissioned it to highlight the enhanced cleaning regime which ensures that the network is protected from coronavirus.</p> <p>The film includes footage from the Metro depot, where the train fleet is shown being treated with a special anti-bacterial spray that high kills 99.9% of germs on high-touch surfaces. <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TB0NZot5Eek">Click here to watch. </a></p> <p>The video is being aired on Metro’s social media channels to provide customers with the reassurance that Metro is safe to use, and now that lockdown is easing people can have the confidence to travel on it.</p> <p>Metro Operations Director, John Alexander, said: “A huge amount of extra cleaning takes place on our network to keep it safe from Covid-19.</p> <p>“Quite a lot of that work happens overnight at our Gosforth depot so the public don’t get to see it. This new film we have had made takes you behind the scenes and gives you a snapshot of the cleaning work taking place, including the special anti-bacterial spray we use to give surfaces long lasting protection from germs.</p> <p>“We felt it was vital to make this video so that our customers get to see what is being done to ensure the Metro system is covid-secure. We are a safe system and are ready to start welcome more customers back.</p> <p>“Metro meets the Government’s covid-secure standard and people should have the confidence to use our network then they need to. A range of measures are in place to ensure we are secure, these include extra cleaning on all high touch surfaces, anti-viral spraying and UV light sanitisation on escalator handrails.</p> <p>“If you are making a journey on Metro please ensure that you travel safely and follow the key guidelines, which includes planning ahead, social distancing and the wearing of face coverings unless exempt.”</p> <p>Nexus put a range of measures in place when lockdown began March 2020 to ensure that the Metro system is covid-secure.</p> <p>These measures include new signage and queueing systems, extra deep cleaning, UV light sanitisers on 36 escalators and hand sanitiser points at key locations.</p> <p>The anti-viral spray is applied in Metro carriages, using a special spray machine that deploys the product as a mist. It kills germs and keeps critical surfaces and touchpoints cleaner for longer.</p> <p>Metro customers must wear a face covering when travelling, unless exempt, and should continue to follow floor and wall markings in order to maintain social distancing.<br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Mon, 21 Jun 2021 14:40:45 +0000 puntond 49772 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Network One tickets can now be purchased on a Pop card https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/network-one-tickets-can-now-be-purchased-pop-card <span>Network One tickets can now be purchased on a Pop card </span> <div><time datetime="2021-06-21T11:00:00Z">Mon, 21/06/2021</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Mon, 21/06/2021</span> <div><p>Network One - the travel ticket covering any bus, Metro and Shields Ferry - <a href="https://buyandapply.nexus.org.uk/">can now be purchased on a Pop card</a>.</p> <p>This means that people can use one smartcard for All Zone multi-modal travel across the region regardless of which operators they are travelling with.</p> <p>And a new All Zone Plus ticket has also been introduced, which includes travel in County Durham and Northumberland making it easier for people to travel around the region using buses and the Tyne and Wear Metro.</p> <p>Working together, the region’s transport companies, local authorities and the Joint Transport Committee, have worked in partnership to deliver integrated ticketing across the region throughout all seven local authority areas.</p> <p>The North East has one of the oldest integrated and multi-operator transport ticketing schemes in the UK, with Network One providing travel tickets that can be used across all bus and Metro services, as well as the Shields Ferry, for over 30 years in Tyne and Wear. </p> <p>Now people living outside of Tyne and Wear who travel in to use the Metro or other bus services will be able to buy one ticket that is valid throughout their journey. </p> <p>The new ticket option, called ‘All Zones Plus’, can be bought on any mobile app of the region’s main bus companies, Go North East, Stagecoach and Arriva for travel on bus and Metro services – and the Shields Ferry.</p> <p>At the same time, existing Tyne and Wear Network One All Zones tickets, can be bought on a Pop smartcard which means that people can use one smartcard for multi-modal travel right across the region.</p> <p>Cllr Martin Gannon, chair of the North East Joint Transport Committee and leader of Gateshead Council, added: “The launch of Network One as a truly regional integrated ticket is great news for passengers across the North East travelling by bus, Metro and ferry.</p> <p>“This is a major customer development and a direct result of the close partnership working between the North East Joint Transport Committee and local bus operators. It goes to show the huge improvements we can make to everyday journeys, hopefully encouraging more people onto public transport, driving a green, sustainable recovery from the impact of the pandemic.”</p> <p>Steve Walker, chair of Network One Ticketing and managing director at Stagecoach North East, said: “Network One has long provided ticketing for customers in Tyne and Wear who use buses, Metro and the Ferry. </p> <p>“It has also long been an aspiration for us to extend these tickets into County Durham and Northumberland. The travel work area has grown across the region, and I am pleased that this is now a reality making it easier for people to travel around the region.”</p> <p>Martijn Gilbert, chair of NEbus and managing director at Go North East, said: “Partnership working has never been stronger in the region, with everyone working to an even more integrated and sustainable public transport network, which is crucial as the regional economy recovers from the pandemic. </p> <p>“Improving ticketing and information through technology with mobile apps and smartcards are tools that have been in place at individual operators for many years.  </p> <p>“It is great that these tools have come together across all bus operators and Metro to make things even easier and simpler for customers. </p> <p>“Our work does not stop here though as we will be continuing to work with Stakeholders,  Nexus and the Metro, to further modernise and expand ticketing offers into the future, with contactless bankcard ticketing now available on all of the region’s main bus operators, and concepts such as ‘Tap on Tap off’ bankcard ticketing now in trial operation on three local bus routes, with more to come.”</p> <p><a href="https://buyandapply.nexus.org.uk/">Click here to apply for a Pop card</a></p> </div> <section> </section> Mon, 21 Jun 2021 11:15:13 +0000 puntond 49771 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Metro gets a further £1.66m in covid support from the Government https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/metro-gets-further-ps166m-covid-support-government <span>Metro gets a further £1.66m in covid support from the Government </span> <div><time datetime="2021-06-19T22:00:00Z">Sat, 19/06/2021</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Sat, 19/06/2021</span> <div><p>The Tyne and Wear Metro has secured a further tranche of financial support from the Government of up to £1.66m to sustain its services through to 19 July while it continues to recover from the impact of lockdown</p> <p>The Department for Transport (DfT) confirmed the latest round of emergency covid funding in response to the announcement from the Prime Minister that the further lifting of lockdown restrictions would be delayed for four more weeks.</p> <p>The money will be used to cover Metro’s running costs while fare revenue continues to be adversely affected as a result of the pandemic.</p> <p>Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, said that the extra financial support was essential while more people start choosing to use the network again as Covid-19 restrictions lift. </p> <p>The latest announcement means that since the beginning of lockdown in March 2020 Nexus will have received nearly £40m of Government support for Metro.</p> <p>Director of Finance and Resources at Nexus, John Fenwick, said: “This extra financial support is vital to support Metro services while lockdown eases and our customers continue to return.</p> <p>“Passenger loadings seen since non-essential retail, outdoor and indoor hospitality re-opened have been really encouraging and the fare revenue that we have been generating has reduced the level of emergency support required from Government.</p> <p>“We are doing lots of things to make travelling on the Metro more convenient and as safe as possible, but there is still a gap between the cost of running Metro services and the fare revenue we are generating.</p> <p>“The funding will go towards meeting our operating costs, ensuring that a key local transport network is being sustained while it continues to face the biggest challenge in its 41year history.”</p> <p>Nexus has put a range of measures in place to ensure that the Metro system is covid-secure.</p> <p>Measures include new signage and queueing systems, extra deep cleaning, UV light sanitisers on 36 escalators and hand sanitiser points at key locations.</p> <p>People must wear a face covering when travelling, unless exempt, and should continue to follow floor and wall markings in order to maintain social distancing.<br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Sat, 19 Jun 2021 22:47:48 +0000 puntond 49759 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Covid: Key travel advice remains in place after Government pauses unlocking https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/covid-key-travel-advice-remains-place-after-government-pauses-unlocking <span>Covid: Key travel advice remains in place after Government pauses unlocking</span> <div><time datetime="2021-06-14T17:30:00Z">Mon, 14/06/2021</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Mon, 14/06/2021</span> <div><p>Public transport users will need to continue following covid-secure measures, following the Prime Minister’s announcement that further unlocking has been paused until July 19.</p> <p>Passengers are advised to travel safely and follow the key guidelines when making a journey, which includes social distancing and the wearing of face coverings unless exempt.</p> <p>The Government’s advice to minimise travel ended on May 17 and has not been implemented again as part of this pause in stage four of their roadmap out of lockdown, which has now been moved back from Monday June 21 to Monday 19 July.</p> <p>Key travel advice: </p> <p><strong>•    Plan ahead and travel safely <br /> •    Check before you travel<br /> •    Sanitise your hands<br /> •    Wear a face covering unless exempt - and keep your distance where possible.  <br /> •    On your journey - open a window to increase ventilation, where possible</strong></p> <p>Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, said that the network was fully covid-secure and remains safe to welcome passengers when they need to use it.</p> <p>Customer Services Director, Huw Lewis, said: “Public transport is fully covid-secure and people should have the confidence to keep on using it when they need it for work and for leisure</p> <p>“The Government has paused the latest step four out of lockdown, so when you do travel then you will still need to follow the key advice in order to travel safely.</p> <p>“This includes the mandatory wearing of face coverings, unless you are exempt, social distancing where possible, planning journeys, and ensuring there is a good flow of fresh air where possible.</p> <p>“If we all stick with the guidelines then we can continue to play our part in seeing off this public health emergency and hopefully the end of all covid restrictions on 19 July.”</p> <p>Covid secure measures on the transport network include signage and queueing systems, extra deep cleaning on a daily basis with disinfectant, the use of a specialist anti-microbial spray to protect high touch surfaces for 28 days, UV light sanitisers on escalators, and hand sanitiser points at key locations.</p> <p>Customers are advised to keep the Metro train windows open to allow fresh air into the carriages.</p> <p>For more information go to: <a href="https://www.nexus.org.uk/covid-secure">www.nexus.org.uk/covid-secure</a></p> <p> </p> </div> <section> </section> Mon, 14 Jun 2021 17:40:11 +0000 puntond 49706 at https://www.nexus.org.uk New electric vehicle charging points for Heworth interchange https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/new-electric-vehicle-charging-points-heworth-interchange <span>New electric vehicle charging points for Heworth interchange </span> <div><time datetime="2021-06-14T14:00:00Z">Mon, 14/06/2021</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Mon, 14/06/2021</span> <div><p>Four new electric vehicle (EV) charging points are now active in the car park of a busy Tyneside transport hub, thanks to a donation by Northumbrian Water.</p> <p>The charge points have been installed by EV charger experts Elmtronics in the long stay car park at Heworth Interchange in Gateshesd.</p> <p>This follows the water company’s £4m project to protect the environment by upgrading nearby sewers and highway drainage in partnership with Gateshead Council.</p> <p>The work required Northumbrian Water to use part of the car park to construct a new surface water pumping station, and the installation is a thank you to commuters and other passengers for their patience.</p> <p>Paul Davison, Northumbrian Water’s Project Manager, said: “The work we carried out separated a large part of the Heworth Burn from our sewerage system, increasing capacity within our network and reducing the potential for flooding from sewers and highway drainage.</p> <p>“It’s great to be able to leave something really positive behind to benefit those who use Heworth Interchange, as well as the environment, giving electric vehicle drivers an opportunity to charge and park there.”</p> <p>The installation of the two twin fast chargers represent the second part of Northumbrian Water’s expression of gratitude to passengers who visit Heworth Interchange. This follows the fitting of a defibrillator on the concourse, for use if someone suffers a cardiac arrest.</p> <p>Cllr John McElroy, Gateshead’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport, said: “We are delighted that Northumbrian Water has chosen electric vehicle charging points as a way to thank car park users for their patience during the recent upgrades.</p> <p>“The charging points will help promote sustainable travel and benefit the growing number of electric car users who use the Park and Ride facilities at Heworth North. The Council has set ambitious targets to reduce carbon emissions by 2030 and is keen to introduce more charging points in its car parks. These charging points will help in achieving that.”</p> <p>Emma Spark, Elmtronics Account Manager, said: “As part of the Prime Minister's ten-point plan for a Green Industrial Revolution, Elmtronics has worked with various organisations to install EV chargers throughout the UK to assist in the movement to sustainable motoring.</p> <p>“We worked with Northumbrian Water to offer the best public EV solution, installing fast chargers connected to our Hubsta network so passengers can plug in and charge away with ease.”<br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Mon, 14 Jun 2021 15:10:22 +0000 puntond 49705 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Writer inspired by late father to pen book on story of Metro https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/writer-inspired-late-father-pen-book-story-metro <span>Writer inspired by late father to pen book on story of Metro </span> <div><time datetime="2021-06-09T09:00:00Z">Wed, 09/06/2021</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Wed, 09/06/2021</span> <div><p>A local author has written a new book celebrating 40 years of the Tyne and Wear Metro, after being inspired by his late father who worked as an engineer on the project.</p> <p>Colin Alexander, a published writer from North Tyneside, was motivated by the memory of his dad, Jack Alexander, a rolling stock engineer that played a key role in getting the Metro trains into service in August 1980. </p> <p>Colin spent 15 months writing and researching the book, which delves into the history of Metro over its 40 years of operations. He draws on the testimony of many former staff who there when the network first opened.</p> <p>Titled <em>The Tyne and Wear Metro</em>, it chronicles the development of the system from concept through to construction, opening, extension, and where it stands today, with a look ahead where it will be in the years to come.</p> <p>Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, provided many of the iconic archive images that feature in the book.</p> <p>Colin, 57, of Whitley Bay, said: “I always really wanted to do a book about the Metro because of my dad, Jack, who spent so many years working on that iconic project.</p> <p>“It also seemed fitting to do it in the year that the Metro celebrated its 40th anniversary.</p> <p>“I’m so proud of what my father achieved during his time with the PTE. He was an engineer who joined them in 1973 after he was made redundant at the shipyards. He went on to work on the rolling stock and he was there for 20 years before he retired.</p> <p>“This inspired me to delve into the history of the Metro, from what was there before, to how it became a concept and was constructed, and then extended over the years. </p> <p>“I got in touch with many of dad’s former colleagues who are all now retired. I was amazed to find that so many of them still meet up quite regularly for a drink.</p> <p>“I went along and was able to meet them and they were so happy to help me out with the book. Many of them were quite senior managers at the time that the Metro opened. Just like my dad, they all had a real sense of pride in what they had been a part of. I got some wonderful anecdotes that are included in the book.</p> <p>“I was able to get lots of stories, technical information and archive photos in. Nexus also helped by allowing me access to the archive they have from Metro’s construction and the years that followed it.</p> <p>“I was able to delve into Metro’s past, present, and look to its future with the new trains on the way and where it may be extended to one day. </p> <p>“I really hope that people like the book and when they read it they get a feel for what a fantastic transport system the Metro is, what an amazing achievement it was to get it built, and how lucky we are to have it.”</p> <p>Customer Services Director at Nexus, Huw Lewis, said: “The Tyne and Wear Metro has an amazing story and this book tells that story really well, with archive images and memories from former staff who built a transport system which has become part of everyday life in our region.</p> <p>“It is fitting that the book has been published in Metro’s 40th anniversary year. It was a network built against all the odds and stands as a major post-war achievement that remains the envy of other UK cities.</p> <p>“The people who made the Metro a reality were pioneers and this book celebrates that success, as we look ahead to a bright future with the new trains coming in 2023.”</p> <p>The book explores the decline of the BR suburban lines that were replaced, the phased opening of the new system from 1980, and subsequent extensions.</p> <p>It also looks at those being considered in the future. The successful integration of the Metro with bus and ferry services is considered, alongside the inclusivity of the railway’s design, which allows disabled people unprecedented access to public transport. </p> <p>It illustrates Metro’s unique combination of brand-new tunnels, spectacular viaducts and underground stations, taking in the magnificent Victorian infrastructure of the former North Eastern Railway and Blyth and Tyne Railway.</p> <p>Memories of the  Royal opening of Metro in November 1981 feature in the book. There is a poignant memory of the late Prince Philip, who, during the visit held up the proceedings after he strolled on to the new QEII Metro bridge to admire the view of the River Tyne.</p> <p>Colin Alexander has previously written books about local history and transport. His writing career has seen him have 15 books published in print.</p> <p>To buy a copy of Colin’s book, The Tyne and Wear Metro, published by Amberley Publishing, go to:<a href="https://www.amberley-books.com/the-tyne-wear-metro.html"> The Tyne &amp; Wear Metro - Amberley Publishing (amberley-books.com)</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.nexus.org.uk/sites/default/files/extracts_from_colin_alexanders_book_about_metro.pdf">A selection of extracts from the book is available here</a> - and by clicking the link at the bottom of this page</p> </div> <section> </section> Wed, 09 Jun 2021 09:26:28 +0000 puntond 49627 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Gateshead Interchange gets new art work from BALTIC https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/gateshead-interchange-gets-new-art-work-baltic <span>Gateshead Interchange gets new art work from BALTIC </span> <div><time datetime="2021-06-07T09:00:00Z">Mon, 07/06/2021</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Mon, 07/06/2021</span> <div><p>New artwork showcasing an exhibition at BALTIC has gone on display at Gateshead transport interchange.</p> <p>And it is just the ticket for the many bus and Metro passengers who use the facility every day as lockdown eases, brightening up walls that were previously blank with thought provoking pieces of modern art.</p> <p>Five new artworks from BALTIC’s Open Submission exhibit, which opened on May 19, are on show inside the bus concourse at Gateshead interchange.</p> <p>It follows the display of 13 different pieces of art from Open Submission which went up at stations on the Tyne and Wear Metro network in March. These include Bede, Byker, Cullercoats, Hebburn, Wallsend and West Jesmond.</p> <p>Customer Services Director at Nexus, Huw Lewis, said: “It’s great that we have been able to get more art works from BALTIC Open Submission out on to the local public transport network. Gateshead Interchange is a great space to display art.</p> <p>“As more passengers start to return to bus and Metro services so more and more will be able to see these art works every single day.</p> <p>“We have an extensive art on transport programme, with a wide and varied range of works displayed in permanent and temporary installations.</p> <p>“I’m really pleased we have been able to carry that on through this project as we start to emerge from lockdown and I hope that people like the displays.”</p> <p>Each year, BALTIC usually welcomes 450,000 visitors but has had to remain closed since early November and was only able to re-open on May 19 this year.</p> <p>Last summer BALTIC put out a call for artists of all types and ability to submit works for an Open Submission exhibition. From 500 entries, 158 works were selected for a group show celebrating the art made by the people of the region. The works are by artists who have been making throughout their lifetime, to those just beginning; those who have studied fine art, to self-taught creatives. </p> <p>In the meantime BALTIC is taking a selection of reproductions of these striking artworks out into the streets and outdoor areas in NewcastleGateshead to be seen on everyday routes, daily commutes and local walks from Monday 29 March onwards. Forty-three different artworks will be seen across various locations including Metro train windows, rears of buses, Bus stop shelters in Birtley and digital billboard screens on the approach to the Tyne Bridge and in Newcastle city centre.</p> <p>For those who are able to get online, all 158 artworks can also be seen in BALTIC’s 3D virtual tour of the full exhibition, available at <a href="https://baltic.art/whats-on/exhibitions/3d-virtual-tour-baltic-open-submission">www.baltic.art/openout</a></p> <p>  </p> </div> <section> </section> Mon, 07 Jun 2021 11:37:24 +0000 puntond 49606 at https://www.nexus.org.uk New film celebrates 40 years of public art on the Tyne and Wear Metro https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/new-film-celebrates-40-years-public-art-tyne-and-wear-metro <span>New film celebrates 40 years of public art on the Tyne and Wear Metro </span> <div><time datetime="2021-05-28T09:00:00Z">Fri, 28/05/2021</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Fri, 28/05/2021</span> <div><p>A new film has been produced to celebrate the proud history of public art on the Tyne and Wear Metro.</p> <p>Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, commissioned the 18-minute feature to give people a virtual tour of some of the most iconic exhibits on the network.</p> <p>The film, which was premiered at the opening of the Jesmond Community Festival via a Zoom call on May 27, is the first in a series that will delve into the Nexus Art on Transport Programme. <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rj99oe-pvs8">Watch it here: Metro: Art on Transport - YouTube.</a></p> <p>It forms part of the events which are being held to mark the Metro’s 40th anniversary year.</p> <p>Customer Services Director at Nexus, Huw Lewis, said: “Art can bring a smile to a familiar journey or excite and surprise you. On Metro we are lucky to have a legacy of great art works spreading back over 40 years some of which are showcased in this new film. </p> <p>“It gives people the chance to take a short tour of the art you can see in and around some of our stations – and will hopefully inspire people to go and explore, or see their Metro trip in a new light.</p> <p>“Our art on transport programme has many nationally-recognised exhibits, and it has also given local artists the chance to showcase their work.</p> <p>“This first film focuses on a Metro journey from Regent Centre, taking in everything from Bob Olley’s Famous Faces at Monument, the iconic Parsons Polygon on Blackett Street to more contemporary pieces like that of the American street artist Shepard Fairey.</p> <p>“It’s fitting that we celebrate these artworks in Metro’s 40th year and we are looking forward to featuring more of the art in other parts of the network over the next few months.”</p> <p>The film focuses on ten art installations on Metro line that heads north between Central Station and Regent Centre in Newcastle.</p> <p>Nexus plans to commission more films to showcase more of the public art on the public transport system through Gateshead, South Tyneside, Sunderland and North Tyneside.</p> <p>There are more than 30 pieces of permanent art on the Metro system and other public transport infrastructure across Tyne and Wear.</p> <p>This unique collection has been built up over 30 years by Nexus and varies from pieces designed by local communities to work by internationally acclaimed artists.</p> <p>Find out more at <a href="https://www.nexus.org.uk/art">www.nexus.org.uk/art</a><br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Fri, 28 May 2021 10:45:35 +0000 puntond 49508 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Customer service workers at Metro and bus stations get new body-worn cameras https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/customer-service-workers-metro-and-bus-stations-get-new-body-worn-cameras <span>Customer service workers at Metro and bus stations get new body-worn cameras</span> <div><time datetime="2021-05-26T09:00:00Z">Wed, 26/05/2021</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Wed, 26/05/2021</span> <div><p>New body-worn cameras have been issued to staff on the Tyne and Wear Metro and local bus stations to deter troublemakers and provide extra reassurance to passengers as lockdown eases.</p> <p>Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, has invested in 100 extra lapel-worn cameras, which were first introduced in 2018, bringing the total number in use to 150.</p> <p>This ensures that every customer service advisor has one when they are on duty across the Metro and bus network. </p> <p>The tiny CCTV cameras provide an extra tool to deal with incidents of anti-social behaviour. They record high-resolution footage that can be used as evidence to support police investigations. </p> <p>The announcement comes hot on the heels of Nexus completing a £4.2m project to install 740 new CCTV cameras across the 60 stations on Metro.</p> <p>Metro Operations Director, John Alexander, said: “We have invested in more body cameras so that every single customer service advisor will wear one while they are on duty on Metro and bus interchanges. Safety and security is our top priority. </p> <p>“Body cameras help to deter bad behaviour on our network and give reassurance to law abiding customers as they return to public transport after lockdown. </p> <p>“CCTV makes people think twice about challenging members of staff who are just doing their jobs. The footage can be passed to the police for them to use as evidence. The images are captured digitally, so it’s very high quality.</p> <p>“Overall crime rates on the bus and Metro network remain low, but we remain focused on issues of anti-social behaviour and ticketless travel. The body-worn cameras provide our staff with a new tool for managing these issues."</p> <p>Nexus first introduced body cameras in 2017 as part of a trial. They were then made permanent the following year, and the roll out of the technology has been ramped up to all frontline customer service workers, instead of one camera per team. </p> <p>Each one  is clearly marked on uniforms to let people know that they are being filmed and staff can activate the recordings at the touch of a button.</p> <p>The footage can be accessed by Northumbria Police and the British Transport Police to support prosecutions.</p> <p>Nexus staff will only turn cameras on when doing so could help prevent, or document, and incident that may require a subsequent investigation. A red light will be visible on the front of the device when it is recording.<br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Wed, 26 May 2021 11:13:59 +0000 puntond 49489 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Metro’s new Operations Director brings 30 years of experience to the role https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/metros-new-operations-director-brings-30-years-experience-role <span>Metro’s new Operations Director brings 30 years of experience to the role</span> <div><time datetime="2021-05-25T11:00:00Z">Tue, 25/05/2021</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Tue, 25/05/2021</span> <div><p>The Tyne and Wear Metro has appointed a new operations director, who brings three decades of railway industry experience to the role.</p> <p>John Alexander has taken over the responsibility for managing day to day services on the Metro network following a successful recruitment process.</p> <p>Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, said they had found the best candidate as the service recovers from lockdown - and prepares for the arrival of its new train fleet from 2023.</p> <p>John, 45, who began his railway career as an apprentice engineer aged 16, has taken on the new challenge after spending the last ten years as manager of Northern Rail’s Heaton depot in Newcastle. </p> <p>He said: “I’m absolutely delighted to become the new operations director for the Tyne and Wear Metro.</p> <p>“This is the fresh challenge that I was looking for. It’s a wonderful opportunity for me to test myself working for such an iconic mass transport network.</p> <p>“I’ve got a fantastic new team who are extremely knowledgeable and have a great deal of pride in the services that they deliver every day.</p> <p>“I want to bring a disciplined approach to the role, and also let people develop so that I can get the best out of them. The most critical resource is the people that we have working for us.”</p> <p>John began his career as a British Rail apprentice in 1991, at a train depot in Gateshead.</p> <p>It was from there that he went on to secure a full-time career in railways, going on to work in engineering and then leadership roles for Northern Rail.</p> <p>He added: “I am making a move from rail engineering into the operations side of things. That is the challenge I was looking for and the skills are transferrable given that the two disciplines are so closely connected. I am really proud to take this on with the Tyne and Wear Metro.</p> <p>“I can remember I was five years old when the Metro first opened and since then it has become embedded in the communities that it serves.</p> <p>“The challenge is to make Metro great again. There is a realisation that we can make it better for the customers and I want to be a part of that.</p> <p>“It is an exciting time to join Nexus, with new trains and a new depot on the way over the next few years, and I see myself being part of this new chapter for many years to come.”<br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Tue, 25 May 2021 11:34:26 +0000 puntond 49484 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Covid: New Government travel advice comes into effect https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/covid-new-government-travel-advice-comes-effect <span>Covid: New Government travel advice comes into effect </span> <div><time datetime="2021-05-17T09:00:00Z">Mon, 17/05/2021</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Mon, 17/05/2021</span> <div><p>New guidelines for public transport users have come into effect as part of the latest stage of the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown.</p> <p>The Government’s instruction to minimise travel ended from today, Monday 17 May.</p> <p>Passengers are being advised to travel safely and follow covid-secure guidelines when making a journey. </p> <p>When using public transport passengers should regularly sanitise their hands, wear face coverings, unless exempt, and keep to social distancing where possible, the Department for Transport said. </p> <p>Key travel advice: </p> <p><strong>•    Plan ahead and travel safely <br /> •    Check before you travel<br /> •    Sanitise your hands<br /> •    Wear a face covering unless exempt, and keep your distance where possible.  <br /> •    On your journey - open a window to increase ventilation, where possible</strong></p> <p>Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, said that the network was fully covid-secure and safe to welcome more passengers back as lockdown continues to ease.</p> <p>Customer Services Director, Huw Lewis, said: “Public transport is safe and secure and we look forward to welcoming customers back, who can have the confidence to travel when they need to. </p> <p>“The Government’s instruction to minimise travel has ended. Public transport operators have done a huge amount of work to ensure networks are covid-secure as we emerge from lockdown. </p> <p>“People should ensure that they travel safely by following the guidelines. This includes social distancing as much as possible, planning ahead and travelling at quiet times, and always wearing face coverings unless you have an exemption.</p> <p>“The Tyne and Wear Metro is a covid-secure transport system. We have taken a range of steps to ensure that we meet the highest standards.</p> <p>“Measures include signage and queueing systems, extra deep cleaning on a daily basis with disinfectant, the use of a specialist anti-microbial spray to protect high touch surfaces for 28 days, UV light sanitisers on escalators, and hand sanitiser points at key locations. Customers are advised to keep the windows open on the trains to allow fresh air into the carriages.</p> <p>“We are seeing more passengers returning as the restrictions ease. If we follow the travel guidance we can all continue to play our part in the ongoing return to normality.”</p> <p>Alice Wiseman, Director of Public Health for Gateshead, said: “We all know the importance of fresh air in the fight against Covid, but it also offers many other benefits for our health and wellbeing. Fewer cars on the road during the pandemic has led to a welcome reduction in air pollution, so let’s not undo that now. </p> <p>“Local travel providers have done a fantastic job of introducing social distancing measures and thorough cleaning regimes, making public transport both safe and sustainable. Incorporating active travel into your routine, even if that’s just a short walk to the bus stop, can also improve your physical and mental wellbeing – which is much needed for many of us, especially after the challenges of the last year or so.</p> <p>“So as restrictions ease and we can start to venture further afield, please consider leaving the car at home.”</p> <p><a href="https://www.nexus.org.uk/covid-secure">Click here to find out more about covid-seure measures on Metro and how to travel safely.</a></p> </div> <section> </section> Mon, 17 May 2021 09:07:56 +0000 puntond 49417 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Watch: Shields Ferry ready to welcome passengers back safely https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/watch-shields-ferry-ready-welcome-passengers-back-safely <span>Watch: Shields Ferry ready to welcome passengers back safely </span> <div><time datetime="2021-05-14T09:10:10Z">Fri, 14/05/2021</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/heathcotej" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">heathcotej</span></span> <span>Fri, 14/05/2021</span> <div><p>The Shields Ferry is covid- secure and ready to welcome customers back as lockdown restrictions continue to ease. </p> <p>The Government’s instruction to minimise travel will end from Monday, 17 May.</p> <p>People are being advised to travel safely and follow covid-secure guidelines when making a journey. </p> <p>A short video, featuring some of the Ferry crew, highlights the Covid-secure measures which have been put in place on the cross-Tyne service. </p> <p>These include signage on social distancing, face coverings and hand sanitiser points. Cash payments are no longer accepted on the ferry, with passengers asked to pay by bank card or Pop card. </p> <p>The ferry has returned to a full timetable, with services running after 6.30pm on weekdays and on Saturdays.  The last crossing of the day from North Shields will be at 8pm Monday to Wednesday, and 10.50pm Thursday to Saturday. For full timetable details see: <a href="https://www.nexus.org.uk/ferry/timetable">Timetable | nexus.org.uk</a> </p> <p>The ferry is cycle and dog friendly, and the crew are ready to welcome you all back. </p> <p> </p> </div> <section> </section> Fri, 14 May 2021 15:08:13 +0000 heathcotej 49406 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Contractor appointed to carry out £100m track dualling scheme on Metro https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/contractor-appointed-carry-out-ps100m-track-dualling-scheme-metro <span>Contractor appointed to carry out £100m track dualling scheme on Metro</span> <div><time datetime="2021-05-14T09:00:00Z">Fri, 14/05/2021</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Fri, 14/05/2021</span> <div><p>A £100m track dualling scheme that will increase service frequency, cut journey times and improve reliability on the Tyne and Wear Metro has moved a step closer after a construction contractor was officially appointed.</p> <p>Buckingham Group Contracting Ltd has won a £55m tender for the construction stage of Metro Flow project, which will see an existing freight line upgraded and electrified in South Tyneside</p> <p>The dualling of three key sections between Pelaw and Bede stations – scheduled for September to December 2022 - will create the capacity for an extra 24,000 Metro passenger journeys every day.</p> <p>Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, said the award of the contract was an important stage in a project that, when completed, would be of huge benefit to customers.</p> <p>Metro Flow has secured £95m worth of funding from the Government’s Transforming Cities Fund. </p> <p>Chief Operating Officer at Nexus, Martin Kearney, said: “We’re looking forward to working with the Buckingham Group to deliver this exciting £100m scheme that will vastly improve Metro services for our customers. </p> <p>“It will involve the conversion of an existing heavy rail line, bringing it into dual use so that Metros can run alongside freight services, which is similar to the operations we have on the Sunderland line.</p> <p>“This will increase the frequency of Metro services system-wide from twelve minutes to ten minutes outside of the central areas. For our passengers this means more regular services, and faster journey times.</p> <p>“This project also gives us the scope to examine future opportunities to expand the network to other areas that are currently not served by Metro.”</p> <p>Chair of the North East Joint Transport Committee, Cllr Martin Gannon, said: “This is an important milestone in the Metro Flow project, the largest element of the region’s Transforming Cities Fund programme by far. </p> <p>“The delivery of Metro Flow will be transformational for the people who use the Metro in the North East, improving journey times and the reliability of services for passengers. As a result, more services will be able to run across the entire Metro system, showing just how critical investment in transport is to the future success of our region. </p> <p>“Increased frequency on our system means we can help more and more people move efficiently across our network to access work, leisure and education in a green, sustainable way. This project will make a huge difference to thousands of journeys every day – hopefully encouraging more people out of their car and onto public transport.” </p> <p>The Buckingham Group bring a hugely successful track record in the construction industry, having delivered some of the UK’s biggest rail construction projects. They recently completed the work on the new temporary Metro depot at Howdon in North Tyneside.</p> <p>Rail Contracts Director at Buckingham Group, Rob Harwood, said: “Buckingham is delighted to win this project and be involved in improving the Metro network. </p> <p>“Having recently completed the construction of the Howdon depot for Nexus in 2020, we are now able to continue working with Nexus and involving the supply chain in the region on this exciting project. </p> <p>“We will also work with the local community to minimise any inconvenience and involve local schools and colleges in the educational benefits from a significant project in their area. </p> <p>“The first phase will be detailed design this year and then mobilise for the construction phase early next year.”</p> <p>Benefits of the Metro Flow project include:</p> <p>•    Increasing the frequency of Metro trains to one every 10 minutes outside central areas</p> <p>•    Deliver capacity for an extra 24,000 passengers a day</p> <p>•    Improve reliability and allow quicker recovery from major disruptions</p> <p>•    Better support for major events including the Great North Run, Sunderland International Airshow, stadium concerts, and major sporting events</p> <p>•    Unlock the door to the expansion of the Metro system</p> <p>In order to deliver the extra frequencies Nexus will use some of the funding to buy four extra new trains on top of the 42 new trains which have already been funded by the Government in a £362m programme of investment.</p> <p>Three sections of single track on the Metro network totalling three kilometres will be dualled between Pelaw and Bede Metro stations.</p> <p>There are three single-track sections on the Metro network, where trains must use the same line in both directions.</p> <p>The sections of line are located between Pelaw and Hebburn (800 metres), Hebburn and Jarrow (1.4km) and Jarrow and Bede (600 metres).<br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Fri, 14 May 2021 09:15:49 +0000 puntond 49402 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Model maker recreates Metro’s new trains with Meccano https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/model-maker-recreates-metros-new-trains-meccano <span>Model maker recreates Metro’s new trains with Meccano </span> <div><time datetime="2021-05-07T09:00:00Z">Fri, 07/05/2021</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Fri, 07/05/2021</span> <div><p>The Tyne and Wear Metro’s new trains have been recreated in Meccano thanks to one man’s labour of love.</p> <p>The miniature masterpiece was built by expert model maker John Herdman from Whickham in Gateshead.</p> <p>John, 70, spent three months assembling the 2.5 metre replica in Meccano – the iconic construction kit that has inspired model makers across the world for more than a hundred years.</p> <p>It was constructed using scores of individual pieces of standard Meccano parts. It runs on its own track and can be controlled remotely. The interior is even fitted with seats, handrails and other features.</p> <p>John, who is Chairman of the North Eastern Meccano Society, said: “Meccano is a real labour love for me, so I was more than happy to take on the challenge of recreating the new Metro train.</p> <p>“I’ve been in love with Meccano since the age of five. It’s a fantastic thing for all ages and generations to be creative with. It’s a great British icon. </p> <p>“I wrote to Nexus to ask about putting this together and they then put me in contact with Stadler, the train builders, who sent me some dimensions. I was also able to get a good guide of what I needed to do from the various artists images of what the new Metros are going to look like.</p> <p>“It took me three months to build it. I’m really pleased with the outcome. I’ve made Meccano models of the current Metro trains before, so this was the next step and it was an exciting project, given we’re all really looking forward to seeing the actual new Metro carriages next year. </p> <p>“The aim is to get the model on show for a few days at Beamish open air museum and at the Locomotion railway museum at Shildon once lockdown measures allow.”</p> <p>John added: “Making model railways is a big part of what I like to do as part of my hobby. I’ve had a Meccano set since the age of five and it just went from there. </p> <p>“The great thing about Meccano is that it’s recyclable. You can build a model but you don’t then have to throw it away, you can take it to bits and make something else. I’ve built up a vast collection of Meccano parts over the years and in 1996 I got involved with the North Eastern Meccano Society. Before lockdown we would go all over showcasing our models and people love them, whether they’re young or old.”</p> <p>Metro Development Director, Neil Blagburn, said: “It’s fantastic that our new Metro fleet project is inspiring people. </p> <p>“John’s done an absolutely brilliant job in creating a model of the new train using Meccano. He’s been a friend of Metro for many years and has wowed visitors with his model making at previous depot open days that we held in 2010 and in 2005. </p> <p>“It’s great to see the finished piece and it’s really educational for young people, who may be looking at careers in engineering.</p> <p>“It certainly whets the appetite for the actual new Metro trains which aren’t too far away now, with manufacturing commencing in a few months’ time.”</p> <p>Andreas Discher, project manager for Stadler, added: ‘The new fleet of trains that we are delivering for the Tyne and Wear Metro will be safe, reliable and built for passenger comfort. It’s great to see so much interest being generated by local people for these trains, with Mr Herdman’s expert model demonstrating the level of enthusiasm for them.’</p> <p>The new Metro trains, which are being made by the Swiss train builder Stadler, are set to enter passenger service in 2023, delivering a step-change in quality and reliability for passengers. </p> <p>Stadler, the Swiss train manufacturer, is building a total of 42 new Metro trains for Nexus. </p> <p>The new trains, which will be 15 times more reliable and will cut energy consumption by 30%, will have modern features including charging points, air conditioning and a step-change in accessibility.</p> <p>Among the new features will be an automatic sliding step at every door of the new trains, making travel easier for Metro’s 50,000 wheelchair passengers as well as people with children’s buggies, luggage or bicycles.</p> <p>Find out more about the new Tyne and Wear Metro fleet at <a href="https://www.nexus.org.uk/newmetrotrains">www.nexus.org.uk/newmetrotrains</a></p> <p>You can read about the North Eastern Meccano Society on their website: <a href="https://northeasternmeccano.org.uk/">www.northeasternmeccano.org.uk </a><br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Fri, 07 May 2021 09:36:04 +0000 puntond 49319 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Tyne and Wear Metro gets a new £4.2m CCTV system https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/tyne-and-wear-metro-gets-new-ps42m-cctv-system <span>Tyne and Wear Metro gets a new £4.2m CCTV system </span> <div><time datetime="2021-05-06T09:00:00Z">Thu, 06/05/2021</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Thu, 06/05/2021</span> <div><p>A new generation of advanced CCTV has been installed on Metro as part of a £4.2m revamp of security cameras on the network.</p> <p>The new cameras – 740 in total – have gone in at all 60 stations on the Metro system. They offer state-of-the-art picture quality which make it easier to pinpoint troublemakers and provide crystal clear footage to support police investigations.</p> <p>Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, said the new technology was vital to provide greater customer reassurance as lockdown eases and more people start travelling. </p> <p>Director of Finance and Resources at Nexus, John Fenwick, said: “Through our modernisation programme we have invested £4.2m in a new CCTV system, providing the Metro with some of the most advanced, high-resolution cameras that are currently available.</p> <p>“Good quality CCTV is vital to reassure our customers, who are gradually starting to return in greater numbers now that lockdown is lifting. </p> <p>“The cameras deliver a step change in quality in terms of the clarity of the images that they can record.</p> <p>“CCTV plays a vital role in deterring crime on the Metro, and where incidents have occurred it has allowed us to download footage to assist the police in gathering evidence and supporting prosecutions.</p> <p>“These cameras are there to support our staff and customers and supplement the work that our frontline customer support teams are doing alongside the police to keep Metro safe and secure. </p> <p>“Overall crime on Metro remains low but we continue to work every day with the police to deal with low level anti-social behaviour. The message is very clear - anyone who commits an offence on Metro will be caught on camera.”</p> <p>Sgt Tim Hand, of Northumbria Police, said: “We work closely with Nexus every single day to help ensure Metro remains a safe and enjoyable experience for passengers and staff. </p> <p>“These new CCTV cameras can only help with that, giving us a clearer picture of the minority who do decide to commit crime and allowing us to swiftly deal with pockets of disorder.</p> <p>“We would like to thank the overwhelming majority who continue to behave responsibly and considerately across the network. </p> <p>“Anybody who sees people committing anti-social behaviour or any other criminality across the Metro network are asked to report it via 101 or by speaking to a Nexus employee.”</p> <p>The project is the biggest upgrade to the Metro’s CCTV network for 20 years and comes into place ahead of the new train fleet which will also have advanced camera technology on board.</p> <p>Each camera provides staff in the Metro Control Room with sharper, higher resolution images which are less grainy. The project includes 105 new pan, tilt and zoom cameras, which are capable of zooming in even closer when operators need to.</p> <p>The investment in the new CCTV forms part of the ongoing £370m Metro: all change modernisation programme, an on-going Government funded scheme to modernise the Tyne and Wear Metro with new-look stations, refurbished trains, and new infrastructure including tracks, signals and overhead lines.</p> <p>The programme began in 2010 and since then £351m has been invested in new infrastructure.<br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Thu, 06 May 2021 09:36:04 +0000 puntond 49310 at https://www.nexus.org.uk First phase of depot demolition work is completed https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/first-phase-depot-demolition-work-completed <span>First phase of depot demolition work is completed</span> <div><time datetime="2021-05-04T16:00:00Z">Tue, 04/05/2021</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Tue, 04/05/2021</span> <div><p>The first phase of demolition work has been completed at the Tyne and Wear Metro depot, paving the way for foundations of the new £70m train maintenance facility to start going in.</p> <p>The 100 year-old depot, at Gosforth in Newcastle, is being pulled down to make way for a state-of-the-art maintenance base for the new Metro train fleet, which is set to arrive in 2023.</p> <p>Stadler, the Swiss train builder, and its construction partner VolkerFitzpatrick, have completed the partial demolition of the main building and are ready to lay the foundations of the new one.</p> <p>Metro Development Director, Neil Blagburn, said: “Excellent progress has been made getting the site ready for our new £70m Metro fleet depot in Gosforth. </p> <p>“The last few months has seen the partial demolition of the 100 year-old train shed, creating room to get the site ready for the new buildings and infrastructure. Around x  acres of the original depot’s sidings have been removed paving the way for the first foundations to start going in. </p> <p>“The completed project will provide a modern new home for the new Metro train fleet. These are the first steps on a really historic journey that will secure the future of the Tyne and Wear Metro for many generations to come.</p> <p>“Our thanks go to Stadler, VolkerFitzpatrick and Thompsons of Prudhoe for getting this phase of the project off to such a good start. </p> <p>“The old depot buildings will be pulled down in phases over the next two years. We are storing up to a quarter of our current trains at our purpose built satellite depot in Howdon while the depot transformation takes place.”</p> <p>Rob Baxter, managing director at Stadler Rail Service UK, said: “The project to build a new depot has been configured to enable the existing trains to continue successfully operating from it, while construction work takes place. This is a challenge, but I am delighted that the project has maintained momentum despite the pandemic and that so much progress has already been made.”</p> <p>Marcus Dench, VolkerFitzpatrick senior project manager, said: “Our team has made great progress so far, having completed phase one of the demolition works, and we are now ready to start works to install the foundations needed to support the depot’s new roads. We’d like to thank all parties involved, who have worked hard to not only ensure we comply with coronavirus restrictions, but who have also ensured that we keep the  site as sustainable as possible.”</p> <p>Three sections of depot sidings and an area of the main depot building have been successfully removed - part one of a four-part demolition process.</p> <p>Work on the track beds has started and old tracks are being broken up and removed to make room for laying the foundations of the new tracks.</p> <p>The Metro depot project started last year and most of the construction work is set to be completed by 2025.</p> <p>Waste material has been crushed for recycling, and will be used to build a road on the depot site. This means that moving thousands of tonnes of stone by road has been avoided, highlighting Stadler’s green credentials and pledge to keeping its carbon footprint to a minimum. </p> <p>Work will begin this month to build foundations for the new tracks, which will involve boring hollow steel tubes into the ground and filling them with concrete.</p> <p>Foundation work on the main building will be carried out in July, and a second phase of demolition, involving the removal of an old stabling shed to the west of the depot, will take place later this year.</p> <p>The final two stages of demolition will be in 2022 and 2023.</p> <p>The demolition work is being done by Thompson’s of Prudhoe. </p> </div> <section> </section> Tue, 04 May 2021 16:26:40 +0000 puntond 49292 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Knitters use their wool power to mark Metro’s 40th year https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/knitters-use-their-wool-power-mark-metros-40th-year <span>Knitters use their wool power to mark Metro’s 40th year </span> <div><time datetime="2021-04-29T14:00:00Z">Thu, 29/04/2021</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Thu, 29/04/2021</span> <div><p>A community group has joined forces in lockdown to knit a special birthday tribute to the Tyne and Wear Metro. </p> <p>The knitters, from North Tyneside, took up their needles and wool to create a colourful 12ft Metro carriage, piece by piece - celebrating the network’s 40th anniversary.</p> <p>More than 30 volunteers worked on each individual piece, before it was carefully sewn together by local artist Kelly Sheridan. </p> <p>Whitley Bay Big Local’s Community Development worker, Sarah Sutton, directed the Stakeholder Relations Team at Nexus, to the Knit and Natter Group to undertake the project, which has culminated with their woollen wonder going on public display at the art gallery in Tynemouth Metro station.</p> <p>“I knew that our knitters would love this challenge. They love to use their skills to support local efforts,” said Sarah, who set up the Whitley Bay based Knit and Natter group five years ago.</p> <p>Nexus said that the finished work was a wonderful tribute to Metro’s 40 years. It was one of only a few anniversary events to come to fruition due to lockdown.</p> <p>Customer Services Director, Huw Lewis, said: “This is a fantastic community project that celebrates Metro’s 40th year in a really fun and creative way. </p> <p>“Metro is part of  everyday life in the communities that it serves, so it’s great to see a local group coming together to showcase their talents, despite all of the challenges posed by lockdown. It stemmed from an idea from one of our Stakeholder Relations Officer’s who heard about Knit and Natter and thought it would be great if the group could work together to knit a train.</p> <p>“Our iconic Metro train has been so carefully recreated in wool by a group of knitters who have  had to rely on meeting up over Zoom calls during the pandemic. My congratulations go to everyone involved in producing such a wonderful tribute to Metro’s proud heritage.</p> <p>“It’s fitting that we have been able to display the finished knit in the gallery at Tynemouth station for people to be able to see it for themselves as they pass through.”</p> <p>The Knit and Natter group, who have been meeting up on Zoom during lockdown, were determined to make the project a success after they were approached by Nexus.</p> <p>But it was going to be a huge undertaking so they enlisted the help of Barbara Lowe, a local knitting expert and owner of Ring-a-Rosie wool and crafts shop in Whitley Bay to create the pattern, order in the wool, and co-ordinate  the allocation of packs to local knitters.</p> <p>Over 30 local people collected packs to take home to create one of the many panels that would be joined to create the knitted Metro, complete with is iconic colour schemes from the down the years.</p> <p>Local Artist Kelly Sheridan came into to pull the project together as part of Whitley Bay Big Local’s Creative Civic Change project. Kelly joined all of the panels together, backing them on felt and creating the lettering using a range of needlework techniques. Wendy Helps, another Whitley Bay Artist working with the Creative Civic Change project was drafted in to install the Metro and additional adornments in the station for the launch.</p> <p>Kelly said: “One of the great things about this project is the community effort that went into it. Each panel is slightly different, showing the individuality of each knitter. Some contributors knitted, crocheted or French knitted meters and meters of black piping which became the rubber seals around the doors and windows.</p> <p>“It’s been a great effort, bringing local people together in a creative way during lockdown.”<br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Thu, 29 Apr 2021 14:45:52 +0000 puntond 49262 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Watch: Metro staff welcome customers back in new campaign video as lockdown eases https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/watch-metro-staff-welcome-customers-back-new-campaign-video-lockdown-eases <span>Watch: Metro staff welcome customers back in new campaign video as lockdown eases</span> <div><time datetime="2021-04-26T12:00:00Z">Mon, 26/04/2021</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Mon, 26/04/2021</span> <div><p>Metro workers are starring in a new campaign video to welcome customers back as lockdown eases.</p> <p>The slick two-minute video – launched on Tyne and Wear Metro’s social media channels today – features customer service staff welcoming people back to the network.</p> <p>They explain the range of covid-secure measures which have been put in place on Metro as it looks to build back from the pandemic and restore customer confidence. </p> <p>These include signage and queueing systems, extra deep cleaning on a daily basis with disinfectant, the use of a specialist anti-microbial spray to protect high touch surfaces for 28 days, UV light sanitisers on escalator handrails, and hand sanitiser points at key locations.</p> <p>There are new contactless ways to pay for tickets and car parking, and a new app allows people to see how busy the trains are.</p> <p>Customer Services Director, Huw Lewis, said: “Metro is covid-secure and is there when people need to use it as lockdown eases.</p> <p>“Our frontline customer service teams have done a brilliant job, so we wanted them to be at the forefront of our new campaign video  welcoming customers back to the network.</p> <p>“The Government message is to minimise travel, where possible, but if you do need to use Metro then you can be assured that we have a fully covid-secure and compliant systems in place.</p> <p>“Customers must continue to wear a face covering when travelling, unless exempt, and should continue to follow floor and wall markings in order to maintain social distancing. Travel outside of peak periods where possible.”</p> <p>The Government’s instruction to only travel if a journey is essential has now ended, and people are now advised to minimise the number of journeys that they make, where this is possible.</p> <p>Nexus put a new Metro timetable into operation from 11 April, with more trains providing more frequent services for customers following the completion of driver training that was held up by lockdown. </p> <p>It means trains are running every six minutes through the centres of Newcastle and Gateshead and every 12 minutes system-wide on weekdays.</p> <p>The pattern of additional peak time services has returned. Between Pelaw and Regent Centre/Monkseaton customers can board a train every three to six minutes in the morning and evening rush hours.</p> <p>Find out more about covid-secure measures at <a href="https://www.nexus.org.uk/covid-secure">www.nexus.org.uk/covid-secure </a></p> </div> <section> </section> Mon, 26 Apr 2021 13:07:57 +0000 puntond 49224 at https://www.nexus.org.uk The Shields Ferry returns to a full timetable as lockdown eases https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/shields-ferry-returns-full-timetable-lockdown-eases <span>The Shields Ferry returns to a full timetable as lockdown eases</span> <div><time datetime="2021-04-13T09:00:00Z">Tue, 13/04/2021</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Tue, 13/04/2021</span> <div><p>The Shields Ferry is to return to a full timetable following the latest stage in the Government’s easing of lockdown.</p> <p>Nexus, the public body which owns and operates the cross-Tyne service, will restore services after 6.30pm on weekdays and on Saturdays from Sunday, April 18.</p> <p>The last crossing of the day from North Shields will be at 8pm Monday to Wednesday, and 10.50pm Thursday to Saturday.</p> <p>Customer Services Director at Nexus, Huw Lewis, said: “I’m pleased to confirm that the Shields Ferry timetable will return to normal from Sunday, 18 April.</p> <p>“The crossings after 6.30pm return on weekdays and on Saturdays, creating more room for social distancing as we move through the next phase of the Government’s route of lockdown.</p> <p>“The decision to reduce the service in November last year was kept under review, and now that the country has moved to the next stage of restrictions easing the time was right to run more services.</p> <p>“Customers are still advised to minimise travel, follow social distancing rules and good hand hygiene, and wear a face covering on board at all times unless exempt.”</p> <p>Ferry passenger numbers have been significantly reduced due to Covid-19 restrictions, but the re-opening of non-essential retail and outdoor hospitality was the right moment to return to normal services, said Nexus.</p> <p>The Government’s instruction to only travel if a journey is essential has now ended, and people are now advised to minimise the number of journeys that they make, where this is possible.</p> <p>The ferry timetable on Sundays is not changing and services will continue to end at 6pm.</p> <p>Full information can be found at <a href="https://www.nexus.org.uk/ferry">www.nexus.org.uk/ferry </a><br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Tue, 13 Apr 2021 10:28:26 +0000 puntond 49119 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Artists display their work on Metro as part of a new exhibition at BALTIC https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/artists-display-their-work-metro-part-new-exhibition-baltic <span>Artists display their work on Metro as part of a new exhibition at BALTIC</span> <div><time datetime="2021-04-07T09:00:00Z">Wed, 07/04/2021</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Wed, 07/04/2021</span> <div><p>A series of eye-catching artworks have gone on display on the Tyne and Wear Metro, showcasing a new exhibition at <a href="https://baltic.art/whats-on/exhibitions/3d-virtual-tour-baltic-open-submission">BALTIC</a> which is set to open in May when lockdown measures ease.</p> <p>In an exciting partnership with Metro operator, Nexus, work by 13 different artists are on display at Metro Station platforms at Bede, Cullercoats, Hebburn, Wallsend, West Jesmond, and at Gateshead Interchange. They will remain in place right through the summer.</p> <p>These works are a taster of 158 works that form part of BALTIC’s forthcoming exhibition, BALTIC Open Submission, that is ready to be seen as soon as BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, in Gateshead, re-opens.</p> <p>BALTIC is looking forward to sharing this exhibition with the public when it re-opens from Wednesday 19 May, under the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown.</p> <p>Huw Lewis, Customer Services Director at Nexus, said: “We’re really proud to link up with BALTIC to showcase this amazing new art project on Metro. </p> <p>“These displays on our stations and on our trains are a teaser of what people can expect from the exhibition when it opens in May when BALTIC is able to re-open on May 19.</p> <p>“As more passengers start to return to Metro so more and more will be able to see these art works every single day.</p> <p>“Metro has an extensive art on transport programme down the years, with a wide and varied range of works displayed in permanent and temporary installations. I’m really pleased we have been able to carry that on through this project as we start to emerge from lockdown.” </p> <p>Sarah Munro, BALTIC Director, said: “Placing these artworks out into NewcastleGateshead brings with it a great sense of pride we can share the talent and creativity of the region. We can't wait to share this exhibition with the public when BALTIC Gateshead re-open in May. Right now people can see a selection of these wonderful works on buses, on digital billboards and in Metro station platforms and a flag flying from BALTIC.<br />  <br /> “Collaborating with Nexus has enabled BALTIC to really amplify the reach of these artworks. Work by 13 different artists will be seen across the Bede, Hebburn, Wallsend, Cullercoats and West Jesmond Metro station platforms across the summer right into early autumn.”</p> <p>“We also ensured we placed artworks in Birtley to inspire and reach the local communities from Birtley that we regularly connect with throughout the year providing activity packs and food parcels in each school half terms when holiday hunger becomes a real issue for those in receipt of free school meals”</p> <p>Each year, BALTIC usually welcomes 450,000 visitors but has had to remain closed since early November with the ongoing lockdown. Last summer BALTIC put out a call for artists of all types and ability to submit works for an Open Submission exhibition. From 500 entries, 158 works were selected for a group show celebrating the art made by the people of the region. The works are by artists who have been making throughout their lifetime, to those just beginning; those who have studied fine art, to self-taught creatives. </p> <p>In the meantime BALTIC is taking a selection of reproductions of these striking artworks out into the streets and outdoor areas in NewcastleGateshead to be seen on everyday routes, daily commutes and local walks from Monday 29 March onwards. Forty-three different artworks will be seen across various locations including Metro train windows, rears of buses, Bus stop shelters in Birtley and digital billboard screens on the approach to the Tyne Bridge and in Newcastle city centre.</p> <p>For those who are able to get online, all 158 artworks can also be seen in BALTIC’s 3D virtual tour of the full exhibition, available at <a href="https://baltic.art/whats-on/exhibitions/3d-virtual-tour-baltic-open-submission">www.baltic.art/openout</a></p> </div> <section> </section> Wed, 07 Apr 2021 09:33:52 +0000 puntond 49063 at https://www.nexus.org.uk ITV documentary about Metro is to be screened again on national television https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/itv-documentary-about-metro-be-screened-again-national-television <span>ITV documentary about Metro is to be screened again on national television</span> <div><time datetime="2021-04-06T09:00:00Z">Tue, 06/04/2021</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Tue, 06/04/2021</span> <div><p>An ITV documentary which takes a look at everyday life on the Tyne and Wear Metro is to be screened again on national television.</p> <p>Metro: A Rail Life Story is a four-part documentary series which gives a unique insight into day to day operations on the Metro system as it gears up to celebrate its 40th anniversary – prior to the Covid-19 pandemic.</p> <p>The programme, filmed in 2019 and first shown in early 2020, is getting a rerun on ITV1 over the next four weeks. Episode one is on tonight, Tuesday 6 April, at 11.40pm.</p> <p>Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, gave unprecedented access to film crews over the busy summer of 2019.</p> <p>Customer Services Director at Nexus, Huw Lewis, said: “We’re delighted that the ITV documentary about Metro is to be screened again on national television.</p> <p>“It was a huge honour for us to be part of this programme in Metro’s 40th anniversary year. It affords viewers the chance to see some of the challenges that we face to keep the Metro service operating for its passengers.</p> <p>“The filming took place before Covid-19 had ever happened, so it’s a snapshot of what our lives were like before lockdown and social distancing.</p> <p>“Metro remains part of everyday life and has become a regional icon over the last four decades. It is a service that belongs to the people, which is why we were keen to share these amazing stories about our passengers and our staff.</p> <p>“I hope everyone enjoys watching the series just as much as they did the first time that it was aired.”</p> <p>The first episode features thousands of people using Metro to get the Spice Girls concert at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light.</p> <p>The ITV series showed Metro staff dealing with day-to-day issues including fare evasion, customer services, infrastructure maintenance and managing its ageing fleet of trains.</p> <p>Major events were also a big part of the series. This included thousands of people using Metro to get to the Spice Girls concert in Sunderland, and the 2019 Great North Run, Metro’s busiest day of the year.</p> <p>The series for ITV was the first commission for Leeds based production company Wise Owl Films, a Lime Pictures company that launched in 2018.<br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Tue, 06 Apr 2021 10:50:42 +0000 puntond 49041 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Extra police patrols on Metro as part of Operation Coastwatch https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/extra-police-patrols-metro-part-operation-coastwatch <span>Extra police patrols on Metro as part of Operation Coastwatch</span> <div><time datetime="2021-03-30T11:00:00Z">Tue, 30/03/2021</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Tue, 30/03/2021</span> <div><p>Extra police patrols are taking place on Metro during the busy spring and summer season, where beaches and beauty spots are likely to attract more visitors as lockdown measures start to ease. </p> <p>Operation Coastwatch – an annual initiative that creates a holistic approach to tackling disorder and anti-social behaviour along our award-winning coastline - is back for 2021, earlier than ever before.</p> <p>The operation will see an increase in officers patrolling alongside Nexus staff on the Metro network, and Council wardens to tackle any anti-social behaviour and ensure local residents aren’t disturbed.</p> <p>The annual initiative encourages communities to enjoy their light nights safely and responsibly and be respectful of residents and our beautiful beaches.</p> <p>North Tyneside Neighbourhood Inspector Nicola Seymour said: “Op Coastwatch is an annual operation that normally focusses on the Easter holidays and summer months.</p> <p>“But with Covid-19 restrictions in place and many popular places to visit due to remain closed for some time, our beaches have been busier than usual and we think it’s imperative to launch the Operation early.”</p> <p>Activity will include extra patrols, preventative work at Metros to disrupt and stop any disorder before it reaches communities and beach wardens to monitor coastal activity.</p> <p>Officers will also be gathering cross-agency intelligence on anyone found to be taking part in criminality or disorder as well as carrying out modified CCTV plans to best utilise resources and capture disorder for prosecution.</p> <p>Inspector Seymour added: “A lot of planning goes into these types of initiatives and that doesn’t stop once the annual initiative launches, going forward every weeks’ efforts will be tailored, factoring in warm weather, Bank Holidays and summer trends.</p> <p>“We know that local residents and businesses have concerns around anti-social behaviour and disorder and we want to reassure them that we, along with our partners, are here to continue to support and protect communities.”</p> <p>Customer Services Director at Nexus, Huw Lewis, said: “Our frontline customer support teams on Metro have a key role to play in supporting the police on the latest Operation Coastwatch.</p> <p>“The aim is to provide that reassuring presence for people who do need to travel and to deal with any issues of anti-social behaviour, fare evasion and non-compliance with the face covering rule.</p> <p>“More people will start travelling as Covid-19 restrictions start to ease, but for now the Government’s message is that you should minimise the number of journeys that you make. </p> <p>“Nexus invests £1m a year on policing on the Tyne and Wear Metro system and through excellent joint working with the Northumbria Force we work hard to ensure the system is safe and secure.</p> <p>“Customers are assured that this work will continue as we emerge from the lockdown and build back to normality after the pandemic.”</p> </div> <section> </section> Tue, 30 Mar 2021 12:33:42 +0000 puntond 48857 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Covid: Metro will return to a full timetable from Sunday 11 April https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/covid-metro-will-return-full-timetable-sunday-11-april <span>Covid: Metro will return to a full timetable from Sunday 11 April </span> <div><time datetime="2021-03-29T09:00:00Z">Mon, 29/03/2021</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Mon, 29/03/2021</span> <div><p>The Tyne and Wear Metro is to restore a <a href="https://www.nexus.org.uk/metro/timetables-stations">full timetable</a>, with more trains providing more frequent services for customers following the completion of driver training that was held up by lockdown. </p> <p>Nexus, the public body which own and manages Metro, confirmed the new timetable will start from Sunday 11 April now that 30 new drivers have passed the course and have officially started work. </p> <p>It means that trains will run every six minutes through the centres of Newcastle and Gateshead and every 12 minutes system-wide on weekdays. The pattern of additional peak time services will return. Between Pelaw and Regent Centre/Monkseaton customers will be able to board a train every three to six minutes in the morning and evening rush hours.</p> <p><a href="https://www.nexus.org.uk/metro/timetables-stations">Click here to check the new Metro timetables.</a></p> <p>It coincides with the scheduled re-opening on non-essential retail - a key milestone on the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown.</p> <p>The Government’s instruction to only travel if a journey is essential has now ended, and people are now advised to minimise the number of journeys that they make, where this is possible.</p> <p>Chief Operating Officer at Nexus, Martin Kearney, said: “Metro’s timetable will go back to its full level of service from April 11. There will be more frequent services for people who need to travel, creating more space for social distancing as we gradually emerge from lockdown. </p> <p>“This is great news for our customers and I’d like to thank them for their patience over the winter while we operated a slightly reduced level of service on Metro.</p> <p>“The issue was caused by the impact of lockdown on our ability to train a record intake of new Metro drivers. The assessment centres we needed to use for the aptitude tests were all closed.</p> <p>“That situation has gradually eased off and I’m pleased to see all of the new trainees have passed the course and our now on our roster. We have expanded our driver training school and two more groups are currently undertaking the training course.”</p> <p>Nexus implemented the reduced winter timetable on 29 November last year. </p> <p>This was because training across the UK rail industry was unable to take place during the first lockdown because national assessment centres that put candidates through the mandatory aptitude tests had to be closed.</p> <p>It impacted on the availability of Metro train crews, </p> <p>But 30 new driver recruits who started in September have now successfully gone through the six-month driver training school – which was the largest single intake since Metro began in 1980.</p> <p>Nexus doubled its annual driver trainee intake in September 2019 from 24 to 48. This allows for six training schools to run per year.</p> <p>This new training programme was being fulfilled up until the UK was locked down in March due to the coronavirus outbreak – which is why trainee intakes were enhanced again to catch up.<br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Mon, 29 Mar 2021 10:01:00 +0000 puntond 48846 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Covid: New Government travel guidance starts from Monday 29 March https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/covid-new-government-travel-guidance-starts-monday-29-march <span>Covid: New Government travel guidance starts from Monday 29 March </span> <div><time datetime="2021-03-25T13:00:00Z">Thu, 25/03/2021</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Thu, 25/03/2021</span> <div><p>New guidelines for public transport users come into effect from today, Monday March 29, as part of the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown.</p> <p>The Government’s instruction to stay at home and only travel if a journey is essential has ended, and people are being advised to minimise the number of journeys that they make on all modes of public transport.</p> <p>Severe restrictions on travel and activities have been in place across the UK since the country went into a third national lockdown in early January. </p> <p>Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, said that its network was fully covid-secure and safe to use. </p> <p>Customer Services Director, Huw Lewis, said: “A fully covid-secure transport system is in place for when people need to use it. Passengers can have the confidence to make safe journeys on local bus, Metro and rail services.</p> <p>“The legal requirement to stay at home ended from Monday 29 March, but the Government is still asking people to minimise travel wherever this is possible.</p> <p>“This is the latest step on the roadmap out of lockdown and we expect to see passenger numbers rise as measures ease further over the coming weeks and months.</p> <p>“On Metro we have put in place a range of covid-secure features as we look to build back from the pandemic.   </p> <p>“These measures include signage and queueing systems, extra deep cleaning on a daily basis with disinfectant, the use of a specialist anti-microbial spray to protect high touch surfaces for 28 days, UV light sanitisers on escalators, and hand sanitiser points at key locations.</p> <p>“People must continue to wear a face covering when travelling, unless exempt, and should continue to follow floor and wall markings in order to maintain social distancing. Travel outside of peak periods where possible.”<br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Thu, 25 Mar 2021 14:14:35 +0000 puntond 48824 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Metro secures a further £8m of financial support from the Government https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/metro-secures-further-ps8m-financial-support-government <span>Metro secures a further £8m of financial support from the Government </span> <div><time datetime="2021-03-20T00:00:01Z">Sat, 20/03/2021</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Fri, 19/03/2021</span> <div><p>The Tyne and Wear Metro has secured £8m of further financial support from the Government to sustain its essential services for the next 11 weeks while Covid-19 restrictions ease gradually.</p> <p>The Department for Transport (DfT) confirmed the latest round of emergency covid funding today, Saturday 20 March. The money will be used to cover Metro’s running costs and replaces fare and commercial revenue losses incurred as a result of the pandemic.</p> <p>Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, said the money was vital at a time when customer numbers are 30% of normal and are expected to recover further as lockdown eases.</p> <p>This latest announcement means that since March 2020 the Government has allocated a total of £47m of cash support for Metro.</p> <p>Director of Finance and Resources at Nexus, John Fenwick, said: “This extra financial support is vital so that we can continue providing Metro services while the country starts to emerge from lockdown and we look to welcome more of our customers back to the network.</p> <p>“Metro ridership and fare revenue remain way below where they would have been, so we are pleased that the Government has made available a further £8m of funding for the next three months.</p> <p>“The money that we have been allocated will replace fare and commercial revenue losses and go towards meeting our operating costs, ensuring that a key local transport network is being sustained while it continues to face the biggest challenge in its 40 year history.</p> <p>Cllr Martin Gannon, Chair of the North East Joint Transport Committee, said: “I  welcome this funding to keep the Tyne and Wear Metro operating, but I would like further talks with government in relation to the longer term picture.</p> <p>“It is going to take months, maybe even years, for public transport to recover from the effects of the pandemic on ridership. We need the Government to commit its support throughout that recovery period.”</p> <p>Nexus has put a range of measures in place to ensure that the Metro system is covid-secure.</p> <p>Measures include new signage and queueing systems, extra deep cleaning, UV light sanitisers on 36 escalators and hand sanitiser points at key locations.</p> <p>People must wear a face covering when travelling, unless exempt, and should continue to follow floor and wall markings in order to maintain social distancing. <br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Fri, 19 Mar 2021 23:54:54 +0000 puntond 48793 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Shields Ferry service to resume https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/shields-ferry-service-resume <span>Shields Ferry service to resume</span> <div><time datetime="2021-03-19T09:09:09Z">Fri, 19/03/2021</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Fri, 19/03/2021</span> <div><p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="font-size:11.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">The Shields Ferry service will resume from Sunday 21 March 2021 with the first timetabled sailing from South Shields to North Shields at 10.15am.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="font-size:11.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:#292929">Nexus, the public body which owns operates the cross-Tyne service, halted the service in February as a safety precaution to allow further repairs to be completed on the north landing. </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="font-size:11.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">Welding repairs to the connections on the linkspan bridge at the North Shields landing have now been completed and the service can resume.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="font-size:11.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">Due to <span style="color:#292929">local and national restrictions, the reduced </span>timetable is still in place until further notice, and can be found here: <a href="http://www.nexus.org.uk/ferry/timetable" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">www.nexus.org.uk/ferry/timetable</a> </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="font-size:11.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:#292929">Passengers are advised to keep any eye on our live updates</span></span></span><span style="font-size:11.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:#292929"> and the ferry’s Facebook page </span><a href="https://www.facebook.com/theshieldsferry" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank"><span style="border:none windowtext 1.0pt; color:#217abf; padding:0cm">https://www.facebook.com/theshieldsferry/ </span></a></span></span></span></span></p> </div> <section> </section> Fri, 19 Mar 2021 10:08:00 +0000 puntond 48393 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Multi-billion pound North East Transport Plan approved https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/multi-billion-pound-north-east-transport-plan-approved <span>Multi-billion pound North East Transport Plan approved</span> <div><time datetime="2021-03-16T14:00:00Z">Tue, 16/03/2021</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Tue, 16/03/2021</span> <div><p>The North East Joint Transport Committee (JTC) has formally approved the North East Transport Plan, setting out a £6.8bn plan to revitalise regional transport, delivering a green transport revolution for the North East. <br />  <br /> Today, Tuesday 16 March, the Committee has signed off the ambitious plan, setting out the region-wide action plan for strategic transport investment up to 2035.<br />  <br /> The North East Transport Plan outlines transport policy and objectives for the area alongside a live programme of 243 schemes across public transport, active travel, rail, road and more. <br />  <br /> Schemes include new bus and Metro stations, electric vehicle charging infrastructure, enhancing cycling and walking provision across the region, the reopening of the Leamside Line in full and more.<br />  <br /> Cllr Martin Gannon, Chair of the North East Joint Transport Committee, said: “This is a monumental achievement for the region, we have worked together to coordinate a unified plan which will be game-changing for the people of the North East. <br />  <br /> “Creating a more efficient, green transport network will stimulate significant growth in the local economy, generating more high-quality jobs which will give people in the North East a better quality of life. With this plan we’re showing our carbon-neutral objectives, driving sustainable transport options which will improve our environment, and indeed public health and well-being, as people adopt greener ways to travel, such as by public transport or by walking or cycling. <br />  <br /> “We want to deliver the whole programme we have outlined here which is achievable, but we need Government to provide funding needed to make these plans a reality. I am proud that the North East Joint Transport Committee has now delivered this impactful strategy for the region and I am sure it is the start of more exciting things to come for us all.”<br />  <br /> For more information visit <a href="https://www.transportnortheast.gov.uk/transportplan/">www.transportnortheast.gov.uk/transportplan</a></p> </div> <section> </section> Tue, 16 Mar 2021 22:35:46 +0000 puntond 48763 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Demolition work gets underway on the Tyne and Wear Metro’s train depot https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/demolition-work-gets-underway-tyne-and-wear-metros-train-depot <span>Demolition work gets underway on the Tyne and Wear Metro’s train depot </span> <div><time datetime="2021-03-12T10:00:00Z">Fri, 12/03/2021</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Fri, 12/03/2021</span> <div><p>There was an historic moment for the Tyne and Wear Metro this week as work started on the demolition of its 100 year-old depot, paving the way for a £70m new modern facility on the same site – home to the new Metro train fleet.</p> <p>Crews began the task of pulling down the South East side of the Gosforth depot in Newcastle on Monday, March 8. Excavators are being used to dismantle the roof and ageing brickwork. The work remains ongoing and it will create the space that is needed for a new depot building.</p> <p>It is expected to take another two and a half years for the new Metro depot to be fully transformed. The new depot, a maintenance base for Metro’s new trains, will be a state of the art and environmentally friendly facility.</p> <p>Nexus, the public body which own and manages Metro, will transition between the old depot and the new depot in phases by 2024.</p> <p>Stadler, the Swiss train builder, is delivering the new Metro train fleet on behalf of Nexus, and has appointed VolkerFitzpatrick to build the depot. Stadler took over maintenance of the old fleet in October last year and will look after the new trains for 35 years.</p> <p>Metro Development Director, Neil Blagburn, said: “The start of the demolition work at Gosforth depot is the first major stage in the works that will transform our fleet maintenance facilities for generations to come.</p> <p>“The current depot has stood there for 100 years and has been the home for Metro since the late 1970s. It’s a very old building that is long past its best and while we’re sad in some respects to see it go, it is essential that we take the opportunity to construct a new state of the art depot for our new trains. It will allow the train maintainer to introduce the very latest maintenance practices which will benefit our customers for years to come.</p> <p>“The depot transformation is already well underway and will continue over the next two and a half years with the old buildings disappearing in phases. We are storing up to a quarter of our trains at our satellite depot in Howdon throughout this process.”</p> <p>Stadler is building a total of 42 new Metro trains for Nexus, which will be delivered up to 2024. They will be responsible for servicing and maintaining these trains for 35 years, underscoring their commitment to the regional economy.</p> <p>The new trains, which will be 15 times more reliable and will cut energy consumption by 30%, will have modern features including charging points, air conditioning and a step-change in accessibility.</p> <p>Among the new features will be an automatic sliding step at every door of the new trains, making travel easier for Metro’s 50,000 wheelchair passengers as well as people with children’s buggies, luggage or bicycles.</p> <p>People can get all the latest updates on the project by downloading the VolkerFitzpatrick app. The app is available to download for both Android and Apple devices. To download the app, simply scan the QR code or search ‘Gosforth Depot’ in Google Play for Android devices, or the App Store for Apple devices.</p> <p>The demolition of Gosforth Metro depot is being carried out by Thompsons of Prudhoe. <br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Fri, 12 Mar 2021 11:10:22 +0000 puntond 48745 at https://www.nexus.org.uk International Women's Day https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/international-womens-day <span>International Women&#039;s Day </span> <div><time datetime="2021-03-08T19:19:19Z">Mon, 08/03/2021</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/heathcotej" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">heathcotej</span></span> <span>Mon, 08/03/2021</span> <div><p>Nexus are committed to equality and diversity, including increasing the number of women working for us. </p> <p>International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.</p> <p>Significant activity is witnessed worldwide as groups come together to celebrate women's achievements or rally for women's equality. It is marked annually on March 8th. </p> <p>The theme for International Women's Day 2021 is we <a data-attribute-index="1" href="https://www.linkedin.com/feed/hashtag/?keywords=choosetochallenge&amp;highlightedUpdateUrns=urn%3Ali%3Aactivity%3A6774722778881949696">#choosetochallenge</a>.</p> <p>At Nexus we're committed to creating an organisation which reflects the communities we serve. We'll challenge biases and behaviours, question stereotypes and help create a more inclusive world. Our employees have pledged to join us in challenging and calling out gender bias and inequality, question stereotypes and encourage inclusivity.</p> <p>We also want more women to work for us, and today we launched a film featuring our women employees in a range of roles across our business, as we aim to attract more women to apply for our vacancies and work for us. </p> </div> <section> </section> Mon, 08 Mar 2021 19:19:31 +0000 heathcotej 48715 at https://www.nexus.org.uk North East’s first region-wide Transport Plan begins to deliver its game-changing programme https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/north-easts-first-region-wide-transport-plan-begins-deliver-its-game-changing-programme <span>North East’s first region-wide Transport Plan begins to deliver its game-changing programme</span> <div><time datetime="2021-03-08T09:00:00Z">Mon, 08/03/2021</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Mon, 08/03/2021</span> <div><p>Transport leaders are set to agree the region’s first Transport Plan which will bring to life a number of positive developments for travellers in the North East, including work to reopen the Leamside Line, investment in electric vehicle charging, a local bus partnership, smart ticketing and more. </p> <p>The North East Transport Plan is subject to approval by the North East Joint Transport Committee (JTC) at its upcoming meeting on 16 March.</p> <p>Once adopted, it will become the region-wide action plan for strategic transport investment up to 2035. It includes a live programme of 243 schemes which equate to at least £6.8bn of regional transport investment. </p> <p>Chair of the North East Joint Transport Committee, Cllr Martin Gannon, said: “I am thrilled that we are now in a position to adopt our region’s first Transport Plan, setting out a green transport revolution for the North East up to 2035. This shows what we can do when we work together as a region.</p> <p>"I would like to thank all of the councils in the area, our partners in the business community, transport operators, community representatives, and the public for their involvement in this remarkable achievement. </p> <p>“Having set out the Transport Plan, we are already getting to work on delivering some of the game-changing solutions it describes so that we can bring about major change for the people of the North East, helping us to thrive economically, achieve our climate change targets, and improve public health. </p> <p>“But we cannot deliver many of the larger ambitions in the Plan without funding. The North East needs better transport infrastructure and so I urge the Government to play its part – this is a transformative plan but it can only be delivered in full if our region can access its fair share of funding.”</p> <p>As the Joint Transport Committee begins to deliver its ambitious programme, major developments and investments are already set to become a reality including:</p> <p>•    Multi-operator smartcard ticketing via Network One, available throughout the area to improve integration between different bus companies, Tyne and Wear Metro, the Shields Ferry, and local rail services;</p> <p>•    A boost to the region’s electric vehicle charging infrastructure with the introduction of seven new public charge point “clusters” around the region, thanks to funding from the Local Growth Fund;</p> <p>•    A high visibility promotional campaign to run this summer, encouraging the public to get out and about using active travel and support local staycations and businesses as the region looks to recover from the impact of the pandemic;</p> <p>•    A multi-agency board tasked with rapidly developing a business case to reopen the disused Leamside Line to passenger and freight trains, bringing together all of the parties who have a role in the reopening; and</p> <p>•    A partnership approach to working with local bus companies (through NEbus, their local association) to help bus services recover from the devastating financial effects of the pandemic, and to make bus journeys faster, greener and more attractive. </p> <p>Cllr Gannon added: “The decisions that the Joint Transport Committee is taking this week show that the Transport Plan is far more than simply ideas on paper – it outlines our region’s united commitment to carbon neutral transport, our bold vision and our sheer determination to deliver the best possible transport network for the people of the North East.  </p> <p>“The region will immediately see the Transport Plan come to life in tangible ways which benefit us all. New electric vehicle charging infrastructure, funded by the Local Growth Fund, will help even more people make the switch to cleaner electric vehicles, active travel promotions will encourage people to walk and cycle this summer and positive steps towards a bus partnership will provide a better service for local passengers and shape bus recovery after the difficulties we have faced as a result of Covid-19.</p> <p>"In addition, smart ticketing improvements will ensure that people across the North East now have convenient smartcard ticketing options for public transport via Network One - shortly to be extended to include Durham and Northumberland, - and of course, we are working hard to reopen the Leamside Line in full with our strategic partners. </p> <p>“It’s an exciting time for the North East and considering we are right at the start of the Transport Plan programme, there’s a lot more to come and we want to work with the Government to make a real difference.”</p> <p>Over the next 12 months, a number of schemes will begin to be delivered including Active Travel Fund investments and Transforming Cities Fund projects. </p> <p>The North East Transport Plan was subject to an 8-week public consultation and has garnered support from regional authorities and the business community, along with thousands of individuals and community organisations across the North East. </p> <p>For more information visit <a href="https://www.transportnortheast.gov.uk/transportplan/">www.transportnortheast.gov.uk/transportplan</a> <br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Mon, 08 Mar 2021 18:21:33 +0000 puntond 48714 at https://www.nexus.org.uk UV light sanitises Metro's escalators in its latest covid secure measure https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/uv-light-sanitises-metros-escalators-its-latest-covid-secure-measure <span>UV light sanitises Metro&#039;s escalators in its latest covid secure measure</span> <div><time datetime="2021-03-05T10:00:00Z">Fri, 05/03/2021</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Fri, 05/03/2021</span> <div><p>A new device that uses ultraviolet light to sanitise escalator handrails has been installed on the Tyne and Wear Metro as part of its range of <a href="https://www.nexus.org.uk/covid-secure">covid-secure</a> measures.</p> <p>Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, has fitted the UV equipment on 31 escalators on the network.</p> <p>The UV light kills germs and is a safe and effective method of protecting high touch surfaces from coronavirus.</p> <p>It is the latest in a range of measures to ensure that Metro is covid-secure for its customers who need to make essential journeys. </p> <p>Customer Services Director at Nexus, Huw Lewis, said: “The UV technology is a safe and effective method of keeping our escalators sanitised.</p> <p>“It’s vital because the handrails are some of the most high-touch surfaces on our network.</p> <p>“We already have a rigorous cleaning regime across all of our stations and trains, but are committed to doing everything we can to ensure that the transport network is clean and Covid-secure.</p> <p>“Each device will continuously clean 31 escalators on Metro system. The device uses electricity from the escalator to power LED UV lights, which continuously sanitise the surface of the handrails whilst the escalator is in motion. </p> <p>“The installation of these new devices, along with the provision of hand sanitiser points across the network, along with a range of other measures, will help us to carry on rebuilding customer confidence as we look to build back from the impact of the pandemic. </p> <p>“We are already using hospital grade disinfectant on all surfaces which kill viruses immediately and protect those surfaces for 30 days, and we are replenishing that on a cycle.</p> <p>“Customers should continue to follow all the rules regarding good hand hygiene and social distancing at all times. Face coverings remain mandatory on all modes of public transport unless exempt.”</p> <p>Each device uses type ‘C’ UV light to kill germs on the surface of the handrail.</p> <p>The technology has already been rolled out across the London Underground by Transport for London.</p> <p>A range of extensive measures are already in place to provide a covid-secure experience on Metro.</p> <p>This includes additional cleaning and anti-microbial treatments, contactless and smart payment, guidance to help people maintain social distancing throughout their journey, hand sanitiser points at busy stations and interchanges, and apps to help you see when buses and trains are busy.</p> <p><a href="https://www.nexus.org.uk/covid-secure">Find out more about covid secure measures on Metro.</a><br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Fri, 05 Mar 2021 11:15:08 +0000 puntond 48692 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Stadler wins a prestigious rail industry award https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/stadler-wins-prestigious-rail-industry-award <span>Stadler wins a prestigious rail industry award </span> <div><time datetime="2021-03-04T10:00:00Z">Thu, 04/03/2021</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Thu, 04/03/2021</span> <div><p>The company that is building new trains for the Tyne and Wear Metro has scooped a prestigious rail industry award.</p> <p>Stadler, the Swiss train builder, has won Rail Business of the Year at the annual Rail Business Awards, which were held remotely due to Covid-19 restrictions. </p> <p>The judges said they had put in a great performance across the board and put in a strong showing since entering the UK market.</p> <p>Stadler won the contract to design, build and maintain 42 new trains for Metro in January last year, and work on the fleet is set to start this summer.</p> <p>Rob Baxter, managing director for Stadler Rail Service UK, said: “We have made a concerted effort over the last few years to gain ground in the UK and Ireland. These markets have exciting and vibrant rail industries, and Stadler is keen to do business in them.</p> <p>“The recognition by the judges of our hard work and efforts is very pleasing and we are honoured to continue delivering safe, high quality and technologically-advanced rolling stock to the UK and Ireland.”</p> <p>Stadler is building a total of 42 new Metro trains for Nexus, which will be delivered up to 2024. They will be responsible for servicing and maintaining these trains for 35 years, underscoring their commitment to the regional economy.</p> <p>The new trains, which will be 15 times more reliable and will cut energy consumption by 30%, will have modern features including charging points, air conditioning and a step-change in accessibility.</p> <p>Among the new features will be an automatic sliding step at every door of the new trains, making travel easier for Metro’s 50,000 wheelchair passengers as well as people with children’s buggies, luggage or bicycles.</p> <p>Find out more about the new Tyne and Wear Metro fleet at <a href="https://www.nexus.org.uk/newmetrotrains">https://www.nexus.org.uk/newmetrotrains</a><br />  </p> <p>  </p> </div> <section> </section> Thu, 04 Mar 2021 11:23:38 +0000 puntond 48673 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Families are advised plan school travel in advance https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/families-are-advised-plan-school-travel-advance <span>Families are advised plan school travel in advance </span> <div><time datetime="2021-03-03T10:00:00Z">Wed, 03/03/2021</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Wed, 03/03/2021</span> <div><p>Families are being urged to plan their travel in advance for children who are returning to school next week.</p> <p>Bus companies and Nexus will provide extra buses to get pupils to and from schools across Tyne and Wear when they start to gradually re-open from Monday 8 March. </p> <p>The extra buses are on top of normal services and dedicated home-school routes so pupils can travel in line with public health advice on Covid-19.</p> <p>As parents get ready for term restarting, Nexus has provided the following advice:</p> <p>•    Families should plan how their children will reach schools and colleges comfortably<br /> – walking and cycling where journeys are shorter, using a car for part of the journey but dropping off away from school gates, and identifying which public transport they can use if they need to.</p> <p>•    There will be extra buses on many services going to or near schools, following established routes. These will include buses on busy routes so pupils can travel separately to other passengers.</p> <p>•    Pupils using public transport should have exact change to make their journey.</p> <p>•    Anyone using public transport should follow standard public health advice – washing hands thoroughly throughout the day, wearing a face covering if aged over 11 and not exempt, and not travelling if they have symptoms of Covid-19.</p> <p>•    Other passengers are advised to adjust their journey times to avoid school travel times if possible.</p> <p>Local authorities and Nexus have worked closely with the region’s three main bus companies – Arriva, Go North East and Stagecoach – and in partnership with schools to prepare for the new term.</p> <p>Martin Kearney, Chief Operating Officer at Nexus said: “We have made extensive plans to make sure pupils can travel comfortably, providing more than 100 extra buses so pupils can travel in line with the latest public health advice on Covid-19.</p> <p>“There are many ways to get to school, and young people themselves often want to travel as sustainably as possible by walking, cycling or using public transport. Where people need and choose bus and Metro they can do so with confidence.”</p> <p>Martijn Gilbert, chair of the regional bus operator association; NE-Bus and managing<br /> director of Go North East, said: “Bus operators and coach companies are meeting the challenge to provide as many extra vehicles and drivers as we can to help support social distancing and allow pupils and other passengers to travel separately.</p> <p>“All our vehicles are cleaned daily with clear signage and seats adapted to help maintain distancing on board, whatever the reason you need to travel.”</p> <p>Despite the provision of extra buses demand for home-school public transport is expected to be lower than in previous years, as families choose other options including walking and cycling for shorter journeys.</p> <p>A dedicated web page <a href="http://www.nexus.org.uk/covid-secure">www.nexus.org.uk/covid-secure</a> provides more detailed information and advice for families on how to travel with confidence.</p> <p>Nexus and bus operators will be meeting daily to react to demand and move vehicles around the region to respond to areas of highest demand, as well as co-ordinating with colleagues at local councils in Tyne and Wear, Durham and Northumberland.</p> </div> <section> </section> Wed, 03 Mar 2021 11:46:18 +0000 puntond 48655 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Metro drivers step on board a full-size replica of their new trains https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/metro-drivers-step-board-full-size-replica-their-new-trains <span>Metro drivers step on board a full-size replica of their new trains</span> <div><time datetime="2021-03-02T12:00:00Z">Tue, 02/03/2021</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Tue, 02/03/2021</span> <div><p>Metro drivers are getting to step on-board a full-size replica of their new trains that are due to start arriving next year. </p> <p>A detailed mock-up of the new Metro cab, which is fully fitted out, has been built to assist with workforce familiarisation – a key part of the design process for the new £362m Metro fleet.</p> <p>The new Metro trains, which are being made by the Swiss train builder Stadler, are set to enter passenger service in 2023, delivering a step-change in quality and reliability for passengers. </p> <p>The mock-up boasts the full cab layout, a driver’s seat, a dashboard, and the exterior has the iconic yellow livery and destination displays.</p> <p>Nexus, the public body which owns and manages the Tyne and Wear Metro, hopes to put the mock-up on public display once Covid-19 restrictions have eased. </p> <p>Metro Development Director at Nexus, Neil Blagburn, said: “This gives you real sense of the exciting future that the new trains are going to bring to the Tyne and Wear Metro.</p> <p>“The mock-up has been built to a stunning level of quality by Stadler, and it is playing a very important role in getting get the cab design right ahead of the real trains arriving in 2022.</p> <p>“It is exactly to the scale of the new Metro cab and it has the same layout. Train crews can interact with the control panels and provide feedback on the ergonomics and comfort of the cab.</p> <p>“It is an essential part of our design consultation and I know that the drivers really appreciate the opportunity to experience the new trains and have their final say on the design before trains start rolling off the production line later this year.</p> <p>“The Covid-19 restrictions mean that we are currently unable to put the mock-up on public display. We hope that once the restrictions have eased off then we will be able let people have a closer look, as it gives a fascinating snapshot of what the new Metro trains are going to look like.”</p> <p>Andreas Discher, Stadler project manager, added: “Producing a mock-up some time before trains enter passenger service has many benefits. Not only does it enable drivers to familiarise themselves with the workings of the train, but it gives passengers and other stakeholders a taster of what the new fleet will actually be like. We share the hope that over the next few months, it will be possible for the general public to visit the mock-up and get a glimpse of these fantastic new trains for themselves.”</p> <p>The Metro cab mock-up was built based on the feedback train crew provided using virtual reality technology last year which has honed the cab design.</p> <p>This next phase is the final opportunity for train crews to have their input into the design of their new, modern working environment.</p> <p>Stadler brought the mock-up over from Germany, where it was constructed before being shipped to the UK and assembled on site in a workshop at the Metro depot at Gosforth in Newcastle.</p> <p>Stadler is building a total of 42 new Metro trains for Nexus, which will be delivered up to 2024. They will be responsible for servicing and maintaining these trains for 35 years, underscoring their commitment to the regional economy.</p> <p>The new trains, which will be 15 times more reliable and will cut energy consumption by 30%, will have modern features including charging points, air conditioning and a step-change in accessibility.</p> <p>Among the new features will be an automatic sliding step at every door of the new trains, making travel easier for Metro’s 50,000 wheelchair passengers as well as people with children’s buggies, luggage or bicycles.</p> <p>Find out more about the new Tyne and Wear Metro fleet at <a href="https://www.nexus.org.uk/newmetrotrains">https://www.nexus.org.uk/newmetrotrains</a><br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Tue, 02 Mar 2021 12:59:03 +0000 puntond 48633 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Heritage railway get a boost from Metro’s £70m depot project https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/heritage-railway-get-boost-metros-ps70m-depot-project <span>Heritage railway get a boost from Metro’s £70m depot project </span> <div><time datetime="2021-02-26T12:00:00Z">Fri, 26/02/2021</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Fri, 26/02/2021</span> <div><p>The £70m project to rebuild the Tyne and Wear Metro depot has delivered a welcome boost to a leading north east heritage railway.</p> <p>More than 20 tons of used track equipment from Nexus’ Gosforth depot have been donated to the Tanfield Railway, which runs from Sunniside in Gateshead to East Tanfield in County Durham.</p> <p>A raft of surplus materials, including sleepers and control equipment, were made available by VolkerFitzpatrick and their subcontractor, Trackwork, after works got underway on the depot site on January. The donated materials will help to secure the future of the Tanfield line, with its history that can be traced back to 1725.</p> <p>The donated equipment will be used by volunteers to keep the steam line in good condition, and ready for regular passenger trains to return when the coronavirus situation allows. </p> <p>On behalf of Stadler, the Swiss train manufacturer making the new trains for the Tyne and Wear Metro, VolkerFitzpatrick is rebuilding the Metro depot, which will provide a modern home for the new fleet of trains.</p> <p>Metro Development Director, Neil Blagburn, said: “It’s fantastic that our depot modernisation project can bring benefit to local heritage railways, who often rely on donations like this.</p> <p>“No doubt there will be a great deal more equipment and materials looking to be repurposed as we press ahead with the complete transformation of our 100-year-old depot at Gosforth.</p> <p>“The Tanfield Railway in particular, were keen to get some of the old sleepers from us. It is among the world’s oldest railways and it’s big honour to have a few pieces of the Metro network helping to support such a local icon.”</p> <p>Marcus Dench, senior project manager for VolkerFitzpatrick, said: “A key aim for our team, throughout this project, is to find sustainable ways to repurpose old materials. We are putting the environment first and are looking at ways we can divert waste from landfill and reduce our carbon emissions, and we hope to work with other local enterprises, to meet this goal, in the future.”</p> <p>Richard Thew, project manager at Trackwork, said: “We are delighted to be working on this project with VolkerFitzpatrick, and we were happy to help donate the materials to the local heritage railway.”</p> <p>Tanfield Railway General Manager, David Watchman, said: “The new Metro fleet is an exciting project for the future of transport in the region. But it’s great to see that it’s also helping to preserve some of the north east’s unique heritage.</p> <p>“We’re really grateful to Nexus, Stadler and VolkerFitzpatrick for this donation. Equipment like this is often very hard to obtain new, and of course re-using it in this way is much better for the environment. Our volunteers are looking forward to putting it to good use as we prepare for our 300th anniversary in 2025.”</p> <p>The new Metro depot will be home to the new train fleet over the coming years, heralding a bright future for the transport system. The preparatory works will pave the way for demolition to start in the Spring.</p> <p>It is expected to take four years for the new Metro depot to be ready. Stadler is delivering the new Metro train fleet on behalf of Nexus, and has appointed VolkerFitzpatrick to build the depot. It took over maintenance of the old fleet in October last year and will look after the new trains for 35 years.<br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Fri, 26 Feb 2021 12:53:26 +0000 puntond 48538 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Work starts on the Tyne and Wear Metro’s new train depot https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/work-starts-tyne-and-wear-metros-new-train-depot <span>Work starts on the Tyne and Wear Metro’s new train depot </span> <div><time datetime="2021-02-24T21:39:00Z">Wed, 24/02/2021</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Wed, 24/02/2021</span> <div><p>Work has started on Tyne and Wear Metro’s new £70m train depot.</p> <p>Contractors have begun removing large sections of track and overhead line to make way for the new building at South Gosforth in Newcastle. </p> <p>The new Metro depot will be home to the new train fleet over the coming years, heralding a bright future for the transport system. The preparatory works currently underway will pave the way for demolition to start next month.</p> <p>It is expected to take four years for the new Metro depot to be ready. </p> <p>Stadler, the Swiss train builder, is delivering the new Metro train fleet on behalf of Nexus, and has appointed VolkerFitzpatrick to build the depot. Stadler took over maintenance of the old fleet in October last year and will look after the new trains for 35 years. </p> <p>Metro development director, Neil Blagburn, said: “I’m delighted that work has started on site for our new £70m depot at Gosforth. </p> <p>“This marks the beginning of a four-year project to create a modern, new home for our new train fleet, which is set to enter service from 2023.</p> <p>“Our construction partner has mobilised on site and is now removing the original tracks and overhead lines from the depot sidings and within the depot buildings. This paves the way for the larger scale demolition work to start in the coming months and creates the footprint that is needed for the new depot building.</p> <p>“The new depot will be transformational for Metro. The current facility is 100 years old and needs to be replaced with modern facilities. It will deliver a step-change in quality and functionality for the maintenance teams.</p> <p>“The depot will transform over a four-year period and the old buildings will disappear in phases. We are storing up to a quarter of our trains at a temporary at Howdon throughout this process.”</p> <p>Rob Baxter, managing director for Stadler Rail Service UK, added: “This preparatory work is an essential part of the process to construct the purpose-built depot that will accommodate the new state-of-the art trains being manufactured by Stadler. </p> <p>“The new depot has been designed to ensure maximum availability and reliability of the fleet and will vastly improve the working environment for our staff. We are pleased to see contractor, VolkerFitzpatrick, reach another stage in the project, which brings us one step closer to our new trains entering passenger service.”</p> <p>Marcus Dench, VolkerFitzpatrick senior project manager, said: “The start of these works marks the beginning of a complex three year project for our team. As we continue to remove track and overhead line equipment, our aim is to ensure all redundant materials are reused elsewhere, as much as possible, to offset any waste from site and become a sustainable project.</p> <p>“As we continue to adapt the current depot, we also aim to keep local residents informed of our progress through our community app. We will use the platform to post updates on the depot’s construction, including details of upcoming work activities, news, and initiatives and events for the local community.”</p> <p>Stadler is building a total of 42 new Metro trains for Nexus, which will be delivered up to 2024. They will be responsible for servicing and maintaining these trains for 35 years, underscoring their commitment to the regional economy.</p> <p>The new trains, which will be 15 times more reliable and will cut energy consumption by 30%, will have modern features including charging points, air conditioning and a step-change in accessibility.</p> <p>Among the new features will be an automatic sliding step at every door of the new trains, making travel easier for Metro’s 50,000 wheelchair passengers as well as people with children’s buggies, luggage or bicycles.<br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Wed, 24 Feb 2021 10:51:43 +0000 puntond 48526 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Government urged to provide further support for public transport https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/government-urged-provide-further-support-public-transport <span>Government urged to provide further support for public transport </span> <div><time datetime="2021-02-19T12:00:00Z">Fri, 19/02/2021</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Fri, 19/02/2021</span> <div><p>The Government has been urged to provide further financial support for local bus and Metro services in North East England while they continue to recover from the impact of lockdown.</p> <p>Leaders of city-regions across the country have written a joint letter to the Chief Secretary to the Treasury Steve Barclay calling on him to provide more help for public transport services. </p> <p>Emergency covid support for the Tyne and Wear Metro is due to run out in six weeks, while aid for bus networks will end eight weeks after social distancing is declared over, and it is not clear what will replace it.</p> <p>Cllr Martin Gannon, Chair, North East Joint Transport Committee, said: “I am calling on the Government to agree an ongoing package of funding that will enable all of our urban public transport networks – bus and Metro - to support the economic recovery of our towns and cities.  The forthcoming Budget on March 3 is an opportunity to provide the certainty that we need.</p> <p>"This position is supported by all local authorities in the North East, the local business community and Members of Parliament.</p> <p>“Without the medium-term continuation of emergency funding to support high quality public transport in our towns and cities, our plans to drive forward a green economic recovery will be placed in jeopardy. </p> <p>“All city-regions have submitted recovery plans for our tram and Metro systems to the Treasury via the Department for Transport, and we still await an official response.   We are also developing bus recovery plans and will be discussing these with the Government in due course. </p> <p>“However, we are facing a very immediate problem: support for Metro only in place until 5th April this year – only six weeks away.  Furthermore, we understand that support for bused will end eight weeks after social distancing is declared over, and it is not clear what will replace it. </p> <p>“It is beyond doubt that continued emergency funding will be needed for all forms of public transport for a considerable time to compensate for the huge reduction in passenger numbers and fares income caused by the pandemic.  We need to understand what the new patterns of demand and behaviour look like.</p> <p>This need will exist throughout the recovery period which could last for several years and cannot be measured in fixed blocks of weeks as has been the case until now.”<br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Fri, 19 Feb 2021 13:15:53 +0000 puntond 48515 at https://www.nexus.org.uk New smartphone app showcases £70m rebuild of Gosforth Metro depot https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/new-smartphone-app-showcases-ps70m-rebuild-gosforth-metro-depot <span>New smartphone app showcases £70m rebuild of Gosforth Metro depot </span> <div><time datetime="2021-02-16T11:00:00Z">Tue, 16/02/2021</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Tue, 16/02/2021</span> <div><p>A new smartphone app has been launched to keep the community up to date with the £70m project to rebuild the Tyne and Wear Metro Depot. </p> <p>VolkerFitzpatrick, the contractor appointed by Stadler to build the new depot at Gosforth in Newcastle, has developed the app to give those living and working around the site a better understanding of the works.</p> <p>Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, said the app would be a great way to keep the public up speed with progress at the touch of a button.</p> <p>Throughout the course of the project, the team will use the app to post updates on the depot’s construction, including details of upcoming work activities, news, and initiatives and events for the local community. The app also allows people to submit queries, which can be reviewed and answered in real time, and to provide feedback on the project’s development.</p> <p>Marcus Dench, VolkerFitzpatrick Project Manager, said: “Our team is focused on keeping residents informed of our progress, to help build a positive relationship with the community and the wider supply chain. </p> <p>“This is a big step forward in the way construction companies connect with local communities. It’s not only a simple communication tool that suits people’s lifestyles - especially during the current pandemic – but is also a platform which can be updated instantly, helping us provide the most up-to-date information available.”</p> <p>“We also aim to use the app to give an insight into the rail industry, providing learning resources to families, and to showcase the potential career paths available, as we highlight the different roles and skill sets needed to make this project a success.”</p> <p>Cathy Massarella, Major Projects Director for Nexus, said: “The construction of a £70m new depot by VolkerFitzpatrick and Stadler is a vital element in our £500m plans to transform local public transport by 2025 – we cannot introduce new trains without new depot facilities.</p> <p>“At Nexus we pride ourselves on keeping our communities involved in our projects and this app is another innovative solution to reach stakeholders and neighbours, letting them ask questions easily and find out about what’s happening to create this major environmentally-friendly new facility.”</p> <p>Rob Baxter, Managing Director of Stadler Rail Service UK, said: “We have committed to putting localism at the heart of this project. Part of that is about engaging proactively with the local community through a range of channels, in our capacity as a local business, a local employer and a neighbour. </p> <p>“Over the next few years, while the work is carried out, VolkerFitzpatrick’s app will provide a very useful tool for local residents interested in how the work to build a new depot is taking shape.”</p> <p>The app is available to download for both Android and Apple devices. To download the app, simply scan the QR code or search ‘Gosforth Depot’ in Google Play for Android devices, or the App Store for Apple devices.</p> <p>The new Metro depot will be home to the new train fleet over the coming years, heralding a bright future for the transport system. The preparatory works will pave the way for demolition to start in the Spring. <br /> It is expected to take four years for the new Metro depot to be ready. </p> <p>Stadler, the Swiss train builder, is delivering the new Metro train fleet on behalf of Nexus, and has appointed Volker to build the depot. It took over maintenance of the old fleet in October last year and will look after the new trains for 35 years. </p> <p>The new trains, which will be 15 times more reliable and will cut energy consumption by 30%, will have modern features including charging points, air conditioning and a step-change in accessibility.</p> <p>Among new features will be an automatic sliding step at every door of the new trains, making travel easier for Metro’s 50,000 wheelchair passengers as well as people with children’s buggies, luggage or bicycles.<br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Tue, 16 Feb 2021 11:44:09 +0000 puntond 48498 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Special event brings together Nexus leaders past and present to celebrate Metro's 40th year https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/special-event-brings-together-nexus-leaders-past-and-present-celebrate-metros-40th-year <span>Special event brings together Nexus leaders past and present to celebrate Metro&#039;s 40th year </span> <div><time datetime="2021-02-15T17:00:00Z">Mon, 15/02/2021</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Mon, 15/02/2021</span> <div><p>The Urban Transport Group is bringing together the former boss of Nexus Mike Parker and its current Director General Tobyn Hughes for a special event to celebrate 40 years of the Tyne and Wear Metro.</p> <p>They will be joined by Huw Lewis, Customer Services Director of Nexus, for ‘The Tyne and Wear Metro at 40 - A lunchtime conversation on what’s next for Britain’s innovation railway?’ which takes place on Wednesday 24 February.</p> <p>The event is part of the Urban Transport Next series of free events, with a live online audience which have been running since November last year. </p> <p>Metro, which opened to the public in 1980, celebrated its landmark anniversary last year.  </p> <p>The hour-long conversation will discuss the origins of Metro, its major milestones such as the extension to Sunderland and South Hylton (under Mike’s tenure) and explore what the future holds for this light rail system, including the introduction of its £362m new fleet of trains, which are due to enter service from 2023 and the potential for extensions to the network. </p> <p>Tobyn Hughes, Director General of Nexus, said: “Metro is truly iconic. Its distinctive trains have put the North East region on the map and it’s known throughout the world. It has carried 1.5 billion passengers over three million kilometres during the last 40 years. </p> <p>“I’m delighted to join Mike - who put his own stamp on the service during his time at Nexus - and Huw to discuss the past, present and future of Metro, which to many people is more than just a rail system.” </p> <p>Jonathan Bray, Director of the Urban Transport Group, added: “The COVID-19 pandemic scaled down last year’s planned celebration of Metro – the bone structure of the region’s economy, identity and daily life over the last four decades. I hope that through this event, we can once again shine the spotlight on Metro which stands at a pivotal moment in its history, with the challenges posed by the pandemic but also the opportunities presented by its modernisation.”   </p> <p>The Tyne and Wear Metro at 40 takes place on Wednesday 24 February from 1pm-2pm.<br /><a href="https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/urban-transport-next-03-the-tyne-and-wear-metro-at-40-tickets-138290820567">Click here to attend. </a><br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Mon, 15 Feb 2021 18:44:35 +0000 puntond 48494 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Metro major line closure: Works start on Monday 15 February https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/metro-major-line-closure-works-start-monday-15-february <span>Metro major line closure: Works start on Monday 15 February </span> <div><time datetime="2021-02-09T09:09:09Z">Tue, 09/02/2021</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/heathcotej" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">heathcotej</span></span> <span>Tue, 09/02/2021</span> <div><p>Nexus is starting its most intense programmes of maintenance and modernisation for almost five years packed into a 14-day closure of a Metro line through the centre of Newcastle.</p> <p>The work will allow the renewal of up to 16,000 metres of vital overhead power line to prepare the system for the arrival of a £362m new train fleet entering service from 2023.</p> <p>The public body which runs Metro has also brought forward a package of further works on its busiest section to take advantage of the major line closure, which will take place while passenger numbers are lower during lockdown.</p> <p>The entire programme, starting on Monday 15 February and lasting 14 days includes:</p> <ul><li>Replacement of up to 18,000m of overhead power line dating to the early 1980s as part of a £30m renewal rolled out across the Metro system.</li> <li>Installation of escalator handrail sanitisers which use UV light to kill viruses and bacteria, plus maintenance works, at the busiest city centre stations including Haymarket, Monument, Central Station and Gateshead.</li> <li>Repairs to the platform edge at West Jesmond station</li> <li>Removal of vegetation that could interfere with power lines and track between Ilford road and South Gosforth.</li> <li>Changing lightbulbs at Gateshead Interchange</li> <li>Painting and maintenance work on the footbridge at South Gosforth</li> <li>Maintenance and resurfacing works at Felling footbridge</li> <li>Painting and grafitti removal at West Jesmond, Jesmond and Gateshead Stadium</li> <li>Signalling works between South Gosforth and Felling, renewing older cables and repainting signal posts</li> </ul><p>Major Projects Director at Nexus, Cathy Massarella, said: “This two-week line closure will involve some of the most intensive maintenance and modernisation work on the network for five years.</p> <p>“There is less than one week to go until this gets underway. There is no good time to shut such a big chunk of the network, and this work can only be undertaken effectively during an extended closure period. The current lockdown means that we are able to do the work while passenger numbers are low.</p> <p>“The power lines in our central area are ageing. They face the most wear and tear on a daily basis, and they need to be replaced as soon as practically possible, which is why this work is booked in for next week.</p> <p>“We will ensure there is a fast and reliable replacement bus service running when the Metro line is shut. We advise passengers to plan their journeys in advance before travelling of they need to make an essential journey.”</p> <p>The major line closure will mean that there are no Metro services between Heworth and Regent Centre / Four Lane Ends for 14 days - Monday 15 February to Sunday 28 February.</p> <p>Services will resume as normal on Monday 1 March.</p> <p>Frequent replacement bus services will be provided during the closure, calling at or near stations on the affected routes.</p> <p>Frequent replacement bus services, including express buses, will be provided during the closure, calling at or near stations on the affected route. All Metro tickets will be accepted on the buses, numbers 900 / 901 / X900 / X901.</p> <p>There will be extra trains from Four Lane Ends via Whitley Bay to St James to provide people living in North Tyneside with an alternative route to Newcastle city centre.</p> <p>Metro trains will still be running in other areas, including: Airport-Regent Centre; St James-Four Lane Ends (Monument east/west remains open); Heworth-South Shields; Heworth-South Hylton.</p> <p>11 Metro stations will be closed during the works: Longbenton, South Gosforth, Ilford Road , West Jesmond, Jesmond, Haymarket, Monument north/south platforms only, Central Station , Gateshead, Gateshead Stadium and Felling.</p> <p>For further information about the 14 day major line closure passengers can find out more <a href="https://www.nexus.org.uk/metro/updates?open=t_planned-works">here</a>, or by calling the Nexus Customer Service Centre <a href="tel:0191 20 20 747">0191 20 20 747</a>.</p> <p>Information and updates will also be on the Metro Twitter page @My_Metro and the Tyne and Wear Metro Facebook page.</p> </div> <section> </section> Tue, 09 Feb 2021 08:54:21 +0000 heathcotej 48413 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Extra patrols to promote face coverings rule on the bus network https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/extra-patrols-promote-face-coverings-rule-bus-network <span>Extra patrols to promote face coverings rule on the bus network</span> <div><time datetime="2021-02-02T13:00:00Z">Tue, 02/02/2021</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Tue, 02/02/2021</span> <div><p>A new initiative has been launched to encourage compliance with the face coverings rule on the local bus network.</p> <p>Extra staff have been deployed by Nexus to ensure that customers are wearing masks on their journeys, unless they are legally exempt. </p> <p>Northumbria Police will be supporting the initiative – increasing patrols in hotspot areas and when passengers become abusive.</p> <p>The multi-agency approach is in response to reports that some passengers are still failing to follow the rule. </p> <p>It builds on a successful programme launched on Metro in the autumn. </p> <p>The aim is to engage and explain and handout face masks to anyone who needs one. Police will take enforcement action where it is needed.</p> <p>The Government has said that face coverings are mandatory on all modes of public transport as part of the national effort against Covid-19.</p> <p>Chief Inspector Ron Charlton, of Northumbria Police, said: “We would like to thank the overwhelming majority who continue to follow the Government’s restrictions which are in place to ultimately save lives.</p> <p>“We will continue to work hand-in-hand with our partners in order to protect the NHS and the public.</p> <p>Anybody travelling on the Metro who has any concerns is encouraged to speak to Nexus staff or police.”<br /> Customer Services Director at Nexus, Huw Lewis, said: “We are working to put extra resources into bus interchanges in order to promote compliance with the face coverings rule.</p> <p>“The overwhelming majority of passengers are wearing face coverings when they need to travel for essential journeys. Recent reports of people failing to follow the legal requirement have increased, so we are taking action to engage with customers.</p> <p>“Our customer engagement teams will be visible and there to promote the rule and hand out face coverings to anyone who needs one.</p> <p>“Where necessary the police will take enforcement action and that can lead to a fine of £200 for non-compliance.</p> <p>“Wearing a face covering on public transport and in shops is mandatory unless you have an exemption. This rule is there to keep us all safe, from fellow customers to our key transport workers, and by following it we can all play our part during this this public health emergency.”</p> <p>Martijn Gilbert, managing director at Go North East and chair of NEbus, said: "We’re doing everything we can to highlight the importance of wearing face coverings when travelling on public transport, just as you would do when you go shopping. </p> <p>"We'll also be supporting Nexus' activities by doing checks at interchanges in Sunderland, Gateshead, Metrocentre and Washington, as we did in September with fellow operators.</p> <p>"It’s important that people remember that wearing a face covering not only benefits them and their fellow passengers, but also the people they return home to."</p> <p>Nexus customer engagement teams and police officers have stepped up their presence at Haymarket and Eldon Square bus stations in Newcastle, Park Lane Interchange in Sunderland, South Shields transport interchange, and Heworth and Gateshead interchanges.</p> <p>The focus will be on the late afternoons and the evenings as compliance with the face coverings rule reduces late in the day and through the evening. <br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Tue, 02 Feb 2021 13:46:54 +0000 puntond 48353 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Funding in place to create a new Shields Ferry landing https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/funding-place-create-new-shields-ferry-landing <span>Funding in place to create a new Shields Ferry landing</span> <div><time datetime="2021-01-29T09:00:00Z">Fri, 29/01/2021</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Fri, 29/01/2021</span> <div><p>A new landing for the Shields Ferry has moved a step closer after £8.8m of funding was given the green light.</p> <p>Nexus wants to relocate the north landing to Western Quay, bringing the ferry into the heart of the North Shields Fish Quay regeneration area, with easy links to the town centre and Riverside Walkway. </p> <p>The project is being jointly funded by Nexus, the public body which owns and operates the cross-Tyne ferry service, and £5m from government’s Getting Building Fund, which is managed in the region by the North East Local Enterprise Partnership.</p> <p>The North East LEP region was awarded £47m through the Getting Building Fund with the North East Local Enterprise Partnership increasing the fund to £55m by releasing an additional £8m from the North East Investment Fund.</p> <p>Nexus is carrying out a process of consultation before any plans are submitted for approval.</p> <p>Director of Finance and Resources, John Fenwick, said: “This is really exciting development for the Shields Ferry and is a massive investment in order to secure the long-term future of an iconic local service.</p> <p>“The proposed new ferry landing would be located in the Fish Quay regeneration area. The scheme has the potential to be transformative as we look to rebuild trade in a post-Covid-19 era.</p> <p>“The project, when completed, would see the current North landing at River Drive closed completely. Services would run from Western Quay across to South Shields.</p> <p>“Our current ferry landing in North Shields needs significant investment for it to have a future. Getting a new landing in a new location is much better value for money in the longer term and we are grateful to the North East Local Enterprise Partnership for providing the majority of the funding needed to deliver this exciting initiative.”</p> <p>The Getting Building Fund is part of government’s package of financial support to kick-start the economy, create jobs and help areas facing the biggest economic challenges as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.</p> <p>Helen Golightly, Chief Executive of the North East Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “The replacement of the North Shields ferry landing is one of the first Getting Building Fund projects to be given the green light in our region.</p> <p>“It’s significant because it not only safeguards the ferry service but it further revitalises the North Shields Fish Quay, which is a hugely popular leisure destination and a key part of North Tyneside Council’s ‘Ambition for North Shields master plan’.</p> <p>“Improving connectivity in the region is an important part of our Strategic Economic Plan to create more and better jobs in the North East and grow the region’s economy.”</p> <p>The 18 projects put forward for the North East LEP area are expected to create more than 4,000 construction and permanent jobs; unlock more than 19,000 sqm of commercial space; assist more than 3,000 learners; improve or construct 4.2km of roads, cycle lanes and walkways; and further strengthen the North East’s green energy sector.<br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Fri, 29 Jan 2021 09:50:23 +0000 puntond 48311 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Three Shuttle buses to serve Sunderland’s mass vaccination centre https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/three-shuttle-buses-serve-sunderlands-mass-vaccination-centre <span>Three Shuttle buses to serve Sunderland’s mass vaccination centre</span> <div><time datetime="2021-01-28T15:00:00Z">Thu, 28/01/2021</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Thu, 28/01/2021</span> <div><p>Three shuttle bus have been launched to get people to the mass vaccination centre at Sunderland’s NHS Nightingale Hospital. </p> <p>Specially branded ConnectorShuttle buses are already running from Concord bus station in Washington and from today, Thursday 28 January, MetroShuttle buses will operate from Heworth Interchange (Stand D) in Gateshead connecting people with Metro services across the region.</p> <p>These services are being delivered through a partnership between Nexus, the local NHS, and Go North East to support people travelling to the NHS vaccination centre to get the jab.</p> <p>The third shuttle service from Park Lane Interchange in Sunderland city centre operated under contract to Nexus by Go North East and JH coaches will be available from Monday, 1 February.  </p> <p>Leader of Sunderland City Council, Councillor Graeme Miller, said: “We’re all very aware of how important the vaccine programme is and well done to Nexus, the NHS and our bus company partners for organising these services.</p> <p>The reassurance of this regular vaccine shuttle will be welcomed by health and social care workers and the over 70s receiving their invitations for vaccinations at the Nightingale.”</p> <p>Customer Services Director at Nexus, Huw Lewis, said: “Public transport has an essential role to play in getting people to Covid-19 vaccine centres. We have worked with the NHS and Go North East to provide these shuttle bus services to connect people to the Nightingale Hospital in Washington. </p> <p>“This is vital, as many people won’t have access to a car in order to get there to have their jab. This all part of the national effort to defeat coronavirus and get back to normal as quickly as we can.</p> <p>“Passengers are reminded they must wear face coverings when on public transport, even after they have had the jab.”</p> <p>Travel is for free on these Shuttle buses by showing the ticket from your earlier journey on other buses or the Metro, plus proof of your vaccination appointment (letter, email or text).</p> <p>The ConnectorShuttle will run up to every 15 minutes, connecting with Go North East’s 56 service at Concord, offering frequent connections from Newcastle, Gateshead and Sunderland. The service runs seven days a week, from just after 5am until around midnight each day.</p> <p>From Thursday, 28 January, the MetroShuttle will run up to every 15 minutes from around 7am until 8.45pm, seven days a week, to the NHS Nightingale Hospital from Heworth interchange (Stand D), connecting with the Metro and many other bus services.</p> <p>Go North East service 50 stops at the NHS Nightingale Hospital on its route between Durham and South Shields. The hospital is the stop after the Nissan factory if you're heading towards South Shields; the stop before Nissan if you're heading towards Durham. </p> <p>Go North East's service 56 (Newcastle - Sunderland) would normally be able to stop at the NHS Nightingale, but can't currently because of a diversion. We recommend that you get off the 56 at Washington Concord bus station and use the new ConnectorShuttle to get to and from NHS Nightingale. <br /> Shuttle from Park Lane Interchange, Sunderland, will be running from Monday 1 February.</p> <p><a href="https://www.nexus.org.uk/vaccinations">More information on getting to the NHS Nightingale Hospital in Sunderland and the mass vaccine centre at the Centre for Life in Newcastle.</a></p> </div> <section> </section> Thu, 28 Jan 2021 15:31:15 +0000 puntond 48306 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Nexus and Stadler - one year on https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/nexus-and-stadler-one-year <span>Nexus and Stadler - one year on</span> <div><time datetime="2021-01-28T09:09:09Z">Thu, 28/01/2021</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/heathcotej" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">heathcotej</span></span> <span>Thu, 28/01/2021</span> <div><p><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="vertical-align:baseline"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:#292929">It’s been one year since Nexus announced that Stadler were their preferred bidder for the £362m contract to build new trains for Metro, and the first trains will start to be manufactured this year. </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="vertical-align:baseline"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:#292929">Stadler, based in Switzerland, were chosen after a year-long global search for the best manufacturing partner for 42 new trains, and the partnership was announced on 28 January 2020. </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="vertical-align:baseline"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">The manufacture of the new trains will start in August 2021, and they will be fully delivered by the end of 2024, transforming performance and passenger experience on the Tyne and Wear Metro.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="vertical-align:baseline"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">The new trains will cut Metro’s high voltage power consumption by 30% while providing 15 times better reliability than the current fleet.  Metro passengers will benefit from modern features including charging points, air conditioning and improved accessibility.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="vertical-align:baseline"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:#292929">A lot has happened since January 2020, and although the first new trains aren’t expected to start entering passenger service until </span></span><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">July 2023<span style="color:#292929">, a huge amount of work continues to be undertaken on the various contracts to make that happen. </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="vertical-align:baseline"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">In addition to the construction of the new fleet, Stadler also have the responsibility for building a new, £70m state of the art maintenance depot to service the new trains. The new depot will replace the existing 100-year-old depot in Gosforth, Newcastle. In October 2020 Stadler took over the maintenance of the current fleet and as part of this around 120 maintenance staff transferred from Nexus to Stadler. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="vertical-align:baseline"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">Stadler will have the challenge of keeping the existing, aging fleet running at the same time as re-skilling the maintenance staff to maintain the new trains as they start to enter service in 2023. They will look after the new fleet for 35 years. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="vertical-align:baseline"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">Another new depot, at Howdon in North Tyneside, was completed and became fully operational in November 2020. This strategic site will be the new home for 10 trains during the demolition and construction of the Gosforth site.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="vertical-align:baseline"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">September and October 2020 saw Nexus undertake their largest ever public consultation, asking the public for their views on some of the interior details of the new fleet, including seat patterns, grab poles and bike racks. Over 23,000 responses were received online, plus dedicated feedback was gathered from specialist groups, which has been fed into the detailed design work. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="vertical-align:baseline"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">Train drivers also took part in a groundbreaking virtual reality consultation exercise, giving them the opportunity to feedback on the proposed layout of the new drivers’ cab. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">The Initial Design phase for the new train fleet was completed in December 2020, and the Final Design phase commenced in January 2021. </span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">Neil Blagburn, Nexus’ Metro Development Director, said: “The fact that almost all of this has been achieved throughout a global pandemic, largely to programme and without any delay to the delivery date of our new fleet next year is extraordinary. </span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">I’m extremely proud of the work of everyone involved, and of how our relationship with Stadler has developed despite the lack of face to face contact. We’re all prepared for another challenging year and are looking forward to reaching the all-important milestone where we start train manufacturing in August 2021.” </span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">Stadler has pledged to support the regional economy and include as many north east or UK-based companies as possible. It is committed to using local suppliers for materials and services for the depot re-build, the manufacturing of the new trains and the service and maintenance contract. </span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">Several local firms have already been signed up to work on the re-build of Gosforth depot, including Thompsons of Prudhoe, who will manage demolition. In November 2020, Stadler also announced a partnership with Newcastle University, </span><span style="font-size:10.5pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Helvetica&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:black">incorporating research, education and innovation.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">Rob Baxter, managing director of Stadler Rail Service UK, added: “Just 12 months since Nexus named Stadler the preferred bidder for the project, so much has been accomplished and so many milestones have been reached, despite the restrictions imposed by the pandemic. </span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">“We look forward to new trains entering passenger service within a couple of years, but it’s worth remembering that we have a 35-year maintenance agreement in place, which underscores our commitment and long-term investment in the north east.”</span></span></span></p> </div> <section> </section> Thu, 28 Jan 2021 09:47:47 +0000 heathcotej 48305 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Government approves funding to re-open rail line between Ashington and Newcastle https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/government-approves-funding-re-open-rail-line-between-ashington-and-newcastle <span>Government approves funding to re-open rail line between Ashington and Newcastle</span> <div><time datetime="2021-01-24T11:00:00Z">Sun, 24/01/2021</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Sun, 24/01/2021</span> <div><p>The planned re-opening of the Northumberland Line between Newcastle and Ashington has moved a step forward, after Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced £34m in funding to progress the scheme.</p> <p>The announcement by the Department for Transport gives the go-ahead to reintroduce a regular rail passenger service between Ashington and central Newcastle, with several stops in between, by 2024.</p> <p>The money will pay for preparatory work, including land acquisition, detailed design work and early site works.</p> <p>Northumberlannd County Council is leading the ambitious scheme, in partnership with Network Rail, which is set to open by 2024 and will boost education, employment and housing prospects for the region.</p> <p>The project will upgrade 18 miles of track, open six new stations, three new footbridges and new signal locations. The whole scheme is projected to deliver economic benefits of up to £470m. <br />  <br /> The Treasury sign-off immediately releases the £34m towards the final cost of £166m with further funding to follow once design works are concluded.</p> <p>Leader of Northumberland County Council, Cllr Glen Sanderson, said: “This is absolutely fantastic news and means we can now finalise our plans to deliver this transformational project for both Northumberland and the wider region. <br />  <br /> “Along with our partners we’ve done so much work to get the scheme to this stage and the Government is clearly convinced this is a project that needs to happen. <br />  <br /> “With trains running through our county into the heart of Newcastle every half hour this will provide a massive boost to the county – in terms of opening up education, housing and investment. <br />  <br /> “It will also have a positive long-term environmental impact, helping with the move away from cars to greater public transport use and cutting congestion in bottleneck areas.  <br />  <br /> “We’ve had regular meetings with Government who’ve been extremely supportive but now this funding’s been agreed we can really get going over the next few months. <br />  <br /> “We will continue to work with DfT and Network Rail in advance of submitting the full business case in the autumn for release of the final tranche of funding.” <br />  <br /> The announcement’s also been welcomed by partners involved in the scheme so far. </p> <p>Matt Rice, North and East Route Director for Network Rail, said: “Confirmation of this funding is a landmark moment that sees the collective, long-held aspiration to bring passenger trains to this part of the north-east take a significant step towards becoming reality.</p> <p>"Thanks to close collaboration with Northumberland County Council, the Department for Transport and other partners, we’ve demonstrated the value that this investment will bring to the economies and communities between Newcastle and Ashington - and even further afield - and I’m delighted that we can now move at pace into the final stages of development.”<br />  <br /> Simon Middleton, Regional Director at AECOM, which has led the development of the project to reach this milestone, said: “Today’s funding announcement gives us the green light to reintroduce this much-needed rail service, through an innovative project which shows how Beeching cuts can be quickly and efficiently reversed.  <br />  <br /> “Working with Northumberland County Council, Network Rail and SLC Rail, AECOM is helping to bring about a rapid transformation in transport choices for people living and working in Northumberland, opening up new routes for them to get to work, study or connect with different communities.”  <br />  <br /> AECOM is delivering the project as part of Perfect Circle, appointed via SCAPE Consultancy, a direct award framework. <br />  <br /> The new line is also made possible by the groundbreaking use of land value capture as a funding source, which will help to lower the long-term burden on the taxpayer. It has been the first time this method has been used to help fund a UK rail project and would not have been possible without the co-operation from private landowners. <br />  <br /> George Hazel OBE, Director of E-Rail, said: “We’re delighted that this line has achieved the green light and that Northumberland will be showcasing to the world how E-Rail’s Land Value Capture method can be used to help fund new lines.”   <br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Sun, 24 Jan 2021 12:00:43 +0000 puntond 48268 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Nexus appoints a new Head Infrastructure Delivery https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/nexus-appoints-new-head-infrastructure-delivery <span>Nexus appoints a new Head Infrastructure Delivery </span> <div><time datetime="2021-01-22T11:00:00Z">Fri, 22/01/2021</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Fri, 22/01/2021</span> <div><p>Nexus has appointed a new Head of Infrastructure Delivery to lead maintenance work on the Tyne and Wear Metro. </p> <p>Emma Gardener, a long serving member of staff, took on the newly created role from 1 January.</p> <p>She will oversee a wide range of essential daily works that are needed to keep the Metro system running.</p> <p>Emma said: “This is an expanded role and I’m looking forward to getting started. I have experience of all of the departments that I will be managing so that will be a big help as I take on this new job.</p> <p>“The effective maintenance of the Metro system is vital work that we carry out around the clock, in all weathers. It’s a lot of work that the public don’t really get to see. Despite the challenges we face from Covid-19 we will keep going to ensure we provide Metro with a safe and reliable infrastructure. </p> <p>“We have created safe systems of work for our own employees to work in a covid-secure way and I will ensure that that continues. Health and Safety excellence is the heart of everything we do.”</p> <p>Metro Infrastructure Director, Stuart Clarke, said: “It’s great to welcome Emma to this new role. “She brings a huge amount of experience with her, particularly in regard to railway and construction safety, engineering and site delivery. Her experience will be invaluable to us.</p> <p>“Engineering is still a traditionally male dominated industry, so it’s fantastic to see Emma secure such a key role. She is a great role model for other women who are starting out in the industry and is proof that there is no glass ceiling there if you work hard enough.”<br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Fri, 22 Jan 2021 11:33:33 +0000 puntond 48263 at https://www.nexus.org.uk PayByPhone is introduced at Metro park and ride sites in latest covid-secure measure https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/paybyphone-introduced-metro-park-and-ride-sites-latest-covid-secure-measure <span>PayByPhone is introduced at Metro park and ride sites in latest covid-secure measure</span> <div><time datetime="2021-01-21T10:00:00Z">Thu, 21/01/2021</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Thu, 21/01/2021</span> <div><p>Metro customers can now use a smartphone app to pay for parking across the network in a convenient and covid-secure way.</p> <p>Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, has introduced PayByPhone at six park and ride sites to provide a cash free option that is simple and easy to use.</p> <p>Cash-free parking is just the latest step Nexus has taken since the summer to give customers more convenient and covid-secure payment choices.  This includes android-phone season tickets for Metro, the new Junior Blue smart card for under 16s to pay for travel, and online applications for concessionary travel cards including the older person’s bus bass.</p> <p>People can pay for car parking with their phones at Bank Foot, Callerton Parkway and Regent Centre Metro stations in Newcastle; Four Lane Ends and Northumberland Park in North Tyneside; and Stadium of Light in Sunderland.</p> <p>All customers need to do is download the PayByPhone app from the Apple App Store or Android’s Play Store.</p> <p>Customer Services Director at Nexus, Huw Lewis, said: “The PayByPhone app allows our customers to pay for Metro park and ride in a really convenient and covid secure way.</p> <p>“It means you don’t need to carry any change, or use the pay and display ticket machines when using our car parks.</p> <p>“We are committed to offering our customers more cash free and contactless payment options. It’s the convenience that customers want and it is vital in the Covid-19 era. We have now taken a range of steps to ensure we have more covid-secure payment choices.</p> <p>“Park and ride is a more sustainable travel choice and is a popular way of getting into town and city centres. We expect this to become increasingly popular as coronavirus restrictions ease and more people start using public transport for work, education and leisure trips.</p> <p>“The cost of Metro park and ride has gone up from £1 to £1.20. This is the first increase in eight years and it is needed to help us run a vital public service that doesn’t make a profit. It remains excellent value for a full day’s parking outside of congested city centres.”</p> <p>To set up PayByPhone customers need to register and set up an account after downloading the app.<br /> Once registered, pay for parking via the PayByPhone app by following the on-screen instructions.</p> <p>You can also pay online at <a href="https://support.paybyphone.co.uk/hc/en-gb">paybyphone.co.uk</a> or by automated call or text message. See <a href="https://paybyphone.co.uk/how-it-works/parking">paybyphone.co.uk/how-it-works/parking</a> for more information on using these options.</p> <p>For all payment options you will need the car park’s Location Code, which is displayed on signage at each Metro car park, your vehicle’s registration number and your credit/debit card payment details. </p> <p>The car park codes are follows: Bank Foot: 805542; Callerton Parkway: 805543; Four Lane Ends: 805544; Northumberland Park: 805545; Regent Centre: 805546; Stadium of Light: 805547.</p> <p>The Metro car parks cost £1.20 for a full day. The chargeable hours are 6am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday.</p> <p>Parking is free after 5pm Monday to Saturday and all day on Sundays.</p> <p>As the car parks have a flat daily tariff, any length of stay selected in minutes or hours in the app will be automatically rounded to £1.20 and set to expire at 5:00pm, after which car parks are free of charge.</p> <p>Through the PayByPhone app you can also pay for 4 week (£16) or annual (£196) digital permit by selecting your length of stay as 4 weeks or 12 months respectively.</p> <p>If you need help using the PayByPhone service visit <a href="https://support.paybyphone.co.uk/hc/en-gb">paybyphone.co.uk/support. </a><br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Thu, 21 Jan 2021 10:24:36 +0000 puntond 48259 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Free concessionary travel to vaccination centres https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/free-concessionary-travel-vaccination-centres <span>Free concessionary travel to vaccination centres</span> <div><time datetime="2021-01-20T09:55:00Z">Wed, 20/01/2021</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/sarah-sharp" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Sarah Sharp</span></span> <span>Wed, 20/01/2021</span> <div><p>Concessionary Travel pass holders can travel free on public transport before 9.30am if they are going to or from a coronavirus vaccination appointment.</p> <p>Nexus has confirmed that older and eligible disabled customers can travel on local buses in Tyne and Wear – and Metro if they have a Metro Gold Card – providing they have proof of an early morning appointment, such as a letter, email or text.</p> <p>This extra concession works the same as the longstanding ‘hospital appointment’ concession.</p> <p>Concessionary Travel passes and Metro Gold Cards can otherwise be used after 9.30am weekdays and all day at weekends and public holidays.</p> <p>And a dedicated bus stop is now in place directly outside the mass vaccination hub at the Centre for Life in Newcastle, and is served by many frequent services from across the region. <a href="https://www.gonortheast.co.uk/new-dedicated-bus-stop-improves-access-vaccination-centre-centre-life">Click here for more information: New dedicated bus stop improves access to the vaccination centre at Centre for Life.</a></p> <p>Cllr Gladys Hobson, Chair of the North East Joint Transport Committee’s Tyne and Wear Sub-Committee, said: “Public transport has a key role to play in getting people to vaccine centres as part of the national effort to defeat Covid-19.</p> <p>“We want to make this as easy as possible for people, which is why we have relaxed the rule so that concessionary pass holders can travel before 9.30am if they have an early appointment to get a jab.</p> <p>“This extra concession works the same as the longstanding ‘hospital appointment’ concession.  Concessionary Travel passes and Metro Gold Cards can otherwise be used after 9.30am weekdays and all day at weekends and public holidays.</p> <p>“This agreement is only for people who have a valid appointment on the day of travel. I urge passengers not to make any non-essential journey on any of our services.”</p> <p>Central Station is the nearest Metro stop to the mass vaccine hub at the Centre for Life in Newcastle.<br /> People should only attend the centre if they have been contacted by the NHS to go along for the Covid-19 jab.</p> <p>The closest Metro stop to the vaccine Centre is Central Station. It is best to exit the station via the Neville Street entrance, before heading west along Neville Street to the Centre for Life, which is approximately 250 metres away. </p> <p>If heading home on Metro after having the vaccine people still need to wear a face covering and follow social distancing rules. </p> <p>People who book into a vaccine centre will be greeted by volunteers who will marshal carparks and register them when they arrive. Bookings are staggered to allow social distancing.</p> <p>They will receive a health status check and a pre-vaccination assessment before they have their jab and then be observed for 15 minutes. The process should take well under an hour.</p> <p>As with other vaccination services people should wait to be invited by the NHS.</p> <p>The NHS Covid-19 Vaccination Booking Service can only be used by those who have received an invitation letter. It will also not be possible to get a vaccine at a Vaccination Centre or Community Pharmacy without an appointment. Doing so risks disrupting the work of NHS staff in protecting those at highest risk.<br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Wed, 20 Jan 2021 09:50:12 +0000 Sarah Sharp 48251 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Local contractor is appointed to demolish Gosforth Metro depot https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/local-contractor-appointed-demolish-gosforth-metro-depot <span>Local contractor is appointed to demolish Gosforth Metro depot </span> <div><time datetime="2021-01-19T16:15:00Z">Tue, 19/01/2021</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Tue, 19/01/2021</span> <div><p>North east contractor Thompsons of Prudhoe has been appointed to undertake demolition work at the Tyne and Wear Metro depot.</p> <p>Thompsons will take on the task of knocking down the 100 year old depot at Gosforth, in Newcastle, paving the way for a £70m rebuild on the same site.</p> <p>The new depot will be home to the new Metro train fleet over the coming years, heralding a bright new future for the transport system.</p> <p>Stadler, the Swiss train builder who will design and build the new Metro trains, has pledged to support the regional economy and involve as many north east-based companies as possible. It is committed to using local suppliers for materials and services for the depot re-build, the manufacturing of the new trains and the 35-year service and maintenance contract. </p> <p>And several other regional companies have also recently been taken on for this project, including Consultive Solutions, Ryder Architects, CMS Architects and Advance365, following a fair and transparent selection process. All six of these appointments were made by VolkerFitzpatrick, the company commissioned by Stadler to build the new depot.</p> <p>Metro Development Director, Neil Blagburn, said: “The programme to deliver of our new train fleet and Metro depot is delivering a much-needed boost to local businesses in North East England in difficult times. It’s a hugely exciting moment as we see more local firms joining the supply chain on this huge programme that is going to transform the Tyne and Wear Metro.</p> <p>“When Stadler won the contract to design, build and maintain our new fleet they gave a commitment to put in place new supply chains here in the region. We are now seeing this become a reality.</p> <p>“My congratulations to all of the local firms who have secured work as part of the Fleet Replacement Programme and we look forward to working with them.”</p> <p>Rob Baxter, managing director for Stadler Rail Service UK, said: “We will do everything we can to ensure that regional businesses and institutions capitalise on this exciting, long-term project, which over the next couple of years, will see us supply state-of-the-art trains for the region. The appointment of Thompsons of Prudhoe and other regional firms is testament to our commitment to localism.”</p> <p>Nick Shilling, managing director of Thompsons of Prudhoe, added: “We are delighted to be involved in the delivery of this north east project. We look forward to providing removal and demolition services in 2021 and 2022. The new depot and state-of-the-art trains will be a real benefit to the region, and it is pleasure to be part of it.”</p> <p>Marcus Dench, senior project manager, said: “VolkerFitzpatrick is looking forward to constructing the new depot for Stadler, and working with its new supply chain, to develop long-term relationships, whilst also helping the economy in the north east of England.”</p> </div> <section> </section> Tue, 19 Jan 2021 16:29:31 +0000 puntond 48243 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Doors open for new recruits https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/doors-open-new-recruits <span>Doors open for new recruits </span> <div><time datetime="2021-01-19T08:08:08Z">Tue, 19/01/2021</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/heathcotej" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">heathcotej</span></span> <span>Tue, 19/01/2021</span> <div><p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="vertical-align:baseline"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="font-size:10.5pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:#292929">Nexus, which owns and manages Tyne and Wear Metro, is looking for ten new apprentices for positions across their business. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="vertical-align:baseline"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="font-size:10.5pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:#292929">Seven new recruits are being sought to work in Metro Infrastructure, including in signalling, track engineering, overhead line and electrical and mechanical operational roles.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="vertical-align:baseline"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="font-size:10.5pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:#292929">Two business administration apprenticeship opportunities are available in the Bus Services and Contract and Commercial Departments.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="vertical-align:baseline"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="font-size:10.5pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:#292929">And for the first time, Nexus are looking for a Level 6 apprentice, to join the Renewals projects team. The successful candidate will undertake a project management degree, gaining valuable work experience without having to rely on student finance.  </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="vertical-align:baseline"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="font-size:10.5pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:#292929">Over 90% of Nexus apprentices move into a higher apprenticeship or full employment on completion. They are looking for people interested in building a long-term career with the organisation, as they invest half a billion pounds in new fleet, track and service improvements over the next five years. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="vertical-align:baseline"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="font-size:10.5pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:#292929">Ally Jennings, HR Manager said: “2020 was challenging for all businesses, but we are delighted to start 2021 by investing in ten apprenticeship positions. We are looking forward to welcoming a diverse mix of talented people who are keen to start careers in the transport industry. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="vertical-align:baseline"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="font-size:10.5pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:#292929">The apprentices will join Nexus at a time where there are many exciting projects underway, including the investment of a new fleet.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="vertical-align:baseline"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="font-size:10.5pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:#292929">"Investing in apprenticeships is important to us as it ensures we have people with the right skills within the business, building their careers and securing the future of our workforce.” </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="vertical-align:baseline"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="font-size:10.5pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:#292929">Stuart Clarke is Metro Infrastructure Director, having worked his way to the top after joining Nexus in 1997 as an apprentice electrician. He heads up all the maintenance and modernisation work on the 77km Metro network.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="vertical-align:baseline"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="font-size:10.5pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:#292929">He said:” When I think back my time as an apprentice and all the hard work that I’ve put in over the years it is all now so worthwhile. This will hopefully show other apprentices at the start of their careers what it’s possible to achieve if they work hard enough. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="vertical-align:baseline"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="font-size:10.5pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:#292929">“Nexus as an employer has played such a huge part in where I’ve got to today. The organisation’s commitment to training and development is second to none. I’m looking forward to seeing more of our apprentices making their mark in the years to come.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="vertical-align:baseline"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="font-size:10.5pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:#292929">Applications for the new apprentice posts are open now, and close on 12 March. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="vertical-align:baseline"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="font-size:10.5pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:#292929">For more details see </span></span></span><a href="https://www.nexus.org.uk/apprenticeships" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Apprenticeships | nexus.org.uk</a> </span></span></span></p> </div> <section> </section> Tue, 19 Jan 2021 08:56:36 +0000 heathcotej 48238 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Major line closure on Metro for 14 days in February https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/major-line-closure-metro-14-days-february <span>Major line closure on Metro for 14 days in February</span> <div><time datetime="2021-01-18T09:00:00Z">Mon, 18/01/2021</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Mon, 18/01/2021</span> <div><p>A major programme of modernisation work will close the Tyne and Wear Metro’s busiest lines through the centres of Newcastle and Gateshead for two consecutive weeks next month.</p> <p>Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, needs to replace essential overhead power lines as part of a £30m programme of wire renewals across the network. It will get the network ready for the introduction of a new train fleet, which will transform the customer experience by 2025</p> <p>A total of 16,000 metres of contact and catenary wire will be replaced over a 5.5km section of line.</p> <p>The major line closure will mean that there are no Metro services between Heworth and Regent Centre / Four Lane Ends for 14 days - Monday 15 February to Sunday 28 February.</p> <p>Services will resume as normal on Monday 1 March.</p> <p>Frequent replacement bus services will be provided during the closure, calling at or near stations on the affected routes. Customers are advised to plan journeys in advance. <a href="https://www.nexus.org.uk/metro/updates?open=t_planned-works">Click here for more information about the bus services.</a></p> <p>Major Projects Director at Nexus, Cathy Massarella, said: “We are investing £30m in Metro’s overhead lines. This is a once in a generation piece of modernisation work. It will mean we can deliver a high-quality Metro service for many years to come and it gets our network ready for the introduction of the new trains.</p> <p>“As part of this renewal programme we have to carry out a two-week major line closure on the busiest lines that run through the heart of Newcastle and Gateshead.</p> <p>“There is no good time to shut such a big chunk of the network, and this modernisation work can only be undertaken effectively during an extended closure period. I apologise to our customers in advance for the inconvenience this will cause.</p> <p>“Overhead wires are critical for the Metro system to operate. They are where the trains draw their high voltage power from.</p> <p>“The power lines in our central area are ageing. They face the most wear and tear on a daily basis and they need to be replaced as soon as practically possible, which is why this work is booked in for February.</p> <p>“We will ensure there is a fast and reliable replacement bus service running when the Metro line is shut. We advise passengers to plan their journeys in advance before travelling.”  </p> <p>The work is being packed into a two-week period to avoid months of weekend closures, and because the power lines in Metro’s busy central area are in urgent need of modernisation.</p> <p>Sections of overhead line in Metro’s central area tunnels deep beneath Newcastle city centre will be replaced during this project.</p> <p>Frequent replacement bus services, including express buses, will be provided during the closure, calling at or near stations on the affected route. All Metro tickets will be accepted on the buses, numbers 900 / 901 / X900 / X901. </p> <p>There will be extra trains between from Four Lane Ends via Whitley Bay to St James to provide people living in North Tyneside with an alternative route to Newcastle city centre.</p> <p>Metro trains will still be running in other areas, including: Airport-Regent Centre; St James-Four Lane Ends (Monument east/west remains open); Heworth-South Shields; Heworth-South Hylton. <br /> Ten Metro stations will be closed during the works: South Gosforth, Ilford Road , West Jesmond, Jesmond, Haymarket, Monument north/south platforms only, Central Station , Gateshead, Gateshead Stadium and Felling.<br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Mon, 18 Jan 2021 09:17:01 +0000 puntond 48231 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Metro fares review offers savings for workers and hard pressed families https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/metro-fares-review-offers-savings-workers-and-hard-pressed-families <span>Metro fares review offers savings for workers and hard pressed families</span> <div><time datetime="2021-01-14T14:00:00Z">Thu, 14/01/2021</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Thu, 14/01/2021</span> <div><p>Metro fares are set to continue offering savings for workers and hard-pressed families affected by the covid-19 crisis, amid an overall price rise in line with the cost of living.</p> <p>Nexus, the public body which owns and operates Metro, is facing the biggest financial challenge in its 40-year history - but is retaining the discounts customers get through the Pop Pay As You Go product.</p> <p>It also includes a freeze in the price of both Pop Blue Pay As You Go fares for those aged 18 and under, and commercial child fares for those aged 16 and under, now available for purchase on the newly launched Junior Blue Pay As You Go smartcard.</p> <p>Older people and people with disabilities get a further freeze on the price of the Gold Card at £12 a year. </p> <p>A Take The Kids For Free offer which currently applies at weekends will be extended all day, every day, in the Spring, if local restrictions have eased. </p> <p>Single, day, and season tickets, will go up in order to help meet Metro’s running costs - at a time when ridership has fallen due to ten months of Covid restrictions. </p> <p>Chief Operating Officer at Nexus, Martin Kearney, said: “We are determined to keep the excellent discounts that we offer through Pop Pay As You Go, despite facing the biggest financial crisis in 40 years of Metro operations due to Covid-19.</p> <p>“Our Pay As You Go product will help workers and hard-pressed families during difficult these times for North East England. People will still be able to get 45p off the cost of a single journey and 55p off the cost of a day ticket. It is excellent value and is the best way to get the most affordable Metro travel on offer.”</p> <p>He added: “Other fares do need to go up to help us meet our running costs at a time when we have seen a ridership drop due to Covid restrictions. We have kept these proposed increases as low as we possibly can.</p> <p>“The Metro is a public service that doesn’t make a profit, so we require Government support to keep it running.</p> <p>“This year we have required extra financial support and ministers have already allocated £39m for Metro since the start of lockdown. The latest deal will take us through to the end of March of this year.</p> <p>“Despite this, we have put forward a balanced a package of fares, one that will ensure that we can continue to offer the most affordable fares in the country.”</p> <p>The proposed Metro and Shields Ferry fares for 2021 were agreed by councillors on the Joint Transport Committee (Tyne and Wear Sub-committee) today, Thursday 14 January. </p> <p>The new Metro and Shields Ferry fares, which were deferred from January 2, will be effective from Thursday 1 April 2021:</p> <p>Full details: </p> <p>•    A one zone single will go up from £2.00 to £2.10; two zone single is up from £2.90 to 3.00; all zone single is up from £3.60 to £3.70. Pop Pay As You Go prices will rise by 10p, retaining a 45p discount compared to a standard single ticket. </p> <p>•    The cost of a one zone adult Day Ticket will go up from £3.20 to £3.30; a two zone Day Ticket is up from £4.30 to £4.40; an all zone Day Ticket us up from £5.30 to £5.40 Pop Pay As You Go prices will rise by 10p, retaining a 55p discount compared to a standard day ticket.</p> <p>•    A total freeze on all tickets for those aged 18 and under, including Pop Blue, season tickets and class passes for schools</p> <p>•    A minimum of a 30% discount versus the equivalent adult fares will continue to be offered to students via the Student Metro Season Ticket.</p> <p>•    The 18 and Under Metro Season Ticket, which offers a 60% discount on the cost of travel, remains available to all young people aged 16 to 18 irrespective of whether they are in full time education or not.</p> <p>•    The one zone weekly Metro Season Ticket is up from £11.40 to £11.50; a two zone weekly is up from £17.00 to £17.20; an all zone weekly is up from £23.10 to £23.30.</p> <p>•    The one zone four-week Metro Season Ticket is up from £40.30 to £40.70; the two zone four weekly is up from to £59.20 to £59.80; an all zone four weekly is up from £78.30 to £79.10.</p> <p>•    The price of the one zone annual Metro Season Ticket is up from £445.50 to £450; the two-zone annual is up from £622.10 to £628.50; the all zone annual is up from £688 to £695.</p> <p>•    An U16 single is 60p and a child all day ticket is £1.10 when bought on the U16 Pop card are both frozen in price in 2021.</p> <p>•    In October 2020, Nexus introduced a smartcard for children aged under 16 who do not have an Under 16 Pop card, called Junior Blue. Prices on Junior Blue mirror those of the Child commercial single ticket and have been frozen for 2021 at 90p for a single, and £1.40 for the maximum daily dare. The child transfare continues to be offered at TVMs and remains frozen at £1.10 for 2021.</p> <p>•    The Metro Gold Card, which gives pensioners and people with disabilities, unlimited off-peak Metro travel will remain frozen in price at £12, and £24 for those not resident in Tyne and Wear.</p> <p>•    A single ticket on the Shields Ferry is going up from £1.80 to £1.90; a Ferry day ticket is going up from £3.00 to £3.10; a child ferry single is frozen at 70p; Pop Pay As You go customers see a 45p saving on the cost of a single Shields Ferry trip, and a saving of 55p on the cost of a Ferry day ticket in comparison to the standard ticket price; Pop blue is frozen in price for journeys on the Shields Ferry. A one-week ticket for the Shields Ferry will go up from £10.60 to £10.70; a four-week ferry ticket is up from £37.20 to £37.60.</p> <p>•    Nexus has now appointed Pay by Phone to introduce cashless ticketing at Nexus’ six pay and display car parks on the Metro network (Bank Foot, Callerton Parkway, Four Lane Ends, Northumberland Park, Regent Centre, and Stadium of Light). With the introduction of Pay By Phone, the transaction fee associated with this new service will be passed onto car park customers through an increase, from £1 per day to  £1.20 per day. </p> <p>The Metro fares package for 2021 will see fares rise by an average of 1.6%, in line with the Retail Price Index (RPI) rate of inflation as of July 2020 ((1.6%).</p> </div> <section> </section> Thu, 14 Jan 2021 14:22:53 +0000 puntond 48145 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Changes to bus timetables during the latest lockdown https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/changes-bus-timetables-during-latest-lockdown <span>Changes to bus timetables during the latest lockdown</span> <div><time datetime="2021-01-13T10:45:00Z">Wed, 13/01/2021</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/dbayles" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">DBayles</span></span> <span>Wed, 13/01/2021</span> <div><p>People using local buses in North East England are being advised to check with operators before travel as some services will be running to a reduced frequency during the current lockdown.</p> <p>All bus routes in the region will continue to run, but frequencies will be stepped down where demand is very low and it will not affect social distancing.</p> <p>These stepdowns will not be as big as those seen during the first lockdown last year, but by checking operator websites passengers can avoid being caught out when they need to make essential journeys.</p> <p>Bus operators are currently receiving special funding from Nexus, local authorities and the Government to keep services going for critical workers, school pupils, and others who need to travel.   Any changes to frequency are being discussed and approved by Nexus and Durham and Northumberland councils as part of this.</p> <p>You can find updates from individual operators at <strong><a href="https://www.arrivabus.co.uk/latest-news/location/north-east?page=1">Arriva North East</a></strong>, <strong><a href="https://www.gonortheast.co.uk/service-updates">Go North East</a></strong> and <strong><a href="https://www.stagecoachbus.com/regional-service-updates/north-east/newcastle-upon-tyne">Stagecoach North East</a></strong>.</p> </div> <section> </section> Wed, 13 Jan 2021 10:50:56 +0000 DBayles 48133 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Central Station is the best Metro stop for Newcastle's mass vaccination centre https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/central-station-best-metro-stop-newcastles-mass-vaccination-centre <span>Central Station is the best Metro stop for Newcastle&#039;s mass vaccination centre </span> <div><time datetime="2021-01-11T17:00:00Z">Mon, 11/01/2021</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Mon, 11/01/2021</span> <div><p>Central Station is the nearest Metro stop to the mass vaccine hub at the Centre for Life in Newcastle.</p> <p>People should only attend the centre if they have been contacted by the NHS to go along for the Covid-19 jab.</p> <p>The closest Metro stop to the vaccine Centre is Central Station. It is best to exit the station via the Neville Street entrance, before heading west along Neville Street to the Centre for Life, which is approximately 250 metres away.</p> <p>Nexus concessionary travel pass holders can travel for free to any vaccination location in Tyne and Wear before 9.30am if they show their appointment letter along with their pass.</p> <p>If heading home on Metro after having the vaccine people still need to wear a face covering and follow social distancing rules. </p> <p><strong>About the vaccine centre:</strong></p> <p>People who book into a vaccine centre will be greeted by volunteers who will marshal carparks and register them when they arrive. Bookings are staggered to allow social distancing.</p> <p>They will receive a health status check and a pre-vaccination assessment before they have their jab and then be observed for 15 minutes. The process should take well under an hour.</p> <p>As with other vaccination services people should wait to be invited by the NHS.</p> <p>The NHS Covid-19 Vaccination Booking Service can only be used by those who have received an invitation letter. It will also not be possible to get a vaccine at a Vaccination Centre or Community Pharmacy without an appointment. Doing so risks disrupting the work of NHS staff in protecting those at highest risk.</p> <p>  </p> </div> <section> </section> Mon, 11 Jan 2021 18:01:14 +0000 puntond 48126 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Covid-19: Travel rules under the Government’s new national lockdown measures https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/covid-19-travel-rules-under-governments-new-national-lockdown-measures <span>Covid-19: Travel rules under the Government’s new national lockdown measures </span> <div><time datetime="2021-01-04T20:00:00Z">Mon, 04/01/2021</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Mon, 04/01/2021</span> <div><p>Public transport services will continue to operate for key workers following the Prime Minister’s announcement of a new national lockdown to prevent the spread of coronavirus.</p> <p>People are advised to stay at home and should not travel unless it is essential. </p> <p>The Tyne and Wear Metro will continue to operate to all destinations, but the Government has told people stay at home, except for specific reasons, including essential shopping, to work, if you cannot work from home, to exercise, to seek medical help, and to escape domestic abuse.</p> <p><a href="https://www.gov.uk/guidance/national-lockdown-stay-at-home">Click here for the Government lockdown rules.</a></p> <p>Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, said that people should adhere to the new restrictions, and anyone who does have to travel must wear a face covering unless exempt.</p> <p>Chief Operating Officer at Nexus, Martin Kearney, said: “These are tough new restrictions that will limit travel on local transport services and we expect people to follow these rules in order to prevent the rising spread of Covid-19.</p> <p>“The Prime Minister has said how important public transport is for key workers to get around, and Metro will remain in operation but it is absolutely clear that people should only use it for the most essential journeys.</p> <p>“People should only travel if they need to buy basic necessities, for medical need, and to travel to and from work when it is absolutely necessary and you can’t work from home.</p> <p>“I urge the public to adhere to these new restrictions set down by the Government. Don’t travel if you don’t need to. This is a public health emergency and we have to do all that we can to beat Covid 19.”</p> <p>Bus companies and Nexus, which operates Metro and the Shields Ferry, already have extensive measures in place to provide a covid-secure experience.  </p> <p>This includes additional cleaning and anti-microbial treatment, contactless and smart payment, guidance to help people maintain social distancing throughout their journey, sanitiser points at busy stations and interchanges, and apps to help you see when buses and trains are busy.</p> <p>For more information go to <a href="https://www.nexus.org.uk/covid-secure">www.nexus.org.uk/covid-secure</a><br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Mon, 04 Jan 2021 20:35:17 +0000 puntond 48032 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Metro drivers get first look at new trains through virtual reality https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/metro-drivers-get-first-look-new-trains-through-virtual-reality <span>Metro drivers get first look at new trains through virtual reality</span> <div><time datetime="2020-12-29T10:00:00Z">Tue, 29/12/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Tue, 29/12/2020</span> <div><p>Metro drivers are getting a first glimpse of their new trains through virtual reality.</p> <p>VR headsets, provided by the Swiss train builder, Stadler, offers an immersive experience that allows drivers to see inside the new cab before it has even been built.</p> <p>The computer-generated images deliver a virtual tour of the new train’s state-of-the-art driver’s cab. It allows Metro drivers to offer essential feedback on the controls, layout, and instrument displays.</p> <p>Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, said the VR technology was a vital tool to get train crews ready for the new £362m fleet – which will transform the Tyne and Wear Metro system from 2023. </p> <p>Metro Development Director, Neil Blagburn, said: “Virtual reality is a highly versatile design tool that allows us to consult our drivers in a Covid secure way.</p> <p>“The technology delivers a wholly immersive experience that allows them to explore the computer-generated cab and provide feedback that the designers can use to refine the cab design. As many of our 155 drivers as possible will be taking time out to use the VR headsets over a nine-week consultation period.</p> <p>“The use of VR helps ensure that when the time comes for them to get behind the controls we have delivered the best possible layout for them.</p> <p>“The new cab will be a world away from what we currently have. The technology will be transformative. The VR technology allows the drivers to see for the first time what they can expect from the proposed cab layout and design.</p> <p>“This is another significant stage in the delivery of the new Metro fleet, with the manufacturing process scheduled to begin next year.”</p> <p>Adrian Wetter, Project Manager at Stadler, said: “Stadler makes use of technology to get feedback from its clients, their staff and passengers throughout the build process and to ensure that the right train is built for them. Using virtual reality headsets as part of driver training is one example of this.</p> <p>“The kit enables drivers to get a feel for the new trains from the very early stages of the project, and means that they can prepare for them well in advance. This ultimately saves time and resources.</p> <p>Furthermore, comments and observations from drivers on the experience is essential for the cab design, contributing to its overall usability and comfort.”</p> <p>Stadler has provided the VR technology to Nexus so that the driver familiarisation work is able to start now.</p> <p>The data will be sent back to the designers in Switzerland to iron out any issues before the production line rolls in 2021.</p> <p>Stadler is building a total of 46 new Metro trains for Nexus, which will be delivered up to 2024. They will be responsible for servicing and maintaining these trains for  35 years, underscoring their commitment to the regional economy.</p> <p>The new trains, which will be 15 times more reliable and will cut energy consumption by 30%, will have modern features including charging points, air conditioning and a step-change in accessibility.</p> <p>Among new features will be an automatic sliding step at every door of the new trains, making travel easier for Metro’s 50,000 wheelchair passengers as well as people with children’s buggies, luggage or bicycles.<br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Tue, 29 Dec 2020 10:56:39 +0000 puntond 47996 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Heworth transport interchange is fitted with a defibrillator https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/heworth-transport-interchange-fitted-defibrillator <span>Heworth transport interchange is fitted with a defibrillator</span> <div><time datetime="2020-12-21T10:00:00Z">Mon, 21/12/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Mon, 21/12/2020</span> <div><p>A busy public transport hub in Gateshead has been fitted with a life-saving defibrillator.</p> <p>Heworth interchange has had the defibrillator installed thanks to a donation by Northumbrian Water.</p> <p>The device, known as a defib, is there for people to use if someone suffers a cardiac arrest. Defibrillators deliver an electric shock to the chest to restore a person’s heart to a normal rhythm.</p> <p>Northumbrian Water funded the defib after carrying out extensive works in the area around Heworth Interchange, which saw part of the long-stay car park taken out of use. The work represented a £4m investment in protecting the local environment by upgrading sewers and highway drainage in partnership with Gateshead Council.</p> <p>Metro Operations Director, Chris Carson, said: “We’re grateful for the support Northumbrian Water in providing us with a defibrillator for Heworth interchange. </p> <p>“These devices can deliver life-saving treatment in an emergency so it’s great that we are able to add another defib to another busy stop on our network, following on from the ones we installed at Monument and Haymarket in 2017.</p> <p>“Our frontline teams have been briefed on what they need to do, but the defib is also there for a member of the public to use in the event someone has suffered a cardiac arrest. When you dial 999 the North East Ambulance Service will always know where the nearest defib is located.”</p> <p>Paul Davison, Northumbrian Water’s Project Manager, said: “The completed scheme has removed a large proportion of the Heworth Burn from our sewerage system, freeing up vital capacity in our network and protecting the River Tyne while also reducing  potential for flooding from sewers and highways drainage. </p> <p>“We worked very closely with Nexus and were able to utilise part of the long-stay car park to construct a new surface water pumping station. As way of a big thank you, we are delighted todonate the defibrillator to leave a positive legacy that, while we hope it is never needed, is there to help keep users of the Heworth Interchange safe.”</p> <p>Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, has already installed defibrillators at Haymarket and Monument Metro stations in the centre of Newcastle in August 2017.</p> <p>Defibrillators are intended for use by anyone in public places.  They are found in schools, airports, leisure centres, hospitals, clinics and ambulances.<br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Mon, 21 Dec 2020 10:30:04 +0000 puntond 47948 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Temporary Metro Depot becomes operational in North Tyneside https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/temporary-metro-depot-becomes-operational-north-tyneside <span>Temporary Metro Depot becomes operational in North Tyneside</span> <div><time datetime="2020-12-17T12:00:00Z">Thu, 17/12/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Thu, 17/12/2020</span> <div><p>A new temporary depot which has been built to welcome the Tyne and Wear Metro’s new £362m train fleet has officially become operational.</p> <p>The Howdon site in North Tyneside will be used to on-track the new Metro trains from 2022, and for maintenance of the current rolling stock while the main Gosforth depot in Newcastle is completely rebuilt.</p> <p>Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, said it was another step in the process of getting new Metro trains – which will transform the customer experience when they start entering service.</p> <p>Metro Development Director, Neil Blagburn, said: “We now have a dedicated facility to welcome the new Metro trains from 2022. Howdon is also a vital satellite depot for up to a quarter of the current fleet while we build the new main depot at Gosforth.</p> <p>“It’s a small but important step towards getting the new Metro trains. When they roll off the production line in Switzerland they will be transported here by rail and Howdon will be the point where they are delivered on to our network before testing and training gets underway.</p> <p>“We are investing £70m on a totally new main depot at Gosforth. That reconstruction process starts in earnest next year, so we need Howdon to help us with that transitioning process.</p> <p>“It’s a huge amount of investment in Metro and it gives it a really bright future which promises to be transformational for our customers and our workforce.”</p> <p>Rob Baxter, managing director of Stadler Rail Service UK, added: “The completion of Howdon depot takes us one step closer along the journey to deliver new trains in a couple of years’ time. </p> <p>“Despite the challenges that 2020 has brought, we have achieved a lot this year, including signing the contract with Nexus, transferring all the depot staff to our business, and starting work to re-build Gosforth depot. </p> <p>“With this project now well underway, we look forward to continued working with Nexus and our local stakeholders and suppliers in 2021 and beyond.”</p> <p>Howdon depot, which has been built from scratch in just over a year, will be used for the cleaning and preparation of up to a quarter of the existing Metro fleet during a four-year transition to the new £70m depot at Gosforth.</p> <p>Work on the Gosforth depot has commenced and will start to ramp up in 2021.</p> <p>The new Metro trains will be delivered through Howdon when the new trains are transported to the UK by rail from Switzerland via the Channel Tunnel – a process that is expected to start in 2022.</p> <p>Howdon development has been funded as part of the Metro fleet replacement programme.</p> <p>The transition to the new Gosforth depot will take four years, making the requirement for a satellite depot essential to ensure that Metro operations can continue.</p> <p>A total of 11 new lines, totalling 1.5km, have gone in at Howdon, along with 13 new track junctions and 1,000 sleepers.</p> <p>Acquiring money from the Transforming Cities Fund to deliver the Metro Flow project will also mean that this facility is likely to play an important role in future Metro operations.</p> <p>Nexus secured Government grant funding of £337m towards the projected £362m cost of designing and building a new train fleet and depot.  This and the ongoing maintenance of the fleet over 35 years makes the total investment about £700m.</p> <p>Stadler, the Swiss train builder, will build, deliver and maintain the new Metro fleet.</p> <p>Buckingham Group Contracting Ltd  built the temporary Howdon Metro depot working in collaboration with Nexus.<br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Thu, 17 Dec 2020 13:14:30 +0000 puntond 47930 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Metro features in a new online exhibition at Discovery Museum https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/metro-features-new-online-exhibition-discovery-museum <span>Metro features in a new online exhibition at Discovery Museum </span> <div><time datetime="2020-12-16T23:30:00Z">Wed, 16/12/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Wed, 16/12/2020</span> <div><p>The Tyne and Wear Metro has been featured in new online exhibition at Newcastle’s Discovery Museum in association with Google Arts and Culture.</p> <p>Colourful Discoveries encourages people to explore Discovery Museum’s diverse collections through a kaleidoscopic lens, from Victorian silk fans to activist material, 1960s dresses to WWI era packaging, vintage film posters and more.</p> <p>Originally inspired by Newcastle being confirmed as the host city for UK Pride 2020, the exhibition focuses on the six colours of the Pride flag.</p> <p>A short film has been made celebrating Metro in its 40th anniversary year, along with the work of the pioneering graphic designer Margaret Calvert, who designed Metro’s iconic logo.</p> <p>Carolyn Ball, Manager of Discovery Museum said: “Colourful Discoveries was originally planned to be our major temporary exhibition in 2020, but due to our lengthy closure we decided to put the entire exhibition online for everyone to enjoy.</p> <p>“With the global reach and stamp of quality Google Arts and Culture provides, we are delighted that we can still deliver something new for our visitors and also connect with wider audiences across the world.</p> <p>“This vibrant exhibition highlights the breadth of collections held at Discovery Museum that reflect many aspects of Tyneside life.”</p> <p>The Google Arts interface allows the user to zoom in on detail, allowing close–ups of details a person would not be able to experience if exploring a museum display case. The physical origins and social meanings of colours are also discussed.</p> <p>The exhibition can be viewed online through Discovery Museum’s website, and the Google Arts and Culture website or app. </p> <p>Each week Discovery Museum will be publishing new content on social media celebrating each colour, including objects which didn’t make it into the final exhibition.  This will be complemented by colour themed family activities.</p> <p>The museum’s digital presence is also expanding with a series of five short films made with north east historian Dan Jackson, author of The Northumbrian: North-East England and Its People, A New History.</p> <p>Dan chose some of his favourite objects in the museum to tell stories about the north east people. These can be viewed via discoverymuseum.org.uk and the museum’s social media channels. </p> </div> <section> </section> Wed, 16 Dec 2020 23:18:27 +0000 puntond 47926 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Nexus announces fundraising mission for Feeding Families https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/nexus-announces-fundraising-mission-feeding-families <span>Nexus announces fundraising mission for Feeding Families</span> <div><time datetime="2020-12-09T16:07:10Z">Wed, 09/12/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/heathcotej" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">heathcotej</span></span> <span>Wed, 09/12/2020</span> <div><p>Nexus has announced Feeding Families as their chosen charity, as voted for by their employees.</p> <p>The tie up with the charity will include regular food donations and fundraising activities throughout the year, starting this week. </p> <p>On Friday 11 December at Gateshead Interchange and Monday 21 December at Park Lane Interchange, Nexus staff will be getting in the festive spirit and collecting cash donations from the public, passengers and staff.</p> <p>Collections also start this week in Nexus buildings and will continue into 2021.</p> <p>Building on the transport link, Feeding Families plan to put the money raised towards buying a vehicle, which will allow them to collect and deliver more donations across the region.</p> <p>Every year the one thousand-strong Nexus workforce selects a charity to support and holds a series of fundraising events to raise money for that particular good cause.</p> <p>Martin Kearney, Chief Operating Officer at Nexus, said: “2020 has been challenging for all of us, and for families who are really struggling, Feeding Families has been a lifeline for them. We’re delighted to be able to add our support to their very worthy cause and provide some relief to families in the North East who are living in poverty.</p> <p>“I know a lot of our staff will give up their own time to get involved and help us towards our fundraising. We might have some additional challenges due to Covid-19 stopping some activities, but like everything else, we’ll find a way around it to make sure Feeding Families receive as much support from us as possible.”</p> <p>Feeding Families is a relatively new charity, registered in 2018 after a small project to provide Christmas hampers to six families received a lot of interest and attention. The charity is providing over 7000 Christmas hampers to families in need in the North East this year.</p> <p>Juliet Sanders, Chief Executive Officer of Feeding Families said: “We were delighted to hear that Nexus have adopted us as their chosen charity in the coming year. We are all about communities coming together and to have such a well-known and respected business support us is very exciting and encouraging. We hope that together we can do great things to help many in our region.”</p> </div> <section> </section> Wed, 09 Dec 2020 16:04:30 +0000 heathcotej 47772 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Royal couple thank transport workers for keeping the country moving https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/royal-couple-thank-transport-workers-keeping-country-moving <span>Royal couple thank transport workers for keeping the country moving</span> <div><time datetime="2020-12-08T13:00:00Z">Tue, 08/12/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Tue, 08/12/2020</span> <div><p>The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have personally thanked transport workers for their efforts during the pandemic.</p> <p>Kate and Prince William wrote the deeply personal message at the start of their nationwide train tour to meet key workers.</p> <p>The heartfelt message – dedicated to transport staffers across the UK – was written on a service information board at London’s Euston Station.</p> <p>The Duchess of Cambridge personally wrote the message on the iconic whiteboard - commonly known as TfL boards - at the transport hub. </p> <p>Kate wrote: "Thank you to all transport workers everywhere for keeping the country moving throughout this difficult year. </p> <p>"Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!" </p> <p>Both royals then signed off the message with their names - Catherine and William.<br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Tue, 08 Dec 2020 13:33:27 +0000 puntond 47762 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Hundreds have their say so far on Northumberland rail scheme https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/hundreds-have-their-say-so-far-northumberland-rail-scheme <span>Hundreds have their say so far on Northumberland rail scheme </span> <div><time datetime="2020-12-02T15:00:00Z">Wed, 02/12/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Wed, 02/12/2020</span> <div><p>There's still time for people to have their say in a major consultation on the reintroduction of a rail passenger service in Northumberland. </p> <p>The council’s been delighted with the response so far, with over 500 people taking the time to give their views on detailed plans for the Northumberland Line – which will connect Ashington to central Newcastle with a number of stops in between. </p> <p>Progress on the scheme has already been welcomed by government which has described the project as ‘transformational’.  </p> <p>The consultation is available until December 14 by going to <a href="https://haveyoursay.northumberland.gov.uk/transport/nl/">nland.uk/line   </a></p> <p>With a proposed opening date for passenger services in winter 2023, thousands of residents a day could be transported between Ashington and Newcastle in just over half an hour, while the scheme could boost the local economy by up to £470m. </p> <p>The ambitious scheme includes new stations at Ashington, Bedlington, Blyth Bebside, Newsham, Seaton Delaval and Northumberland Park in North Tyneside, as well as upgrades to the track and changes to level crossings where bridges or underpasses may need to be built. </p> <p>Cllr Richard Wearmouth, Cabinet Member responsible for economic development, said: “We’re really pleased with the response so far and want to thank everyone who’s taken time to make their views known on this hugely important scheme for the whole region. </p> <p>“With less than a fortnight to go we hope more people will take the opportunity to look at the details and have their say on a project which is set to transform this part of the world.” </p> <p>Hard copies of the consultation documents can be requested via email at <a href="mailto:rail@northumberland.gov.uk">rail@northumberland.gov.uk</a> or by calling 0345 600 6400. </p> </div> <section> </section> Wed, 02 Dec 2020 16:38:04 +0000 puntond 47723 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Covid: Travel advice under Tier 3 restrictions https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/covid-travel-advice-under-tier-3-restrictions <span>Covid: Travel advice under Tier 3 restrictions </span> <div><time datetime="2020-12-01T13:00:00Z">Tue, 01/12/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Tue, 01/12/2020</span> <div><p>People in North East England are advised they can still use public transport services during Tier 3 Covid restrictions, but where possible should reduce the number journey that they make.</p> <p>Residents can continue to travel for work and for education, and other journeys which are essential, such as for medical treatment, social care responsibilities and visiting people in a support bubble.</p> <p>Tier 3 advice states that people should reduce the number of journeys they make wherever this is possible, avoid car sharing, and walk or cycle if you can.</p> <p>Passengers must wear a face covering unless exempt and should follow safety guidelines – keep your distance from other passengers, wash your hands frequently and use contactless payments.</p> <p>You must not travel if you are experiencing any coronavirus symptoms, are self-isolating as a result of coronavirus symptoms, are sharing a household or support bubble with somebody with symptoms, or have been told to self-isolate after being contacted by NHS Test and Trace.</p> <p>Customer Services Director at Nexus, Huw Lewis, said: “Our region is now under Tier 3 restrictions and that means people can still use public transport but they should reduce the number of journeys they make where possible.</p> <p>“You can use transport services for work and education, or when the journey is essential for other purposes, and wear a face covering when travelling unless you are exempt.  You should also wash hands and use sanitiser throughout the day and keep as much space as possible from other people.</p> <p>“Bus and Metro in the North East is Covid-secure thanks to the constant effort of the people who work on it, with new guidance and signage to aid social distancing, extra cleaning regimes with special anti-microbial products, and the use of hand sanitiser points at busy stops and routes.</p> <p>“The other people that make public transport safe are our customers, who by following the rules make sure we can all travel safely.  Passengers are reminded that face coverings are mandatory, unless exempt, and they must be worn throughout your journey. We have new customer support teams patrolling on the network to engage and support people with the new rules.</p> <p>“Metro is running a frequent service with a train every six or seven minutes through the centre of Newcastle.  This will cope with demand but we ask shoppers to avoid the traditional morning and afternoon peak times when there are more commuters and students and school pupils travelling.</p> <p>“We have drafting in extra colleagues to help customers maintain social distancing.  Please follow the advice of our customer service teams if you are asked to queue before boarding.”</p> <p>Bus companies and Nexus, which operates Metro and the Shields Ferry, already have extensive measures in place to provide a covid-secure experience.  </p> <p>This includes additional cleaning and anti-microbial treatment, contactless and smart payment, guidance to help people maintain distance throughout their journey, sanitiser points at busy stations and interchanges, and apps to help you see when buses and trains are busy.</p> <p>More than 100 extra buses every day are operating to get pupils to school while maintaining distance and separation from other passengers.</p> <p>The web pages <a href="https://www.nexus.org.uk/covid-secure">www.nexus.org,uk/covid-secure</a>  provide advice to passengers and links to information for all the region’s main transport operators.<br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Tue, 01 Dec 2020 13:31:35 +0000 puntond 47716 at https://www.nexus.org.uk The Shields Ferry gets a new engine from Norway https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/shields-ferry-gets-new-engine-norway <span>The Shields Ferry gets a new engine from Norway</span> <div><time datetime="2020-11-30T10:00:00Z">Mon, 30/11/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Mon, 30/11/2020</span> <div><p>The Shields Ferry has had a new engine fitted on one of its two vessels.</p> <p>Nexus, the public body which owns and operates the cross-Tyne service, bought the refurbished power unit from a supplier in Norway.</p> <p>The Spirit of the Tyne has got the new diesel motor as part of a £400,000 investment programme. </p> <p>This allows one of the Spirit’s current engines to be taken away for an overhaul without having to take the boat out of service for a lengthy period.</p> <p>It was shipped to the UK and installed at the South Shields ferry landing.</p> <p>Shields Ferry Manager, Carol Timlin, said: “I’m pleased to say that we have successfully replaced one of the engines on our vessel Spirit of the Tyne.</p> <p>“This means that we can get the existing engines overhauled without taking the boat out of service for a long period. It’s great news. Our fitters did an excellent job getting this all done in just two days.”</p> <p>Ferry Fitter, Mark Eccles, said: “The process involved disconnecting the old engine and lifting it out, and then lowering the new one into the Spirit’s engine bay and reconnecting it all up.</p> <p>“One of the problems we’ve had in the past is that we didn’t have a spare motor. This  new one allows us to carry out maintenance without taking the boat out of service for a month.</p> <p>“It also means that in the event of an engine failure we now have a spare that can be put straight in.</p> <p>“This type of engine is no longer manufactured, so this also gives us a good supply of components, guaranteeing the future of the vessel for a long time to come.</p> <p>“We knew that models of this type of engines don’t grow on trees so we scoured Europe and we managed to find one over in Norway. It was originally a generator on a tugboat and it has been converter for us. It’s a really good outcome.”<br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Mon, 30 Nov 2020 11:02:52 +0000 puntond 47697 at https://www.nexus.org.uk The region's first electric buses are launched in Newcastle and Gateshead https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/regions-first-electric-buses-are-launched-newcastle-and-gateshead <span>The region&#039;s first electric buses are launched in Newcastle and Gateshead</span> <div><time datetime="2020-11-27T13:00:00Z">Fri, 27/11/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Fri, 27/11/2020</span> <div><p>The region’s first fully electric buses which are capable of all-day service with a single overnight charge have entered service in Newcastle Gateshead. </p> <p>Bus operator, Go North East, has unveiled nine high-tech zero-emission buses as part of a £3.7million joint-funded project.</p> <p>Voltra is being delivered in partnership with Go North East, Nexus and local councils following our joint success in achieving funding from the Government’s Ultra-Low Emission Bus Scheme which has helped support Go North East’s £2m investment. </p> <p>This fund helps support some of the additional costs of electric vehicles over diesel equivalents and the charging infrastructure.</p> <p>The buses are powered by zero-emission clean sources such as solar, wind and hydro, and are housed in a new electric bus micro depot capable of accommodating 30 electric buses, paving the way for future investment.</p> <p>These state-of-the-art, super environmentally friendly buses, branded ‘Voltra’, will run between Gateshead, Saltwell Park and Newcastle on Go North East services 53 and 54.</p> <p>Martijn Gilbert, managing director at Go North East, said: “This is the dawn of a new era for bus travel here in the North East as we launch what we believe are the very best local buses in the UK, and probably beyond, with a game-changing bus of the future experience for customers, not just with zero-emission buses but a range of pioneering technologies and customer features to revolutionise bus travel.</p> <p>“This represents a major investment of £2million topped up by the Government’s Ultra-Low Emission Bus Fund, to help boost the recovery of our region ready for unlocking and demonstrates our commitment to improving air quality for our communities. </p> <p>“Sustainability is key and our Voltra buses run on electricity sourced with green credentials, but Voltra is far more than an electric bus fleet as we’ve looked at every detail and maximised the use of technology to provide a new standard in bus travel including customer comfort, information and ticketing.</p> <p>“We hope that by introducing these fully-electric buses, we can help flip the switch on people’s behaviour too and see more people across our region leave the car behind to help reduce congestion on our roads and improve air quality for us all. Clean, affordable and sustainable next generation travel has arrived.”</p> <p>Cllr Martin Gannon, Leader of Gateshead Council and Chair of the North East Joint Transport Committee, added: “The launch of Go North East’s fully-electric bus fleet shows that once again the North East is leading the way in providing innovative sustainable transport options for the public. I am particularly pleased that the region’s first electric buses will be launched in my hometown of Gateshead.  </p> <p>“The introduction of Voltra services will help to improve air quality in the region and supports our commitment to carbon reduction across the board. As outlined in the draft North East Transport Plan, we’re keen to lead the green transport revolution and we’d encourage people to make use of these wonderful new services in the future.”</p> <p>The electric buses have a striking new futuristic look and boast a whole host of onboard features to deliver a bus of the future experience, including high quality interiors with luxury seating using sustainably produced materials.</p> <p>Features include free Wi-Fi, wireless and USB charging, seat back phone holders that allow you to comfortably watch videos from your seat, next-stop audio-visual announcements, and ‘tap-on tap-off’ contactless bankcard ticketing, which is a first for the North East.</p> <p>All you need to do when travelling on Voltra is simply tap your contactless card as you get on, and as you get off, then the system automatically calculates the fare and caps out at the day or weekly ticket prices if travelling multiple times, making sure you pay the best price – no more than £3 a day or £13 a week.</p> <p>To find out more about Go North East, visit <a href="https://www.gonortheast.co.uk./">www.gonortheast.co.uk. </a></p> </div> <section> </section> Fri, 27 Nov 2020 13:07:27 +0000 puntond 47664 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Record number of new Metro drivers in training at new £8.4m Nexus Learning Centre https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/record-number-new-metro-drivers-training-new-ps84m-nexus-learning-centre <span>Record number of new Metro drivers in training at new £8.4m Nexus Learning Centre</span> <div><time datetime="2020-11-27T10:00:00Z">Fri, 27/11/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Fri, 27/11/2020</span> <div><p>A record number of new Metro drivers are in training at a new £8.4m Nexus Learning Centre in South Shields.</p> <p>Thirty recruits – Metro’s biggest ever single intake of drivers – are among the first to use the purpose-built facility, which has opened its doors for the first time following the completion of construction work over the summer.</p> <p>Nexus, the public body which owns and manages the Tyne and Wear Metro, has built the new Learning Centre to bring wide range of rail infrastructure and operations training under one roof in a modern new setting.</p> <p>The development has been funded through a £7m grant from the Government’s Local Growth Fund through the North East Local Enterprise Partnership and a £1.4m contribution by Nexus.</p> <p>The biggest ever number of new Metro train crews are being trained after previous schools were halted due to the unavailability of national testing centres as a result of the March lockdown. </p> <p>Chief Operating Officer at Nexus, Martin Kearney, said: “We’re delighted to open the doors of our new, purpose-built Learning Centre in South Shields. This facility is part of our vision of an exciting future for Nexus.</p> <p>“Metro drivers are among the first ones to use these modern facilities as we push ahead with the latest training schools, which previously been held up by the first lockdown. </p> <p>“The Learning Centre will transform the quality of the training we provide to our workforce and industry partners, ensuring we keep Metro part of everyday life for the people who use the service every day.</p> <p>“It’s a place where our employees will go to develop themselves professionally, and to work on strategies to improve what we do and how we do it.</p> <p>“A lot of our training was previously being delivered in mobile classrooms, so this new building heralds a new era and a step change in quality.”</p> <p>Head of Learning at Nexus, Heather Blevins, said: “We have transformed our staff training facilities with the opening of our new Learning Centre. It marks the start of a bright future for the development of our workforce.</p> <p>“We now have a bespoke, ultra-modern building that brings a range of key training disciplines under one roof. </p> <p>“All staff will get the opportunity to benefit from these facilities. It’s a major investment that future proofs our organisation for many years to come.”</p> <p>Helen Golightly, Chief Executive of the North East Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “The Local Growth Fund supports projects in our region that help develop skills, and enhance our strategic transport sites and public transport infrastructure. The new Nexus Learning Centre is a fantastic example of the positive impact the Local Growth Fund is having in the North East LEP region.</p> <p>“It follows the opening of the nearby landmark Transport Interchange in South Shields in 2019, which also benefitted from investment from the Local Growth Fund.</p> <p>“The new Nexus Learning Centre will help create more and better jobs in the North East, and support the continued improvements to Tyne and Wear Metro, which has a vital role to play in the economic success of our region.”</p> <p>The Nexus Learning Centres boasts a 70 metre stretch of dual track for rail infrastructure training, including track, track points, signalling and overhead line.</p> <p>It will eventually be home to a new computerised Metro driver training simulator, in preparation for the delivery of new Metro trains.  It will also allow engineering staff to learn how to maintain the new trains, which are set to start arriving in 2022 and enter services in 2023.</p> <p>Nexus can now safely and securely stable Metro trains overnight in South Shields, allowing for an earlier start of services and later evening services from South Shields when the new train fleet is brought into service.</p> <p>Other facilities include classrooms, offices, a staff canteen and breakout area, store rooms, a conference room for 50 people.</p> <p>The Learning Centre was built by the construction firm GallifordTry, and was designed by Stephen George + Partners, one of the UK’s leading architectural practices.</p> <p>The trainee Metro drivers were originally recruited last year but then had to waiting for the opportunity to start their school. They are undertaking a six-month period of training and will be ready to go into service in March and April 2021.</p> <p>A group of 16 trainees had been due to start in May of this year, meaning that they would have been ready to start driving by November, but that was postponed due to lockdown.</p> <p>The cancellation of that driver school meant that the Metro traincrew establishment is forecast to be 10% below requirements in December 2020 and 13% below requirements in January 2021.</p> <p>Nexus doubled its annual driver trainee intake in September 2019 from 24 to 48. This allowed for six training schools to run per year.</p> <p>This new training programme was being fulfilled up until the UK was locked down in March due to the coronavirus outbreak – which is why trainee intakes were enhanced again to catch up.<br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Fri, 27 Nov 2020 11:10:41 +0000 puntond 47662 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Stadler pledges to work in partnership with Newcastle University https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/stadler-pledges-work-partnership-newcastle-university <span>Stadler pledges to work in partnership with Newcastle University</span> <div><time datetime="2020-11-26T14:00:00Z">Thu, 26/11/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Thu, 26/11/2020</span> <div><p>The Swiss company which is building new trains for the Tyne and Wear Metro has announced a new collaboration with Newcastle University to promote shared learning and innovation. </p> <p>Stadler has committed to collaborating with Newcastle University on a variety of projects, underscoring its commitment to North East England. </p> <p>This follows the announcement in January that Nexus, the public body which own and manages Metro, had awarded them the contract to build, deliver and maintain 42 new trains. </p> <p>Newcastle University and Stadler have formally agreed to work together on a broad range of initiatives, signing a ‘memorandum of understanding’ to endorse their partnership. </p> <p>Rob Baxter, managing director of Stadler Rail Service UK, said: “Stadler is very pleased to have signed this  agreement with Newcastle University. Both our business and the university put a premium on research, education, innovation and enterprise, and I look forward to a successful partnership, which I am confident will enhance and enrich the two organisations.”</p> <p>Dr Roberto Palacin, Reader in Transport Futures, Newcastle University, said: "I am delighted that our relationship with Stadler is formalised through this MoU to closely collaborate in specific innovative projects related to the design, operation and maintenance to the new Metro fleet as well as enhancing our educational offer in engineering, providing a long-lasting positive impact to our city, region and beyond.”</p> <p>Metro Development Director, Neil Blagburn, said: “In Stadler we have appointed one of the best train builders in the world and this new agreement with Newcastle University really underpins their commitment to our region and their investment in our local economy as they gear up to build the new Metro train fleet.</p> <p>“I have no doubt that joint working with the university on research, education and innovatiion will be hugely beneficial. This builds on the work that the Open Lab team has already done to give over 20,000 people a say on what the new trains should be like. </p> <p>“Collaboration and knowledge sharing is vital and ensures that the development of our new trains, and our partnership with Stadler, leave a positive and lasting legacy for many years to come.”</p> <p>The two organisations have pledged to collaborate with each other on all aspects of the Metro fleet programme, including the technology and knowledge required for their construction, as well as for maintaining them at Gosforth depot in Newcastle.</p> <p>Joint projects will cover research, education, innovation, energy conservation at a systems level, condition monitoring and driver-training. The agreement is for five years, to be reviewed thereafter. </p> <p>Stadler has pledged to support the regional economy and involve as many Tyne and Wear-based companies and institutions in the new trains project as possible.</p> <p>It is keen to use local suppliers for materials and services required for the depot re-build, the manufacturing of the new trains and the ongoing service and maintenance of both the legacy fleet and the new trains.</p> <p>Next year, it will for the third time be the headline sponsor of EMCON, the annual regional networking event at Newton Aycliffe, County Durham. Committed to nurturing talent, Stadler will invest in its workforce, providing employees with the education and training needed for 21st century trains.</p> </div> <section> </section> Thu, 26 Nov 2020 14:15:24 +0000 puntond 47651 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Smartphone ticketing arrives on the Tyne and Wear Metro https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/smartphone-ticketing-arrives-tyne-and-wear-metro <span>Smartphone ticketing arrives on the Tyne and Wear Metro </span> <div><time datetime="2020-11-24T13:00:00Z">Tue, 24/11/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Tue, 24/11/2020</span> <div><p>Metro customers can now use a smartphone to pay for their travel and open ticket gates on the network, in a unique partnership between Google Pay and Nexus, the public body which runs the system.</p> <p>Nexus is working with Google Pay and other tech partners on a project, it says, will transform how people access the system in a contactless way – vital in the Covid-19 era.</p> <p>The new technology has been enabled on all Android smartphones, so that people can buy digital tickets from a Pop card app, anytime, anywhere.</p> <p>Customer Services Director at Nexus, Huw Lewis, said: “The Pop card app will revolutionise how people can pay for their travel and then access the Metro network by simply touching their phone on to a gate or validator.</p> <p>“Customers can buy and store electronic tickets on Android smartphones, and then travel without needing to carry a separate ticket or smartcard.</p> <p>“It’s convenient, easy to use, speeds up journey times, and, in this Covid-19 era, it will further minimise the need for customers to use cash and come into contact high with touch surfaces on our ticket machines.</p> <p>“We have worked with one of the world’s biggest companies on one hand and Nebula Labs, a tech start-up from here in North East England, to make this happen.”</p> <p>Passengers can download the Pop app from the Google Play Store and use it to buy and store electronic Metro tickets through Google Pay, and then to travel using their smartphone in place of a Pop card, touching in and out at automated ticket gates and station validators.</p> <p>When people purchase their Metro ticket on the app it uses near-field communication (NFC) to open the ticket gate. </p> <p>A trial has been completed and weekly Metro tickets are available on the Pop app. Other products, including Pop Pay As You Go, are set to be available next year.</p> <p>The project is a collaboration between Nexus, Google, mobile ticketing provider Yotra Ltd, ticketing and gating supplier Scheidt and Bachmann, and Newcastle-based software company Nebula Labs, who built the smartphone the app with its easy to use format.</p> <p>Jonathan Hill, Head of Transit Partnerships Google Pay, added: "We are excited to work with Nexus and Yotra Ltd to help speed up travel for Nexus customers. Google Pay aims to create an effortless, immersive mobile transit experience for users, removing the friction of getting a ticket and saving valuable time for busy passengers.</p> <p>“Easing the end-to-end travel experience has been a key focus for Google, and we’re excited that people on the Nexus app can now use Google Pay to instantly buy, store and use Pop Metro tickets.”</p> <p>In a joint statement, Dylan McKee and Nic Flynn from Nebula Labs, said: "We were delighted to be chosen to work with Nexus on this exciting project.  Working closely with all partners, we've developed a smart ticketing app that will be user friendly, efficient and make travel on the Metro even easier. Benefiting customers and staff, we look forward to the app being launched and becoming part of everyday life throughout Tyne and Wear."</p> <p>Alistair Smith, Chairman of Yotra Ltd, said: “We are proud to be working with Nexus to provide Metro passengers in Tyne and Wear with a simple and convenient way to pay for their journeys and travel without the need for a paper ticket or plastic smartcard. </p> <p>“Across all industries, mobile payments are on the rise, with one in six UK adults registered for mobile payment services, such as Google Pay. We recognise public transport needs to embrace the digital world and have developed ITSO on Mobile to offer passengers a seamless, and, importantly in today’s world, a touchless journey.”</p> <p>The Pop card app is available for download free of charge from the Google Play Store. <br /> Customers using their smartphone to travel will no longer need to queue for ticket machines or carry paper tickets or plastic smartcards.</p> <p>However, customers can continue to use contactless payment using a bank card or smart device, as well as cash and credit/debit cards, to purchase a ticket or top up their Pop card at Metro ticket machines.<br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Tue, 24 Nov 2020 13:24:47 +0000 puntond 47574 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Region-wide consultation launches on multi-billion strategy for transport  https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/region-wide-consultation-launches-multi-billion-strategy-transport <span>Region-wide consultation launches on multi-billion strategy for transport </span> <div><time datetime="2020-11-20T10:00:00Z">Fri, 20/11/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Fri, 20/11/2020</span> <div><p>A public consultation has launched to secure feedback on the region’s first Transport Plan - an ambitious multi-billion-pound strategy which aims to deliver major improvements across the North East up to 2035. </p> <p>The North East Transport Plan includes an initial £6.1bn of transformative projects, an investment figure which is expected to grow significantly across the lifespan of the plan as schemes develop. It includes a live programme of 296 proposed transport schemes across the region which would reshape the network over the next 15 years – building on existing assets and creating new infrastructure.</p> <p>Members of the North East Joint Transport Committee (NEJTC) agreed at its meeting on 17 November to launch the eight-week consultation to garner views from the public on the Plan from 19 November – 14 January 2021. </p> <p>Cllr Martin Gannon, Chair of the North East Joint Transport Committee, said: “We know people in the North East are incredibly passionate about transport and we want to use that passion to lead a green transport revolution. This is a wonderful opportunity for people from across the region to have their say on the future of transport. </p> <p>“For too long, transport investment in the North East has lagged behind other areas of the country. Independent reports have shown that people in London receive over seven times more spending per head than those in the North East and we want that to change. This Transport Plan explains how, if we have the same level of investment, we will be able to transform the lives of people here in the North East. More investment will drive our economy, improve the environment for all and help us address this stark imbalance so future generations can prosper like never before.</p> <p>“Transport and connectivity are absolutely vital to enable us to harness the full potential of our regional economy and we’re going to make substantial changes for the better. However people choose to travel – whether it be by bike or car, public transport or on foot, we want people to consider the improvements we’re trying to make and support us in making these plans a reality. Let’s work together to drive real change for transport.”</p> <p>Tobyn Hughes, Managing Director of Transport North East, said: “This year has been challenging for the people of the North East and we’re keen to drive regional growth and future prosperity by creating a first-rate transport network. </p> <p>“We already have strong foundations and infrastructure in place but through these ambitious plans we will build exciting new transport solutions which the people of the North East can truly be proud of.”</p> <p>The draft North East Transport Plan includes multiple road, rail and public transport projects which will drive forward increased connectivity. It also details numerous sustainable travel schemes which aim to greatly improve both the physical and mental health of people across the region.</p> <p>Comprehensive policy statements are detailed in the consultation draft plan which will be adopted across the seven local authority areas – Newcastle, Gateshead, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Northumberland and Durham.</p> <p>For more information and to have your say visit <a href="http://www.transportnortheast.gov.uk/transportplan/">www.transportnortheast.gov.uk/transportplan. </a><br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Fri, 20 Nov 2020 10:56:40 +0000 puntond 47535 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Time capsule buried as part of Metro’s 40th anniversary https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/time-capsule-buried-part-metros-40th-anniversary <span>Time capsule buried as part of Metro’s 40th anniversary </span> <div><time datetime="2020-11-19T00:00:00Z">Thu, 19/11/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Wed, 18/11/2020</span> <div><p>A time capsule has been buried as part of the Tyne and Wear Metro’s 40th anniversary celebrations.</p> <p>Local school children helped to pick out a range of Metro memorabilia to preserve for future generations.</p> <p>The time capsule was buried at the Gosforth Metro fleet depot in Newcastle ahead of its £70m rebuild, which starts in earnest next year.</p> <p>Among the items that were sealed away were children’s letters and drawings about Metro, original designs, newspaper cuttings, archive videos and photos, components from signals and track, and a Swiss cow bell and brochure from Stadler, who are building the new Metro fleet. More contemporary items like badges, posters, and Pop cards.</p> <p>Director General of Nexus, Tobyn Hughes, said: “The time capsule marks the 40th year of Metro operations and preserves some of that proud heritage for future generations to explore.</p> <p>“Metro has played such a big part of everyday the life of this area since it opened in 1980 and we want to ensure that those memories are retained.</p> <p>“A whole range of memorabilia has gone into the time capsule, from school children’s letters about Metro to the very components which have made the system run. </p> <p>“It’s fitting that we bury it on the site of out Gosforth depot ahead of the rebuilding works starting there, as we look ahead a state of the art new depot, a new fleet of trains and a really bright future for the network.”</p> <p>Rob Baxter, managing director of Stadler Rail Service UK, responsible for Gosforth depot, added: “Although the depot is steeped in history, it’s very much part of the future, with work starting to build a brand new facility soon and state-of-the-art new trains arriving in a few years. The time capsule will shed light on what life was like and give a valuable insight into early 21st century interests and preoccupations, for generations to come.”</p> <p>Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, is marking Metro’s 40th year with a range of Covid secure events. </p> <p>The Tyne and Wear Metro turned 40 on August 11 this year.</p> <p>Events marking the anniversary have included a virtual Metro depot tour, the launch of a new online Metro game, a Metro memories website, and the first original Metrocar 4001 painted in a special heritage colour scheme.</p> <p>Nexus said the network was a regional icon which has become one of North East England’s most successful transport projects.</p> <p>Metro has carried 1.5 billion passengers over four decades of operations.<br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Wed, 18 Nov 2020 23:19:25 +0000 puntond 47521 at https://www.nexus.org.uk First test trains arrive at new temporary Metro depot ahead of its opening https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/first-test-trains-arrive-new-temporary-metro-depot-ahead-its-opening <span>First test trains arrive at new temporary Metro depot ahead of its opening </span> <div><time datetime="2020-11-17T12:00:00Z">Tue, 17/11/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Tue, 17/11/2020</span> <div><p>A new temporary Metro Depot in North Tyneside has welcomed its first train ahead of it becoming fully operational at the end of the month.</p> <p>Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, has successfully operated a test train into the new maintenance workshop, which is located at Howdon.</p> <p>The former landfill site has been transformed into a new temporary home for Metro - and it’s now almost ready to open. </p> <p>Howdon depot will be used for the cleaning and preparation of up to a quarter of the current Metro fleet while the main Metro depot at Gosforth in Newcastle is completely rebuilt at a cost of £70m.</p> <p>Project Manager, Tabitha Callaghan, said: “I’m pleased to say that we successfully brought the first test train into the workshop at our new Howdon depot. It’s a hugely significant moment as we countdown to this new facility becoming operational.</p> <p>“The test was to ensure that all of the new infrastructure is correctly set up, that the train fitted into the maintenance area, and that everything worked as it should.</p> <p>“It all went very well and we are all set to welcome more trains at the end of November when we bring the depot into use.</p> <p>“Howdon depot has taken just over a year to build and it was a genuine collaboration between Nexus and our principal contractors. Covid-19 threw up some challenges for us, however, we found some innovative ways to overcome these to finish the project safely.”</p> <p>The development has been funded as part of the £362m Metro fleet replacement project.</p> <p>The transition to the new Gosforth depot will take four years, making a separate base essential to ensure that Metro operations can continue.</p> <p>A total of 11 new lines, totalling 1.5km, have gone in at Howdon, along with 13 new track junctions and 1,000 sleepers.</p> <p>Acquiring money from the Transforming Cities Fund to deliver the Metro Flow project will also mean that this facility is likely to play an important role in future Metro operations.</p> <p>Nexus secured Government grant funding of £337m towards the projected £362m cost of designing and building a new train fleet and depot.  This and the ongoing maintenance of the fleet over 35 years makes the total investment about £700m.</p> <p>Buckingham Group Contracting Ltd  built the temporary Howdon Metro depot working in collaboration with Nexus.<br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Tue, 17 Nov 2020 12:06:18 +0000 puntond 47495 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Metro to introduce a winter timetable due to driver training being halted by lockdown https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/metro-introduce-winter-timetable-due-driver-training-being-halted-lockdown <span>Metro to introduce a winter timetable due to driver training being halted by lockdown</span> <div><time datetime="2020-11-16T09:00:00Z">Mon, 16/11/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Mon, 16/11/2020</span> <div><p>The Tyne and Wear Metro is to operate <a href="https://www.nexus.org.uk/metro/timetables-stations">a reduced frequency winter timetable</a> while it catches up with driver training schools that were halted earlier this year due to lockdown.</p> <p>Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, will introduce the new timetable from Sunday 29 November and it will remain in place until March 2021.</p> <p>Customers will still have access to a good level of service frequency across the network, say Nexus, with trains every seven minutes on weekdays from 7am to 6pm through Newcastle city centre and Gateshead. </p> <p>Training across the UK rail industry was unable to take place during the first lockdown because national assessment centres that put candidates through the mandatory aptitude tests had to be closed.</p> <p>This has impacted on the availability of Metro train crews, which is why a winter timetable is needed while 30 new recruits who started in September go through the six-month driver training school - the largest single intake since Metro began in 1980.</p> <p>Metro Operations Director, Chris Carson, said: “Reducing services is the last thing that we want to do, and it’s not a decision that we take lightly, but training has been so severely impacted by lockdown that we need to implement a winter timetable.</p> <p>“I apologise in advance for the inconvenience this is going to cause to our customers. </p> <p>“The reality is that train crew availability is lower than what we need it to be. The extra staff that we were due to bring in were unable to go through the required aptitude tests when national assessment centres were closed in March.</p> <p>“Since the testing centres re-opened in August we do now have a record number of new drivers in training. These training schools got underway in September and they will take six months to complete.</p> <p>“Customers will still have access to a good level of frequency across the network. On  busier weekdays between 7am and 6pm the timetable will not differ that much from what we currently have in place, and in our busy central corridor through Newcastle and Gateshead there will be trains every seven minutes.</p> <p>“Once we complete the current driver training schools we aim to revert back to a full timetable in the Spring.”</p> <p>The Metro winter timetable: </p> <p><strong>•    Monday – Friday: A 15-30 minute service 5am-7am; A 15 minute service 7am-6pm (which means a train every 7 minutes between South Gosforth and Pelaw); A 20 minute service 6pm until the end of the day.</strong></p> <p><strong>•    Saturdays: A 15-30 minute service 5am-9am; A 24 minute service 9am-6pm (which means a train every 12 minutes between South Gosforth and Pelaw); A 15-30 minute service from 6pm until the end of the day.</strong></p> <p><strong>•    Sundays: A 30 minute service all day (which means a train every 15 minutes between South Gosforth and Pelaw). </strong></p> <p>When winter timetable starts passengers are advised to plan their journey in advance and check train times before travelling.</p> <p>Nexus embarked on its biggest ever driver training school in September after an enhanced recruitment programme was halted due to the Covid-19 crisis.</p> <p>The trainee Metro drivers were originally recruited last year but then had to waiting for the opportunity to start their school. They are undertaking a six-month period of training and will be ready to go into service in March and April 2021.</p> <p>A group of 16 trainees had been due to start in May of this year, meaning that they would have been ready to start driving by November, but that was postponed due to lockdown.</p> <p>The cancellation of that driver school meant that the Metro traincrew establishment is forecast to be 10% below requirements in December 2020 and 13% below requirements in January 2021.</p> <p>Nexus doubled its annual driver trainee intake in September 2019 from 24 to 48. This allowed for six training schools to run per year.</p> <p>This new training programme was being fulfilled up until the UK was locked down in March due to the coronavirus outbreak – which is why trainee intakes were enhanced again to catch up.</p> <p><a href="https://www.nexus.org.uk/metro/timetables-stations">Click here to check new train times from stations.</a><br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Mon, 16 Nov 2020 09:21:19 +0000 puntond 47479 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Metro features on a new Snowdogs public art trail https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/metro-features-new-snowdogs-public-art-trail <span>Metro features on a new Snowdogs public art trail</span> <div><time datetime="2020-11-14T23:00:00Z">Sat, 14/11/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Sat, 14/11/2020</span> <div><p>A Metro station is featuring on a magical Snowman and the Snowdog public art trail in North Tyneside.</p> <p>Whitley Bay Metro station is home to a new, life-sized Snowdog sculpture. Roodle, which was designed by Wild in Art, was inspired by the goldendoodle crossbreed.</p> <p>The trail will see 20 life-sized sculptures grace North Tyneside streets from November 14 until the end of January, with residents and visitors expected to take up the challenge of finding them all whilst doing a spot of Christmas shopping.</p> <p>An interactive app will be available for download in Android and iPhone app stores and a printed map can be collected from libraries and Customer First Centres from November 12, <a href="https://issuu.com/visitnorthtyneside/docs/snowman_snowdog_print_out_version_a4">as well as printed out online.</a></p> <p>Snowmen based on the much-loved 12 Days of Christmas song and eight uniquely decorated Snowdogs will be located in and around Wallsend, North Shields, Killingworth, Tynemouth and Whitley Bay.</p> <p>The sculptures will ultimately be auctioned and all of the proceeds going to St Oswald’s Hospice.</p> <p>Elected Mayor of North Tyneside, Norma Redfearn, said: “I’m thrilled that we have such a special event taking place across the winter that everyone can enjoy whilst supporting our important town centre businesses.</p> <p>“We know things are hard right now so it’s important that we still have things for people to see and do in a safe way.</p> <p>“It’s a real coup to have the trail coming to North Tyneside and I hope it will provide our residents and visitors with something to look forward to and enjoy.”</p> <p>The trail is inspired by The Snowman and The Snowdog short animated film released in 2012 and the sequel to Raymond Briggs’ worldwide and much-loved hit The Snowman. In it, a young boy builds a snowman and creates a Snowdog with the remaining snow. At midnight both of his creations come to life.</p> <p>This initiative is organised by North Tyneside Council and Wild in Art and is supported by the North of Tyne Combined Authority.</p> <p>For more information and to print out a map see <a href="https://www.visitnorthtyneside.com/events/event/54/">www.visitnorthtyneside.com.</a></p> </div> <section> </section> Sat, 14 Nov 2020 23:56:38 +0000 puntond 47473 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Special award for Metro and the man who helped to create it https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/special-award-metro-and-man-who-helped-create-it <span>Special award for Metro and the man who helped to create it</span> <div><time datetime="2020-11-12T11:00:00Z">Thu, 12/11/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Thu, 12/11/2020</span> <div><p>The Tyne and Wear Metro and the man who masterminded its creation have scooped a special public transport industry award.</p> <p>The Global Light Rail Awards last night recognised the overwhelming success of the Metro system as it celebrates its 40th anniversary year, along with the work of the pioneering civil engineer who made it become a reality.</p> <p>The Judges’ Special Award was jointly presented to Metro’s operator, Nexus, and to Professor Tony Ridley, the former Director General who led the Metro project in its early years, paving the way for a system that revolutionised local public transport.</p> <p>Prof Ridley, a respected civil engineer from Sunderland, headed up the Tyne and Wear PTE from 1968 to 1975. He was part of a team of visionary planners who devised the Metro network. He oversaw the planning process, the award of funding, and the first year of construction work in 1974.</p> <p>Managing Director Transport North East, Tobyn Hughes, who is also the current Director General of Nexus, said: “I’m delighted to say that the Metro and its first director general, Tony Ridley, have been given this special award by our transport industry peers.</p> <p>“This is fitting recognition for all of the work that so many people have put into the success of the Tyne and Wear Metro over 40 years, keeping the network at the heart of the local economy and communities that it serves.”</p> <p>He added: “It was Tony Ridley and a group of visionary planners who first came up with the idea of taking decaying rail lines and linking them using city centre tunnels and a bridge over the River Tyne. What they created is what we know as the Tyne and Wear Metro 40 years on.</p> <p>“Tony oversaw the development of the Metro plans, the successful bid for Government funding, and he led some of the initial construction work. </p> <p>“It is Tony Ridley who we have to thank for the first idea of a metro network. My thanks go to everyone who works on the system now, and who has worked on it over the last 40 years.”</p> <p>Prof Tony Ridley left the Tyne and Wear PTE in 1975 to become the first managing director of the Hong Kong Metro system. He later went on to manage the London Underground and the development of the Docklands Light Railway.</p> <p>As Professor of Transport Engineering at Imperial College London, Ridley was involved in national and international engineering bodies, including President of the Institution of Civil Engineers and President of the Light Rail Transit Association (LRTA).</p> <p>He was Director of the University of London Centre for Transport Studies and is Emeritus Professor of Transport Engineering at Imperial College London.</p> <p>Paul Rowen, current LRTA Chair, offered these words in his introduction to the award: “The Metro has just celebrated its 40th anniversary and holds a very special place at the heart of the region it serves.</p> <p>“Professor Ridley’s understanding of how best to unify and galvanise planners, engineers and politicians helped achieve Government approval for the Metro’s construction against a backdrop of swingeing cuts, and following his time in the North-East, he has had a stunning career leading major projects and transport authorities around the world.”</p> <p>Nexus says that the Metro system is one of the North East England’s most significant infrastructure projects – taking 15 million car journeys off congested roads.</p> <p>Prof Ridley is famed for saying, “You’ll never get away with it”, when the idea of a Tyneside metro system was first presented to him in 1971.</p> <p>But the doubts soon ebbed away as local politicians held their nerve and convinced government ministers to agree the funding. Metro was to become reality, with plans in place for a phased opening of the network from August 1980. </p> <p>The first passenger services were running by 11 August 1980 between Haymarket and Tynemouth, though the official opening by Her Majesty the Queen happened on November 6, 1981.</p> <p>The system reached Gateshead in 1981, going as far as Heworth, and the North Tyne loop was completed in 1982. It was extended to South Shields in 1984 and to Newcastle Airport in 1991. The Sunderland line was opened in April 2002 at a cost £100m after a three-year construction project. <br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Thu, 12 Nov 2020 11:18:05 +0000 puntond 47440 at https://www.nexus.org.uk A night shift with Metro’s orange army of maintenance workers https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/night-shift-metros-orange-army-maintenance-workers <span>A night shift with Metro’s orange army of maintenance workers </span> <div><time datetime="2020-11-11T17:00:00Z">Wed, 11/11/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Wed, 11/11/2020</span> <div><p>Keeping the Metro system in tip top condition is all in a night’s work for the Nexus maintenance teams.</p> <p>A typical night shift will include scores of vital jobs across the 77km network, all while the rest of us are fast asleep.</p> <p>One such task is the maintenance of Metro’s iconic city centre tunnels, deep beneath the streets of Newcastle.</p> <p>Nexus teams are carrying out drainage works in the tunnels to prevent water ingress damaging sensitive track and signalling equipment. </p> <p>Nexus Chief Operating Officer, Martin Kearney, joined a recent night shift to meet the frontline staff who work right through the night across the Metro’s infrastructure.</p> <p>The whistle stop tour took in escalator maintenance at Monument, a walk across the QEII bridge, and tunnel drainage works in the central area between Haymarket and Monument.</p> <p>Head of Maintenance Delivery, Steve Shiel, said: “We are carrying out drainage works in the city centre tunnels underneath Newcastle. This is vital manual work to clear the trackside gutters. </p> <p>“Some of the issues that can occur through poor drainage are track circuit failures when water pools under the track base. It is work that ultimately helps to prevent service disruption.</p> <p>“Our civils and structures team undertake an annual programme throughout the tunnel areas in the city centre in order to keep on top of this issue and improve asset reliability.”</p> </div> <section> </section> Wed, 11 Nov 2020 17:55:19 +0000 puntond 47434 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Shields Ferry halted in the evenings due to low passenger numbers https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/shields-ferry-halted-evenings-due-low-passenger-numbers <span>Shields Ferry halted in the evenings due to low passenger numbers</span> <div><time datetime="2020-11-11T11:00:00Z">Wed, 11/11/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Wed, 11/11/2020</span> <div><p>Shields Ferry services are to be halted in the evenings due to the impact of Covid-19 restrictions on passenger numbers.</p> <p>The last crossing from North Shields will be at 6.30pm on weekdays and on Saturdays, starting from Monday, 16 November.</p> <p>Ferry passenger numbers have been significantly reduced due to the current Covid restrictions, say operators Nexus.</p> <p>Customer Services Director, Huw Lewis, said: “Reducing services is the last thing that we want to do but our passenger numbers are so low due to Covid-19 restrictions that we have had to review our timetable.</p> <p>“Ferry crossings are barely being used in the evenings so we have decided to stop running after 6.30pm. </p> <p>“The Shields Ferry is an iconic and a vital local transport link, but the route requires a public subsidy to keep it going. We have to ensure that the money we spend on this service is not wasted, which is why we are making these temporary changes to the timetable.</p> <p>“This reduction in service will be kept under review and as lockdown measures ease off then we can look into restoring the evening crossings when the time is right.</p> <p>“Customers will still be able to use the service as usual during the day and we are not taking off any early morning services.”</p> <p>The new Shields Ferry timetable will mean the last crossing of the day from North Shields will be at 6.30pm Monday to Saturday.</p> <p>The ferry timetable on Sundays is not changing and services will continue to end at 6pm.<br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Wed, 11 Nov 2020 11:45:14 +0000 puntond 47423 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Metro fares review is put on hold until April 2021 https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/metro-fares-review-put-hold-until-april-2021 <span>Metro fares review is put on hold until April 2021</span> <div><time datetime="2020-11-05T16:00:00Z">Thu, 05/11/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Thu, 05/11/2020</span> <div><p>A decision on Metro fares in 2021 has been put on hold to allow for further talks with the Government over a Recovery Plan for the network.</p> <p>The annual fare review has been deferred so that Metro operator, Nexus, has more time to develop and agree a Recovery Plan with the Department for Transport, which will include an agreed approach to future fare changes.</p> <p>The fare proposals for Metro and the Shields Ferry will now be heard on 19 January, with any proposed changes not taking effect until 1 April, councillors agreed today, Thursday 5 November.</p> <p>Chief Operating Officer at Nexus, Martin Kearney, said: “Changes to Metro and Ferry fares in 2021 are on hold while we take more time to develop a detailed Recovery Plan with the Government.</p> <p>“This means that all fares will remain as they are until 1 April next year.</p> <p>“Our revenue and patronage have been hit hard by the Covid-19 crisis and since March we have received financial support packages from the Government totalling £33m. It is vital funding which allows us keep Metro running for people who rely on these services.“</p> <p>"As part of the emergency funding deal we are required to agree a Recovery Plan with the DfT that will strive to improve our financial position at this time crisis. Changes to fares in 2021 will form part of this process.</p> <p>“We will keep our customers fully informed about this process and what fares changes are recommended well in advance of April next year.”</p> <p>Today’s decision was taken by the North Joint Transport Committee, Tyne and Wear Sub-Committee.<br /> Nexus carries out a review of its fares annually to ensure that the income generated matches the rising costs of providing these services.</p> <p>Metro is subsidised by an operating grant from Government and Nexus seeks to meet almost all of Metro’s operating cost through a combination of fares revenue and this subsidy.</p> <p>A fares proposal arising from this review would normally be presented to the November meeting of the sub-committee, with changes taking effect from the start of the following January.</p> <p>This year, however, Nexus is in ongoing talks with the Department for Transport to agree a Recovery Plan for Metro as a condition of receiving the emergency funding, known as Light Rail Revenue Restart Grant (LRRRG), to reflect the fact that fare income from passengers has been significantly lower than normal as a result of Covid-19 restrictions.</p> <p>Nexus is in receipt of £33.3m of additional funding for Metro from the Department for Transport covering the period from 17 March 2020 to 18 January 2021, with a further £7.8m contingent on ministerial approval on 11 January 2021.</p> <p>This funding for Metro is provided on the condition that Nexus works closely with the DfT to identify measures, such as those associated with fare changes, to improve the financial position of Metro.</p> <p>As a result, Nexus is required to work with the DfT to develop recovery plans by the end of December 2020.</p> <p>The fares proposal for 2021, informed by projections for likely patronage for the year ahead, will form one element of the recovery plan.</p> </div> <section> </section> Thu, 05 Nov 2020 16:08:59 +0000 puntond 47346 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Metro cube appears in London to celebrate the designer Margaret Calvert https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/metro-cube-appears-london-celebrate-designer-margaret-calvert <span>Metro cube appears in London to celebrate the designer Margaret Calvert</span> <div><time datetime="2020-10-23T10:00:00Z">Fri, 23/10/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Fri, 23/10/2020</span> <div><p>An iconic station cube from the Tyne and Wear Metro is on display at the Design Museum in London to celebrate the pioneering graphic designer Margaret Calvert – the woman who created the Metro network’s famous yellow logo.</p> <p>Calvert, a designer who did much to shape the visual identity of modern Britain, created the eponymous, solid font which has become an iconic and instantly-recognisable symbol of Metro since it opened 40 years ago.</p> <p>The Calvert font appears on the large yellow Metro ‘M’ cube logo outside stations and throughout signage within, including giant wall graphics on underground Metro platforms.</p> <p>The new exhibition celebrates Calvert’s work on Metro alongside her wider achievements – including the familiar pictograms and signage for the national road network, and the font used on the national rail network.</p> <p>Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, confirmed that the Calvert font would also feature prominently on a new £362m train fleet being designed and built to run on the system for the next 30 years.</p> <p>Customer Services Director, Huw Lewis, said: “Margaret Calvert is one of the most important graphic designers of the last 100 years.  Alongside her work on national road and rail signage here in North East England we owe her a particular debt.</p> <p>“The visual identity Margaret created through her distinctive font design is truly iconic - it is as timeless as that of the London Underground and embodies the unique pride our region has for Metro as it celebrates its 40th anniversary.</p> <p>“When Metro was built local politicians and planners wanted it to have a whole new feel to set it apart as a modern urban transit system like nothing seen before in Britain.  Margaret Calvert’s work on the visual identity helped achieve that.</p> <p>“The Calvert font has a sturdy character to it which reflects the character of North East England. I think that’s why it has more than stood the test of time to help make Metro part of everyday life.</p> <p>“We have been proud to work with the Design Museum to help tell the story of Margaret Calvert’s lifelong achievements, and it is fitting that a Metro cube should appear in London for the first time as part of that.”</p> <p>The display, which opened yesterday, Wednesday October 21, explores Calvert's co-designed wayfinding systems for transport networks across the UK and her impact on modern information design, alongside insight into her creative process and 'play’ projects.</p> <p>With a career spanning over six decades, graphic designer Margaret Calvert has helped shape the nation's visual identity. Her work with Jock Kinneir has defined our roads, rail stations, and airports, and her work with Kubel has changed the face of the Gov.UK website.</p> <p>The exhibition celebrates Calvert's incredible influence on design and designers, and her continuing impact through projects such as the new Rail Alphabet 2 typeface for Network Rail, designed in collaboration with Kubel.<br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Fri, 23 Oct 2020 10:56:09 +0000 puntond 47143 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Metro secures further Government support as Covid-19 restrictions continue https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/metro-secures-further-government-support-covid-19-restrictions-continue <span>Metro secures further Government support as Covid-19 restrictions continue</span> <div><time datetime="2020-10-22T12:00:00Z">Thu, 22/10/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Thu, 22/10/2020</span> <div><p>The Tyne and Wear Metro has secured further financial support from the Government to sustain its essential services through to March while Covid-19 restrictions continue across North East England.</p> <p>The Department for Transport (DfT) has allocated £8.5m for Metro, which will last to January 18, and a similar such amount to get through to March 31, the end of the current financial year, if it is needed.</p> <p>Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, said the funding was essential at a time when it faces the biggest financial crisis in its 40-year history. </p> <p>Metro’s passenger numbers, which had been as low as 5% of pre-Covid era levels during full lockdown, had recovered to 50% by late summer.  But more recently the introduction of restrictions on social and economic activities in the North East has seen ridership drop back to 35% of where it would normally be.</p> <p>Director of Finance and Resources at Nexus, John Fenwick, said: “This extra financial support is vital so that we can continue providing Metro services at this time of crisis.</p> <p>“Passenger numbers and fare revenue remain way below where they would have been, and we expect the recovery to be slow. The need for further funding after 11 January is almost certain and we continue to work with Government to ensure we obtain sufficient support to keep Metro services operating.</p> <p>“The money that we have been allocated will replace fare and commercial revenue losses and go towards meeting our operating costs, ensuring that a key local transport network is being sustained while it faces the biggest challenges in its history.”</p> <p>Cllr Martin Gannon, Chair of the North East Joint Transport Committee, said: “We welcome this emergency funding deal for Metro which will ensure we keep this vital service running for local people until the end of the financial year.</p> <p>“While this is of course good news for the region, we need longer term certainty to avoid future cuts which would have a significant impact on the North East economy. I’d like to thank our regional Members of Parliament for their help in making the case to Government for this essential funding.”<br />  <br /> Nexus has put a range of measures in place to ensure that the Metro system is Covid-secure.</p> <p>Measures include new signage and queueing systems, extra deep cleaning, and hand sanitiser points at key locations.</p> <p>People must wear a face covering when travelling, unless exempt, and should continue to follow floor and wall markings in order to maintain social distancing.</p> </div> <section> </section> Thu, 22 Oct 2020 12:03:29 +0000 puntond 47131 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Nexus announces six Travelshops will not re-open https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/nexus-announces-six-travelshops-will-not-re-open <span>Nexus announces six Travelshops will not re-open</span> <div><time datetime="2020-10-21T12:00:00Z">Wed, 21/10/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Wed, 21/10/2020</span> <div><p>Nexus today announced plans to permanently close its remaining six Travelshops in Tyne and Wear, which have been shut since the start of lockdown in March.</p> <p>The public transport body said the shops were no longer needed as all the services they provided are available online, at ticket machines, or through the assistance of staff at bus and Metro stations.</p> <p>It has begun an eight-week public consultation asking anyone who believes they may be adversely affected to get in touch, so they may be assisted to access alternative services.</p> <p>Nexus said 17 employees who worked at the shops prior to lockdown will be found alternative roles in the organisation.  Most have been working on bus stations to help maintain distancing and the use of face coverings, or in related customer service roles.</p> <p>Huw Lewis, Customer Services Director at Nexus, said: “Our customers can now do almost everything they used to do across a counter faster and more conveniently online – people simply don’t need our shops any more.  </p> <p>“Our shops team have proved to be unsung heroes of the pandemic – switching overnight to frontline customer service roles offering reassuring presence to customers, and helping encourage social distancing and the use of face coverings.  We will find alternative roles for all of them, working with customers on stations or in other parts of Nexus. </p> <p>“Our Travelshops have been used less and less in the last decade as customer switched to Pop smart tickets and online purchase.  These and other products, including Gold Card and Network One season tickets, can now be bought at ticket machines throughout the day and week, not just when shops were open.</p> <p>“We speeded up our move online as a result of lockdown, and we have completed thousands of applications for older person’s concessionary travelcards and Under-16 identity cards online – these were things you could only apply for over a counter or by post before March.</p> <p>“We have begun a public consultation so that anyone who is concerned they may be affected can get in touch for us to discuss alternatives, although only a handful of people have done this since the shops were closed suddenly at the start of lockdown.”</p> <p>Nexus once had a network of 14 Travelshops, providing paper season tickets and photocards and stocking printed timetables and maps.</p> <p>This had shrunk to six shops in the last ten years as consumer habits changed and people moved to smart cards and online information.  </p> <p>The shops were closed overnight on 23 March this year as the Government announced a national lockdown and have not since re-opened.</p> <p>People can give their views at <a href="https://www.nexus.org.uk/consultation/item/nexus-travelshop-closures">www.nexus.org.uk/consultation</a><br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Wed, 21 Oct 2020 12:09:31 +0000 puntond 47066 at https://www.nexus.org.uk New contactless and cash-free Metro travel for Under 16s https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/new-contactless-and-cash-free-metro-travel-under-16s <span>New contactless and cash-free Metro travel for Under 16s </span> <span><span lang="" about="/users/heathcotej" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">heathcotej</span></span> <span>Tue, 20/10/2020</span> <div><p>An easy new cash-free way for Under 16s to pay for Metro travel has been launched by Nexus.</p> <p>A new smart card, called Junior blue, can be bought and topped up online, meaning passengers don’t need to think about carrying cash or using ticket machines.</p> <p>The Junior blue smartcard will work like other Metro smartcards, and journeys are priced the same as the commercial single and day tickets available to 5 to 15-year olds via ticket machines. </p> <p>Huw Lewis, Customer Services Director at Nexus, said: “Launching Junior blue for under 16s means we now offer cash-free smart card travel for everyone, no matter what their age. </p> <p>“We know parents want an easy cash-free way to pay for their children’s Metro travel, so we sped up the development and launch of Junior blue due to the pandemic.</p> <p>“With Junior blue parents can get a free smart card online and keep it topped up – so they never have to worry about their children having the right change or using ticket machines.</p> <p>“Travel on Metro is already great value for young people, with commercial single trips for just 90p and £1.40 to travel all day.  Junior blue is a really simple pay-as-you-go card, which our young passengers can use as often as they like, to get to school or go out with family or friends outside of school time.</p> <p>“Passengers just need to tap through the station gates or validators, and remember to top the card up online, taking away the need to use the ticket machines.”</p> <p>Chair of NECA’s Tyne and Wear Transport Sub-Cttee, Cllr Gladys Hobson, said: “This is an excellent smart card product for young people who need to use the Metro.</p> <p>“It means there is now a cash-free smart travel option for everyone, which is vital in this Covid-19 era where we need to move away from cash transactions as much as possible.”</p> <p>The launch of Junior Blue completes Metro’s new and improved offer for families. Teenagers aged 16-18 can already travel for £1 single and £2 all day with the Pop blue smartcard, and adults can take up to three under-11s for free at weekends with any valid ticket.</p> <p>Junior blue cards are available from <a href="https://www.nexus.org.uk/junior-blue">www.nexus.org.uk/Junior-blue</a> The card itself is free but must be purchased with a £10 balance on the card.</p> <p>On Metro, holders will be charged the commercial child fare for their journey, including a daily price cap.  The cheaper child concessionary fare is available from ticket machines for Tyne and Wear residents with a Nexus Under 16 identity card.</p> <p>The Junior blue smartcard can also be used on the cross-Tyne Shields Ferry service and to pay for local bus travel, buying the applicable young person’s fare set by the bus company. The daily price cap will not apply to bus travel. </p> <p>For more information on Junior blue and to order a card, visit <a href="https://www.nexus.org.uk/junior-blue">www.nexus.org.uk/Junior-blue</a></p> </div> <section> </section> Tue, 20 Oct 2020 10:52:36 +0000 heathcotej 47039 at https://www.nexus.org.uk New Customer Support Teams target anti-social behaviour and face coverings rule on Metro https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/new-customer-support-teams-target-anti-social-behaviour-and-face-coverings-rule-metro <span>New Customer Support Teams target anti-social behaviour and face coverings rule on Metro</span> <div><time datetime="2020-10-19T11:00:00Z">Mon, 19/10/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Mon, 19/10/2020</span> <div><p>A new customer support team has been deployed to encourage compliance with the face coverings rule, and to deal with anti-social behaviour and fare evasion on the Tyne and Wear Metro. </p> <p>Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, has introduced the new team as part of a three-point plan to make sure customers feel safe and confident using Metro.</p> <p>New measures include: </p> <p>•    A new 12-strong Customer Support team to target anti-social behaviour on Metro, particularly during evenings.</p> <p>•    A dedicated Face Covering Awareness team to exclusively engage and encourage customers about the correct use of face coverings to help prevent the spread of the virus.</p> <p>•    Additional Police resources to support extra patrols and activities in the run-up to Christmas.</p> <p>Chief Operating Officer at Nexus, Martin Kearney, said: “Customers have told us that they want to see us proactively managing compliance with the face coverings rule, and dealing with anti-social behaviour, especially at night. We are delivering that by taking direct action with a new the three-point action plan.</p> <p>“Nine out of ten people using Metro wear face coverings as required by law, with others being exempt for health reasons, but we know that a small minority still refuse to comply with the legal requirements. This is often linked to other anti-social behaviour such as ticketless travel or groups of young people hanging around stations with little purpose.</p> <p>“This is something we are committed to dealing with in close conjunction with Northumbria Police and the British Transport Police.</p> <p>“The aim is to offer that re-assuring presence that people want to see, especially in the evenings now that the nights are drawing in. The team will work closely with the police to deter anti-social behaviour, tackle fare evasion, and move on any groups of youths gathering at stations.</p> <p>“Overall crime rates on Metro remain low and customers should have the confidence to travel when they need to. Anyone who gets caught committing crime on Metro faces prosecution, fines, and even a possible ban from travelling on the system.”</p> <p>Cllr Martin Gannon, Leader of Gateshead Council and Chair of the North East Joint Transport Committee, said: “It is important for passengers to feel confident while using Metro.</p> <p>“I’m sure this new team will be welcomed by the travelling public as a sign of how seriously we take their safety and security into account while providing a vital transport network across Tyne and Wear. I hope the high-profile presence of the new team will also discourage the small minority of those people flouting rules and causing disturbances.”</p> <p>Sgt Tim Hand, of Northumbria Police, said: “We have run a number of dedicated operations with Nexus throughout this year to tackle pockets of anti-social behaviour and deal with offenders.</p> <p>“That positive activity will continue as we head towards the Christmas period, and we look forward to working closely with the new customer support team.</p> <p>“We want to assure passengers that we, along with all our partners, are committed to ensuring everyone can enjoy a safe and hassle-free journey on the network - and will take swift action against anyone found to be involved in anti-social behaviour.”</p> <p>The focus will be on the evenings, 3pm to midnight, as compliance with the face coverings rule reduces late in the day and through the evening. </p> <p>The customer support team will have a distinctive blue uniform to make them more noticeable to passengers.</p> <p>All will be equipped with body-worn CCTV cameras. Each camera is clearly marked on staff uniforms to let people know that they are being filmed.</p> <p>Workers activate the recordings at the touch of a button and the footage can be accessed by police as evidence to support prosecutions.<br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Mon, 19 Oct 2020 11:03:44 +0000 puntond 47015 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Last chance to have your say on new Metro fleet https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/last-chance-have-your-say-new-metro-fleet <span>Last chance to have your say on new Metro fleet </span> <div><time datetime="2020-10-15T11:06:00Z">Thu, 15/10/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/heathcotej" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">heathcotej</span></span> <span>Thu, 15/10/2020</span> <div><p>Tyne and Wear Metro customers have responded in record numbers to a unique opportunity to shape the design of a £362m new train fleet – and there is still a few more days to get involved.</p> <p>More than 20,000 people have engaged with the consultation run by Nexus and Newcastle University’s Open Lab so far, making it by far the biggest the Metro operator has ever seen.</p> <p>The consultation, among the most far-reaching ever carried out on a new train fleet, gives people the opportunity to shape the final interior design through a special website, interactive webinars and workshops and online polls.</p> <p>Responses will continue to be collected through <a href="https://metrofutures.org.uk/">www.metrofutures.org.uk</a> until the closing date of Friday,16 October before Nexus considers these in detail with its chosen train builder Stadler.</p> <p>Huw Lewis, Customer Services Director at Nexus, said: “I don’t believe anyone has gone this far before in really involving customers in the design of a new train fleet.  It is unprecedented for users to be asked their views on so many elements of a new train design, but this £362m fleet is being built specially for Metro, so we took that chance.</p> <p>“We’re delighted to say that more than 20,000 people have got involved so far, which shows how important Metro is to our everyday lives. There are only a few days of consultation left, so if you haven’t already done so, please go online and have your say.   Theses crucial little details can make a huge difference to the passenger experience and we want as much feedback as possible before the design is finalised.”</p> <p>As part of the Metro Futures programme, Nexus have worked with Newcastle University’s Open Lab team and train builder Stadler to create a website and a series of online events that will allow passengers to explore a virtual model of the train.</p> <p>Early feedback from the consultation has seen customers ask if the number of seats can be increased, and provide suggestions on the information they want to find on new digital displays, as well as ideas for internal artwork in the 42 new trains due to enter service from 2023.</p> <p>Andreas Discher, project manager at Stadler, said “We are really pleased to have the opportunity to work directly with passengers on aspects of the train that may seem small, but really can make all the difference in practice. Together with Nexus, we encourage as many people as possible to get involved in this process and help shape the trains that will operate in the region for decades to come.”</p> <p>Passengers can give their views online:</p> <p>Explore and comment on the new Metro train interiors at <a href="https://metrofutures.org.uk/configure">https://metrofutures.org.uk/configure</a>.</p> <p>Follow some Metro journeys. Step into the shoes of six different Metro passengers and experience the new trains from their points of view. Each journey consists of six video clips with one or more questions after each <a href="https://metrofutures.org.uk/journeys">https://metrofutures.org.uk/journeys</a>.</p> <p>Three live webinars with a virtual tour of the trains and a question and answer session have already taken place. The questions and answers from those sessions can be found on the Nexus website: <a href="https://www.nexus.org.uk/newmetrotrains">https://www.nexus.org.uk/newmetrotrains</a></p> <p>Stadler is building 42 new Metro trains for Nexus, which will be delivered up to 2025. They will be responsible for servicing and maintaining these trains for 35 years, underscoring their commitment to the regional economy. </p> <p>The trains, which will be 15 times more reliable and will cut energy consumption by 30%, will have modern features including charging points, air conditioning.  An automatic sliding step at every door of the new trains, will dramatically improve accessibility, making travel easier for Metro’s 50,000 wheelchair passengers as well as people with pushchairs, luggage or bicycles.</p> <p>Nexus, the public body which owns and manages the Tyne and Wear Metro, revealed the new train livery at the live consultation launch on 16 September. The modern and eye-catching yellow paint job with black and pale grey was decided on following input from passengers and employees. </p> </div> <section> </section> Thu, 15 Oct 2020 09:02:31 +0000 heathcotej 46963 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Metro's 40th: Passengers are invited to share their memories of the Metro https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/metros-40th-passengers-are-invited-share-their-memories-metro <span>Metro&#039;s 40th: Passengers are invited to share their memories of the Metro</span> <div><time datetime="2020-10-13T09:00:00Z">Tue, 13/10/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Tue, 13/10/2020</span> <div><p>To continue their 40th anniversary celebrations the Tyne and Wear Metro is asking passengers to share some of their best Metro memories. </p> <p>People are being asked to send in photographs and stories which will be shared on a new website called Metro Memories, <a href="https://www.metromemories.co.uk/">www.metromemories.co.uk</a></p> <p>Nexus, who own and manage Tyne and Wear Metro, have looked through their extensive photograph archive and have added some key memories to the site already. They include some famous passengers, Royal visits, local events, and of iconic images of the construction of the Metro network in the late 1970s.</p> <p>Since its launch in August 1980, Metro has been part of everyday life for millions of people, providing transport to work and education, sports fixtures and leisure trips, as well as taking thousands of people to major events in the region over the years.</p> <p>Metro employees have also been asked to share their memories too, either of memorable days at work or their best personal memories of Metro.</p> <p>Customer Services Director at Nexus, Huw Lewis, said: “Metro has played a significant part in the lives of so many people, and we’d love to find out more about some of those memories.  </p> <p>“It could be from a big event, on your way to your first night out on the town or your first day at work, a family trip to the coast – there’s so many fond memories and special moments from the last 40 years and we want to share as many as we can. </p> <p>“Metro has a very exciting future ahead of it but our 40th anniversary is a perfect time to look back and celebrate the impact we have had in Tyne and Wear, and on people’s lives.”</p> <p>To submit your memories and photographs, and read others, go to <a href="https://www.metromemories.co.uk/">www.metromemories.co.uk</a><br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Tue, 13 Oct 2020 09:00:25 +0000 puntond 46922 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Nexus is carrying out a £2m project to get platforms ready for new Metro trains https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/nexus-carrying-out-ps2m-project-get-platforms-ready-new-metro-trains <span>Nexus is carrying out a £2m project to get platforms ready for new Metro trains</span> <div><time datetime="2020-10-10T09:00:00Z">Sat, 10/10/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Sat, 10/10/2020</span> <div><p>Major works are taking place to get station platforms are ready for the new Metro train fleet and its revolutionary sliding step at each door.</p> <p>Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, is carrying out platform compliance work at 40 out of its 60 stations as part of a £2m programme. </p> <p>It involves tracks being adjusted so that the new Metro trains will fit smoothly into station platforms.</p> <p>Tracks are being either lowered or heightened to ensure that they are at the correct gauge for the new rolling stock, which is set to arrive in 2023.</p> <p>Works have already taken place at Bede station on the South Shields line and at Hadrian Road in North Tyneside.</p> <p>The focus over the next three weekends will be on the line between Airport and Wansbeck Road. The track will be lowered at five locations using an excavator, while track needs to be raised at seven locations using a track tamping machine.</p> <p>Major Projects Director at Nexus, Cathy Massarella, said: “This is a vital project to ensure that our stations are ready for the new Metro trains. This is all part of the half billion pounds Nexus is investing to transform Metro before 2025.</p> <p>“We need to adjust the height of the tracks at 40 of our stations so that the when the new trains roll into service in 2023 they interface perfectly with station platforms.</p> <p>“Works are being carried out at weekends or are being fitted in alongside other modernisation projects over the next two years in order to keep the disruption to a minimum.</p> <p>“The new trains will have a sliding step to making boarding easy, all but eliminating the gap between train and platform edge, but we still need to ensure the we are ready for the transition to the new fleet.”</p> <p>Stadler is building a total of 42 new Metro trains for Nexus, which will be delivered up to 2024. They will be  responsible for servicing and maintaining these trains for  35 years, underscoring their commitment to the regional economy. </p> <p>The trains, which will be 15 times more reliable and will cut energy consumption by 30%, will have modern features including charging points, air conditioning and a step-change in accessibility.</p> <p>Among new features will be an automatic sliding step at every door of the new trains, making travel easier for Metro’s 50,000 wheelchair passengers as well as people with children’s buggies, luggage or bicycles.</p> <p>The Metro Flow project will see an existing freight line upgraded and electrified in South Tyneside from September 2022, making it capable of carrying Metro services, boosting the capacity for an extra 30,000 passenger journeys every day.</p> <p>Metro Flow was given the green light by the Chancellor Rishi Sunak in the Budget. The funding of £95m from the Government’s Transforming Cities Fund, will allow Nexus to deliver a scheme costing £103m in total.<br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Sat, 10 Oct 2020 09:02:55 +0000 puntond 46878 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Richard’s the Metro’s oldest ever driver at the age of 73 https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/richards-metros-oldest-ever-driver-age-73 <span>Richard’s the Metro’s oldest ever driver at the age of 73 </span> <div><time datetime="2020-10-08T09:00:00Z">Thu, 08/10/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Thu, 08/10/2020</span> <div><p>Evergreen Richard Neesham is still driving Metro trains at 73 years young, and he’s loving every moment of it. </p> <p>Richard, of Fawdon in Newcastle, has a passion for his job and he plans to stay on track – as long as it’s safe for him to do so.</p> <p>The grandfather is the oldest person to drive trains on the iconic Tyne and Wear Metro system. </p> <p>He became a Metro driver in 1981 and he has been there ever since.</p> <p>Richard said: “I love the job. It keeps my mind active. It’s a big achievement to work so long in this industry and I love the camaraderie with the other drivers. Age is just a number and I don’t really think about it. </p> <p>“I’m fit as a fiddle. My eyesight is good and I still feel confident driving the trains. </p> <p>“You hear about people who retire and sometimes they don’t have anything to do. I was shielding for a few months during lockdown and it made me realise how much I missed work.</p> <p>“I started as a Metro driver at the time that the network was brand new and I have been there over four decades. </p> <p>“After all these years I still don’t mind the early starts. Getting up at 3am for an early is actually my favourite shift.”</p> <p>Richard started his career as a bus driver before applying for Metro not long after the system opened. </p> <p>His career in public transport spans 50 years, and he was recently presented with a commemorative plaque to celebrate his longevity in the industry.</p> <p>He said: “It’s a great job. The Metro attracted lots of bus drivers when it first opened and it was a brilliant career move for me.</p> <p>“I must have carried millions of passengers over all those years. I’m one of a small number of drivers who have been there since the Metro system opened.</p> <p>“I don’t have any plans to pack in just yet. My wife says it keeps me active and keeps me out of the house!”</p> <p>Metro Operations Director, Chris Carson, said: “Richard is a hugely respected and popular member of our team.</p> <p>“He’s one of our longest serving Metro drivers and to be still doing the job at 73 is phenomenal. We’re delighted to still have him on board. His experience is invaluable.</p> <p>“To spend 50 years in the transport industry is an amazing achievement and we were thrilled to present him with an award to recognise his outstanding level of service and commitment to his passengers.”<br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Thu, 08 Oct 2020 09:20:23 +0000 puntond 46849 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Stadler officially takes over Metro fleet maintenance and Gosforth depot https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/stadler-officially-takes-over-metro-fleet-maintenance-and-gosforth-depot <span>Stadler officially takes over Metro fleet maintenance and Gosforth depot</span> <div><time datetime="2020-10-04T11:00:00Z">Sun, 04/10/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Sun, 04/10/2020</span> <div><p>The Swiss train builder Stadler has formally taken over the maintenance of the Tyne and Wear Metro train fleet and its Gosforth depot in Newcastle upon Tyne.</p> <p>The official handover took place at 12am on Sunday, 4 October. A total of 120 Nexus staff based at the Metro depot have transferred over to Stadler via a TUPE agreement.</p> <p>Stadler has assumed responsibility for servicing and maintaining Metro’s train fleet on behalf of Nexus, the public body which owns and manages the network. This will be the current fleet, and then the new Metro trains, which are set to be introduced in 2023.</p> <p>The service and maintenance contract spans 35 years, underscoring Stadler’s commitment to the regional economy. </p> <p>This follows the announcement in January 2020 that Stadler had been awarded the contract to build 42 new trains for Metro.</p> <p>Work to look after the current Metro fleet will be undertaken at the existing depot in Gosforth. It will then be replaced by a brand new depot, with construction work starting later in the year. The new purpose-built Metro depot represents an investment of £70 million as part of the £362m fleet replacement programme led by Nexus.</p> <p>Chief Operating Officer at Nexus, Martin Kearney, said: “Stadler are one of the best train builders in the world and we are looking forward to them delivering a new and modern fleet of trains for the Tyne and Wear Metro.</p> <p>“This is biggest project in the 40 year history of the Metro and we’re all very excited to see the new trains in service by 2023, and work starting on our new depot at Gosforth in the coming months. A key part of the £300m deal that we signed with Stadler involved our fleet maintenance team transferring over to them via a TUPE agreement.</p> <p>“We’re extremely proud of the job that our depot workforce carries out right around the clock to keep the Metro trains running. They will now continue this excellent work for Stadler, looking after the current trains, helping us to introduce the new ones, and transitioning us to the new £70m depot.</p> <p>“It’s a new beginning but we will continue to work hand in glove with our depot teams to ensure that our ongoing success and high standards are maintained.”</p> <p>Jürg Gygax, Chief Executive of Stadler’s Service Division, said: “Stadler has undergone considerable growth over the last four years in the UK, winning five tenders to build and supply new trains.</p> <p>“Three of these include long-term service and maintenance contracts, which illustrate our commitment to the UK market. With partnerships with Greater Anglia and the Liverpool City Region now well established, we look forward to consolidating the relationship with our client, Nexus, and to engaging constructively with a wide range of local suppliers and stakeholders, including colleges and universities.”</p> <p>Rob Baxter, UK managing director for Stadler Rail Service UK, said: “The transfer of 120 staff and service and maintenance of the Tyne and Wear Metro legacy fleet is a highly significant event in Stadler’s UK expansion, and I am delighted to welcome the new employees to our business.</p> <p>“I am well aware of the critical role each and every one of them will play in our future success, and offer them a warm welcome to our organisation.”<br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Sun, 04 Oct 2020 11:54:18 +0000 puntond 46786 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Feature: The Tyne and Wear Metro train fleet at 40 https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/feature-tyne-and-wear-metro-train-fleet-40 <span>Feature: The Tyne and Wear Metro train fleet at 40</span> <div><time datetime="2020-10-01T10:00:00Z">Thu, 01/10/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Thu, 01/10/2020</span> <div><p><strong><em>With the Tyne and Wear Metro is celebrating its landmark 40th anniversary, here is a look back at the trains that changed the face of transport in our region.</em></strong></p> <p>Their iconic yellow and white colour scheme and cutting-edge technology made them stand out from the very first day that they entered service.</p> <p>Metro’s trains have become iconic, woven into the social and economic fabric of our region over 40 years.</p> <p>People were in awe that an underground light rail system had arrived in North East England.</p> <p>It was such a big deal that it even featured on the BBC’s Tomorrow’s World programme.</p> <p>And who can forget that episode of Spender when Jimmy Nail famously ran after the train down the tunnel, or when a whole train was transported to Gateshead for the National Garden Festival. </p> <p>Nexus, the Metro operator, has just recently unveiled its new trains, and their bright yellow livery is a firm nod to those early days of Metro.</p> <p>This ageing fleet that has become a firm part of everyday life, with its service now spanning more than four decades. From 2023 it will start to be phased out, making way for new rolling stock that will deliver a step change in technology and transform the passenger experience, with greater reliability and energy efficiency.</p> <p>The current trains have been a familiar sight and sound for so many people down the years. Today, they still run, in all weathers, for 20 hours a day.</p> <p>These workhorses take people to jobs, to school, and to places of leisure. They have served every single Great North Run since the event was launched. </p> <p>When they first entered service in 1980, they transformed the way that people could move around Tyneside, offering fast and direct access to congested city centres and to wider areas as the Metro network was expanded in stages. They helped to cut road congestion, between Newcastle and Gateshead in particular.</p> <p>Nexus, the public body formerly known as the Tyne and Wear PTE, ordered 90 trains once the Government funding for Metro got the green light. The fleet alone was to cost £25m.</p> <p>Since 1980 the Metros have undergone two major refurbishments, had three different colour schemes, have carried 1.5 billion passengers, and they have covered three million kilometres, the distance it would take to get to the moon and back five times over.</p> <p>Customer Services Director at Nexus, Huw Lewis, said: “The Metro trains have helped to put our region on the map. They are known throughout the world and there is a great deal of affection for them.</p> <p>“They have given us outstanding service over 40 years and have clocked up many thousands of miles. They are true workhorses, running for 20 hours a day, seven days a week.</p> <p>“These trains are an undoubted local icon and many people will be sad to see them go.</p> <p>“The driver’s eye view that you get from the front passenger seat, something which is always very popular with families who use Metro, is just one aspect that will be missed.</p> <p>“But while we rightly celebrate the service of our trains on their 40th anniversary it is also vital that we look to the future. They have become an increasing maintenance challenge and the new trains that we are getting will transform the service we can offer to our customers.</p> <p>“The old trains will continue for now, and they do have a heritage value that will be recognised when the last train finally leaves service.”</p> <p>But what is the in-depth story of Metro’s iconic trains?</p> <p>While the idea of a Metro system was still being pitched to Ted Heath’s government in the early 1970s the first carriage designs were drawn up to offer a futuristic vision for a region synonymous with heavy industry and deprivation.</p> <p>When funding was finally approved in late 1972 a procurement process was started to find a company that was capable of building the Metro trains.</p> <p>By 1976 a test track had been constructed at Middle Engine Lane in North Tyneside, and an order had been placed for the trains. They were made in Birmingham by a renowned British train manufacturer called Metro-Cammell. The company had an outstanding track record, having already built trains for the London Underground, Glasgow subway, British Rail, and the Hong Kong Metro. Metro’s test track was even used by them to put some of the new Hong Kong trains through their paces in 1978.</p> <p>The first two prototypes were delivered to the test track in May and June of 1975. These units were used for trials and driver training and have since clocked up a total mileage that is roughly 20 times more than an average family car will travel in its entire lifetime. </p> <p>The design for the Metro trains came from a contemporary German tram called a Stadtbahnwagen B, but what was built was entirely bespoke for the Tyne and Wear Metro, which was not to be a street-running system.</p> <p>The trains were designed to run using high voltage power, supplied by overhead power lines delivering 1,500 volts. Each train weighed 40 tonnes and had 84 seats, with room for 188 standing. Unlike the London Tube trains, with is linear seating, the Metro came with a banquette seating layout. </p> <p>By March 1980 a total of 56 trains had been delivered, by rail, to Metro’s Gosforth depot, with the number rising to 90 over the next few years as more of the Metro network was completed. The test track was used for scores of school rail safety talks prior to its closure in July 1980. It was visited by 35,000 people over its five years of operations. </p> <p>The original Metro prototypes, carriages 4001 and 4002, were then sent away to be modified so that they too could be capable of entering passenger service on the network.</p> <p>Metrocar 4001 was the very first test train to travel to South Hylton after the opening of the Sunderland line in April 2002.</p> <p>The fleet has had three different colour schemes. The original PTE yellow and white was replaced during a refurbishment programme in the mid-1990s, which saw red, blue and green woven into the yellow design.</p> <p>The next major revamp started in 2010 and that saw the arrival of the current sleek black and yellow livery.</p> <p>From 2023 onwards the current fleet will start to be withdrawn from service. As each new train arrives an old one will be mothballed. </p> <p>However, Nexus plans to retain some of the old trains for heritage purposes. The rest will go to a scrapyard. </p> <p>It will bring the curtain down on a fleet which has proudly served the people of Tyne and Wear for many years.<br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Thu, 01 Oct 2020 10:06:04 +0000 puntond 46734 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Top award for Tynemouth station campaigner Ylana First https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/top-award-tynemouth-station-campaigner-ylana-first <span>Top award for Tynemouth station campaigner Ylana First</span> <div><time datetime="2020-09-28T10:00:00Z">Mon, 28/09/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Mon, 28/09/2020</span> <div><p>She was the driving force behind the stunning restoration of Tynemouth Station.</p> <p>And now Ylana First has been honoured with North Tyneside’s top award – the Freedom of the Borough.</p> <p>More than 40 years ago Ylana took up the fight to save the historic Tynemouth Station, which was at risk of being partly demolished and turned into a platform halt.</p> <p>She helped set up the Friends of Tynemouth Station and launched a petition to save the structure, which dates back to 1882, as well as the introduction of the weekly markets and book fairs.</p> <p>She played an instrumental role in the campaign to have the unique Grade II* listed station and its expanse of ornate, glazed, cast iron canopies restored.</p> <p>Thanks to the tireless dedication of Ylana and fellow members of the ‘Friends’ group, the restoration was completed in 2012 - its 130th anniversary year – and was opened by HRH The Princess Royal.</p> <p>Today it is architecturally stunning and is considered to be one of the finest examples of Victorian railway architecture in Britain.</p> <p>Ylana said: “I want to thank everyone for awarding me this great honour. It’s unbelievable. I’m just overwhelmed by it all – it means a lot to me.</p> <p>“If we work together we get great big things done.”  </p> <p>North Tyneside’s Elected Mayor Norma Redfearn visited Ylana at her home in Tynemouth to present her with the prestigious honour.</p> <p>She said: “It really is quite wonderful what Ylana has achieved. The restoration has given the station a new lease of life, providing a memorable welcome to any first-time visitor arriving by train to Tynemouth. </p> <p>“It is fantastic to see the station bustling with thousands of people every weekend as it hosts markets selling books, antiques, collectables and militaria. It is also used as a performance art space for events including music, dance and theatre.”</p> <p>This year is the 27th year of the book fair which includes local publishers, authors reading from their work, storytelling, papermaking, cartoon workshops and a small number of second-hand book stalls. </p> <p>Mayor Redfearn added: “I’m sure that Ylana would be absolutely overwhelmed by the suggestion of awarding her the Freedom of the Borough for her work. However, it seems a fitting recognition of the long hard struggle that she has had that we’re now blessed by the success of the station.”</p> <p>Huw Lewis, Customer Service Director at Metro operator Nexus, said: “I’ve had the pleasure to know Ylana for many years through her tireless campaigning for Tynemouth station, so it is wonderful to see her receive this rare and special honour.</p> <p>“Ylana is, quite simply, the reason that Tynemouth is now such a focal point on Metro with a vibrant market and beautifully restored station building.  As such we owe her as much thanks as anyone. </p> <p>“She has also supported culture at the station – and it’s a little know fact that the striking photograph of tickets and pop cards on the 4th floor of Nexus House is taken from an artwork once displayed within Tynemouth’s bridge ‘gallery’.  Metro has many friends in the community but few we should treasure as much as Ylana First.”</p> <p>The Freedom of the Borough is the highest award the council can offer in recognition of an individual or group’s achievements either having originated from North Tyneside, working in the borough or now living in the borough.</p> <p>Previous recipients of the Freedom of the Borough have included Alan Shearer, Ian Le Frenais, Wallsend Boys Club, Girlguiding North Tyneside, Royal Navy vessel HMS Tyne, the Whitley Bay, North Shields and District branch of the Royal British Legion, Whitley Bay Football Club, Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade and rugby union star Sarah Hunter.</p> </div> <section> </section> Mon, 28 Sep 2020 10:28:53 +0000 puntond 46649 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Covid: Metro passengers can now use an app to see how busy the trains are https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/covid-metro-passengers-can-now-use-app-see-how-busy-trains-are <span>Covid: Metro passengers can now use an app to see how busy the trains are</span> <div><time datetime="2020-09-24T11:00:00Z">Thu, 24/09/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Thu, 24/09/2020</span> <div><p>Metro passengers can now use a smartphone app to see how busy the trains are during the coronavirus crisis.</p> <p>Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, has added the new feature to its travel app to aid customers who need to make a journey, easing some of the stress around maintaining social distancing on trains.</p> <p>It allows users to identify quieter times on Metro, allowing them to make informed decisions about when to travel - and see what other customers have reported.</p> <p>The app works by using crowdsourced data to give people a rating from 1 to 10 on how busy the trains are. Users can select their chosen station, and it lets them input their own rating on how busy the journey was.</p> <p>The current advice to passengers is to avoid busier times and to only make journeys which are essential.</p> <p>Head of Corporate Planning at Nexus, Helen Mathews, said: “This new technology will really help our customers to maintain social distancing by showing them how busy the trains are.</p> <p>“It’s a vital tool to keep people safe and to ensure that the Metro system is covid-secure.</p> <p>“People can view the information they need at the touch of a button, allowing them to make an informed choice about when they want to travel.</p> <p>“This is an extra step to give people an easy, at a glance guide on the best times to travel and to plan their journeys in order to avoid the busier times, if they need to.</p> <p>“It’s part of a whole range of measures that we have put in place to ensure that Metro is covid-secure so that people can travel with confidence when they need to. We already have strict cleaning regimes, social distancing measures, and hand sanitiser points on the network.</p> <p>“Passengers are advised to only travel if it’s essential, for work or school, or when the journey is essential for other purposes, and to make sure that they always wear a face covering.”</p> <p>To access the information go to the main menu of the Tyne and Wear Metro app, select ‘more’, then the option ‘How busy is the Metro’. From here you can view the data received for each station and can also submit a personal rating on how busy the train was.</p> <p>The Tyne and Wear Metro app is available to download from <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=de.hafas.android.newcastle">Android’s Google Play</a> or <a href="https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/tyne-and-wear-metro-app/id1169044288">Apple’s App Store</a>, by searching for ‘Tyne and Wear Metro’. <br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Thu, 24 Sep 2020 11:23:41 +0000 puntond 46573 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Long serving Nexus worker takes on a major new role at Stadler https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/long-serving-nexus-worker-takes-major-new-role-stadler <span>Long serving Nexus worker takes on a major new role at Stadler</span> <div><time datetime="2020-09-23T15:00:00Z">Wed, 23/09/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Wed, 23/09/2020</span> <div><p>A long serving Nexus worker who rose through the ranks to head up the maintenance of the Metro fleet has taken on a senior role with the Swiss train builder Stadler.</p> <p>Paul Patrick, formerly Metro’s Head of Fleet Engineering, has joined Stadler as its UK Engineering Director and will play a key role for them in delivering the Metro’s new fleet of trains.</p> <p>He will oversee major contracts up and down the country. This is a newly created role and he will be responsible for live orders in Liverpool, East Anglia, Wales, Glasgow and Newcastle upon Tyne.</p> <p>Paul will lead on the service and maintenance of the Tyne and Wear Metro legacy fleet, and, ultimately, the new trains that replace them from 2023.</p> <p>He has enjoyed a long and successful career at Nexus, starting in 1995 as an apprentice fitter. Since then, he has progressed within the organisation and was appointed as the head of fleet engineering in 2017.</p> <p>He said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to lead the engineering team in the UK to deliver the highest possible service to our customers.</p> <p>“It will be an honour to be part of the Stadler leadership team, to help enhance the service we offer and to develop a structure that enables us to continually get better.</p> <p>“I only have fond memories of my 25 years at Nexus and wish them every success with the project to introduce 46 new trains on to the Tyne and Wear Metro, which will transform rail travel in the north east region. I look forward to meeting all the team around the UK and working with them to improve services for the benefit of both our clients and rail passengers up and down the country.”</p> <p>This appointment follows Stadler’s rapid UK expansion, which has seen the company secure five contracts in four years. These include 58 new trains for Greater Anglia, 52 trains for the Liverpool City Region, 17 trains for Glasgow Subway and 71 trains for Wales &amp; Borders.</p> <p>At the beginning of the year, Stadler won the contract to supply 46 new trains for the Tyne and Wear Metro. </p> <p>Rob Baxter, UK Managing Director at Stadler, said: “Paul has all the right skills and experience making him extremely well suited to this new position. I am sure Stadler will benefit enormously from his expertise and wide knowledge of the industry, and we’re thrilled to have him on board.”</p> <p>Metro Operations Director, Chris Carson, said: “Everyone at Nexus wishes Paul well for the future and we’re delighted that he has secured such a major role with Stadler. He will still be working very closely with us over the next four years on the delivery and roll out of our new £362m Metro train fleet. </p> <p>“Paul is a great example of someone who has worked their way to the top. He joined us as an apprentice at a young age and has gone on from there to flourish. He is a great role model for other people who are starting out in the railway industry and he has demonstrated just how far you can go if you work hard and stay dedicated.”</p> </div> <section> </section> Wed, 23 Sep 2020 18:17:37 +0000 puntond 46564 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Phil’s the youngest person to ever drive a Metro train when it opened in 1980 https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/phils-youngest-person-ever-drive-metro-train-when-it-opened-1980 <span>Phil’s the youngest person to ever drive a Metro train when it opened in 1980</span> <div><time datetime="2020-09-18T12:00:00Z">Fri, 18/09/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Fri, 18/09/2020</span> <div><p>At the tender of age of 19 Phil Taylor was the youngest person to drive a Metro when the network first opened – a record he still holds today. </p> <p>Phil, 59, of Bank Foot in Newcastle, was in the first ever class of new drivers to start work on Metro in August 1980.</p> <p>He remains the youngest person to pass the training course.</p> <p>Phil has decided to tell his story as Metro celebrates its landmark 40th anniversary – and he speaks with a great sense of pride in a transport system he has represented for more than four decades.</p> <p>He said: “I never thought I would be driving a train that young. It changed my life in that summer of 1980 when the Metro was getting ready to open.</p> <p>“There were a few young lads there at the same time as me, but we’ve since worked out that I was youngest in that first group of trainees. </p> <p>“Most of the new drivers were a bit older so I felt proud to have got in and got the chance to drive the trains on the system when it was brand new. I was never really nervous, despite being at the controls of this multi-million pound train with passengers on board who I was responsible for.”</p> <p>Phil had been working as a guard for British Rail when the Tyne and Wear PTE started advertising for new drivers.</p> <p>He said: “They were keen to take staff from British Rail and from the PTE bus company. I applied straight away. It’s incredible to say, but back then they had issued a whole booklet of jobs that people could apply for. That shows the impact of Metro.</p> <p>“I was lucky enough to get an interview and from there a place on the driver training course, which lasted for just three months back in them days.</p> <p>“At the start there was just one section of the line open between Haymarket and Tynemouth. I drove that route on the new trains, while other shifts I got to drive works locomotives for the other parts of the network that were still getting built.</p> <p>“The Metro trains back then were cutting edge. All the technology that looks a bit dated now was shiny and new and really advanced for 1980. </p> <p>“Those early days it was like a big new family. We all knew what a massive opportunity it was for us. My family were so proud of me.”</p> <p>By 1981 it was time for the Royal opening of Metro. The Queen was to travel on a Metro train over the QE bridge before unveiling a plaque at Gateshead Interchange.</p> <p>Phil explained: “I was a bit unlucky. The big royal opening with the Queen was on a day that I was on a rest day. I wasn’t in work at all and just watched the coverage on the news.</p> <p>“However, I do recall the driver they chose to drive Her Majesty’s train. He was called Jack Hall and he was from Byker. He was a great guy and sadly he’s no longer with us.</p> <p>“My abiding memory of the build up to the opening was that they ensured it was an older and more experienced former British Rail driver at the controls, given there was royalty on board.”</p> <p>Phil worked as a Metro driver for 14 years. In 1994 he was promoted and began training a new generation of drivers.</p> <p>He said: “It’s a great that I was able to pass my knowledge on and train so many new drivers. It was always a great feeling to see them trainees pass the course after working with them. Many of them are still driving today. </p> <p>Phil went on to be a supervisor before making the switch to the Metro’s Gosforth control room, where he works on the control desk managing the services from a computer terminal.</p> <p>He added “It’s amazing to see Metro turn 40 years old. The trains have served us so well and even as they get older the maintenance team do a great job. I’m proud to say I have driven them and I hope the drivers of today are just as proud.”<br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Fri, 18 Sep 2020 12:17:54 +0000 puntond 46521 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Coronavirus: New restrictions for North East England https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/coronavirus-new-restrictions-north-east-england <span>Coronavirus: New restrictions for North East England</span> <div><time datetime="2020-09-17T13:00:00Z">Thu, 17/09/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Thu, 17/09/2020</span> <div><p>People in North East England are advised to use public transport for essential journeys only, as the Government announced fresh coronavirus restrictions for the region.</p> <p>Residents are advised they can use public transport for work and education, or when the journey is essential for other purposes. </p> <p>You must wear a face covering throughout your journey unless exempt, including on stations.  You should not travel if you have covid symptoms, and you should travel at quieter times if you can. </p> <p>Customer Services Director at Nexus, Huw Lewis, said: “The new restrictions mean that public transport is for essential journeys only. </p> <p>“Journeys can still be made if it is for school or work, or for something else that is essential.</p> <p>“We work tirelessly to give our customers a covid-secure environment, and people should feel comfortable using Metro and other public transport when they do need to make journeys.</p> <p>“The best things we can all do is to make sure that we all follow these new measures and ensure that we continue to wear face coverings when using public transport. Face coverings are mandatory on buses and on Metro at all times, unless exempt.”</p> <p>Bus companies and Nexus, which operates Metro and the Shields Ferry, have extensive measures in place to provide a covid-secure experience.  </p> <p>This includes additional cleaning and anti-microbial treatment, contactless and smart payment, guidance to help people maintain distance throughout their journey, sanitiser points at busy stations and interchanges, and apps to help you see when buses and trains are busy.</p> <p>More than 100 extra buses every day are operating to get pupils to school while maintaining distance and separation from other passengers.</p> <p>The web pages <a href="https://www.nexus.org.uk/covid-secure">www.nexus.org,uk/covid-secure</a>  provide advice to passengers and links to information for all the region’s main transport operators.<br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Thu, 17 Sep 2020 13:29:32 +0000 puntond 46513 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Nexus unveils colour scheme for the £362m new Tyne and Wear Metro train fleet https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/nexus-unveils-colour-scheme-ps362m-new-tyne-and-wear-metro-train-fleet <span>Nexus unveils colour scheme for the £362m new Tyne and Wear Metro train fleet </span> <div><time datetime="2020-09-16T09:00:00Z">Wed, 16/09/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Wed, 16/09/2020</span> <div><p>A vibrant yellow colour scheme for Metro’s £362m new train fleet can be revealed for the first time today, as Nexus launches a <strong><a href="https://www.metrofutures.org.uk/">major public consultation</a></strong> on its interior design. </p> <p>Nexus, the public body which owns and manages the Tyne and Wear Metro, has chosen a modern and eye-catching yellow paint job with black and pale grey along the train sides, following input from passengers and employees. </p> <p>The new colour scheme is a nod to the Metro’s iconic yellow PTE livery when the system first opened 40 years ago.</p> <p>The new Metro fleet, which is being built by the Swiss train manufacturer, Stadler, is set to enter service in 2023, transforming the experience for passengers and boosting reliability.</p> <p><a href="https://metrofutures.org.uk/">Have your say in the latest consultation on the new Metro fleet.</a></p> <p>Customer Services Director at Nexus, Huw Lewis, said: “This is a hugely exciting moment for Metro as we unveil the colour scheme for our new trains.</p> <p>“We have used the iconic yellow of Metro to give the trains a vibrant, modern feel accentuated by black and pale grey along the train sides – providing clean delineation of train doors to modern accessibility standards. </p> <p>“The colour scheme is built round Metro’s strong brand heritage and refers back to the original ‘PTE’ Metro livery, while taking the system into the future.  It has been refined through feedback from passengers and the technical input of the people who work on Metro – in cleaning, maintenance, marketing and accessibility roles.</p> <p>“We have made sure our passengers have had a major role in the design of Metro’s new fleet from the start, and that continues today as we ask them what to help with all those crucial little details of the carriage interiors.</p> <p>“We had hoped to take a mock-up cross section of a carriage around the five local authority areas, but pandemic restrictions make this impossible.  Instead we will be creating a VR-supported experience at the Rail Academy where we can invite key passenger groups in a covid-secure way.  This will be led by Nexus supported by Newcastle University’s Open Lab team.”</p> <p>Rob Baxter, UK managing director for  Stadler Rail Service UK, added: “The unveiling of the livery for the new Tyne and Wear Metro trains is an early, yet significant landmark in the process to deliver the new fleet. We applaud Nexus for involving passengers in the design, which both acknowledges its heritage and embraces its future.”</p> <p>As part of the Metro Futures programme the Open Lab team has created a website and a series of online events that will allow passengers to explore a virtual model of the train and have their say on the trains’ interior features, including handholds, wheelchair and cycle spaces and information displays, with particular attention to meeting the needs of less able passengers.</p> <p>Senior researcher at Open Lab, Simon Bowen, said “We’ve built some exciting interactive tools so people can explore the inside of the new trains in a full 360 degree immersive experience, pick out the finishing touches and think about how the trains meet the needs of different people.”</p> <p>The first virtual consultation event will place today, Weds 16 Sept, at 10am. People can explore and comment on the new Metro trains at and register at <a href="https://metrofutures.org.uk/">https://metrofutures.org.uk/</a> to have a say on shaping the new Metro fleet. </p> <p>Stadler is building a total of 46 new Metro trains for Nexus, which will be delivered up to 2024. They will be  responsible for servicing and maintaining these trains for  35 years, underscoring their commitment to the regional economy. </p> <p>The trains, which will be 15 times more reliable and will cut energy consumption by 30%, will have modern features including charging points, air conditioning and a step-change in accessibility.</p> <p>Among new features will be an automatic sliding step at every door of the new trains, making travel easier for Metro’s 50,000 wheelchair passengers as well as people with children’s buggies, luggage or bicycles.<br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Wed, 16 Sep 2020 09:15:38 +0000 puntond 46496 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Nexus embarks on its biggest ever Metro driver training school https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/nexus-embarks-its-biggest-ever-metro-driver-training-school <span>Nexus embarks on its biggest ever Metro driver training school</span> <div><time datetime="2020-09-10T09:00:00Z">Thu, 10/09/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Thu, 10/09/2020</span> <div><p>The Tyne and Wear Metro is to embark on its biggest ever driver training school after recruitment was halted earlier this year due to the Covid-19 crisis.]</p> <p>Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, is taking on 30 new drivers during September and October – the largest single school since Metro began operations in 1980.</p> <p>Training across the UK rail industry had been unable to take place during lockdown because national assessment centres that could put candidates through the required aptitude tests had to be closed.</p> <p>Metro Operations Director, Chris Carson, said: “This is the biggest ever intake of trainee drivers in Metro’s 40 years of operations. </p> <p>“We’re really looking forward to getting this up and running after the major setback that lockdown created for our training programme.</p> <p>“We need to train more drivers and we have been unable to do that for six months. When these latest driver schools are completed by next spring we will be back to where we need to be in terms of train crew numbers. </p> <p>“Our new trainees have had a long wait to get started, which can’t have been easy for them. I wish them well as they start the process of learning how to drive a Metro train on the network, which is part of everyday life for so many people in our region.”</p> <p>The trainee Metro drivers – originally recruited last year but waiting since then for the opportunity to start their school - will undertake a six-month period of training and will be ready to go into service in March and April 2021.</p> <p>A group of 16 trainees had been due to start in May, meaning that they would have been ready to start driving by November, but that was postponed due to lockdown.</p> <p>The cancellation of that driver school meant that the Metro traincrew establishment is forecast to be 10% below requirements in December 2020 and 13% below requirements in January 2021.</p> <p>Nexus doubled its annual driver trainee intake in September 2019 from 24 to 48. This allowed for six training schools to run per year.</p> <p>This new training programme was being fulfilled up until the UK was locked down due to the coronavirus outbreak.<br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Thu, 10 Sep 2020 10:05:38 +0000 puntond 34140 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Policing operation deals with trouble-makers on Metro https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/policing-operation-deals-trouble-makers-metro <span>Policing operation deals with trouble-makers on Metro</span> <div><time datetime="2020-09-07T16:00:00Z">Mon, 07/09/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Mon, 07/09/2020</span> <div><p>A dedicated operation to help tackle anti-social behaviour on the Metro network has proved to be a success </p> <p>Operation Hermes was a collaboration between Northumbria Police, Metro operators Nexus, British Transport Police, local councils and Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service.</p> <p>And officers have vowed that there will be plenty more activity to come.</p> <p>The operation was launched following an increase in reports relating to anti-social behaviour, including young people congregating in and around stations or travelling on the system and acting in an unacceptable way.</p> <p>Taking place last Thursday and Friday, it saw a push on engagement, education and enforcement.<br /> There was a heightened visible police presence and additional plain-clothed officers deployed on Metro lines keeping a watchful eye.</p> <p>Over the two days, officers and partners engaged with more than 800 people, mainly youths, and talked to them about the dangers of the Metro and the impact anti-social behaviour has on passengers.</p> <p>Outreach workers were also on hand to suggest safer places to spend their time.</p> <p>As a result of the operation, 21 young people were identified for further intervention through a range of services. </p> <p>Meanwhile, where engagement and education was not enough – 323 bylaw penalty notices were issued for fare evasion.</p> <p>There were also seven arrests for offences such as criminal damage.</p> <p>Martin Kearney, Chief Operating Officer at Nexus, said: “Operation Hermes was a fantastic combined effort between ourselves, Northumbria Police, local authorities and other partners. </p> <p>“The two-day operation saw over 30 of our staff take part in patrols in hotspot areas, talking to passengers and deterring anti-social behaviour. </p> <p>“We issued 323 penalty fare notices and we’re keen to continue with the momentum from the operation.</p> <p>We invest over £1million a year in policing the Metro, as well as investing in our own teams, plus CCTV in every station and on every train and we won’t tolerate any anti-social behaviour or criminal activity on our network.”</p> <p>Chief Inspector Ron Charlton, who led the operation, said: “This operation was all about tackling a rise in concerns about anti-social behaviour and assuring passengers that police and partners are committed to making sure they can enjoy a safe and trouble-free journey.</p> <p>“It was great to engage with so many young people and have constructive conversations about how their actions and the choices they make could potentially impact not only their lives but those of others. </p> <p>“I would like to thank all who supported this initiative and helped ensure it was a success.</p> <p>“I also want to make it clear to everyone who uses the Metro that our work is far from done and there will be plenty more activity to come.</p> <p>“We have a dedicated team which works along the network, and this operation was designed to build on the excellent work which already takes place to keep passengers safe.”</p> <p>Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Kim McGuiness, said: “People have a right to feel safe on their Metro, and Operation Hermes was a great reminder that we will not tolerate bad behaviour. </p> <p>“It was great to see this focus on making that message clear and deterring further anti-social behaviour. </p> <p>“But we know more needs to be done to put a stop to this. I’m working to rebuild youth services in our region to keep young people out of trouble, and I know Northumbria Police will continue to patrol the Metro system and reassure the public that they are there for them.”</p> <p>Anyone with concerns while travelling on the Metro is encouraged to speak to an officer.</p> <p>  </p> </div> <section> </section> Mon, 07 Sep 2020 17:03:13 +0000 puntond 34110 at https://www.nexus.org.uk National Fraud Initiative 2020/21 https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/national-fraud-initiative-202021 <span>National Fraud Initiative 2020/21</span> <div><time datetime="2020-09-03T11:00:00Z">Thu, 03/09/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/richardsonl" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">RichardsonL</span></span> <span>Thu, 03/09/2020</span> <div><p>The Passenger Transport Executive (Nexus) is required by law to participate in the National Fraud Initiative’s data matching exercise to assist in the prevention and detection of fraud.</p> <p>This includes supplying data about concessionary travel pass holders to the Cabinet Office.</p> <p>If you have any questions about this please contact Nexus.  You can also obtain more information from the Cabinet Office who can be contacted via email at <a href="mailto:nfiqueries@cabinetoffice.gov.uk">nfiqueries@cabinetoffice.gov.uk</a>. or at their website <a href="http://www.gov.uk/government/collections/national-fraud-initiative">www.gov.uk/government/collections/national-fraud-initiative</a>.</p> </div> <section> </section> Thu, 03 Sep 2020 11:00:00 +0000 RichardsonL 14748 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Nexus staff join police to crackdown on anti-social behaviour on the Metro network https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/nexus-staff-join-police-crackdown-anti-social-behaviour-metro-network <span>Nexus staff join police to crackdown on anti-social behaviour on the Metro network</span> <div><time datetime="2020-08-28T16:00:00Z">Fri, 28/08/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Fri, 28/08/2020</span> <div><p>Nexus staff have joined with the police for a major operation to deal with trouble-makers on the Tyne and Wear Metro network.</p> <p>Northumbria Police led the operation with Metro operator Nexus, local councils and British Transport Police to make travelling a safer and happier experience.</p> <p>Operation Hermes was a two-day-long dynamic operation that saw officers and staff patrolling across the Metro system to protect and educate passengers.</p> <p>A wide range of tactics were deployed during the operation, including the use of archway knife detectors and wands, undercover work and outreach.</p> <p>Plain clothed police officers have been travelling Metro lines keeping a watchful eye on those who seek to cause disorder.</p> <p>Officers were also there to engage and educate and deal with vulnerability and conduct outreach work to steer young people away from using Metro stations as a social gathering hubs.</p> <p>Chief Inspector Ron Charlton, who led the operation, said: “In the past month officers have noticed a spike in reports of anti-social behaviour and crime on Metro services and at stations.</p> <p>“Post lockdown, stations and services have become a popular haunt for youths and we’re working with partners to address issues and discourage people from seeing stations as a meeting hub.</p> <p>“Instead we want to encourage more people to make use of our fabulous and inclusive metro line and offer them assurances that police and partners are doing all we can to make our metro a safe and enjoyable option for all users, whether they’re daily commuters, occasional travellers or tourists.”</p> <p>He added: “We want our local metro to thrive and this operation re-iterates our commitment to keeping metro users safe.”</p> <p>The two-day-long crackdown, on 27-28 August, saw officers, Nexus staff and representatives of all five local councils stationed at various stations and with an increased presence on board the trains.</p> <p>Chief Operating Officer at Nexus, Martin Kearney, said: “Anti-social behaviour won’t be tolerated on the Metro system and we are working with the police to tackle this issue. </p> <p>“Extra police and staff are on patrol to deal with any issued and provide customers with reassurance as they travel on the network. We also have plain clothed police operating on system through this large-scale operation.</p> <p>“Nexus invests £1m a year on policing the system and we have an excellent joint working relationship with the Northumbria Force.</p> <p>“Overall crime on Metro remains low but we are working hard to tackle low level issues of bad behaviour and fare evasion which can drift on to the system in suburban areas.</p> <p>“Anyone who gets caught causing trouble on Metro faces arrest and prosecution through the courts and a possible ban from travelling.”</p> </div> <section> </section> Fri, 28 Aug 2020 15:59:18 +0000 puntond 33951 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Families urged to plan school travel in advance https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/families-urged-plan-school-travel-advance <span>Families urged to plan school travel in advance</span> <div><time datetime="2020-08-25T10:00:00Z">Tue, 25/08/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/dbayles" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">DBayles</span></span> <span>Tue, 25/08/2020</span> <div><p>Families are being urged to plan their travel in advance for children who are returning for the new school term.</p> <p>Bus companies and Nexus will provide extra buses to get pupils to and from schools across Tyne and Wear as the new term starts.</p> <p>The extra buses, supported by Government funding, are on top of normal services and dedicated home-school routes so pupils can travel in line with public health advice on Covid-19.</p> <p>As parents get ready for the new school term, Nexus has provided the following advice:</p> <p>• Families should plan how their children will reach schools and colleges comfortably<br /> – walking and cycling where journeys are shorter, using a car for part of the journey but dropping off away from school gates, and identifying which public transport they can use if they need to.</p> <p>• There will be extra buses on many services going to or near schools, following established routes. These will include buses on busy routes so pupils can travel separately to other passengers.</p> <p>• Pupils using public transport should have exact change to make their journey wherever possible.</p> <p>• Anyone using public transport should follow standard public health advice – washing hands thoroughly throughout the day, wearing a face covering if aged over 11 and not exempt, and not travelling if they have symptoms of Covid-19.</p> <p>• Other passengers are advised to adjust their journey times to avoid school travel times if possible.</p> <p>Local authorities and Nexus have worked closely with the region’s three main bus companies – Arriva, Go North East and Stagecoach – and in partnership with schools to prepare for the new term.</p> <p>Martin Kearney, Chief Operating Officer at Nexus said: “We know parents will have more interest than ever in how their children get to and from school following lockdown.</p> <p>“We have made extensive plans to make sure pupils can travel comfortably, providing more than 100 extra buses so pupils can travel in line with the latest public health advice on Covid-19.</p> <p>“There are many ways to get to school, and young people themselves often want to travel as sustainably as possible by walking, cycling or using public transport. Where people need and choose bus and Metro they can do so with confidence.”</p> <p>Martijn Gilbert, chair of the regional bus operator association; NE-Bus and managing director of Go North East, said: “Bus operators and coach companies are meeting the challenge to provide as many extra vehicles and drivers as we can to help support social distancing and allow pupils and other passengers to travel separately.</p> <p>“All our vehicles are cleaned daily with clear signage and seats adapted to help maintain distancing on board, whatever the reason you need to travel.”</p> <p>Despite the provision of extra buses demand for home-school public transport is expected to be lower than in previous years, as families choose other options including walking and cycling for shorter journeys.</p> <p>A dedicated web page <a href="http://www.nexus.org.uk/covid-secure">www.nexus.org.uk/covid-secure</a> provides more detailed information and advice for families on how to travel with confidence.</p> <p>Nexus and bus operators will be meeting daily to react to demand and move vehicles around the region to respond to areas of highest demand, as well as co-ordinating with colleagues at local councils in Tyne and Wear, Durham and Northumberland.</p> <p>Government funding of £1.5m was announced earlier this month for the North East Joint Transport Committee area – covering Northumberland, Durham and Tyne and Wear. The funding covers the first six weeks of term while transport and education departments assess actual demand.</p> </div> <section> </section> Tue, 25 Aug 2020 10:55:13 +0000 DBayles 33869 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Feature: How the Tyne and Wear Metro was built https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/feature-how-tyne-and-wear-metro-was-built <span>Feature: How the Tyne and Wear Metro was built </span> <div><time datetime="2020-08-21T15:00:00Z">Fri, 21/08/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Fri, 21/08/2020</span> <div><p><strong><em>With the <a href="http://storyofmetro.nexus.org.uk/">Tyne and Wear Metro is celebrating its landmark 40th anniversary</a>, here is a look back on a pioneering project that changed the face of transport in North East England. </em></strong></p> <p>Metro was a £280m project that transformed local public transport - and put Tyneside one step ahead of other northern cities.</p> <p>Built against all the odds, at a time of Government spending cuts in the mid-1970s, local politicians held their nerve to make it a reality.</p> <p>When work started in 1974 it became Britain’s largest urban transport project of the 20th Century, and stood out as one of the greatest achievements in North East England's rich industrial heritage.</p> <p>Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, says that the system is one of the North East England’s most significant infrastructure projects – taking 15 million car journeys off congested roads.</p> <p>“You’ll never get away with it”, said Tony Ridley, Director General of the newly created Tyneside Passenger Transport Executive, when the idea of was first presented to him in 1971.</p> <p>But the doubts soon ebbed away as local politicians convinced government ministers to agree the funding. Metro was to become reality, with plans in place for a phased opening of the network.</p> <p>The origins of Metro date back to 1971 and a document called ‘The Transport Plan for the 1980s’. This came up with a rail solution to give commuters a modern, fast and reliable route into the heart of Newcastle, a solution that would beat growing congestion around the Tyne bridges and tunnels.</p> <p>It was felt that the introduction of a modern urban railway using tunnels to reach the most popular central destinations would provide the backbone of a fully integrated public transport system, in the short term for the benefit of the majority without access to cars, and longer term as an attractive alternative to the car.</p> <p>The financial viability of Metro was confirmed following extensive lobbying by the Tyne and Wear PTA, local authorities and politicians throughout the region by December 1972. The Government agreed to a 75% grant towards the cost of building the system.  The construction of Metro began in 1974 and less than four years later after it came into existence, the Tyne and Wear PTE (which became Nexus in 1996) found itself responsible for developing the largest urban transportation project in Britain.</p> <p>Huge tunnels were driven beneath the streets of Newcastle and Gateshead. Stations and viaducts were constructed. A new bridge was built over the Tyne and a fleet of 90 Metro trains was purchased.</p> <p>Many of Metro’s lines, and some of the stations, were existing from rail routes that were converted into carrying the new lighter rail rolling stock.  The first passenger services were running by 11 August 1980 between Haymarket and Tynemouth, though the official opening by Her Majesty the Queen happened on November 6, 1981.</p> <p>When Metro first opened the minimum price for a ticket was just eight pence.</p> <p>The system reached Gateshead in 1981, going as far as Heworth, and the North Tyne loop was completed in 1982. It was extended to South Shields in 1984 and to Newcastle Airport in 1991. The Sunderland line was opened in April 2002 at a cost £100m after a three year construction project. </p> <p>Customer Services Director at Nexus, Huw Lewis, said: “Metro is part of everyday life in our region and is a source of enormous pride. What an amazing story success story this railway has been for the whole region.</p> <p>“Many major capital cities around the world have metro systems, including London, New York and Tokyo. For Tyne and Wear to be in that exclusive club is nothing short of remarkable. What they build was ahead of its time for a northern city in England. </p> <p>“The people of Tyne and Wear have really taken Metro to their hearts and I don’t think anyone could imagine life without it.” </p> <p>Metro’s iconic tunnels were a significant feature of its construction phase. Tunnelling under an old city like Newcastle, with its narrow streets and historic buildings, was a challenge in itself. It was a very slow process and a great deal of work had to be done to ensure that none of the city’s treasured landmarks were damaged in any way.</p> <p>The engineering of these underground sections and the central area stations entailed an extensive series of public utility diversions, as well as measures to avoid damaging impacts on the architectural heritage of the centre of Newcastle.  The tunnels beneath Gateshead ran through thick coal seams which were mined as the construction continued, while 15th century bell pits were found and made safe.</p> <p>The construction programme met with several delays. Partly because of differences between the PTE, British Rail, and the railway unions about who should own and operate the system, and partly as a result of the financial crisis of 1976 when the Government imposed a freeze on major capital projects in the public sector.</p> <p>One of the largest construction sites was in Gateshead, where a new central interchange would connect bus and Metro services, rather than on the fringes where previous stations had stood.</p> <p>Work began on underpinning Grey’s Monument in 1975 – Monument station was going to be built directly underneath it. Vertical and horizontal supports had to be added to the plinth of the monument to shore up its foundations.</p> <p>The portico of the Newcastle Central Station had to be shifted slightly during tunnelling so had to be taken down in 1977 (it was replaced in 1979 after a concrete slab to bear its weight had been built). Disruption to city centre road traffic was inevitable.</p> <p>The new bridge over the Tyne, which was to be called the Queen Elizabeth II Metro bridge, was the engineering centrepiece of the system. With a span of 360 metres it towers high above the river. It was originally painted white until its re-paint in 2007 when it was painted blue. </p> <p>New stations were built to a template set down by North East architects Faulkner Brown. It brought a high design standard. Margaret Calvert, the country’s leading typographer, was asked to deigns the signs, having previously created the all of the fonts for the UK’s road and rail networks. </p> <p>The new trains had started arriving from 1975 onwards. Ninety carriages were ordered and they were made in the West Midlands by a firm called Camell. A test track for the new fleet was built at Middle Engine Lane in North Tyneside. Two prototype passenger cars had begun trials at the purpose built Metro test centre, which included 2.4km of track with a tunnel section, car shed and control room, plus other support and training facilities. The first ever Metrocar, number 4001, in May 1975 and the car 4002 in July that same year. Between January and March 1978, two trains bound for the Hong Kong Metro system were tested there. The public were given the chance to visit the Metro’s test track. There were many school visits before the facility was closed in the summer if 1980.</p> <p>When Metro opened to the public it set new standards for urban transport which has since been copied across the globe. It was Britain’s first light rapid transit system and the heart of an integrated transport network.  From its inception Metro was a strictly no smoking zone and was the first railway in the country to be truly wheelchair compatible. By the mid-1990s Metro pioneered mobile phone connectivity in its tunnels and was the first railway in Britain to play classical music at stations to improve the passenger waiting environment.</p> <p>The system was progressively opened in phases through to 1984 when the full 55km of the original network became operational with the opening of the line into South Shields. In its first year of full operation there were more than 60 million passenger journeys, confirming Metro’s potential as the mainstay of a fully integrated public transport system.</p> <p>A Government report published at the end of 1985 showed that the integrated system was succeeding in meeting critical travel needs more efficiently and attractively, offering improved levels of transport service and mobility for the population as a whole.  In 1991 Metro was extended to Newcastle Airport, a link which still boasts the shortest journey time between an airport and a city centre in Britain.</p> <p>The cost of the Metro system came in at £280 million. It was a lot of money in 1980, and many people complained about the cost. The project did go over budget. Was Metro value for money?</p> <p>The Tyne and Wear PTE boss at the time, Desmond Fletcher, described the Metro as a ‘Rolls Royce system for the price of a Mini’.</p> <p><a href="http://storyofmetro.nexus.org.uk/">Watch the story of Metro timeline.</a></p> </div> <section> </section> Fri, 21 Aug 2020 16:01:58 +0000 puntond 33822 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Shields Ferry crew join riverbank clean up in South Tyneside https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/shields-ferry-crew-join-riverbank-clean-south-tyneside <span>Shields Ferry crew join riverbank clean up in South Tyneside</span> <div><time datetime="2020-08-20T09:00:00Z">Thu, 20/08/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Thu, 20/08/2020</span> <div><p>The Shields Ferry crew have joined forces with community volunteers for a riverside clean up event.</p> <p>The Riverside Project Group was set up by residents in January with the aim of helping to preserve and protect riverside areas in South Tyneside.</p> <p>And it kick-started its activity with a clean-up of the embankment near the South Shields Ferry Landing, clearing 20 bags of plastic and debris. </p> <p>Shields Ferry Manager, Carol Timlin, said: “Our crew were delighted to play a part in this important community event, which was so vital for clearing plastics, litter and debris from the local riverbank close to our South Shields landing.</p> <p>“The Shields Ferry is big part of the community so we didn’t have any hesitation in helping out. All of the litter picking was conducted safely and with social distancing in place.</p> <p>“The clean-up campaign will help to improve the environment on our doorstep eliminate the amount of litter and plastics that gets thrown into the river.</p> <p>“The volunteer group has collected an enormous amount of waste close to the ferry landing and we would like to encourage more people to get involved in future events.”</p> <p>Paul Mossa, local resident and Chair of the Riverside Project Group said: "We are just a group of local people who are passionate about helping to look after and protect the riverside area and doing what we can to support our community.</p> <p>"We set up the group with just a couple of members earlier this year and had decided to start off with a clean-up in the spring as the embankment was full of plastics, litter and debris, which could easily end up in the river and the sea. But then Covid stopped everything.</p> <p>"Over that time though, we've gained more members and then saw more than 50 people turn out for our first event, which was absolutely fantastic. We've also had such a brilliant response from local organisations and businesses and can't thank them enough for their support."</p> <p>The riverside clean-up event involved local councillors, Nexus Ferry crew and other volunteers from across the wider community.</p> <p>South Tyneside Council provided PPE and the event was supported by the Port of Tyne Harbour Master which helped to ensure boats and speeding crafts kept their distance.</p> <p>Other organisations to provide support included Above the Action, Tyne and Wear Marine Ltd, Swiftwater Solutions Ltd, BlackTip Social, Taurus Eng Ltd and Colmans Seafood Temple.</p> <p>Going forward, the Riverside Project Group is looking to organise more clean-up events as well as other ways to support the local community and fundraise for its chosen charity Mental Health Concern - Moving forward South Tyneside.</p> <p>The group was inspired by the Borough's #LoveSouthTyneside campaign which was launched in February 2019 to celebrate civic pride, raise awareness of community events and volunteering opportunities and promote the area.</p> <p>Find out more about #LoveSouthTyneside visit <a href="http://www.lovesouthtyneside.co.uk/">www.lovesouthtyneside.co.uk</a></p> <p>For further information about Riverside Project Group and how to get involved, visit the group's Facebook page at <a href="https://www.facebook.com/RiversideProjectGroup/">https://www.facebook.com/RiversideProjectGroup/</a></p> </div> <section> </section> Thu, 20 Aug 2020 10:00:50 +0000 puntond 33782 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Retired Metro driver talks of his pride in the service as it celebrates 40 years https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/retired-metro-driver-talks-his-pride-service-it-celebrates-40-years <span>Retired Metro driver talks of his pride in the service as it celebrates 40 years </span> <div><time datetime="2020-08-17T09:00:00Z">Mon, 17/08/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Mon, 17/08/2020</span> <div><p>A retired Metro driver has spoken of his pride at being one of the first people to drive a train on the network, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary.</p> <p>Ian Rossiter, 61, of High Heaton in Newcastle, was among the first ever batch of drivers when Metro began operating in the summer of 1980.</p> <p>Ian, who retired in January 2019, said that the Metro was an amazing achievement and that its 40th anniversary was something to really celebrate. </p> <p>He said: “It was a special time. There was a great deal of excitement about the opening of this new Metro system. It was state-of-the art.</p> <p>“It was an amazing achievement to have our own underground system – and there I was, a 21 year-old lad who was getting the chance to drive the first trains.</p> <p>He added: “It’s fantastic that the Metro has reached its 40th anniversary. It is something that really should be heralded. It may have its detractors but it has really put our region on the map. Other cities didn’t have a Metro. We pioneered that as a solution to road congestion.</p> <p>“To even get a Metro built was something that they pulled off against all the odds. No other city outside of London was able to match it.</p> <p>“People were fascinated by the Metro. They were coming in their droves to travel on it. There was great pride and camaraderie among the drivers. Most of us knew each other from working at British Rail.</p> <p>“When we had nights out people would always want to talk to us when they found out that we were Metro drivers. It was a bit like being a rock star.”</p> <p>Ian, who rose through the ranks to become a senior Metro manager, went on to play a key role in the £100m project to extend the Metro system to Sunderland in 2002. He was responsible for training Metro drivers and amalgamating operating rules so that Metro trains could access the line between Pelaw and South Hylton, which is owned by Network Rail.</p> <p>He even had the unenviable job of choosing the Metro driver who drove the train that Her Majesty The Queen travelled on when she officially opened the extension.</p> <p>As a long serving Metro driver Ian has played a role on every single Great North Run since the event started.</p> <p>“The only times I didn’t work that day was the years I actually ran it,” he explained. “We have an excellent record serving an event that has put the region on the world stage.”</p> <p>TV fame came Ian’s way in 2015 when he was asked to star in a Barclays advert with Toon legend Alan Shearer. “There was a casting process and I was lucky enough to get picked. I was the Metro driver who took a young Shearer to his football training when he was a kid.”</p> <p>He added: “When I think back to my dad pestering me to fill that form in to become a Metro driver I realise now how significant it was. It was a brilliant career. I’ve gained many qualifications and have made some amazing friends. Metro is like a family and will always be there to serve the people of Tyne and Wear. I’m enormously proud to have been a part of it.”<br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Mon, 17 Aug 2020 09:59:17 +0000 puntond 33743 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Community leaders hail Metro’s importance on its 40th anniversary https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/community-leaders-hail-metros-importance-its-40th-anniversary <span>Community leaders hail Metro’s importance on its 40th anniversary </span> <div><time datetime="2020-08-13T09:00:00Z">Thu, 13/08/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Thu, 13/08/2020</span> <div><p>Community leaders have hailed the importance of the Tyne and Wear Metro on its 40th anniversary.</p> <p>Bosses at all five local authorities have praised the social and economic impact of Metro over four decades of operations, during which time the network has carried 1.5 billion passengers. </p> <p>And they looked ahead to a bright future for the service, with funding in place for a state-of-the-art new train fleet, which is set to arrive 2023, and a £70m new depot.</p> <p>Leader of Gateshead Council and Chair of the North East Joint Transport Committee, Cllr Martin Gannon, said: “I’m absolutely delighted to wish the Metro a happy birthday.</p> <p>“This is a celebration of 40 years of transformational service for all of the people of Tyne and Wear.</p> <p>“I can remember when the Metro opened in Gateshead with the visit of Her Majesty the Queen.</p> <p>“The Metro has made a huge economic and social contribution for the people of Gateshead over 40 years, and there are many more successful years to come.”</p> <p>Leader of Sunderland Council, Cllr Graeme Miller, said: “It’s great to be able to wish the Metro a happy 40th birthday.</p> <p>“Sunderland has had the Metro since 2002 and it’s an undoubted element of our success. Our residents rely on it to get to and from work, to get across the wider region.</p> <p>“It’s my great pleasure to wish the Metro another 40 years of success, and maybe for the 50th anniversary we can bring the Metro to Washington.”</p> <p>Leader of Newcastle City Council, Cllr Nick Forbes, said: “For 40 years the Metro has been the arteries and veins, carrying people in and out of Newcastle, whether that’s for work, or for a night out.</p> <p>“Without Metro we would not be the great city that we are.</p> <p>“It adds to our lives. It adds to our economy. It adds to our social spheres. Metro connects us in a way that no other public transport system in the UK does.”</p> <p>The Elected Mayor of North Tyneside, Norma Redfearn, said: “It hard to believe that it’s been 40 years since we celebrated the opening of Metro, an iconic transport system for the people of North Tyneside and the wider area. It’s absolutely amazing.</p> <p>“I don’t think we realise how lucky we are to have a Metro system. It is so important to us.</p> <p>“Everyday it is useful for getting us to work, to school, to see our friends and to get us to places on time.”<br /> Lead Member for Transport and Housing at South Tyneside Council, Cllr Mark Walsh, said: “A happy 40th anniversary to the Tyne and Wear Metro.</p> <p>“The Metro has been welcoming seven and a half million visitors every year to our beautiful town and borough, and we are looking forward to the next 40 years of it bringing people to South Shields and South Tyneside.”</p> <p>Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Kim McGuinness, said: “For 40 years this iconic transport network has been part of everyday life in our region, helping us get to school and to places of work.</p> <p>“One of the things I love about the Metro is that it’s a safe system to use, and that is because of the fantastic relationship it has with the Northumbria Force, allied with a fantastic amount of effort and commitment to keep the network safe, so that everyone in our region can use it.</p> <p>“The new trains are coming in the next few years and I look forward to working with Nexus in the future and seeing them develop and grow for the next 40 years.”<br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Thu, 13 Aug 2020 09:45:36 +0000 puntond 33708 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Virtual depot tour released to mark Metro’s 40th anniversary https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/virtual-depot-tour-released-mark-metros-40th-anniversary <span>Virtual depot tour released to mark Metro’s 40th anniversary </span> <div><time datetime="2020-08-12T10:00:00Z">Wed, 12/08/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Wed, 12/08/2020</span> <div><p>A new virtual tour of the Tyne and Wear Metro depot has been produced to mark its 40th anniversary.</p> <p>Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, commissioned the video tour after plans to hold a public open day were scrapped due to Coronavirus restrictions.</p> <p>The virtual tour, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7tb7LQ00tI">which is in the format of a 20-minute film which can be viewed online</a>, gives people an in-depth look around Metro’s main maintenance depot at Gosforth, in Newcastle, ahead of its £70m rebuild.</p> <p>The Tyne and Wear Metro celebrated its 40th anniversary on Tuesday, 11 August.</p> <p>Customer Services Director at Nexus, Huw Lewis, said: “A virtual depot tour is a great way to mark the 40th anniversary of Metro at a time when we’re unable to welcome visitors for an open day.</p> <p>“It’s a fascinating insight into how we look after the ageing Metro train fleet, showcasing the passion, skill and dedication of our workforce.</p> <p>“We had planned to allow the public in to have a look around the depot as part of an open day but the coronavirus pandemic meant the event had to be cancelled.</p> <p>“The next best thing was to commission a virtual tour, which gives people access all areas at the depot.</p> <p>“This is the last chance to look around the Metro depot building, which dates back to 1923, before demolition gets underway to make way for the new £70m depot on the same Gosforth site, which will be home to our new train fleet.”</p> <p>The virtual tour allows people to see the running sheds, where trains are stored, and the main lifting shop, where the bulk of the daily maintenance work is carried out before trains are sent into service.</p> <p>Viewers get the chance to see how a Metro train’s wheels are made ready for service, and how other essential components allow the trains to draw high voltage power from overhead lines, and how the Metro carriages are coupled together.</p> <p>There is even a chance to see the outside test areas where the all-important brake tests are carried out on the Metro trains.</p> <p>Other elements include a look at the state-of-the-art vehicles that Nexus uses for looking after overhead lines, and how staff keep Metro’s 220 ticket machines in working order.<br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Wed, 12 Aug 2020 11:14:11 +0000 puntond 33700 at https://www.nexus.org.uk The Tyne and Wear Metro celebrates its 40th anniversary https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/tyne-and-wear-metro-celebrates-its-40th-anniversary <span>The Tyne and Wear Metro celebrates its 40th anniversary</span> <div><time datetime="2020-08-11T05:30:00Z">Tue, 11/08/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Tue, 11/08/2020</span> <div><p>The Tyne and Wear Metro is celebrating its 40th anniversary today, Tuesday 11 August.</p> <p>Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, said the network was a regional icon which has become one of North East England’s most successful transport projects.</p> <p>Metro has carried 1.5 billion passengers over four decades of operations.</p> <p>Events marking the occasion include a virtual Metro depot tour, the launch of a new online Metro game, and the first original Metrocar 4001 as been painted in a special 40th anniversary colour scheme.</p> <p>Managing Director Transport North East, Tobyn Hughes, said: “We’re enormously proud that the Tyne and Wear Metro is celebrating its 40th year. What a fantastic success story for our region it has become.</p> <p>“I’m sure that August 11, 1980, is a day that will live long in the memory for those who were there, and since then Metro has become a part of everyday life for thousands of people, who rely on it to get to places of work, school, college, and for leisure activities.</p> <p>“The Metro is undoubtedly one of our region’s greatest post-war achievements. It’s a source of immense pride, affection, and is the envy of other UK cities.”</p> <p>He added: “Nexus remains the proud custodians of this iconic light rail system which means so much to our region.</p> <p>“The Covid-19 crisis has brought new challenges to us but I’m determined that we can now get back to business as lockdown lifts.</p> <p>“My thanks go to our customers who travel with us every day, and our workforce, who do such an amazing job, day in, day out, to keep the trains running. Here’s to the next 40 years.</p> <p>“Metro has a bright future. We are looking forward to getting our new trains in 2023 and beyond that we remain committed to extending the network.”</p> <p>Leader of Gateshead Council and Chair of the North East Joint Transport Committee, Cllr Martin Gannon, said: “I want to wish a very happy 40th anniversary to the Tyne and Wear Metro.</p> <p>“This is a rail network that was built against all the odds, at a time of huge austerity, and it has transformed the way that people travel around our region. </p> <p>“Every year Metro helps to take millions of cars off our roads. It helps to drive our local economy and it’s a much-loved mode of travel which has become iconic. It has undoubtedly helped to put our region on the map.”</p> <p>Light Rail Minister Baroness Vere said: “It is fantastic to celebrate this anniversary and the incredible local contribution the Metro has made over the past 40 years, connecting people to work, jobs and leisure.</p> <p>“The Metro is part of the fabric of Tyne and Wear, setting new standards for urban transport which have been copied around the world. Passengers will soon benefit from a new greener fleet, increasing reliability and ensuring the network can continue to run smoothly into the next four decades.”</p> <p>The local politicians and Tyne and Wear PTE staff, who made it become a reality, did so in a bid to reduce local road congestion. They were told that an underground light rail system would cost too much and that it may not be possible.</p> <p>But they held firm, they won the argument, and Government funding of £280m was secured.</p> <p>Tunnels were driven beneath the streets of Newcastle and Gateshead in what was a vast engineering project. Stations and viaducts were constructed. A new bridge was built over the Tyne and a fleet of 90 Metro trains was purchased.</p> <p>Building work began in 1974 and the first passenger services were running by August 1980.</p> <p>The official opening by Her Majesty the Queen took place the following year, on November 6, 1981.</p> <p>Nexus brought the Metro to South Shields in 1984, to Gateshead in 1981, to Newcastle Airport in 1991, and to Sunderland in 2002.</p> <p><strong>Metro 40: timeline:</strong></p> <p>1971: Studies reveal light rail is a solution to take pressure off Tyneside’s congested road network<br /> 1972: Government agrees to fund the Tyne and Wear Metro project at a cost of £280m<br /> 1974: Construction begins<br /> 1980: Metro system opens to passengers – Haymarket to Tynemouth<br /> 1981: The Queen officially opens the Tyne and Wear Metro as the line to Gateshead opens.<br /> 1984: South Shields line opens<br /> 1991: Metro extension to Newcastle Airport is opened<br /> 2002: The Queen opens the Sunderland line<br /> 2009: Government agrees to fund £350m Metro modernisation programme<br /> 2014: Metro train fleet refurbishments completed.<br /> 2020: Nexus orders a new fleet of trains to arrive by 2023.<br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Tue, 11 Aug 2020 05:50:05 +0000 puntond 33684 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Test your Metro knowledge on new game https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/test-your-metro-knowledge-new-game <span>Test your Metro knowledge on new game</span> <div><time datetime="2020-08-10T12:47:00Z">Mon, 10/08/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/heathcotej" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">heathcotej</span></span> <span>Mon, 10/08/2020</span> <div><p>As part of their 40th anniversary celebrations, Tyne and Wear Metro is today launching a new online game to test the knowledge of Metro users.  </p> <p>The easy-to-play game, called Station Master, features questions about Metro stations, nearby attractions, and some of the 40 year history.</p> <p>Players will be shown a random selection of 20 multi-choice questions per game, and throughout the game will get tips and information about Metro and places to visit.</p> <p>Customer Services Director at Nexus, Huw Lewis said: “We’re delighted to launch this new game as part of our anniversary celebrations.  It’s a bit of fun for all ages and now that families can travel to more places and attractions we hope our game adds a little extra to your familiar Metro journey.</p> <p>“Metro has been part of everyday life in Tyne and Wear for 40 years, providing a vital service to many and part of a great day out for others. The game really does highlight the areas that the network covers, and the fantastic range of attractions within easy reach of our stations.”</p> <p>Nexus partnered with Digital Catapult North East at Sunderland Software City to source a local company with a creative and original idea to inform and entertain passengers and Metro fans.   Newcastle based digital agency Venture Stream were appointed to deliver the project in early 2020.</p> <p>Chris Ogle from Venture Stream said: "We were thrilled to have been given the opportunity to partner with Nexus. It was great to work with an iconic local brand, and one which we were already very familiar with, half of our employees use Metro regularly.  Station Master celebrates the forty year history of the Tyne &amp; Wear Metro, and we hope that those returning to travel after lockdown will enjoy their journey a little more thanks to this fun game."</p> <p>Anna Malley, Project Manager at Sunderland Software City, said: “It’s been a pleasure working with Nexus and Venture Stream to explore how technology can be used to engage more residents with their local history, culture, and Metro.</p> <p>“When Nexus approached us, they were looking for new ways to use technology to help passengers learn more about different Metro stations and destinations. We invited local companies from the tech and digital industries to pitch potential solutions, which led to the development of the game by Venture Stream. We’re excited to be able to play the game!"</p> <p>The game is free to use and players can play as many times as they like. It can be accessed via the Nexus website from anywhere.</p> <p><a href="https://www.nexus.org.uk/metro/station-master">Play now at www.nexus.org.uk/metro/station-master</a></p> <p>Tyne and Wear Metro is safe and ready to welcome passengers back. Find out how we’ve made journeys Covid-secure <a href="http://www.nexus.org.uk/covid-secure">www.nexus.org.uk/covid-secure</a></p> </div> <section> </section> Mon, 10 Aug 2020 12:40:35 +0000 heathcotej 33672 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Metro secures £8.5m of Government support as passenger numbers gradually recover https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/metro-secures-ps85m-government-support-passenger-numbers-gradually-recover <span>Metro secures £8.5m of Government support as passenger numbers gradually recover </span> <div><time datetime="2020-08-07T23:00:17Z">Sat, 08/08/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Sat, 08/08/2020</span> <div><p>The Tyne and Wear Metro has secured £8.5m of financial support from the Government to keep services running while passenger numbers continue to gradually recover.</p> <p>The Department for Transport (DfT) confirmed the funding for Metro in announcement today, Saturday 8 August.</p> <p>Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, has welcomed further financial support, and said that the money would help to sustain its services until the end of October.</p> <p>This builds on an initial £8.6m of emergency support that was announced on May 1, and a further £7.6m on May 26. It means that the Government has now committed a total of £24.7m for Metro to support its services during the Coronavirus outbreak.</p> <p>Chief Operating Officer at Nexus, Martin Kearney, said: “This is vital funding support that will enable us to sustain Metro services while customer numbers continue to recover.</p> <p>“The Covid-19 crisis has had a major impact on Metro journeys and they remain around 40% of what we would normally expect. There has been gradual growth since lockdown has eased, shops have re-opened, and more people have returned to work, which is positive news. </p> <p>“However, we expect the recovery to be slow going, which is why Government support is essential for Metro.</p> <p>“We remain on dialogue with the Government about longer term funding support for the services we deliver.”</p> <p>Nexus has put a range of measures in place to ensure that the Metro system is Covid-secure.</p> <p>Measures include new signage and queueing systems, extra deep cleaning, and hand sanitiser points at key locations. People should continue to follow floor and wall markings in order to maintain social distancing and should always wear a face covering.<br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Fri, 07 Aug 2020 23:16:10 +0000 puntond 33645 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Plans for a new Shields Ferry landing secure Government support https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/plans-new-shields-ferry-landing-secure-government-support <span>Plans for a new Shields Ferry landing secure Government support </span> <div><time datetime="2020-08-06T11:00:00Z">Thu, 06/08/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Thu, 06/08/2020</span> <div><p>Exciting plans to build a new £8.8m ferry landing at North Shields Fish Quay have moved a step closer after the Government announced that funding was being made available.</p> <p>The Department for Communities and Local Government confirmed yesterday that it was allocating £47m to the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) from its Get Building Fund for 18 major projects to boost the local economy.</p> <p>The creation of a new Shields Ferry landing in the North Shields Fish Quay regeneration area was included in the announcement.</p> <p>Nexus, the public body which owns and operates the cross-Tyne ferry service, will draw up a detailed business case to the LEP, for submission in September.</p> <p>Customer Services Director, Huw Lewis, said “It’s great news that our plans to build a new Shields Ferry landing at North Shields Fish Quay have been shortlisted for funding.</p> <p>“We will be submitting a full business case to the Local Enterprise Partnership in September.</p> <p>“The proposed new ferry landing would be located in the Fish Quay regeneration area, and we’ll be consulting with local businesses and residents on this as we build our detailed business case.</p> <p>“The scheme has the potential to be transformative for the local area and will help to secure the long-term future of the cross-Tyne Shields Ferry service.</p> <p>“We look forward to working with the LEP to secure the funding for this project.”</p> <p>Helen Golightly, Chief Executive of the North East Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “The £47m from government’s Getting Building Fund will give the North East economy the boost it needs to continue our region's recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. To extend the reach of the fund and ensure more projects can be delivered in the North East LEP area, we have released an additional £8m from the North East Investment Fund to increase this fund to £55m.</p> <p>“The 'shovel ready' projects put forward for the North East LEP area include infrastructure works at Enterprise Zone sites in Northumberland, Newcastle and Sunderland; property development schemes in Durham, South Shields and Newcastle; and vital transport and infrastructure works in Newcastle, Gateshead, Sunderland, North Shields and Northumberland.</p> <p>“We’re also looking to further strengthen the North East’s green energy sector by investing in new facilities at the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult in Blyth and InTEGReL in Gateshead.”<br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Thu, 06 Aug 2020 11:21:49 +0000 puntond 33614 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Metro collections bring in 300 kilos of food for local food banks https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/metro-collections-bring-300-kilos-food-local-food-banks <span>Metro collections bring in 300 kilos of food for local food banks</span> <div><time datetime="2020-08-05T11:00:00Z">Wed, 05/08/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Wed, 05/08/2020</span> <div><p>Generous Metro passengers have helped to collect more than 300 kilos of food for people in poverty. </p> <p>Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, ran food bank collection points at Metro stations across Tyne and Wear.</p> <p>A total of 360kg of food and other toiletries was donated following collections at Nexus Travel Shops in North Shields, Gateshead, South Shields, Sunderland and Newcastle.</p> <p>All of the items, plus cash donations totalling £592, has been shared between five local food banks, which provide essential support for people who are struggling to make ends meet. </p> <p>The food will feed 42 families for a week and the cash raised will provide another 51 essential food packs.</p> <p>Public Affairs Manager at Nexus, Lynne Robinson, said: “Metro is at the heart of the local communities that it serves, making our stations really good locations to collect for local food banks. </p> <p>“Our thanks go to everyone who donated and supported this initiative. The food will help those most in need in these difficult times.</p> <p>“I was really touched with the generosity from customers who donated from their own weekly shopping bags because they wanted to help people who needed the food more than they did.</p> <p>“It was a pleasure to support the food banks, and the feedback we have received has been fantastic.”</p> <p>The food banks that benefited are: The Bay Food Bank in North Shields, Gateshead Food Bank, the Hospitality and Hope Food Bank in South Tyneside, Sunderland Food Bank and the West End Food Bank in Newcastle.<br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Wed, 05 Aug 2020 11:14:37 +0000 puntond 33596 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Metro track replacement to go ahead south of the Tyne over four weekends https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/metro-track-replacement-go-ahead-south-tyne-over-four-weekends <span>Metro track replacement to go ahead south of the Tyne over four weekends</span> <div><time datetime="2020-08-03T10:00:00Z">Mon, 03/08/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Mon, 03/08/2020</span> <div><p>Major track replacement work is to be carried out on the Tyne and Wear Metro network during August. </p> <p>Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, is undertaking the latest phase of an £8m track renewals programme in Gateshead and South Tyneside.</p> <p>A 1.8km stretch of line between Heworth and Pelaw will be replaced.</p> <p>It will take place over four consecutive weekends – August 8-9; 15-16; 22-23; 29-31 - and will mean the closure of Metro lines south of the Tyne on these dates. <a href="https://www.nexus.org.uk/metro/updates?open=t_planned-works">Further details can be found here.</a></p> <p>A frequent replacement bus service, including express buses, will be provided during the closures and customers are advised to plan their journeys in advance and allow plenty of time to travel.</p> <p>The works have been packed into weekends as Metro carries fewer passengers at these times, allowing the for the least possible amount of disruption to people’s journeys. </p> <p>Chief Operating Officer at Nexus, Martin Kearney, said: “We’re carrying out major track renewal work south of the Tyne during August. This will ensure that Metro is in good shape for the autumn and years ahead as the economy starts to recover.</p> <p>“This is the culmination of an £8m track renewal programme throughout Gateshead and South Tyneside, which has been ongoing over the last 12 months. The focus is on the renewal of a 1.8 kilometre section of track that runs from Heworth to Pelaw.</p> <p>“This project will mean disruption to our customers over four consecutive weekends and I apologise in advance for that. By packing the work into weekends are keeping the amount inconvenience to an absolute minimum.</p> <p>“These are key Metro routes and they are vital for the communities that we serve, so we have to ensure that they are ready to carry trains for many years to come.” </p> <p>Track beds, sleepers, and rails will all be replaced during the project. A total of 2,600 railway sleepers will be installed on top of 6,400 tonnes of new track ballast.</p> <p>Weekend closure dates:</p> <p>•    8-9 August: No trains Gateshead Stadium – South Shields/South Hylton</p> <p>•    15-16 August: No trains Gateshead Stadium – Jarrow/South Hylton</p> <p>•    22-23 August: No trains Gateshead Stadium – Jarrow/South Hylton</p> <p>•    29-31 August: (includes Bank Holiday Monday): No trains Gateshead Stadium – Jarrow/South Hylton</p> <p>The replacement bus service Number 900 will operate from Gateshead South Shields on 8/9 August and Gateshead to Jarrow on the three following weekends.</p> <p>The replace bus service Number 901 will operate from Gateshead to South Hylton.</p> <p>Express replacement bus services will also be running, stopping at three stations only on each route. Express bus X900 will run between Gateshead - Heworth – South Shields on August 8/9 and Gateshead – Heworth – Jarrow in the three following weekends. Express bus X901 will run between Gateshead - Heworth - Park Lane on all four weekend closures. <br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Mon, 03 Aug 2020 10:19:18 +0000 puntond 33567 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Customer engagement patrols on Metro promotes face coverings rule https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/customer-engagement-patrols-metro-promotes-face-coverings-rule <span>Customer engagement patrols on Metro promotes face coverings rule</span> <div><time datetime="2020-07-27T10:20:00Z">Mon, 27/07/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Mon, 27/07/2020</span> <div><p>Extra staff are patrolling the Tyne and Wear Metro to encourage the wearing of face coverings on the network.</p> <p>Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, is putting teams out across the system, on trains and in stations, to engage with customers and to hand out face masks to anyone who needs one.</p> <p>The patrols focused on the North Tyneside coastal stations, South Shields Interchange to Hebburn, Gateshead Interchange to Heworth, Park Lane Interchange and the whole Sunderland line, city centre Metro stations in Newcastle, and Haymarket and Elddon Square bus stations in Newcastle.</p> <p>Nexus estimates that around 95% of its customers are following the face coverings rule.</p> <p>Customer Services Director, Huw Lewis, said: “We have seven teams out working all across the system. We are covering all five local districts with these patrols. </p> <p>“We are just there to remind people why it is so important to wear a face covering and we are able to hand out face masks to anyone who needs one.</p> <p>“I’m pleased to say that our passengers on Metro and across the bus network are following the Government advice and more than 90 percent of people are wearing face coverings throughout the day.</p> <p>“The Metro system is now starting to get busier. There is still plenty of space for social distancing, but wearing a face covering means you’re keeping yourself safe, your family and loved ones safe, and everybody else safe. It’s a simple thing to do.</p> <p>“We all should own a face covering now. Just ensure you pull it up over your nose and mouth when entering stations and throughout your journey on a train.”</p> <p>The Government made face coverings compulsory on all modes of public transport from June 15 in the interests of public health due to the Covid-19 crisis.</p> <p>Very young children, disabled people and those with breathing difficulties are exempt from wearing a face covering.</p> <p>Passengers should wear the kind of face covering that can be made at home. They should cover the mouth and nose and can be something as simple as a scarf or a bandana tied snugly behind the head.</p> <p>  </p> </div> <section> </section> Mon, 27 Jul 2020 10:26:49 +0000 puntond 33494 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Metro modernisation programme secures an extra £20m of Government money https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/metro-modernisation-programme-secures-extra-ps20m-government-money <span>Metro modernisation programme secures an extra £20m of Government money</span> <div><time datetime="2020-07-23T13:00:00Z">Thu, 23/07/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Thu, 23/07/2020</span> <div><p>Nexus, the public body which owns and manages the Tyne and Wear Metro, has secured £20m of Government money for modernisation work on the network.</p> <p>The funding will be used to carry on with essential infrastructure renewal works, including track and overhead line replacement, after the current £350m Metro all change programme of major upgrades that commenced in April 2010 ends in March 2021.</p> <p>Nexus confirmed it was also working with the Department for Transport to secure further investment through to 2025 in this year’s Spending Review.</p> <p>The funding that has been announced is capital investment and Nexus confirmed that it remains in talks with the DfT about a further financial support for Metro running costs amid the Covid-19 crisis. </p> <p>Cllr Martin Gannon, Leader of Gateshead Council and Chair of the North East Joint Transport Committee, said: “This is funding that will allow vital modernisation work on Metro’s ageing infrastructure to continue.</p> <p>“Let me be clear, while I welcome the investment, this represents only a small portion of what is needed to continue upgrading key assets across the Metro over the next five years and Nexus has been working with civil servants for over a year in order to ensure continuity of this vital funding. I expect that additional funding for this important work will be announced later in the year. </p> <p>“Meanwhile, the Metro remains in dire need of a further financial support to meet its running costs due to the effects of the COVID pandemic. </p> <p>“Metro is a vital local service and is part of everyday life in our region. We need to ensure the system is kept running for the people of Tyne and Wear and I do urge ministers to confirm an extension of the emergency funding which is set to run out on 4 August.</p> <p>Director of Finance and Resources at Nexus, John Fenwick, said: “This is good news for Metro renewals. The £20m for next year represents a down payment on what will hopefully amount to further investment, which is essential for the continuation of our capital programme through to 2025.</p> <p>“Receiving early notification of this funding ahead of the Spending Review later in the year ensures that we can properly plan for key modernisation projects that will be delivered next year.</p> <p>“This funding will also secure the jobs of all those who are wholly or mainly engaged in delivering these essential infrastructure renewals across Metro.”</p> <p>Since 2010, Nexus has been carrying out the modernisation of Metro’s ageing infrastructure and to date has invested £320m in a range of major projects, including tracks, stations, bridges, overhead lines, signalling systems and trains, to secure the long term future of the Metro service, which, pre-Covid, was used by 36 million passengers a year.<br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Thu, 23 Jul 2020 13:38:01 +0000 puntond 33448 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Metro’s new train depot at Howdon nears completion https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/metros-new-train-depot-howdon-nears-completion <span>Metro’s new train depot at Howdon nears completion</span> <div><time datetime="2020-07-21T10:00:00Z">Tue, 21/07/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Tue, 21/07/2020</span> <div><p>A new train depot for the Tyne and Wear Metro is close to completion.</p> <p>Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, is building the facility at Howdon in North Tyneside. It is set to officially open this summer.</p> <p>The former landfill site has been transformed. New tracks and overhead lines are in place and the new maintenance shed has been built and fitted out along with new facilities for staff. The high voltage power supply is set to be turned on this weekend.</p> <p>Howdon will be used for the cleaning and preparation of up to a quarter of the Metro fleet while the main Metro depot at Gosforth in Newcastle is completely rebuilt, with that £70m project set to begin this summer.</p> <p>The development has been funded as part of the £362m Metro fleet replacement project.</p> <p>Project Manager, Tabitha Callaghan, said: “We are now close to the completion of the Howdon Metro depot.</p> <p>“The new tracks, the overhead lines and the new building itself are all just about ready to welcome trains.</p> <p>“The site will be vital for the future of Metro because there won’t be enough space for all of the trains when work starts on the main depot rebuilding project at Gosforth.</p> <p>“Howdon gives us the capacity to stable up to one quarter of the Metro train fleet there and carry out light maintenance work at that location.</p> <p>“There are new facilities for Metro drivers and maintenance staff who in the future will need to book on for duty at Howdon.”</p> <p>The transition to the new main Metro depot at Gosforth will take five years, making a separate base essential to ensure that Metro operations can continue.</p> <p>Having acquired money from the Transforming Cities Fund to deliver the Metro Flow project also means that this facility is likely to play an important role beyond this time. </p> <p>John Fenwick, Director of Finance and Resources at Nexus, said: “The Metro Flow project will require another four trains on top of the 42 we have already placed on order with Stadler Rail. This fantastic new depot facility in North Tyneside will provide us with additional maintenance flexibility well into the future.”</p> <p>Nexus secured Government grant funding of £337m towards the projected £362m cost of designing and building a new train fleet and depot.  This and the ongoing maintenance of the fleet over 35 years makes the total budget about £500m.</p> <p>Buckingham Group Contracting Ltd is building the temporary Metro depot on behalf of Nexus.<br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Tue, 21 Jul 2020 10:15:10 +0000 puntond 33360 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Coronavirus: Transport chiefs issue a new call for Government support https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/coronavirus-transport-chiefs-issue-new-call-government-support <span>Coronavirus: Transport chiefs issue a new call for Government support </span> <div><time datetime="2020-07-20T10:00:00Z">Mon, 20/07/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Mon, 20/07/2020</span> <div><p>An urgent request for continued emergency revenue funding to support the North East’s public transport network and to sustain services has been sent to the Transport Secretary ahead of the expiry date of 4 August for existing support packages.<br />  <br /> Cllr Martin Gannon, Leader of Gateshead Council and Chair of the North East Joint Transport Committee, said: “Council Leaders and Elected Mayors in North East England are seeking confirmation of continued support for our public transport network.<br />  <br /> “The Covid-19 pandemic has created an enormous strain on our public transport finances. As each step is taken in the unwinding of the lockdown, the complexity for public transport grows.”<br />  <br /> With transport playing a key part in supporting the North East’s economic recovery, local and combined authorities want to encourage the use of sustainable transport wherever possible to preserve the environment, improve air quality and support public health. <br />  <br /> However, with social distancing measures and public confidence issues meaning it will be a long time before a return to normal passenger numbers, this presents a financial challenge to bus and Metro services</p> <p>The viability of services long term are absolutely vital to the region’s long term economic recovery and climate change objectives.<br />  <br /> Cllr Gannon said: “While we note the financial support the government has given to the Tyne and Wear Metro and the bus network, we are now moving close to the expiry date of the existing funding packages, with the 4 August being just weeks away.<br />  <br /> “With all this in mind, we would like the government to commit to providing further emergency support to bus and Metro services for as long as the effects of Covid-19 prevent us from earning the normal level of commercial income as well as increasing costs. We are also seeking assurances over the long-term future of Nexus’ revenue and capital grant funding.<br />  <br /> “Without further support for our transport network, the North East will undoubtedly suffer from a slower economic recovery, a failing public transport network, increased congestion, deteriorating air quality, and worsening inequality.”<br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Mon, 20 Jul 2020 11:05:01 +0000 puntond 33335 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Coronavirus: Customers can have the confidence to use Metro as travel rules are relaxed https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/coronavirus-customers-can-have-confidence-use-metro-travel-rules-are-relaxed <span>Coronavirus: Customers can have the confidence to use Metro as travel rules are relaxed</span> <div><time datetime="2020-07-17T15:00:00Z">Fri, 17/07/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Fri, 17/07/2020</span> <div><p>Customers can have the confidence to travel on the Tyne and Wear Metro as rules around using public transport are relaxed, operator Nexus has confirmed.</p> <p>The rules on travelling on public transport have been changed so that 'anybody may now use' buses and trains. Public transport no longer needs to be treated as a last resort.</p> <p>Nexus, the public body which owns and manages the Tyne and Wear Metro, has put a range of measures in place to ensure that the network is Covid-secure. This includes new signage and queueing systems, extra deep cleaning, and hand sanitiser points at key locations.</p> <p>Face coverings remain compulsory on all forms of public transport. Nexus says that that 95% of customers are following this new rule since it was introduced by the Government on 15 June.</p> <p>Customer Services Director at Nexus, Huw Lewis, said: “The rules have now been relaxed and anybody can now use public transport. We have ensured that the Tyne and Wear Metro system is Covid-secure so that our customers can have the confidence to return.</p> <p>“These measures have been in place for a number of weeks so that Metro is there for when people need to use it as lockdown measures are easing.</p> <p>“Passengers should continue to follow floor and wall markings in order to maintain social distancing.</p> <p>“Face coverings should also continue to be worn on all journeys, in line with Government regulation to help prevent the spread of Covid-19.”<br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Fri, 17 Jul 2020 15:16:43 +0000 puntond 33302 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Coveted MasterChef apron is just the ticket for Metro worker Graham Myers https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/coveted-masterchef-apron-just-ticket-metro-worker-graham-myers <span>Coveted MasterChef apron is just the ticket for Metro worker Graham Myers </span> <div><time datetime="2020-07-15T14:00:00Z">Wed, 15/07/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Wed, 15/07/2020</span> <div><p>A Nexus worker has been rewarded with a coveted MasterChef apron ten years after appearing on the popular TV show.</p> <p>Graham Myers, a quarterfinalist in 2009, starred on the programme at a time when the iconic aprons weren’t given to contestants as a prize for getting through the first round.</p> <p>In more recent series that has changed, and the MasterChef apron has become highly sought-after.</p> <p>A fellow foodie of Graham’s, Greg Lackey, who appeared on BBC MasterChef in 2014, had an apron specially made for Graham as a thank you present for all his hard work promoting home cooking during lockdown.</p> <p>Graham has joined with a host of MasterChef alumni to serve up mouth-watering recipes and culinary advice for home cooks. Their Facebook group – ‘Let’s get the nation cooking again’ – has attracted thousands of followers and widespread media coverage.</p> <p>Graham, 57, of Forest Hall in North Tyneside, said: “It’s an amazing gesture and it came as a lovely surprise. I can now wear my MasterChef apron with great pride.</p> <p>“When I was on the show you just handed the apron back in at the end of each day’s filming. I never got to keep the one that I wore all through the heats and into my quarterfinal. It was a shame.</p> <p>“The BBC producers have changed the format over the last few years and the apron is now so highly sought after. It’s like being in a bit of an exclusive club.</p> <p>“I had no idea that some of my fellow contestants were doing this for me. It all came out of the blue when I arrived home from work and there was a parcel waiting for me. This actually means more to me than my time on the show. I can’t thank them enough for this.”</p> <p>Graham, a Training Officer for Metro operator Nexus, already runs his own Facebook page – Grammy’s Kitchen – where he showcases his recipes. <a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/923629327716192">https://www.facebook.com/groups/923629327716192</a></p> <p>He also played a big part in the set up the MasterChef group which has helped people to cook during the lockdown period. He has contributed daily recipes and videos and the site has over 5,000 likes.<a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/LetsGetTheNationCookingAgain"> Click here to view.</a><br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Wed, 15 Jul 2020 15:01:04 +0000 puntond 33262 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Nexus workers raise over £12,000 for Alzheimer’s Society https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/nexus-workers-raise-over-ps12000-alzheimers-society <span>Nexus workers raise over £12,000 for Alzheimer’s Society </span> <div><time datetime="2020-07-14T09:00:00Z">Tue, 14/07/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Tue, 14/07/2020</span> <div><p>Nexus workers have raised over £12,000 to help people in our region who are living with dementia.</p> <p>Alzheimer’s Society will benefit from the donation, following a year of fundraising efforts. A range of events were held in support of the charity, from heritage tours on Metro to cake sales, raffles and individual fundraising efforts.</p> <p>The money, £12,675 in total, was officially handed over at a virtual cheque presentation. <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cW7A3J44Ylw&amp;t=25s">Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cW7A3J44Ylw&amp;t=8s</a></p> <p>Nexus, the public body which owns and manages the Tyne and Wear Metro, chose to support Alzheimer’s Society in 2019/20 as part of its annual fundraising drive, which sees staff choose a charity to support for a whole year. </p> <p>Chief Operating Officer at Nexus, Martin Kearney, said: “Our employees have done a great job this year with their fundraising efforts for Alzheimer’s Society. Lots of staff have got involved, arranging cakes sales and doing charity walks, helping out a really worthy cause.</p> <p>“We set a target of £10,000 and we have raised over £12,000. It’s a fantastic sum of money that will go to support people living with dementia in our region. It is support that is all the more important given the devastating impact the Covid-19 crisis has had on the most vulnerable people in our society and the wider charitable sector.”</p> <p>Dan Nelson, Community Fundraiser for Alzheimer’s Society in the North East, said: “This is fantastic fundraising achievement by Nexus – we are incredibly grateful for their support.</p> <p>“Right now, people living with dementia need our support more than ever because the coronavirus pandemic has hit them harder than any other group. A quarter of those who have died from Covid-19 had dementia. </p> <p>“Since the lockdown began our trained staff have made more than 100,000 welfare calls to people with dementia and their carers to offer support, information and to reassure them that they are not alone. Every penny raised by our dedicated fundraisers is helping us to continue this vital work.”<br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Tue, 14 Jul 2020 09:26:19 +0000 puntond 33233 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Generous donations swell food bank coffers in South Shields https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/generous-donations-swell-food-bank-coffers-south-shields <span>Generous donations swell food bank coffers in South Shields </span> <div><time datetime="2020-07-13T10:00:00Z">Mon, 13/07/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Mon, 13/07/2020</span> <div><p>Generous donations for a local food bank have been officially handed over after a collection at South Shields Transport Interchange.</p> <p>Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, ran the food bank collection point at the interchange from July 6 – 10 to help people who are struggling to make ends meet during the Covid-19 crisis.</p> <p>All of the items that were collected were handed over to the South Shields based Hospitality and Hope food bank on Friday.</p> <p>Customer Services Director at Nexus, Huw Lewis, said: “Metro is at the heart of the local community, making it an ideal location for food bank collection points.</p> <p>“We saw an amazing response from people in South Tyneside and we have collected bag after bag of food for those most in need across the borough. This will aid people in the most deprived areas , many of who are struggling even more due to the devastating effects of the coronavirus pandemic.”</p> <p>The collection tub swelled with donations, including items such as long-life milk, tinned fish, pasta, rice, other canned items and toiletries.</p> <p>Track renewals contractor, Redstone Projects, chipped in with a generous cash donation of £500.</p> <p>The food bank collections are taking place at Park Lane Interchange in Sunderland all this week, 8am11am.<br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Mon, 13 Jul 2020 10:39:39 +0000 puntond 33214 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Face masks available from vending machines on the Metro system https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/face-masks-available-vending-machines-metro-system <span>Face masks available from vending machines on the Metro system</span> <div><time datetime="2020-07-07T09:00:00Z">Tue, 07/07/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Tue, 07/07/2020</span> <div><p>Face masks are on sale from vending machines on the Tyne and Wear Metro system.</p> <p>Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, has made them available to help customers get access to a face covering on the go.</p> <p>People are still advised to use their own face coverings, either a scarf, snood or bandana, where possible.</p> <p>The Selecta vending machines, which dispense snacks and drinks, are also now selling packs of three-ply disposable surgical face masks at 12 stations on the Metro network.</p> <p>It costs £3.70 for a pack of five masks. Nexus is not making any profit from selling them system.</p> <p>Customer Services Director, Huw Lewis, said: “The Selecta vending machines on the Metro network are now selling face masks for people who need them.</p> <p>“This is to help customers who need access to a face covering on the go and who don’t have one with them. The vending machines are stocked up with supplies of the surgical face masks that are sold in packs of five. These are being sold at cost price, so Metro isn’t profiting from this. </p> <p>“The face coverings rule is vital in the national fight against Covid-19. People need to wear them on all modes of public transport. The uptake has been good since the rule was introduced on 15 June, with around 95% of passengers wearing them when making a journey.”</p> <p>The Government made face coverings compulsory on all modes of public transport from Monday 15 June.</p> <p>The new rule for buses, trains and ferries has been introduced to prevent the spread of coronavirus as more people go back to work and schools and shops re-open.</p> <p>Nexus estimates that around 95% of passengers were following the new rule on day one of its introduction.</p> <p>Children under the age of 11, disabled people, and those with breathing difficulties are exempt from wearing a face covering.</p> <p>Passengers should wear the kind of face covering that can be made at home. They should cover the mouth and nose and can be something as simple as a scarf or a bandana tied snugly behind the head.</p> <p>Metro stations with Selecta vending machines: South Gosforth, Gateshead Interchange, Four Lane Ends, Heworth, Jesmond, Monkseaton, Monument, North Shields, Regent Centre, Tynemouth, West Jesmond, Whitley Bay.<br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Tue, 07 Jul 2020 09:25:56 +0000 puntond 33136 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Food bank collection point is set up at South Shields transport interchange https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/food-bank-collection-point-set-south-shields-transport-interchange <span>Food bank collection point is set up at South Shields transport interchange </span> <div><time datetime="2020-07-06T10:00:00Z">Mon, 06/07/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Mon, 06/07/2020</span> <div><p>A collection point for a local food bank has been set up at South Shields transport interchange.</p> <p>Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, is running the collection all this week to help families who are struggling to make ends meet during the pandemic.</p> <p>The collection point is located at the Nexus travel shop in the bus concourse area of the interchange. It will be there each day, 8am to 11am, until Friday 10 July.</p> <p>All donations will go to the Hospitality and Hope Food Bank in South Tyneside.</p> <p>Customer Services Director at Nexus, Huw Lewis, said: “The focus of our food bank collections will focus on South Tyneside this week. We’re at South Shields interchange and all donations will go to a local food bank. </p> <p>“Metro is right at the heart of the communities it serves so this collection is the least that we can do to help people at this time of national emergency.</p> <p>“This will aid people in the most deprived areas , many of who are struggling even more due to the devastating effects of the coronavirus pandemic.</p> <p>“Donations should be non-perishable items, for example long-life milk, tinned fish, pasta, rice, and other canned items. Please speak to a member of staff if you have items to spare and they can show you where to drop it off.”<br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Mon, 06 Jul 2020 10:20:31 +0000 puntond 33113 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Yob jailed for attacking Metro staff and police https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/yob-jailed-attacking-metro-staff-and-police <span>Yob jailed for attacking Metro staff and police </span> <div><time datetime="2020-07-02T09:00:00Z">Thu, 02/07/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Thu, 02/07/2020</span> <div><p>A man has been jailed for assaulting a Metro employee and a policeman while they were on duty.</p> <p>Anthony Minett, 31, of Kenton in Newcastle, was given a 16-week sentence when he appeared at North Tyneside Magistrates Court on Monday. He pleaded guilty to racially aggravated common assault and assault on an emergency worker.</p> <p>Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, said the quick and immediate jail sentence following the attack last Friday was a welcome sign that the police and courts are supporting its frontline teams in the job they do.</p> <p>The offences occurred at around 10.10pm on Friday, 26 June. Minett, who was described as heavily intoxicated, was passing through the Central Station ticket concourse when he was asked to refrain from drinking alcohol and to leave the station. He refused and confronted a Metro customer service advisor before assaulting them and then leaving the station.</p> <p>Minutes later, officers from Northumbria Police and British Transport Police (BTP) stopped Minett on nearby Grainger Street – where he racially abused one of the BTP officers and spat at him. He was subsequently arrested and taken into custody.</p> <p>The aggravating features of the case were the racial abuse and the offender spitting on a member of the Metro customer service staff. Spit kits were used to obtain Minett’s DNA.</p> <p>Detective Constable Paul Main, of Northumbria Police, said: “Anthony Minett should be absolutely ashamed of his actions and I welcome the custodial sentence handed to him in court.</p> <p>“Police officers and Nexus staff come into work each day to keep people safe – but Minett showed a total disregard for their welfare when he committed these crimes.</p> <p>“I hope this case highlights how seriously offences of this nature are being taken in the light of the current pandemic.</p> <p>“The fact that he was arrested, charged, convicted and jailed all within the space of 72 hours is testament to the fantastic teamwork displayed by officers from Northumbria, British Transport Police and Nexus staff, who greatly assisted in order to put this case before the courts.</p> <p>“We do not apologise for our zero-tolerance stance towards this type of behaviour and will continue to put offenders who abuse officers and staff before the courts.”</p> <p>Customer Services Director at Nexus, Huw Lewis, said: “The custodial sentence sends out a strong message that verbal and physical assaults on our staff will not be tolerated. It’s totally unacceptable.</p> <p>“It’s great that we were able to work so quickly with the police to ensure that this case has had a satisfactory outcome and the person that did this is now behind bars.”<br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Thu, 02 Jul 2020 09:41:50 +0000 puntond 33027 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Social distancing reduces to one metre from Saturday 4 July https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/social-distancing-reduces-one-metre-saturday-4-july <span>Social distancing reduces to one metre from Saturday 4 July</span> <div><time datetime="2020-06-29T09:00:00Z">Mon, 29/06/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Mon, 29/06/2020</span> <div><p>Metro customers can feel comfortable and confident on their journey as social distancing reduces to one metre, thanks to action taken by operator Nexus to keep the system Covid-secure.</p> <p>The two-metre social distancing rule is to be cut to ‘one metre plus’ from Saturday 4 July, the Government has announced. This new rule will apply to all modes of public transport, including buses, trains and ferries.</p> <p>Nexus, the public body which owns and manages the Tyne and Wear Metro, has put a range of measures in place to ensure that the network is Covid-secure. This includes new signage and queueing systems, extra deep cleaning, and hand sanitiser points at key locations.</p> <p>Face coverings remain compulsory on all forms of public transport. Nexus says that that 95% of customers are following this new rule since it was introduced by the Government on 15 June.</p> <p>Customer Services Director at Nexus, Huw Lewis, said: “What customers can expect from July 4 is the social distancing rule changing from two metres to one metre.</p> <p>“Metro is there when people need to use it and people should have the confidence to travel on the network. We have ensured that Covid-secure measures are in place as lockdown eases.</p> <p>“The Government has said the new rule is ‘one metre plus’, so people should still try to stay more than a metre apart where it’s feasibly possible to do so, and ensure that they always wear a face covering. Face coverings are absolutely vital and it is something that everyone can do to help us beat the virus.</p> <p>“The one metre social distancing rule will allow for greater capacity on public transport, including Metro.</p> <p>“Passengers should continue to follow floor and wall markings in order to maintain social distancing. They should travel outside peak periods where that’s possible, wear a face covering, and considering cycling, walking, or the car as alternative modes of travel, if they can.”</p> </div> <section> </section> Mon, 29 Jun 2020 09:31:59 +0000 puntond 32999 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Stadler moves its management team into place at the Metro Depot https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/stadler-moves-its-management-team-place-metro-depot <span>Stadler moves its management team into place at the Metro Depot </span> <div><time datetime="2020-06-25T09:00:00Z">Thu, 25/06/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Thu, 25/06/2020</span> <div><p>The Swiss train builder Stadler has moved its new management team into place as it gets ready to deliver the £362m Tyne and Wear Metro train fleet and new depot on behalf of Nexus. </p> <p>Stadler will oversee the transition to the £70m depot over the next four years, and the delivery of Metro’s state-of-the-art new trains into passenger service by 2023.</p> <p><a href="https://www.nexus.org.uk/newmetrotrains">Nexus, public body which owns and manages Metro, announced in January that Stadler was the preferred to bidder to design, build and maintain its new trains. </a></p> <p>The Stadler team – headed up by new managing director for Stadler Rail Service UK Rob Baxter – has now moved into Metro’s Gosforth depot to start work in earnest. </p> <p>He said: “Within a few months, Stadler will assume responsibility for servicing and maintaining the legacy fleet used for Tyne and Wear Metro services, ahead of the arrival of the new trains in a few years. The new team will be critical to the success of this project, and it’s pleasing to have a group of such talented individuals in place.”</p> <p>Metro Development Director, Neil Blagburn, said: “Stadler are now mobilising their team at the Metro depot. This is a significant moment in the Fleet Replacement Programme, which will culminate with the arrival of the much-needed new Metro trains and a £70m state-of-the-art depot.</p> <p>“This will transform the Tyne and Wear Metro and secure its future for many generations to come.</p> <p>“As part of the suite of contracts we entered into, Stadler will take over the maintenance of the current Metro train fleet and will soon start building the new maintenance facility on the existing site, a complex process which will take four years to complete.”</p> <p>Five other people have been recruited to work solely on the Nexus contract alongside the existing Metro depot workforce, who will transfer to the employment Stadler via TUPE in August.</p> <p>The new Metro fleet, comprising 42 new trains, is being manufactured and delivered by Stadler, who will maintain them for 35 years. The new purpose-built depot represents an investment of £70m as part of the £362m fleet replacement programme led by Nexus.</p> <p>Rob Baxter brings with him a wealth of industry experience, having held several senior posts in the UK and overseas. With 20 years in the rail industry, he has worked at Angel Trains, Network Rail and more recently, at Jacobs, where latterly, he was the Business Development Director. He has also worked in the oil and gas market. </p> <p>Based at Stadler’s UK headquarters in Liverpool, Rob will lead the UK division of Stadler Rail Service and the maintenance and mobilisation activities in Liverpool and Newcastle. Once all the new Stadler trains are in operation in East Anglia, Glasgow and Wales, he will head up the contracts in those areas. </p> <p>Paul Patrick, who currently works for Nexus, will be the Engineering Director, and Neil Heaton will be the senior Fleet Introduction Advisor. Other appointments include Roland Thomas, who will be the depot construction Contract Manager; Michael Steiner, Transition Manager; and Steve Moore, who will be the Planner. All five will be based in Newcastle.</p> <p>  </p> </div> <section> </section> Thu, 25 Jun 2020 10:11:13 +0000 puntond 32943 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Celebrating women in engineering https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/celebrating-women-engineering <span>Celebrating women in engineering</span> <div><time datetime="2020-06-24T13:20:22Z">Wed, 24/06/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/heathcotej" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">heathcotej</span></span> <span>Wed, 24/06/2020</span> <div><p>International Women in Engineering Day (23 June 2020) is an international awareness campaign to raise the profile of women in engineering and focuses attention on the amazing career opportunities available to girls in this exciting industry.</p> <p>The day celebrates the outstanding achievements of women engineers throughout the world.<br />  <br /> All this week we will be celebrating the women who work for Nexus, who have helped shape and improve our services, keep our fleet moving, and who will help to develop the network of the future.</p> <p>In their own words, here’s what four of our female engineers had to say about why they chose engineering and their advice to girls and young women thinking about it as a career. </p> <p><strong>Sarah McManus - Project Manager, Metro Futures:</strong></p> <p>What I love about engineering is… the impact that a good project can have on so many people.  Whether it is a new station or a simple shelter while waiting for a bus or train.  Engineering is a key skill to making this happen.</p> <p>The best thing about my job is… how engineering projects big and small can be influenced positively by you as an engineer and that the results of your work can be seen by all.</p> <p>My advice for girls and young women thinking about engineering as a career is ….you don’t have to excel in maths or have a construction background, you will learn this as you develop your career and there is a great support network out there which will help you with each step.  The more females from all backgrounds joining the profession, the more it becomes the norm.  Work hard and you can do it, just like I did.</p> <p><strong>Gemma Bousfield - Asset and Quality Controller:</strong></p> <p>What I love about engineering is …getting a real understanding of how something works and solving problems, finding a fault and fixing it. </p> <p>The best thing about my job is… the satisfaction in keeping the wheels turning on such an aged fleet of Metro. My roots are working on the tools and real hands on work fixing problems is by far the best thing about my job.</p> <p>My advice for girls and young women thinking about engineering as a career is … believe in yourself, you can do it!</p> <p><strong>Serpil Bulut - Engineer (Electrical and Mechanical):</strong></p> <p>I love engineering because… it makes me think outside the box and challenges me.</p> <p>The best thing about my job is… the opportunity for continuous development and learning due to the wide variety of projects I am involved in.  </p> <p>My advice for girls and young women thinking about engineering as a career is…if you want a very fulfilling, challenging role in a supportive environment, it’s for you.</p> <p><strong>Tabitha Callaghan - Project Manager for Metro Futures:</strong></p> <p>What I love about engineering is…the fact that no two projects are the same and no two days are the same which always keeps things interesting.</p> <p>The best thing about my job as a Project Manager for Engineering Projects is …the fact that the Howdon Satellite Depot is multi-disciplined so I get to be involved with pretty much every aspect of engineering in the railway. It’s a great learning curve and I’ve gained some great working relationships across the organisation.   </p> <p>My advice for girls and young women thinking about engineering as a career is… if it’s what you love doing then don’t let anything stop you.</p> <p>Engineering is an exciting career, with opportunities for everyone.</p> <p>Keep an eye out for our vacancies here: <a href="https://www.nexus.org.uk/careers/vacancies-nexus">https://www.nexus.org.uk/careers/vacancies-nexus</a></p> </div> <div> <div><a href="https://www.nexus.org.uk/sites/default/files/Sarah%20McManus_0.JPG" title="Sarah McManus" data-colorbox-gallery="gallery-news-32911-2K3WlimaJCw" class="colorbox" data-cbox-img-attrs="{&quot;alt&quot;:&quot;Sarah McManus&quot;}"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/Sarah%20McManus_0.JPG?itok=EplL6vTe" width="165" height="220" alt="Sarah McManus" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div><a href="https://www.nexus.org.uk/sites/default/files/Serpil%20Bulut_1.jpg" title="Serpil Bulut" data-colorbox-gallery="gallery-news-32911-2K3WlimaJCw" class="colorbox" data-cbox-img-attrs="{&quot;alt&quot;:&quot;Serpil Bulut&quot;}"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/Serpil%20Bulut_1.jpg?itok=6VhBg9rr" width="220" height="202" alt="Serpil Bulut" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div><a href="https://www.nexus.org.uk/sites/default/files/Gemma%20Bousfield_0.jpg" title="Gemma Bousfield " data-colorbox-gallery="gallery-news-32911-2K3WlimaJCw" class="colorbox" data-cbox-img-attrs="{&quot;alt&quot;:&quot;Gemma Bousfield &quot;}"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/Gemma%20Bousfield_0.jpg?itok=usoy3Y5B" width="165" height="220" alt="Gemma Bousfield " typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> </div> <section> </section> Wed, 24 Jun 2020 13:09:16 +0000 heathcotej 32911 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Nexus joins with community leaders in call to avoid repeat of city centre violence https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/nexus-joins-community-leaders-call-avoid-repeat-city-centre-violence <span>Nexus joins with community leaders in call to avoid repeat of city centre violence</span> <div><time datetime="2020-06-19T09:00:00Z">Fri, 19/06/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Fri, 19/06/2020</span> <div><p>Nexus has joined the call to avoid a repeat of the violent scenes at Grey’s Monument in Newcastle ahead of further protests planned in Newcastle tomorrow.</p> <p>In an open letter signed by Newcastle City Council, Northumbria Police, business group NE1, Metro operator Nexus, and the North East Ambulance service, the city’s leaders said that the widely-condemned disorder “has no place here or anywhere else”.</p> <p>They also urged all protesters to think twice about making their way into the city centre because of the coronavirus pandemic, warning that "complacency is our greatest enemy in the fight against the virus".</p> <p>The open letter was signed by Newcastle City Council leader Nick Forbes, the council's chief executive Pat Ritchie, Northumbria Police assistant chief constable Helen McMillan, Northumbria police and crime commissioner Kim McGuinness, North East Ambulance Service deputy chief executive Paul Liversidge, the chief operating officer of Metro operators Nexus, Martin Kearney, and the chief executive of business group NE1, Adrian Waddell.</p> <p>The letter reads: </p> <p><em>“The right to peaceful protest is a fundamental part of our democracy, and it is part of what makes Newcastle a great northern city.<br />  <br />  “But the disorder seen last Saturday has no place here or anywhere else.<br />  <br /> “This weekend more protests are planned. It is also the first weekend of shops reopening after lockdown. It’s expected to be busy. Retailers are working hard to keep their businesses afloat in these anxious times and we wish them well. <br />  <br /> “The right to lawful protest is a key part of any democracy, but we would urge people to take heed of the Public Health advice. Mass gatherings are currently banned for more than six people due to the need for social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19.<br />  <br /> “We ask people to think twice about coming to the city to protest in the current circumstances and make their views known in other ways.<br />  <br /> “Anybody who comes into our city with the intention of causing serious disorder is not welcome and will be met with a robust response from police.<br />  <br /> “A number of arrests were made on Saturday as a result of the protest activity and several more suspects have been brought into custody this week as a police investigation continues.<br />  <br /> “The city centre and shops have been remodelled to assist social distancing. Everyone needs to keep two metres apart from those not in their household or bubble, practise good hand hygiene, wear face covering on public transport and avoid overcrowded pinch points. Complacency is our greatest enemy in the fight against the virus. We don’t just owe it to ourselves and to each other but also to the care workers, paramedics, doctors and nurses who have toiled under great pressure for months to save lives.<br />  <br /> “Our city has shown real grit and determination throughout a pandemic which has amplified inequalities in society. <br />  <br /> “The safety of everyone is our utmost priority. However, people must also take responsibility for themselves to tackle the invisible enemy that is COVID-19. The virus is still out there and so we remind everyone to behave in a way which does not spread it. Stay safe.”</em><br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Fri, 19 Jun 2020 09:17:09 +0000 puntond 32840 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Special train livery marks 40 years of Metro https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/special-train-livery-marks-40-years-metro <span>Special train livery marks 40 years of Metro</span> <div><time datetime="2020-06-17T14:00:00Z">Wed, 17/06/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Wed, 17/06/2020</span> <div><p>Nexus has unveiled a special new train livery to mark the 40th anniversary of the Tyne and Wear Metro.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>The design was devised by Nexus in-house graphic artists Pamela Lockey and applied by a team at Metro’s South Gosforth depot.</p> <p>Metro Operations Director, Chris Carson, said: “This new heritage livery captures our iconic colour schemes from down the years as we countdown to Metro’s 40th anniversary in August.</p> <p>“Metro is at the heart of the communities that it serves, and it has been part of everyday life in our region for four decades, so this is a great way of celebrating its proud heritage and sharing that with our customers.</p> <p>“The design fuses together that iconic yellow and white PTE livery we started with in the 1980s along with the equally as memorable red and blue design that was brought in during the mid-1990s when the trains were first refurbished. </p> <p>“They are all distinctive liveries and will doubtless bring back many memories for people who have travelled on the Tyne and Wear Metro over the years, and many who still do so. It’s great nostalgia.</p> <p>“We were determined to have this heritage train in service because some of the other events that we had planned to mark the 40th year of Metro have had to be postponed due to the pandemic.”<br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Wed, 17 Jun 2020 14:03:26 +0000 puntond 32823 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Food bank collections set up on the Tyne and Wear Metro https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/food-bank-collections-set-tyne-and-wear-metro <span>Food bank collections set up on the Tyne and Wear Metro</span> <div><time datetime="2020-06-17T10:00:00Z">Wed, 17/06/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Wed, 17/06/2020</span> <div><p>Collection points for local food banks are being set up on the Tyne and Wear Metro system during the coronavirus pandemic. </p> <p>Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, is running the collection to help families who are struggling to make ends meet amid the crisis.</p> <p>Passengers can make donations as they pass through five of the busiest Metro stations. Each collection point will be set up specially to allow for social distancing.</p> <p>Customer Services Director at Nexus, Huw Lewis, said: “Metro is right at the heart of the communities it serves so this collection is the least that we can do to help our local food banks at this time of national emergency.</p> <p>“Passengers can leave their donations at a collection point located at five different stations on the network. The food will be distributed to food banks in each of the districts of Tyne and Wear.</p> <p>“This will aid people in the most deprived areas of our region, many of who are struggling even more due to the devastating effects of the pandemic.</p> <p>“Donations should be non-perishable items, for example long-life milk, tinned fish, pasta, rice, and other canned items. Please speak to a member of staff if you have items to spare and they can show you where to drop it off.”</p> <p><strong>Foodbank Collections are taking place at North Shields Metro station June 22-26; Gateshead Interchange June 29-3 July; South Shields Interchange July 6-10; Park Lane Interchange in Sunderland July 13-17; Haymarket Metro station July 20-24.</strong><br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Wed, 17 Jun 2020 10:46:13 +0000 puntond 32821 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Pupils showcase artwork at new Metro depot in North Tyneside https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/pupils-showcase-artwork-new-metro-depot-north-tyneside <span>Pupils showcase artwork at new Metro depot in North Tyneside</span> <div><time datetime="2020-06-16T15:00:00Z">Tue, 16/06/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Tue, 16/06/2020</span> <div><p>School kids have got the chance to showcase their artwork at the Tyne and Wear Metro’s new train depot in North Tyneside.</p> <p>Year Six pupils from Percy Main Primary School came up with a series of safety posters which have been put on display on a large banner at the gates of the new temporary train depot at Howdon.</p> <p>Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, has been working with the school to promote safety due to Howdon depot’s proximity to the school and to local homes.</p> <p>Community Relations Officer at Nexus, Rebecca Ditchburn, said: “The work we are doing with schools is vital to get that safety message across. An art project way is a great way of doing that and it gives the kids a chance to see their work put on display </p> <p>“It was important to engage with the local community in order to promote safety ahead of the new Metro depot opening at Howdon.”</p> <p>Tom Bates, Year 6 teacher at Percy Main Primary School, said: “This project was a fantastic opportunity to increase awareness and understanding of safety when using Metro but also a great way to explore the history of such a valuable local resource.</p> <p>“Seeing their artwork presented like this in the local community is sure to build self-esteem and a sense of pride. What more could you ask for during such a difficult period of our lives.”</p> <p>The temporary depot, which is to be located on a former landfill site in Howdon, will be used as a maintenance facility for the some of the current Metro fleet while the main Metro depot in Gosforth in Newcastle is rebuilt.</p> <p>Nexus will transition into this new depot up to 2024, when all 42 of the new trains will have arrived.</p> <p>The Howdon depot, which will open this summer, will be used for the overnight stabling, cleaning and preparation of up to ten Metro trains during the redevelopment of Metro’s main Gosforth depot.</p> <p>Buckingham Group Contracting Ltd is building the temporary Metro depot on behalf of Nexus.</p> </div> <section> </section> Tue, 16 Jun 2020 15:28:01 +0000 puntond 32809 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Firm appointed to build Metro's £70m new train depot https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/firm-appointed-build-metros-ps70m-new-train-depot <span>Firm appointed to build Metro&#039;s £70m new train depot</span> <div><time datetime="2020-06-15T16:00:00Z">Mon, 15/06/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Mon, 15/06/2020</span> <div><p>Stadler has appointed VolkerFitzpatrick to build a new depot for the for Tyne and Wear Metro.</p> <p>The Swiss train builder has officially commissioned VolkerFitzpatrick to build Metro’s new fleet depot at Gosforth in Newcastle.</p> <p>The £70m facility will accommodate the new state-of-the-art trains for the Tyne and Wear Metro, which are set to enter passenger service from 2023.</p> <p><a href="https://www.nexus.org.uk/newmetrotrains">Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, named Stadler as the firm that will build, service and maintain its new trains for 35 years at the rebuilt facility, underscoring a commitment to the regional economy, jobs, and the supply chain in North East England.</a></p> <p>VolkerFitzpatrick is one of the UK’s leading engineering and construction firms. They will start work on the new Metro depot later this year.</p> <p>Rob Baxter, Managing Director at Stadler Rail Service UK, said: “The appointment of VolkerFitzpatrick to build a new Gosforth depot is a highly significant milestone for the Nexus project, heralding the start of this exciting project in the north east, which will see the transformation of rail travel in the region.</p> <p>“Stadler has pledged to support the regional economy and involve as many Tyne and Wear-based companies in the project as possible. We are keen to use local suppliers for materials and services required for the depot re-build, the manufacturing of the new trains and the ongoing service and maintenance of the trains on the patch.”</p> <p>Cllr Martin Gannon, Leader of Gateshead Council and Chair of the North East Joint Transport Committee, said: “Today's announcement brings us another step closer to having a Metro service in Tyne and Wear fit for the 21st century. The new state-of-the-art depot, which has been designed by Newcastle-based Ryder Architecture, will be environmentally friendly and we look forward to seeing it take shape over the next few years.”</p> <p>Managing Director Transport North East, Tobyn Hughes, said: “This investment in a new depot will revolutionise our maintenance facilities, creating a modern and energy efficient home for the new train fleet. It’s a development that will secure the long-term future of the Metro system and deliver a step-change in quality for our workforce. </p> <p>“The current Metro depot building has been there since 1923, so this work is long overdue and when it’s completed it will be an historic moment in the proud history of the Metro system. We’re very pleased that, despite the crisis caused by Covid-19, Stadler is continuing to make progress with the preparations to build and maintain the new Metro fleet.”</p> <p>Paul Lilley, VolkerFitzpatrick’s Operations Director, said: “We are delighted to have been appointed by Stadler to design and develop this new £70m facility. As a leading constructor of rail depots, we have extensive experience of managing such projects and look forward to helping Nexus further enhance their network and create a state-of-the-art facility in readiness for their fleet of METRO trains being introduced in 2023. <br />  <br /> “Working in collaboration with Stadler, Nexus, other key stakeholders and our supply chain, we aim to demonstrate a one team approach for delivering this project, with sustainability and innovation at the forefront of the design, which will change the current landscape and bring a focal point to the local area.”</p> <p>The new Metro fleet, comprising 42 Metro trains, is being manufactured and delivered by Stadler, who will maintain them for 35 years. It has pledged to use local suppliers, engage with local businesses and educational establishments, and invest in the new workforce, set to transfer to its business later this year.  </p> <p>The new purpose-built depot represents an investment of £70 million as part of the £362m fleet replacement programme led by Nexus, the public body which runs the Tyne and Wear Metro.</p> <p>It will be designed to ensure maximum availability and reliability of the fleet for decades to come. It will vastly improve the working environment and become home to a wide range of activities, including preventative and corrective maintenance, overhauls and train presentation. There will be storage for spare parts and material supplies and office space for training and support functions. </p> <p>With inspection roads and pits, cranes, jacks, test facilities, automatic train-checking equipment and a wheel-lathe, the 12-acre site close to Regent Centre station will also feature a wash-plant to clean train exteriors and other dedicated areas for both daily and periodic deep-cleaning. The outside area will be adapted to optimise train movements, while keeping noise to a minimum for the benefit of local residents.</p> <p>The building has been designed to ensure maximum sustainability and to provide an attractive environment for employees. It will make best use of natural light, and all workspaces will have windows. Energy efficient lighting will be installed throughout the premises and solar panels on the roof will reduce overall energy consumption. Water recycled on site and rainwater will be harvested and used for train washing facilities and toilets. There will be a dedicated, secure area for bikes, and showers will be provided for people cycling to and from work. </p> <p>The project will involve the safe demolition of the old depot, open since 1923, clearing the site, followed by building the new depot. Work is scheduled to begin later in the year, with most of the building work set to be completed by 2025. The planning has been configured to enable the legacy fleet to continue successfully operating from the depot, while the construction work takes place.</p> <p>Nexus will continue to liaise with local residents and community groups close to the new depot, consulting with them and keeping them up to speed on progress. </p> <p>Stadler has secured several orders in the UK over the last few years, and this one for Nexus, awarded in January 2020, is its third major contract in this market. With fleets being supplied forMerseyrail and Glasgow Subway, passengers on all underground trains in the UK outside London will soon be travelling on Stadler trains.</p> <p>  </p> </div> <section> </section> Mon, 15 Jun 2020 16:45:13 +0000 puntond 32800 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Passengers are largely following the new face coverings rule, say Nexus https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/passengers-are-largely-following-new-face-coverings-rule-say-nexus <span>Passengers are largely following the new face coverings rule, say Nexus</span> <div><time datetime="2020-06-15T15:00:00Z">Mon, 15/06/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Mon, 15/06/2020</span> <div><p>Passengers have largely been following the new rule and wearing face coverings on the Tyne and Wear Metro, operator Nexus has confirmed.</p> <p>The Government has made face coverings compulsory on all modes of public transport from today, Monday June 15, in the interests of public health.</p> <p>The new rule for buses, trains and ferries has been introduced to prevent the spread of coronavirus as more people go back to work and schools and shops re-open.</p> <p>Nexus estimates that around 95% of passengers were following the new rule on day one of its introduction.</p> <p>Customer Services Director, Huw Lewis, said: “A big thank you goes to all of our passengers who have been wearing face coverings on public transport from today. </p> <p>“We estimate that around 95% of people on the Metro system were wearing one, which is a great level of uptake already.</p> <p>“All passengers should be wearing a face covering. This is a new Government rule which has been introduced in the interests of public health.</p> <p>“The face covering must cover the nose and the mouth and can be something as simple as a scarf, snood or a bandanna tied snugly behind the head.</p> <p>“This is a simple step that we can all take in the national fight against coronavirus and it is something that all people should stick to.”</p> <p>Very young children, disabled people and those with breathing difficulties are exempt from wearing a face covering.</p> <p>Passengers should wear the kind of face covering that can be made at home. They should cover the mouth and nose and can be something as simple as a scarf or a bandana tied snugly behind the head.<br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Mon, 15 Jun 2020 15:25:46 +0000 puntond 32799 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Nexus offers £1,000 reward after cable theft hits Metro services https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/nexus-offers-ps1000-reward-after-cable-theft-hits-metro-services <span>Nexus offers £1,000 reward after cable theft hits Metro services </span> <div><time datetime="2020-06-12T12:00:00Z">Fri, 12/06/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Fri, 12/06/2020</span> <div><p>Nexus is offering a £1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the thieves who attempted to steal cables from the Metro system.</p> <p>It caused Metro service disruption between St James and North Shields for most of Friday June 12. </p> <p>The thefts occurred between Byker an Chillingham Road Metro stations, damaging sensitive power supply equipment which is needed for trains to operate. Nexus has since recovered the damaged cables and patrols have been stepped up.</p> <p>Customer Services Director at Nexus, Huw Lewis, said: “I urge anyone with any information to come forward. We are offering a £1,000 reward for information that leads to the thieves being caught.</p> <p>“Cable theft causes a huge amount of disruption to our customers as it halts Metro services while we carry out repairs. Metro runs on high voltage power so anyone who attempts to cut through trackside cables risks being seriously injured or killed.”<br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Fri, 12 Jun 2020 12:22:58 +0000 puntond 32756 at https://www.nexus.org.uk North east bus stations made Covid-secure, with extra staff on duty https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/north-east-bus-stations-made-covid-secure-extra-staff-duty <span>North east bus stations made Covid-secure, with extra staff on duty</span> <div><time datetime="2020-06-12T11:00:00Z">Fri, 12/06/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Fri, 12/06/2020</span> <div><p>Newcastle’s busiest bus station is to become ‘boarding only’ for passengers as part of actions to make the city centre and its public transport covid secure.</p> <p>Haymarket Bus Station will, from Monday, 15 June, be reserved for passengers boarding buses, with numbers expected to grow in the weeks ahead.</p> <p>People arriving in the city on routes which normally terminate at Haymarket will be asked to alight at the previous stop, on main streets beside Newcastle Civic Centre.</p> <p>The move by Nexus, which manages Haymarket on behalf of Newcastle City Council, will reduce the number of people using the bus station, making it easier to maintain social distancing.   </p> <p>Nexus is also deploying extra customer service teams across the seven major bus stations and interchanges it manages to assist passengers in maintaining social distancing.</p> <p>Huw Lewis, Customer Services Director at Nexus, said: “We are working with bus operators and Newcastle City Council to provide a covid-secure environment as lockdown eases.</p> <p>“All our main bus stations have comprehensive guidance for customers, extra staff on duty and queue management plans, which complement the information people will find on buses themselves.</p> <p>“Making Haymarket Bus Station ‘boarding only’ means the terminal building will be less busy, queues can social distance and the number of people crossing each other’s paths is reduced.”</p> <p>Martijn Gilbert, Chair of NEbus representing the region’s bus operators, said "Bus operators are working hard to keep buses safe and further enhance arrangements in the face of COVID-19 including additional cleaning regimes, social distancing arrangements onboard, requiring payment by contactless bankcard, app or the exact fare, and asking customers to wear a face covering. </p> <p>“Adjustments are being made in all walks of life and we are continuing to work with Nexus and Local Authority partners on the best way to manage bus stop and interchange social distancing and highways changes to support commuters and enable bus networks to continue to function and transport people back to work, retail activities and more."</p> <p>Cllr Arlene Ainsley, cabinet member for transport and air quality said: “As coronavirus restrictions start to ease, we’re working with a range of partners, including Nexus, to ensure that the city is a safe and welcoming place for people.</p> <p>“We have a number of measures in place in the city centre to help with social distancing, with queuing areas marked for shoppers, city hosts on our streets and one-way systems to help people shop safely.</p> <p>“Public transport is a vital link for many of our city’s residents, so we welcome these new measures at busy bus stations, which will provide reassurance and keep passengers safe.”</p> <p>From Monday, 15 June, public transport users will be required to wear face coverings – such as a mask, scarf or snood covering the nose and mouth - when travelling throughout their journey.  Exemptions apply for children under 11 and people with some disabilities.</p> <p>People with restricted mobility will be able to stay on buses into Haymarket if they would have difficulty at alternative stops, but all other passengers will be asked to alight at Barras Bridge (buses from Great North Road) or St Mary’s Place (buses from Coast Road)</p> <p>Neighbouring Eldon Square Bus Station has also been modified to make it more covid-secure.  Newcastle City Council has created extra drop-off bays immediately outside the concourse building, so that buses can always pull onto their stands empty to pick up boarding passengers.</p> <p>Nexus has provided comprehensive guidance and signage throughout the bus stations and interchanges it manages – Haymarket and Eldon Square in Newcastle, Park Lane in Sunderland, Gateshead Interchange and Heworth in Gateshead, South Shields Interchange in South Tyneside and Four Lane Ends Interchange in North Tyneside. </p> <p>Nexus teams who normally work in Travelshops will be working at stations and interchanges to assist passengers.   The shops remain temporarily closed, as they have been since 23 March, with customers directed to the website nexus.org.uk or Metro ticket machines to make purchases.<br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Fri, 12 Jun 2020 11:05:30 +0000 puntond 32755 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Metro cubes showcase support for the nation’s battle with coronavirus https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/metro-cubes-showcase-support-nations-battle-coronavirus <span>Metro cubes showcase support for the nation’s battle with coronavirus</span> <div><time datetime="2020-06-11T11:00:00Z">Thu, 11/06/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Thu, 11/06/2020</span> <div><p>Rainbow logos are being displayed on the Tyne and Wear Metro’s iconic station cubes to show solidarity with the nation’s fight against coronavirus.</p> <p>The yellow and black cubes – a unique part of everyday life in North East England – depict the now familiar rainbow design, along with the all-important ‘stay safe’ message.</p> <p>Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, said it wanted the symbol to be a show of support for key workers and the wider communities it serves ahead of more people starting to travel on the system when some shops and school re-open from Monday, 15 June.</p> <p>Customer Services Director, Huw Lewis, said: “The Metro cubes are a unique and an iconic part of life in our region, making them then perfect places to showcase the rainbow logo as the nation recovers from the coronavirus pandemic.</p> <p>“Metro is at the heart of the community so it’s only right that we demonstrate our solidarity with the national fight against Covid-19. It also sends a clear message for people to ensure that they stay safe as lockdown measures start to ease.</p> <p>“The Metro system is there for when people need to use it. Customers need to make sure they follow the new rules when making journeys. Follow floor and wall markings to maintain social distancing, travel outside peak periods, wear a face covering, and considering cycling, walking, or the car as alternative modes of travel, if that is possible.”</p> <p>Five Metro cubes have been given a makeover. They are located at Monument and Central Station in the centre of Newcastle, South Gosforth Metro Station in suburban Newcastle, Heworth Interchange in Gateshead, and Park Lane Interchange in Sunderland.</p> <p>Metro station entrances and train carriages are also getting rainbow logos.</p> <p>During the coronavirus pandemic, the rainbow has become a symbol of support for people wanting to show solidarity with NHS and care workers on the front line.</p> <p>The trend was reportedly started by a nurse who wanted to create “a sign of hope” for patients and staff in hospitals across the country.</p> <p>Since then, parents and children have been displaying their art on windows, doors and roads across the UK.<br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Thu, 11 Jun 2020 11:23:57 +0000 puntond 32741 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Face coverings on public transport: Your questions answered https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/face-coverings-public-transport-your-questions-answered <span>Face coverings on public transport: Your questions answered</span> <div><time datetime="2020-06-10T14:00:00Z">Wed, 10/06/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Wed, 10/06/2020</span> <div><p><strong>What has been announced by the Government? </strong></p> <p><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own">Face coverings are now compulsory on all public transport. </a></p> <p><strong>What do I need to do?</strong></p> <p>Everyone must wear a face covering when making a journey, except if they have an exemption for health reasons (see below for more information), and this is a condition of travel. </p> <p><strong>Where do I wear the face covering?</strong></p> <p>On board all trains, buses and ferries and when you are at stations and interchanges.</p> <p><strong>What should the face covering be? </strong></p> <p>The face covering should cover the mouth and nose and can be something as simple as a snood, a scarf or a bandana tied snugly behind the head.</p> <p><strong>Are you giving away free face coverings?</strong></p> <p>We will not be handing out face coverings to customers – it is their own responsibility to provide one.</p> <p><strong>Who is going to police this? </strong></p> <p>It is not the job of Nexus employees to enforce Government public health instructions ourselves, but we have a key role to play in supporting their introduction as we seek to provide a Covid-secure environment our customers feel happy and comfortable using.</p> <p><strong>Will you be issuing fines to those not wearing masks? What will the fine be?</strong></p> <p>No. Our staff will be giving advice to passengers but enforcement of the rule will fall to Northumbria Police and the British Transport Police.</p> <p>If you refuse to wear a face covering, you can receive a fine from the police. The fixed penalty notice will require you to pay £200 (reduced to £100 if paid within 14 days).</p> <p><strong>Who is exempt from wearing a face covering? Do I need to be able to prove I have a condition?</strong></p> <p>Children under the age of 11, disabled people and those with breathing difficulties are exempt from the new rule, the Government has confirmed.</p> <p><a href="https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-safer-travel-guidance-for-passengers#face-coverings">A full list of people who do not have to wear a face covering is on the Government website here.</a></p> <p>Our employees will not be asking people to show proof that they have a medical condition that exempts them from wearing a face covering. </p> <p>If you have a disability or a medical condition that means that you are exempt from wearing a face covering on public transport, you may find it useful to download a Journey Assistance Card, available at <a href="https://www.nexus.org.uk/journey-assistance-cards">nexus.org.uk/journey-assistance-cards</a>.  You can print this card at home or save it to your mobile phone. The Journey Assistance Card can be shown to staff when you are travelling on public transport in the North East of England. </p> <p><strong>Will a Metro driver refuse to move a train if they see people not wearing one?</strong></p> <p>No. It is not the remit of Metro drivers to enforce the rule.</p> <p><strong>Why was this not implemented ten weeks ago?</strong></p> <p>The public transport industry is following the advice set down by Government, who take their advice from Public Health England. From the outset of the pandemic the advice was that face masks were only of use in clinical and care settings.</p> <p>The Government advised that people should wear a face covering on public transport from Sunday 10 May.</p> <p>This has now become mandatory as more people go back to work and school and shops start to re-open. Passenger numbers are expected to rise and face coverings will be vital as it becomes harder to maintain social distancing on buses and trains.</p> <p>  </p> </div> <section> </section> Wed, 10 Jun 2020 14:29:06 +0000 puntond 32731 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Nexus finds a new way of working with young offenders during lockdown https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/nexus-finds-new-way-working-young-offenders-during-lockdown <span>Nexus finds a new way of working with young offenders during lockdown</span> <div><time datetime="2020-06-10T13:00:00Z">Wed, 10/06/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Wed, 10/06/2020</span> <div><p>Young offenders caught committing crimes on the Tyne and Wear Metro have a new method of paying their debt to society during lockdown.</p> <p>Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, has devised a special workbook so that restorative justice can carry on during the coronavirus pandemic, which has prevented vital face to face working with local youth offending teams.</p> <p>Offenders are currently unable to meet with Nexus staff to talk about the crimes they have committed, and they are also not able to undertake any reparatory work. The most common offences that have to be dealt with are incidents of criminal damage and trespass on the Metro network.</p> <p>The new workbook allows young offenders the chance to work through a range of exercises. These stimulate debate and encourage responsible behaviour when travelling on public transport, and allow them to reflect on the impact of the crime that they have committed.</p> <p>Nexus Youth Liaison Officer, Deborah Rodenby, said: “It’s been a challenge to maintain restorative justice during the lockdown so we had to come up with a new way of delivering that.</p> <p>“Our work with youth offending teams is absolutely essential but the face to face sessions have ground to a halt due to the pandemic.</p> <p>“By developing these new workbooks we can continue to ensure that the positive work will carry on in order to discourage criminal behaviour on the Metro system and on the wider public transport network.</p> <p>“The man themes that we are focusing on are hate crime, arson, criminal damage and trespass. It’s essential we have a new way of working because we cannot currently sit down with young offenders and talk to them, nor can they come in and carry out reparatory works, which usually involve them litter picking and cleaning vehicles.</p> <p>“This workbook is a really good interactive tool for us to use and even after the lockdown has ended it is something we will look to keep going with as we try to turn lives around and discourage youth offending.”</p> <p>Emma Blackwell, Manager, Specialist Support Team, Gateshead Youth Justice Service, said: "The workbooks, which have been developed by Nexus, have been used with young people whilst subject to lockdown. These resources have been extremely useful in engaging with young people and ensuring offending behaviour work can being completed.”<br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Wed, 10 Jun 2020 13:32:09 +0000 puntond 32728 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Metro trains are treated with a new anti-viral cleaning spray https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/metro-trains-are-treated-new-anti-viral-cleaning-spray <span>Metro trains are treated with a new anti-viral cleaning spray</span> <div><time datetime="2020-06-08T14:00:00Z">Mon, 08/06/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Mon, 08/06/2020</span> <div><p>The Tyne and Wear Metro is undergoing enhanced cleaning with a special disinfectant to help prevent the spread of coronavirus, giving confidence to customers who need to use the service as lockdown begins to ease.</p> <p>Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, said it was using a new, longer-lasting cleaning agent that would provide anti-viral protection - ensuring that the network meets the Government’s Covid-secure standard. </p> <p>The disinfectant is being applied in Metro carriages, including driver’s cabs and passenger saloons, using a special spray. It kills germs and keeps critical surfaces and touchpoints cleaner for longer.</p> <p>Metro’s fleet of 90 trains is being treated in preparation for higher passenger numbers as more shops and schools start to re-open as lockdown measures are eased.</p> <p>Metro Operations Director, Chris Carson, said: “This enhanced disinfectant gives greater confidence to our customers who need to use the service as lockdown measures start to lift.</p> <p>“The new cleaning fluid is more effective because it lasts longer, reducing the risk of coronavirus spreading. It helps us to ensure that Metro meets a Covid-secure standard.</p> <p>“We are expecting to see some uplift in passenger numbers as more shops start to re-open, allowing more people to return to work, and Metro is there for people who really do need to use it. </p> <p>“We are making sure that our stations and trains are cleaned to the highest standard, and that there is clear information on how to socially distance as you travel.</p> <p>“People are still advised to take Metro only where they need to, such as for work, if you cannot do so from home, and where you can’t walk, cycle or use a car. Customers should also follow Government advice and wear a face covering when travelling on public transport.”</p> <p>Cleaning on the Metro system had already been stepped up before the lockdown started. That regime involves the daily use of a hospital-grade cleaning fluid on high touch surfaces, including handrails, poles, buttons and ticket machines.</p> <p>Each Metro carriage is being treated with new disinfectant at the Metro depot at South Gosforth in Newcastle.</p> <p>The new disinfectant that is being used on Metro is called Zoono Z-71, which is a Microbe Shield Surface Sanitiser.<br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Mon, 08 Jun 2020 14:31:44 +0000 puntond 32703 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Face coverings to be mandatory on public transport from June 15 https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/face-coverings-be-mandatory-public-transport-june-15 <span>Face coverings to be mandatory on public transport from June 15</span> <div><time datetime="2020-06-05T09:00:00Z">Fri, 05/06/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Fri, 05/06/2020</span> <div><p>Face coverings will be compulsory on public transport from Monday June 15, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps confirmed yesterday.</p> <p>The new rule for buses, trains and ferries is being introduced to prevent the spread of coronavirus as more people go back to work and school and shops start to re-open. <a href="https://www.nexus.org.uk/sites/default/files/face_coverings_-_your_questions_answered_0.pdf">Click here for handy Q and A.</a></p> <p>Everyone must wear a face covering when making a journey and this is to be a condition of travel, said Mr Shapps. Not wearing one could lead to a fine or being refused travel.</p> <p>Very young children, disabled people and those with breathing difficulties would be exempt, he said.</p> <p>Passengers should wear the kind of face covering that can be made at home. They should cover the mouth and nose and can be something as simple as a scarf or a bandana tied snugly behind the head. <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/how-to-wear-and-make-a-cloth-face-covering/how-to-wear-and-make-a-cloth-face-covering">How to make a cloth face covering.</a></p> <p>Customer Services Director at Nexus, Huw Lewis, said: “Face coverings must be worn on public transport from June 15.</p> <p>“It is important that people follow the Government instruction and adapt to this new way of travelling.</p> <p>“We believe people will use their common sense and support efforts to fight Covid-19 by wearing a face covering on all forms of public transport. On the Metro system people should do this at all times when on stations and trains.</p> <p>“This is being implemented in the interests of public health, so I urge people to follow the new rule when they need to make a journey.</p> <p>“We are now working with the transport industry to make sure there is a consistent approach to this new rule. This is so that we can provide the clearest and most helpful guidance to customers.  </p> <p>“It is really easy to wear a face covering. It can be a scarf, a bandana, or a snood, as long as it covers the nose and the mouth.</p> <p>“A range of measures are in place to ensure that local public transport services are Covid-secure and that people can travel with confidence. Passengers should follow floor and wall markings to maintain social distancing, travelling outside peak periods, wear a face covering, and considering cycling, walking, or the car as alternative modes of travel.”</p> <p>The rule change on face coverings coincides with the planned re-opening of non-essential retail and return of some secondary school pupils in England from 15 June, something which is likely to increase passenger numbers on local public transport services.<br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Fri, 05 Jun 2020 09:04:35 +0000 puntond 32681 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Metro key workers put overhead line works in the frame https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/metro-key-workers-put-overhead-line-works-frame <span>Metro key workers put overhead line works in the frame </span> <div><time datetime="2020-06-04T09:00:00Z">Thu, 04/06/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Thu, 04/06/2020</span> <div><p>Key workers on the Tyne and Wear Metro have made their own video to show people how they replace overhead power lines during a busy nightshift.</p> <p>The power supply maintenance team filmed works on the Metro line at Jesmond, where they successfully replaced 30 metres of wire ahead of Metro restoring its full weekday timetable on May 18.</p> <p>Overhead lines are vital for the operation of the Metro system as they are needed for trains to draw high voltage power so that they can run.</p> <p>Metro’s ‘orange army’ of maintenance staffers have continued to work on the network throughout the coronavirus pandemic, carrying out scores of daily repair tasks.  Essential maintenance works are continuing during lockdown to ensure that the Tyne and Wear Metro is there for customers.</p> <p>They replaced 30 metres of thin contact wire on the Metro line between Jesmond and West Jesmond.<br />  <br /> The work took place in the early hours of Sunday May 17. It was vital to get the infrastructure ready for the re-start of a full timetable, which is in place Monday to Friday until 8pm to maximise room for social distancing on the Metro network</p> <p>During an inspection the overhead wire was found to have experienced some significant wear and tear.</p> <p>Due to its location in central corridor it needed to be replaced as a matter of urgency.</p> <p>Chief Operating Officer at Nexus, Martin Kearney, said: “Our maintenance teams are working through the lockdown performing a vital role in keeping the Metro system in tip top condition.</p> <p>“The replacement of this section of overhead wire in the busiest part of the Metro system was essential ahead of the timetable returning to normal to allow for social distancing on our network. </p> <p>“Staff have worked through the night to make sure we didn’t suffer an overhead line failure in this critical area. It was a job well done by everyone involved.”</p> <p>Metro Infrastructure Director, Stuart Clarke, said: “The inspections and maintenance activities that are ongoing are critical in ensuring that our infrastructure remains as reliable as possible while we continue our return to normal Metro service provision. </p> <p>“This hasn’t been easy and a substantial amount of thought has gone into how we continue with this as safely as possible and in accordance with latest government guidance.”<br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Thu, 04 Jun 2020 09:29:35 +0000 puntond 32675 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Watch: Nexus teams cheer NHS heroes in the final Clap for Carers https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/watch-nexus-teams-cheer-nhs-heroes-final-clap-carers <span>Watch: Nexus teams cheer NHS heroes in the final Clap for Carers</span> <div><time datetime="2020-05-29T15:00:00Z">Fri, 29/05/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Fri, 29/05/2020</span> <div><p>Nexus staff joined with the rest of the nation in the final Clap for Carers event yesterday, Thursday May 28.</p> <p>Last night’s tribute to NHS and care workers on the coronavirus frontline was officially the final outing for an event which has brought the nation together during the Covid-19 crisis.</p> <p>Staff from across Nexus have taken part Clap for Carers since it started at the end of March.</p> <p>Last night saw Shields Ferry crews and passengers joining in alongside Customer Service staffers at Gateshead Interchange and Haymarket bus station in Newcastle.</p> <p>Clap for Carers has become a weekly ritual across the country.</p> <p>The event, has seen people from all parts of the UK gathering on their doorsteps, balconies and at their windows to applaud those working on the coronavirus frontline.</p> <p>The weekly cheer was the brainchild of Annemarie Plas, who says that Thursday evening's display of gratitude should be the last of its kind.</p> <p>The country began clapping for key workers just as the UK went into lockdown.</p> </div> <section> </section> Fri, 29 May 2020 15:29:58 +0000 puntond 32606 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Metro running a reduced service on Sunderland line due to Network Rail works https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/metro-running-reduced-service-sunderland-line-due-network-rail-works <span>Metro running a reduced service on Sunderland line due to Network Rail works</span> <div><time datetime="2020-05-29T12:00:00Z">Fri, 29/05/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Fri, 29/05/2020</span> <div><p>Metro services have resumed through Sunderland today after Network Rail repaired some of the extensive damage to overhead lines in the area, but are operating at a reduced frequency.</p> <p>The 24-minute Metro service frequency will be in place on the Sunderland line, which Metro shares with other train operators, for the next few weeks while Network Rail waits for components and then completes the repairs. </p> <p>The overhead line was brought down at Sunderland station by a freight train. This occurred on Friday 22 May, causing extensive damage, and resulted in a service suspension from St Peter’s to South Hylton. Services in that affected area resumed at 10am today, Friday 29 May.</p> <p>The repair has been made more complex by the age and low clearance of the tunnel. While this part of our route is owned and maintained by Network Rail Nexus have been working closely with them since the incident began, offering engineering support if needed.</p> <p>Customer Services Director at Nexus, Huw Lewis, said: “Metro services are now running all the way from Pelaw to South Hylton.</p> <p>“Due to the scale of the repairs that our colleagues at Network Rail are undertaking we only have part of the line back in use, meaning we have to operate a reduced frequency of service on the Sunderland line.</p> <p>“Network Rail are continuing to work on the damaged overhead lines at Sunderland station, but they anticipate it being a few weeks before this is completed. This is largely due to a wait for special component that they need to fix the overhead lines.</p> <p>“Metro customers who need to use the service between Pelaw and South Hylton should allow extra time for their journeys until this issue resolved. We’re sorry for the disruption and inconvenience this is causing.”</p> <p>From Monday, 1 June, there will be a 24-minute daytime Metro service frequency Pelaw to South Hylton.</p> <p>There will be a 12-minute daytime frequency from Airport to Pelaw.</p> <p>And a 30-minute evening frequency evening from Airport to South Hylton.</p> <p>Customers should only use Platform 1 at St Peter’s and Platform 2 at Sunderland station.<br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Fri, 29 May 2020 12:30:52 +0000 puntond 32580 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Shields Ferry resumes on Sundays as lockdown eases https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/shields-ferry-resumes-sundays-lockdown-eases <span>Shields Ferry resumes on Sundays as lockdown eases </span> <div><time datetime="2020-05-29T09:00:00Z">Fri, 29/05/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Fri, 29/05/2020</span> <div><p>The Shields Ferry has resumes services on Sundays as lockdown restrictions start to ease.</p> <p>Nexus, the public body which owns and operates the ferry, resumed normal operations from Sunday May 31.</p> <p>The Sunday service will operate to the normal timetable, with the first ferry leaving South Shields 10.15am, and the last ferry leaving North Shields at 6pm.</p> <p>Cyclists are being advised distancing measures mean there is a limit of four bikes per crossing on board vessels. People travelling in groups may be asked to wait for later crossings, and should use the Tyne Pedestrian and Cycling Tunnel as an alternative.</p> <p>People are advised to only travel on the Shields Ferry if they need to, such as for work if you cannot do so from home, and where you can’t walk, cycle or use a car. </p> <p>Shields Ferry Manager, Carol Timlin, said: “Now that the lockdown restrictions are easing we are bringing back operations on a Sunday.</p> <p>“The message to customers is that the ferry is there when people need to use it, for work, shopping or to visit family.</p> <p>“Cyclists who are out for leisure trips should avoid using the service. This is so that we have the room on board for social distancing for passengers who need to travel. </p> <p>“The ferry is very popular with cyclists, especially in the summer, but it is vital that they follow this advice until lockdown restrictions are eased further.”</p> <p>The ferry is operating from 6.45am to 7.30pm, Monday to Saturday, with a 30-minute frequency in place.<br /> Later evening crossings normally timetabled to operate on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings remain suspended until further notice.</p> <p>Only card payments are currently accepted on board.</p> <p>Covid-secure measures on the ferry include new signage, floor markings and customer information throughout the two vessels – Pride of the Tyne and Spirit of the Tyne.</p> <p>Some seats have been closed off to create space for the two-metre social distance.</p> <p>Boarding ramps have new markings for social distancing and the crew will control access and boarding.</p> <p>A Perspex screen has been erected where passengers pay to get on board.<br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Fri, 29 May 2020 09:01:03 +0000 puntond 32567 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Metro driver lifts the lid on working during the lockdown https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/metro-driver-lifts-lid-working-during-lockdown <span>Metro driver lifts the lid on working during the lockdown</span> <div><time datetime="2020-05-28T09:00:00Z">Thu, 28/05/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Thu, 28/05/2020</span> <div><p>A Metro driver has spoken of his pride at transporting key workers, including scores of NHS staff who are on the frontline in the fight against coronavirus. </p> <p>Craig Pearson, who has been driving Metro trains for seven years, paid his own tribute to those who can’t work from home and have to rely on public transport during the national crisis.</p> <p>And he lifted the lid on what it is really like to be a Metro driver during the biggest public health emergency Britain has faced for generations.</p> <p>Craig, 37, of Gateshead, said: “It’s all a bit strange at the moment. The Metros are very quiet compared to what we’re used to. It’s eerie.</p> <p>“It’s just nice for us to play our part in helping those other key workers to get around the system and to get where they need to go.</p> <p>“There are many NHS staff and other essential workers relying on the Metro. We get a lot of supermarket workers still travelling too, and they have found themselves thrust on to the frontline of all this.</p> <p>“There are people all over the area that need to travel. People are needing to go shopping for food, and there are some people who are still going into work. We are there for them.”</p> <p>He added: “New working systems have been put in place for the drivers and more protective equipment is needed than ever before. It’s been challenging but also rewarding because I feel like I am playing my part in helping the country at a time of crisis.</p> <p>“What strikes me when I am on duty is how eerily quiet it is. For us it’s a case of the same routine of being in the cab by ourselves, but the level of quiet we see at 4am and 5am when we start taking the first trains out on the system is like that right across the day. It’s a strange thing for us to see.”</p> <p>Craig, who now acts as mentor for trainee Metro drivers on top of his regular duties, is a former Northern Rock worker, so is only too familiar with the impacts of a major economic contraction.</p> <p>And he had a special message for key workers. He said: “I’d say thank you to all of the other key workers out there. </p> <p>“My message is just to keep going. We are going to get there and at some point we will return to normal.</p> <p>“If you’re using the Metro system then make sure you follow the Government advice at all times – only travel it really is essential and wear a face covering.</p> <p>“Keep your spirits up. Keep doing what you’re doing, and stay safe.”</p> <p>Metro Operations Director, Chris Carson, said: “Our train crews and other key workers are doing a magnificent job at this time of crisis.</p> <p>“They’re coming into work every day and keeping people on the move; people who rely on Metro, and many are NHS staff.</p> <p>“Coronavirus has led to an unprecedented challenge in the 40-year history of the Tyne and Wear Metro and it’s been heartening to see the way that our employees have risen to the challenge.”<br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Thu, 28 May 2020 09:47:48 +0000 puntond 32523 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Metro secures a further £7.6m of Government support to increase services on the network https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/metro-secures-further-ps76m-government-support-increase-services-network <span>Metro secures a further £7.6m of Government support to increase services on the network</span> <div><time datetime="2020-05-26T12:00:00Z">Tue, 26/05/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Tue, 26/05/2020</span> <div><p>The Tyne and Wear Metro has secured £7.6m of financial support from the Government to increase the number of services on the network as lockdown measures start to ease.</p> <p>The Department for Transport confirmed funding in announcement at the weekend (May 23).</p> <p>Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, welcomed the extra funding and said the money would sustain services until August.</p> <p>It will enable Metro to return to its normal, frequent timetable, providing customers with a Covid-secure environment as they travel for work, shopping, hospital visits or to stay in touch with loved ones.</p> <p>This builds on an initial £8.6m of emergency support that was announced on May 1, meaning that Government has now committed a total of £16.2m for Metro to support key workers and those who need it for essential journeys during the Coronavirus emergency.</p> <p>Chief Operating Officer at Nexus, Martin Kearney, said: “This new financial support will allow us to run a full Metro timetable and maximise the room we have for social distancing on the system.</p> <p>“It means that we can meet all of Metro’s running costs up until August at this challenging time, where Metro fare revenue has fallen significantly.</p> <p>“As lockdown measures are gradually lifted, we will continue playing our part in supporting the local economy, but we are conscious that social distancing measures mean that it will be a long time before we return to normal passenger numbers.</p> <p>“We will continue to talk to the Government about the need for additional financial support for the remainder of the year at the very least.”</p> <p>Cllr Martin Gannon, Leader of Gateshead Council and Chair of the North East Joint Transport Committee, said: "We welcome this funding which, in addition to the amount already pledged last month, will allow Metro to run a full service until August.</p> <p>"However, we will continue talks with Government over support for Metro for the remainder of the year as we look to keep a full service running to maximise space on trains, allowing passengers to observe social distancing guidelines as lockdown measures are gradually eased.”<br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Tue, 26 May 2020 13:14:19 +0000 puntond 32493 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Changes to concessionary travel arrangements in North East England https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/changes-concessionary-travel-arrangements-north-east-england <span>Changes to concessionary travel arrangements in North East England </span> <div><time datetime="2020-05-21T12:00:00Z">Thu, 21/05/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Thu, 21/05/2020</span> <div><p>Older and disabled people will no longer be able to travel free on bus and Metro in North East England during the morning peak period, from Tuesday 26 May, as part of moves to support social distancing.</p> <p>Local authorities, bus operators and Nexus have agreed to end the temporary relaxation of concessionary travel rules introduced in late March as part of steps to provide a covid-secure environment</p> <p>People who do need to make essential journeys – for shopping, care or health reasons – are being advised to do so in the afternoon if they can, when buses and Metro are at their quietest.</p> <p>The change means concessionary travel cards and Metro Gold Cards can no longer be used to make journeys before 9:30am on weekdays from Tuesday 26 May.</p> <p>Local concessions still apply in Durham and Northumberland, passengers with all-day disabled cards are not affected, nor those with hospital appointments that require travel before 9:30am.   Travel on weekends and bank holidays is not affected.</p> <p>Huw Lewis, Customer Services Director at Nexus, said: “People with concessionary travel cards should, like everyone, only make essential journeys by public transport and travel in the afternoon if they can.   There’s more space on buses and Metro after 12 noon, so that’s more secure for everyone</p> <p>“We are acting as one in North East England to end the temporary relaxation allowing older and disabled people to travel free during the busier morning peak period on weekdays, because the local situation has moved on.</p> <p>“The relaxation was brought in by Nexus and Durham and Northumberland county councils, who administer concessionary travel schemes, to allow older people more flexibility to visit supermarkets at the start of the lockdown period.</p> <p>“With the pressure on supermarkets now gone and more commuters returning to public transport, the best way to maintain social distancing is to encourage people to travel at different times of day.”</p> <p>The return to normal concessionary schemes applies to all bus services in Tyne and Wear, Northumberland and County Durham, plus journeys made with a Gold Card on Metro and the Shields Ferry.</p> <p>Older and disabled customers can still travel before 9:30 by paying a fare or following local concessionary schemes.</p> </div> <section> </section> Thu, 21 May 2020 12:29:56 +0000 puntond 32428 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Covid-secure measures ensure social distancing on the Shields Ferry https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/covid-secure-measures-ensure-social-distancing-shields-ferry <span>Covid-secure measures ensure social distancing on the Shields Ferry</span> <div><time datetime="2020-05-19T11:00:00Z">Tue, 19/05/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Tue, 19/05/2020</span> <div><p>The Shields Ferry has Covid-secure measures in place to ensure that social distancing is maintained by passengers and crew.</p> <p>Nexus, the public body which owns and manages the cross-Tyne service, has carried out detailed work to meet the standards set down by the Government as lockdown restrictions are eased.</p> <p>Covid-secure measures on the ferry include new signage, floor markings and customer information throughout the two vessels – Pride of the Tyne and Spirit of the Tyne.</p> <p>Some seats have been taped off to create space for the two-metre social distance.</p> <p>Boarding ramps have new markings for social distancing and the crew will control access and boarding.</p> <p>A Perspex screen has been erected where passengers pay to get on board.</p> <p>People are still advised to only travel on the Shields Ferry where a journey is essential, such as for work if you cannot do so from home, and where you can’t walk, cycle or use a car. </p> <p>The ferry can carry a maximum of four bikes only. Cyclists out for leisure trips are advised not to use the service.</p> <p>Shields Ferry Manager, Carol Timlin, said: “We have completed a huge amount of work to ensure that our ferries meet the Covid-Secure standard.</p> <p>“A range of measures are now in place to ensure that we can maintain social distancing on our services, this includes new signage and layouts.</p> <p>“Passengers should only travel on the ferry if the journey is essential such as for work if you cannot do so from home, and where you can’t walk, cycle or use a car. </p> <p>“Passengers should continue to keep two metres from other people as much as possible, with a face covering – such as a scarf or mask – providing an extra layer of protection when it is not always possible to do this.</p> <p>“We are making sure the Shields Ferry is cleaned to the highest standard, and that there is clear information on how to distance as you travel.”</p> <p><a href="https://www.nexus.org.uk/coronavirus">The ferry is running a regular timetable – and from Monday May 18 is operating from 6.45am to 7.30pm, Monday to Saturday, with a 30-minute frequency in place.</a></p> <p>Later evening crossings normally timetabled to operate on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings remain suspended until further notice.</p> <p>The ferry is still not operating on Sundays.</p> <p>Only card payments are currently accepted on board.<br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Tue, 19 May 2020 11:26:19 +0000 puntond 32409 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Hand sanitiser points are installed on the Metro system https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/hand-sanitiser-points-are-installed-metro-system <span>Hand sanitiser points are installed on the Metro system</span> <div><time datetime="2020-05-18T15:00:00Z">Mon, 18/05/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Mon, 18/05/2020</span> <div><p>Hand sanitiser points have been installed at the busiest stations on the Tyne and Wear Metro to help customers follow public health guidelines.</p> <p>Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, has fitted sanitiser dispensers at seven key Metro stations, part of a range of measures which ensure that the network meets the Government’s Covid-secure standard.</p> <p>Each dispenser automatically sprays a small quantity of sanitiser gel when a person places their hands underneath it. They have been installed at Haymarket, Monument, Central Station, Gateshead Interchange, Heworth, South Shields Interchange and Park Lane Interchange in Sunderland.</p> <p>Customer Services Director, Huw Lewis, said: “We have hand sanitiser points at our busiest stations so that customers can follow the general advice to keep their hands clean at all times. </p> <p>“The dispensers are located prominently and it only takes a few seconds to use them. I urge all passengers who do need to travel that they make use of the sanitiser points in the interest of public health as we all do our bit to halt the spread of coronavirus.</p> <p>“We have put a huge amount of work into getting the Metro system up to the Covid-secure standard, and the hand sanitiser points are big part of that plan, alongside new signage and station layouts to ensure we maintain social distancing.</p> <p>“Customers should still only travel if their journey is essential. If travelling then you are advised to wear a face covering.”</p> <p>People are still being advised to take Metro only where the journey is essential, such as for work if you cannot do so from home, and where you can’t walk, cycle or use a car. </p> <p>Nexus has already issued guidance for passengers to wear face coverings if they need to travel, which is in line with Government advice.</p> <p>New signage and station layouts in have been put in place at busy stations Metro stations in order help people follow social distancing when using Metro.<br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Mon, 18 May 2020 15:40:51 +0000 puntond 32407 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Artists recreates Monument Metro station on Animal Crossing https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/artists-recreates-monument-metro-station-animal-crossing <span>Artists recreates Monument Metro station on Animal Crossing</span> <div><time datetime="2020-05-15T07:00:00Z">Fri, 15/05/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Fri, 15/05/2020</span> <div><p>A man who was "missing" his daily commute on the Tyne and Wear Metro has recreated one of the stations on Animal Crossing.</p> <p>Furloughed artist Euan Lynn from Whitley Bay, has been playing Animal Crossing: New Horizons during lockdown.</p> <p>The 26-year-old expanded his virtual house to include a basement, which he turned into a Metro station.</p> <p>His recreation of Newcastle's Monument station has authentic signage and tracks</p> <p>"I had to draw each component, and then work out how to make it work within the limitations of the game," he said.</p> <p>"Probably the hardest part was reproducing the Metro's iconic Calvert font within such tight limitations."</p> <p>Animal Crossing, which sees your character live out a simple life on a desert island, was released by Nintendo in March.</p> <p>He said: "I'm just very glad people seem to be so taken with it.</p> <p>"I have a great interest in the design of these everyday things and places that we use and take for granted, so I think such strange times as these are a good opportunity to reflect on these things - like the design of a Metro station."</p> <p>Euan has not recreated anything else from the region, although his island is named St Mary's and includes a lighthouse.</p> <p>Customer Services Director at Nexus, Huw Lewis, said: “Metro stations like Monument have an iconic and instantly-recognisable design which it’s amazing to see has even reached Animal Crossing. </p> <p>“Metro is normally part of every day life in North East England, but not many of us can actually get out and travel around like we’re used to – but Metro is still obviously inspiring Euan, and perhaps other people, to create new works of art and imagination while they’re cooped up at home.</p> <p>"It’s Metro’s 40th anniversary this year – maybe we can celebrate that by sharing a few more pictures, animations and other ideas on our Twitter and Instagram accounts – we’d love to hear from people."</p> </div> <section> </section> Fri, 15 May 2020 08:42:09 +0000 puntond 32389 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Metro timetable change will create room for social distancing on the network https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/metro-timetable-change-will-create-room-social-distancing-network <span>Metro timetable change will create room for social distancing on the network</span> <div><time datetime="2020-05-14T13:00:00Z">Thu, 14/05/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Thu, 14/05/2020</span> <div><p>The Tyne and Wear Metro will return to a normal daytime service frequency from Monday May 18, maximising the capacity for social distancing on the network.</p> <p>Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, is increasing the frequency of Metro services from 24 minutes to 12 minutes until 8pm every day, Monday to Friday, following the easing of lockdown restrictions.</p> <p>In peak travel periods there will be a train every three minutes between Pelaw and Regent Centre and Pelaw and Monkseaton, making Metro among the most frequent train services in the country - and creating space for customers to follow the two-metre social distancing rule, where possible.</p> <p>People are advised to take Metro only where the journey is essential, such as for work if you cannot do so from home, and where you can’t walk, cycle or use a car. </p> <p>Chief Operating Officer at Nexus, Martin Kearney, said: “The safety of customers is our top priority and we are following Government advice to create a Covid-secure environment on the Metro system.</p> <p>“By putting more trains into service at busy times we can maximise the space that we have for social distancing.</p> <p>“The new timetable will deliver a 12-minute frequency of service. There will be a train every three minutes through the central area between Pelaw and South Gosforth at peak times. This gives us more capacity and takes us back to pre-lockdown levels of service at busy times.</p> <p>“People are advised to take Metro only where a journey is essential, such as for work if you cannot do so from home, and where you can’t walk, cycle or use a car. If you do have to travel then you need to follow social distancing rules, stay two metres apart as much as possible, and wear a face covering at all times.</p> <p>“We have made sure Metro stations and trains are cleaned to the highest standard, and that there is clear information on how to distance as you travel.”</p> <p>Metro will continue to operate a reduced timetable on weekday evenings from 8pm and all day at weekends.</p> <p>Anyone who does need to use Metro is advised to pay for their travel in advance using a Pop card or pay with a contactless debit/credit card at the station.<br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Thu, 14 May 2020 13:06:22 +0000 puntond 32385 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Sky News features key workers at Nexus https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/sky-news-features-key-workers-nexus <span>Sky News features key workers at Nexus </span> <div><time datetime="2020-05-13T16:00:00Z">Wed, 13/05/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Wed, 13/05/2020</span> <div><p>Key workers at Nexus are set appear in a special report on Sky News about life on the frontline during the pandemic.</p> <p>The report – 24 hours on Tyneside – will show Metro and Shields Ferry staff at work, lifting the lid on what key workers face amid the Covid-19 crisis. It will air this Friday, 15 May. </p> <p>Sky News filmed across a whole day, covering the Shields Ferry and Metro staff, key workers in the NHS at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary, and local authority street cleaners.</p> <p>Shields Ferry Skipper Chris McGuinness kicked off the filming at 7am on Tuesday May 12 on the first Tyne crossing of the day. He was asked about how life had changed on the cross-Tyne service after more than 50 days of lockdown.</p> <p>Sky then returned in the evening to see at first-hand how Metro frontline staff are coping with the ‘new normal’, with social distancing measures in place, vastly reduced passenger numbers and the wearing of face coverings on public transport now introduced.</p> <p>They got the chance to interview a Metro driver, Craig Pearson, on a journey from South Gosforth to Airport.</p> <p>And they then moved on to a deserted Haymarket Metro station to speak to Customer Service staffers Steve and Lauren Shipley – a father and daughter team wo manage the gatelines, stations and passenger flows.</p> <p>Communications Officer, David Punton, said: “Sky News have done a very in-depth report about life on the frontline amid the coronavirus crisis and our key workers have played a big part in that.</p> <p>“The filming happened across a single day on Tuesday May 12 and will really give viewers the chance to see the challenges staff face and some of the fears they have about working at the time of national emergency. </p> <p>“It will also show the steps that Nexus has taken already to make sure staff are kept safe and that our transport network meets the Government’s Covid secure standard.</p> <p>“My thanks go to all the staff who agreed to take part in the film and for all the help that a whole range of staff gave to Sky News in making it happen.”<br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Wed, 13 May 2020 16:42:06 +0000 puntond 32379 at https://www.nexus.org.uk People advised to wear face coverings on public transport https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/people-advised-wear-face-coverings-public-transport <span>People advised to wear face coverings on public transport </span> <div><time datetime="2020-05-11T15:00:00Z">Mon, 11/05/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Mon, 11/05/2020</span> <div><p>People should now aim to wear a face covering when in confined public spaces, such as some shops and public transport, the Government has advised.</p> <p>Passengers using the Tyne and Wear Metro, buses, the Shields Ferry and rail services are being urged to follow this advice by regional transport body Nexus.</p> <p>Nexus is today issuing new guidance for passengers including advice on face covering plus signs at stations and messaging to help people distance while using stations and vehicles.</p> <p>Huw Lewis, Customer Services Director, at Nexus, said: “People should avoid using public transport and only make essential journeys, but if you need to travel then we want to make sure you can do so with confidence. </p> <p>“Our message is to follow what the Government says, wear a face covering when using public transport, as you should in other confined spaces including some shops.</p> <p>“This is a small step we can all take to help fight coronavirus, by reducing the chance of passing infection to other people.</p> <p>“Passengers should continue to keep two metres from other people as much as possible, with face covering – such as a scarf or mask – providing an extra layer of protection when it is not always possible to do this.</p> <p>“We are making sure stations, Metro trains and the Shields Ferry are cleaned to the highest standard, and that there is clear information on how to distance as you travel; bus companies are doing the same.”</p> <p>“We are following Government advice closely to provide covid-secure environments for our passengers throughout public transport.”</p> <p>Nexus is issuing protective visors for its own frontline employees to wear when doing their duties on Metro, the Shields Ferry and bus stations. </p> <p>Passenger numbers in Tyne and Wear are around 7% of normal levels with most people heeding advice to use public transport only for essential journeys, where they do not have access to a bike or car or are unable to walk.<br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Mon, 11 May 2020 15:19:33 +0000 puntond 32349 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Shields Ferry crew give an emotional send off to a much-loved colleague https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/shields-ferry-crew-give-emotional-send-much-loved-colleague <span>Shields Ferry crew give an emotional send off to a much-loved colleague</span> <div><time datetime="2020-05-08T09:00:00Z">Fri, 08/05/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Fri, 08/05/2020</span> <div><p>The Shields Ferry crew have given an emotional send off to a much-loved colleague who has lost his battle with cancer.</p> <p>Ray Millward, a Ferry Skipper for 22 years, passed away at the end of April at the age of 70.</p> <p>Ray’s crew mates formed a special guard of honour at his funeral at South Shields Crematorium on Wednesday 6 May.</p> <p>The tribute fitted in with all the current social distancing rules which are in place due to the coronavirus pandemic.</p> <p>Shields Ferry Manager, Carol Timlin, said: “Ray was a lovely man and a was popular with customers and other members of our crew. We were all deeply saddened to hear that he had passed away and we wanted to ensure that we gave him a good send off.</p> <p>“He is going to be sorely missed by all of us and our thoughts remain with his family at this difficult time.</p> <p>“The ferry crew wanted to ensure that they could pay tribute to Ray while abiding by the social distancing rules, so they decided to form a guard of honour at the entrance to South Shields crematorium.</p> <p>“It was a lovely touch and a very poignant moment. I know that it meant a great deal to Ray’s family.”</p> <p>Ray retired from his role at the Shields Ferry in 2013 but returned in subsequent years to provide holiday cover during the summer.</p> <p>Ray is survived by wife Kathy Millward, 68, and three daughters – Julie Skevington, Jane Millward and Kimberley Storm.</p> <p>He also has five grandchildren – Daisy, Jacob, Amelia, Mae and Matilda.</p> <p>Daughter Julie said the family has been touched by the number of messages that have poured in following her dad’s passing, from colleagues, friends, and passengers who have known him for years.</p> <p>Julie said: “Dad loved his job and was very popular with his fellow colleagues. He had the best send-off possible.”</p> <p>One of Ray’s wishes was to thank the NHS staff at South Tyneside Hospital along with the community nurses and Macmillan nurses who cared for him during his illness.</p> <p>He wanted to donate hand cream to the teams who have suffered with sore and dry skin due to their frequent hand washing.</p> <p>The family set up a fundraising page on Facebook called Caring Hands which has raised £1,126 to pay for hand cream from Newcastle company Nursem, who have matched funding, to donate more than £2,000 worth of hand cream.</p> <p>Julie added: “One of dad’s wishes in hospital was to thank the nurses.</p> <p>“We hit the fundraising target three days before he died and we were able to tell him. We have ordered the cream and will deliver it to the staff to thank them for their help.”</p> <p>The photo at Ray’s funeral was taken with the permission of his family.</p> <p>  </p> </div> <section> </section> Fri, 08 May 2020 10:43:25 +0000 puntond 32341 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Gold Card holders are reminded not to renew at ticket machines unless for essential journey https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/gold-card-holders-are-reminded-not-renew-ticket-machines-unless-essential-journey <span>Gold Card holders are reminded not to renew at ticket machines unless for essential journey</span> <div><time datetime="2020-05-07T12:00:00Z">Thu, 07/05/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Thu, 07/05/2020</span> <div><p>Metro Gold Card holders should wait until they need to travel before renewing their card at Metro station ticket machines.</p> <p>Gold Cards can be bought on the spot and are valid straight away – so passengers should only buy a new one the day they need to make an essential journey.</p> <p>Nexus, the public body which owns and manages the Tyne and Wear Metro, has issued the advice to discourage older and disabled people entitle to a Gold card from making unnecessary trips to local stations, or on Metro.</p> <p>Customer Services Director at Nexus, Huw Lewis, said: “Gold Card holders don’t need to worry about renewing their passes during the lockdown, and they should only do so when they need to make an essential journey for food or medical care.</p> <p>“We don’t want people making journeys to stations when they don’t need to, as we encourage people to follow Government advice to stay home and protect the NHS during this public health emergency.</p> <p>“Metro ticket machines are the best place to renew Gold Cards, and when you buy one it is valid straight away, when you need to make an essential journey.</p> <p>“Please avoid setting out to a Metro station just to renew your Gold Card in advance of any future trips on the system.”</p> <p>The Metro Gold Card, which can be bought by people who already have a free bus pass, allows unlimited off-peak Metro travel for an annual fee of £12, or £24 for those not resident in Tyne and Wear.<br /> Around 60,000 Gold Card customers usually renew each spring at either ticket machines or Nexus Travelshops. </p> <p>More people are using ticket machines this year because Travelshops are closed as part of lockdown measures following Government advice.</p> <p>Nexus continues to advise that during lockdown only key workers and those who have to make an essential journey should be using public transport. </p> <p>To buy the Gold Card at a Metro ticket machine, free bus pass holders simply need to touch their card against the machine’s orange reader and then press ‘Metro Tickets’.  The screen provides step-by-step instructions on what to do next, and the ticket is loaded instantly onto the bus pass smart card.<br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Thu, 07 May 2020 12:59:09 +0000 puntond 32338 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Tyne and Wear Metro secures an £8.6m Government bailout https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/tyne-and-wear-metro-secures-ps86m-government-bailout <span>Tyne and Wear Metro secures an £8.6m Government bailout</span> <div><time datetime="2020-05-01T10:59:59Z">Fri, 01/05/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Sat, 02/05/2020</span> <div><p>The Tyne and Wear Metro has secured £8.6m of financial support from the Government to sustain its services for key workers.</p> <p>The Department for Transport has agreed 12 weeks of funding for the Metro - £715,000 per week - enabling key routes to remain open for people travelling to hospitals, supermarkets or those who cannot work from home, including frontline NHS staff. </p> <p>Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, has a £10m black hole in its budget and will continue talking to the DfT about ways of funding the shortfall.</p> <p>Managing Director Transport North East, Tobyn Hughes, said: “It is good news that the government is providing emergency financial relief to the Tyne and Wear Metro system.</p> <p>“The Metro and the Shields Ferry are public services and their importance to the economic and social life of our region cannot be understated. This has been highlighted during the Coronavirus crisis when we have been providing a regular service to make sure that key workers can get around. We salute our workers who continue to provide a service all day, every day, despite the challenging environment.</p> <p>“This has come at a financial cost though; our fare income has all but disappeared during the lockdown period, leaving a financial blackhole of more than £10 million in our budget. The Government’s funding of £8.6 million covers around 80% of that and is very welcome, but it still leaves a funding gap that we need to close.</p> <p>“We also have funding shortfalls on the Shields Ferry and in other areas. We will have to look at our other activities, saving money and redirecting funding where we can.</p> <p>“We are now focusing on getting ready to support the region’s economy if and when the Government starts to lift the lockdown. Both the Metro and Shields Ferry will be there to play their full role when they are needed.</p> <p>“We do not however expect to return to pre-crisis levels of ridership for many months to come, and this will continue to create a financial challenge long into the future.  We look forward to working with the government to ensure that the Metro is put on a long-term financially sustainable footing.”</p> <p>Cllr Martin Gannon, Leader of Gateshead Council and Chair of the North East Joint Transport Committee, said: "While I welcome the funding package announced by the Government, it is quite simply not enough. Metro is losing close to £1m a week and we need all of our costs covered, not just 80%. We have incurred massive losses as a result of the lockdown and will continue to do so even when restrictions ease.</p> <p>"Metro, through Nexus, is owned by the Tyne and Wear councils who are predicting massive budget deficits as a result of this pandemic and cannot afford to pick up this bill. So we will be going back to the Department for Transport to ask for more.</p> <p>"If the Government wants local transport to run, then it needs to properly fund it."<br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Sat, 02 May 2020 08:04:38 +0000 puntond 32322 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Children’s rainbow drawings bring a symbol of hope to local transport hubs during lockdown https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/childrens-rainbow-drawings-bring-symbol-hope-local-transport-hubs-during-lockdown <span>Children’s rainbow drawings bring a symbol of hope to local transport hubs during lockdown</span> <div><time datetime="2020-04-30T10:00:00Z">Thu, 30/04/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Thu, 30/04/2020</span> <div><p>Children’s drawings depicting rainbows – the national symbol of hope in the lockdown – are on display at Park Lane and Gateshead transport interchanges to show solidarity with NHS workers fighting the pandemic.</p> <p>The colourful display was started by Nexus staffer Harry Hall, an Area Controller at the Park Lane interchange, who placed a rainbow drawing he received from his seven-year-old grandson in one of the windows.</p> <p>This inspired customers and other members of staff to leave their children’s pictures there as well.</p> <p>Children’s rainbow drawings are also on display in the window of the Nexus TravelShop at Gateshead Interchange.</p> <p>Harry, 62, of Seaham, said: “The rainbow means a great deal to workers at this time of crisis and it’s given everyone a much-needed morale boost.</p> <p>“My grandson, Ryan, lives down in Jersey and he sent me his drawing and I decided to put it up in the window of the waiting room next to the coach stand. The rainbow is what gives us all the sense of hope that one day we will get back to normal.</p> <p>“After Ryan’s drawing went in we got more people leaving their pictures under the door for us. We had our own staff and cleaning staff sending them in from their children too. It’s really snowballed, and we’ve got almost 40 drawings up on display. It’s absolutely fantastic.”</p> <p>Customer Services Director, Huw Lewis, said: “The rainbow is the symbol of hope for all key workers at this time of national emergency, so to have them on display at some of our transport interchanges is a real tonic for all key workers. It gives us hope that better days to lie ahead once we’ve beaten coronavirus.</p> <p>“These drawings are a precious thing for us to share and I can't say thank you enough to the people who have taken the time - and had the thoughtfulness – to do them for us.”</p> <p>Around 30 to 40 rainbow drawings are up in the waiting room window where passengers would ordinarily go to catch a National Express or National Holidays coach trip.</p> <p>The rainbow has been adopted as a symbol by people across the UK who want to show their support with NHS staff fighting against Covid-19.</p> <p>The rainbow trend was reportedly started by a nurse who wanted to create “a sign of hope” for patients and staff in hospitals across the country.<br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Thu, 30 Apr 2020 10:17:31 +0000 puntond 32306 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Nexus key worker pays tribute to nurse Rebecca Mack who died of coronavirus https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/nexus-key-worker-pays-tribute-nurse-rebecca-mack-who-died-coronavirus <span>Nexus key worker pays tribute to nurse Rebecca Mack who died of coronavirus</span> <div><time datetime="2020-04-27T09:00:00Z">Mon, 27/04/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Mon, 27/04/2020</span> <div><p>A Nexus worker whose baby daughter battled a brain tumour has paid a heartfelt tribute to the nurse who cared for her - Rebecca Mack from Northumberland - who died after contracting coronavirus.</p> <p>Fiona McGregor-Frazer, who works at the Nexus TravelShop in Haymarket Metro station, was left devastated after learning that Ms Mack, of Morpeth, had succumbed to Covid-19.</p> <p>Fiona’s six-year-old daughter, Grace, was cared for by Ms Mack in the Children’s Cancer Unit at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary in 2016.</p> <p>“I was devastated to hear that Rebecca had died,” said Fiona. “She was a brilliant nurse who did so much for Grace when she was in hospital for six months. I feel proud to have known her and I feel so terribly sorry for her family.”</p> <p>Fiona’s daughter has battled two brain tumours from the age of just 11 months.</p> <p>It was during her second admission to the RVI in November 2015 that she was looked after by Ms Mack.</p> <p>Fiona, of Walker Dene in Newcastle, said: “Rebecca was such a lovely bubbly person. She lit up a room. She was so nice and so genuine, you could talk to her about anything, which is vital when you have such an ordeal of having a very poorly child being in hospital for so long.</p> <p>“I remember her amazing smile and how she would keep Grace entertained during her treatment by blowing up her rubber gloves.</p> <p>“We got to know Rebecca quite well during that six-month stint in the hospital, and I can recall her talking about her long commute into work everyday on the bus. She was like a friend to me and my husband, Darren. I’m so grateful for everything she did for my daughter.”</p> <p>She added: “One of the other kid’s parents from the ward messaged me to say that Rebecca was the nurse who had died of coronavirus.</p> <p>“I was shocked and upset. It’s a tragic to lose someone so young. Rebecca is the reason that my daughter is still alive today. She was lovely and I’ll never forget her.”</p> <p>Prior to her death Rebecca had not been working at the RVI but still worked for the NHS at the 111 service.<br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Mon, 27 Apr 2020 10:22:41 +0000 puntond 32298 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Passenger leaves touching thank you letter and rainbow badge for Metro drivers https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/passenger-leaves-touching-thank-you-letter-and-rainbow-badge-metro-drivers <span>Passenger leaves touching thank you letter and rainbow badge for Metro drivers</span> <div><time datetime="2020-04-23T13:00:00Z">Thu, 23/04/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Thu, 23/04/2020</span> <div><p>A passenger has left heart-warming letter on a Metro train to thank drivers who are continuing to work during the coronavirus lockdown.</p> <p>The anonymous writer said they were using the network to get to work themselves and thanked the Metro staff "a million times for keeping the trains going".</p> <p>The grateful commuter also made a special rainbow badge and left it, alongside the letter, under a driver's cab door over the weekend.</p> <p>Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, said the gesture was a huge boost for staff amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.</p> <p>The message said: "Dear driver and all the lovely Metro staff. Thank you, thank you, thank you a million times for keeping the trains going.</p> <p>“I use trains every day to get to and from work and wouldn't be able to do so without you. You should all get a pay rise!</p> <p>"Please accept this little brooch as a thank you. P.s. it's home-made. Keep safe. You are all lovely people. P.s. I think the Metro is ace."</p> <p>Metro shared the lovely note on its Twitter channel, @My_Metro, and said the driver who found it had put the badge on his uniform.</p> <p>Their post said: "Did you leave a note for our Metro driver David?</p> <p>"He has a message for you - 'I am a train driver of 20 years on the Metro. Someone very kindly left this letter and home-made badge for me to find under my driver's cab door.</p> <p>"I would love to say a heartfelt thank you for doing this as you can see I am wearing the badge with pride on my uniform.</p> <p>"Thank you so much for your kindness and thoughts for all of us drivers. It is greatly appreciated in these difficult times...stay safe everyone...and thank you."</p> <p>Customer Services Director, Huw Lewis, said: “The whole Metro team are doing an heroic job keeping trains moving for key workers and people who need to make essential journeys to shop for food. This letter is so heartfelt and inspiring, it really brings home what an important role they have to play at this difficult time.</p> <p>"We have a small army of engineers, controllers, train crew, customer service advisors and cleaners at work night and day.</p> <p>“These letters are a precious thing for us to share and I can't say thank you enough to the people who have taken the taking the time - and had the thoughtfulness - to write.”</p> </div> <section> </section> Thu, 23 Apr 2020 13:03:57 +0000 puntond 32277 at https://www.nexus.org.uk TV star Robson Green sends a message of support to public transport workers https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/tv-star-robson-green-sends-message-support-public-transport-workers <span>TV star Robson Green sends a message of support to public transport workers</span> <div><time datetime="2020-04-23T08:00:00Z">Thu, 23/04/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Thu, 23/04/2020</span> <div><p>TV star Robson Green has sent a special message of support to key transport workers in his native North East England.</p> <p>The actor and television presenter, who is from Tyneside and still lives in the region, has recorded a video message for workers on the Tyne and Wear Metro, the cross-Tyne Shields ferry and local bus networks.</p> <p>Nexus, the public body which operates Metro, said the message from Robson Green was a huge morale boost for its workforce during the ongoing crisis.</p> <p>Scores of public transport staffers remain in frontline roles amid the coronavirus lockdown in order to keep the region moving for other key workers, including many NHS employees.</p> <p>In the video, Green, 55, said: “A big thank you to you guys who keep the Tyne and Wear Metro, the ferry service and the buses running.</p> <p>“In these times of coronavirus revolution, thank you. Thank you for your commitment, your dedication and your devotion to getting people where they need to be.</p> <p>“And in these really challenging, difficult, and strange times, you guys remind us all about the vital, crucial and essential role you play in our everyday lives, for which I know everyone in the north east will always be eternally grateful. Thank you.”</p> <p>Customer Services Director at Nexus, Huw Lewis, said: “This message of support from Robson Green will mean a great deal to our frontline teams and wider workforce at this time of national crisis.</p> <p>“It’s a big morale boost as staff continue to carry out their roles during the lockdown, ensuring that our local public transport services keep other key workers on the move.</p> <p>“We have a small army of engineers, controllers, train crew, customer service advisors and cleaners at work night and day.</p> <p>“This video message a precious thing for us to share and I can't say thank you enough to Robson Green for taking the time - and having the thoughtfulness - to record it. Robson has a long-standing connection with Metro, from when he appeared in a film we made for young people back in the 1980s, before he became a household name.”</p> <p>In the late 1980s Robson Green appeared in a corporate video for the Tyne and Wear Passenger Transport Executive where he played the role of a ticket inspector.</p> <p>This role allowed him to get enough money to get to London where he subsequently got his big break playing the role of Jimmy the hospital porter in Casualty.</p> <p>Robson Green started out in Casualty in 1989, then went on to portray Fusilier Dave Tucker in the military drama series Soldier Soldier between 1991 and 1995.</p> <p>He later played Dr Tony Hill in the crime drama series Wire in the Blood and has performed alongside James Norton in Grantchester.</p> <p>As a TV presenter, Green has also fronted shows such as Extreme Fishing, Extreme Fishing Challenge and Tales from Northumberland.</p> <p>He was one half of the singing duo Robson &amp; Jerome, who had several No 1 singles, including Unchained Melody and I Believe in the 1990s.<br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Thu, 23 Apr 2020 08:51:19 +0000 puntond 32276 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Nexus uses birds of prey to scare off nuisance seagulls https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/nexus-uses-birds-prey-scare-nuisance-seagulls <span>Nexus uses birds of prey to scare off nuisance seagulls</span> <div><time datetime="2020-04-21T11:00:00Z">Tue, 21/04/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Tue, 21/04/2020</span> <div><p>Nexus has brought in birds of prey to scare nuisance seagulls away from the new £21m Transport Interchange in South Shields.</p> <p>A falcon and a hawk are being used by a specialist firm to keep gulls off the roof of the new interchange building.</p> <p>This is being done to prevent the seagulls from claiming it as their territory and starting to create nests there.</p> <p>Customer Services Director at Nexus, Huw Lewis, said: “With gulls being a protected species the bird of prey was the best option for us to address this problem.</p> <p>“We need to stop the gulls from nesting on the roof of the new interchange building as that can create a lot of damage if it’s allowed to happen and then it isn’t dealt with.</p> <p>“A specialist firm is coming in a few times a year with the falcon and the hawk to keep the gulls away from the building. This is a humane and a permitted method for dealing with this issue.”</p> <p>Falcons are widely used as a bird deterrent as it deals with the issue in a humane way.</p> <p>South Shields’ new Transport Interchange was opened in August 2019m, bringing the waiting facilities for local bus and Metro services under one roof on a modern new facility.</p> <p>The opening was a major milestone in the £100m South Shields 365 regeneration masterplan which is being delivered by South Tyneside Council and partner Muse Developments.</p> <p>The landmark building was designed by The Harris Partnership and constructed by Bowmer and Kirkland, who also built award-winning cultural venue The Word.</p> <p>The project received £9.4m from the Local Growth Deal through the North East Local Enterprise Partnership. The Local Growth Deal is supporting major capital.<br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Tue, 21 Apr 2020 11:26:42 +0000 puntond 32269 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Metro ticket gates are back in use with social distancing measures https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/metro-ticket-gates-are-back-use-social-distancing-measures <span>Metro ticket gates are back in use with social distancing measures </span> <div><time datetime="2020-04-20T08:00:00Z">Mon, 20/04/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Mon, 20/04/2020</span> <div><p>The automatic ticket gates on the Tyne and Wear Metro are back in operation with a new social distancing system in place.</p> <p>Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, has placed special markings on floor of each ticket concourse to ensure passengers stay two metres apart as they use the gates.</p> <p>The gatelines, located at 13 key stations on the Metro system, had been out of use since the start of lockdown while a detailed assessment was carried out so that they could be brought back into use in a way that took account of the need to maintain social distancing amid the coronavirus outbreak.</p> <p>Customer Services Director at Nexus, Huw Lewis, said: “Automatic gatelines at stations help make sure people have a valid ticket and think about whether their journey is essential. As with stations in other big cities and on the London Underground our ticket gates are in use.</p> <p>“The safety of our employees is the first thing we think about, because they are key workers themselves doing a vital job to keep Metro going for others making essential journeys.</p> <p>“We opened gates temporarily while we made sure our employees could work safely in stations with them in use.  We have carried out a detailed assessment, which involved staff and trades unions, and we are happy this is the case.</p> <p>“Metro passenger numbers are down to 5% of normal, and the vast majority of those key workers still travelling have smart cards or paper tickets which open gates without staff having to come near them. We have clearly marked lines on the floor so passengers can distance from each other and staff.</p> <p>“The few people that have tickets which do not work at gates can show these to a Customer Service Advisor at an open gate, where our employee is able to view these while retaining a two-metre distance. The level of distance would be no less than people experience in shops every day.</p> <p>“We are closely following guidance from Public Health England in all aspects of Metro operation, and we have produced detailed advice for staff on keeping healthy at this difficult time while continuing the invaluable job they do.”<br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Mon, 20 Apr 2020 08:38:13 +0000 puntond 32268 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Metro depot workers pay a touching tribute to the NHS during 'Clap for Carers' https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/metro-depot-workers-pay-touching-tribute-nhs-during-clap-carers <span>Metro depot workers pay a touching tribute to the NHS during &#039;Clap for Carers&#039;</span> <div><time datetime="2020-04-17T11:00:00Z">Fri, 17/04/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Fri, 17/04/2020</span> <div><p>Depot workers at the Tyne and Wear Metro have paid a touching tribute to the NHS during ‘Clap for our Carers’.</p> <p>Maintenance teams at Metro’s Gosforth Depot in Newcastle lined up in front of the iconic train fleet for the 8pm round of applause, with trains sounding their horns in a touching message of support.</p> <p>And frontline staff across the network also joined the nation in the weekly ‘Clap for our Carers’ to show their appreciation and support for the NHS amid the coronavirus pandemic.</p> <p>Customer Service staff at Metro and bus stations across Tyne and Wear were joined by Metro drivers and depot workers to show their gratitude for health professionals and other key workers.</p> <p>Customer Services Director, Huw Lewis, said: “It’s amazing to see so many of our frontline staff joining the nation in clap for carers.</p> <p>“It’s our way of showing our appreciation for the heroic work of health care professionals in the NHS, and other key workers too, at this time of national crisis as we face this public health emergency.”</p> <p>It was the fourth time the country has come together to show their gratitude for the NHS and key workers in such a fashion during the coronavirus pandemic. </p> <p>The Clap for Carers message is circulating widely on social media and hundreds of thousands of people across the UK are participating.</p> <p>The organisers of the campaign - which started online - say they decided to stage it because "during these unprecedented times they (NHS staff) need to know we are grateful".<br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Fri, 17 Apr 2020 11:37:08 +0000 puntond 32260 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Essential track modernisation work to go ahead in South Tyneside https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/essential-track-modernisation-work-go-ahead-south-tyneside <span>Essential track modernisation work to go ahead in South Tyneside</span> <div><time datetime="2020-04-14T10:00:00Z">Tue, 14/04/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Tue, 14/04/2020</span> <div><p>Nexus, the public body which owns and manages the Tyne and Wear Metro is to carry out an essential programme of track modernisation work on its line in South Tyneside.</p> <p>This is vital modernisation work which needs to go ahead. Strict controls will be in place for the workforce to carry out this project during the ongoing lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. An assessment has taken place so that work can continue with two metre distance between workers.</p> <p>This work forms part of the larger £8m project led by Nexus to renew Metro’s track and track-bed between Gateshead Stadium and South Shields, which began last year.</p> <p>A 250 metre stretch of track-bed will be replaced on the Crossgate viaduct – a key gateway into South Shields town centre. This will involve 450 tonnes of new ballast and 650 new sleepers.</p> <p><a href="https://www.nexus.org.uk/metro/updates?open=t_planned-works">The work, which forms part of the Metro: all change modernisation programme, will happen during a four-day major line closure, meaning that no Metro services will operate between Hebburn and South Shields - Thursday April 16 to Sunday April 19.</a></p> <p>Chief Operating Officer at Nexus, Martin Kearney, said: “The region needs Metro more than ever now, and in in the future, as we get through this public health crisis.</p> <p>“Delivering this major engineering project now, under carefully managed and safe conditions, means that Metro will be fighting fit as the economy recovers.  We have worked in detail with our contractor to make sure we are both happy this project can be carried out with respect to social distancing.”</p> <p>When the line closure is in place a replacement bus service, number 900, will be in operation between Hebburn and South Shields transport interchange, calling at or near all stations on the affected route.</p> <p>People should only travel if they are a key worker or if the journey is essential.<br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Tue, 14 Apr 2020 10:09:48 +0000 puntond 32242 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Watch: Dean of Newcastle's special message of thanks for public transport staff https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/watch-dean-newcastles-special-message-thanks-public-transport-staff <span>Watch: Dean of Newcastle&#039;s special message of thanks for public transport staff</span> <div><time datetime="2020-04-09T15:00:00Z">Thu, 09/04/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Thu, 09/04/2020</span> <div><p>Tyneside’s most senior clergyman has sent a special message of thanks to transport workers who are keeping the region moving during the lockdown.</p> <p>The Dean of Newcastle, The Very Revd Geoff Miller, has recorded a video message for frontline workers who will be on duty on local transport networks over the Easter weekend.</p> <p>Scores of bus, Metro, rail, and ferry staff continue to work during the coronavirus lockdown to deliver the essential public transport services, which other key workers need to get around, including many local NHS employees.</p> <p>Revd Miller said: “I'm really grateful to be given this chance to wish you well, and most especially, on behalf of us all, to thank you.  To thank transport workers, who on buses, Metros and ferries, keep things moving, even at times like these.  </p> <p>“No longer half asleep in the morning while I in future catching a train, without calling to mind so many behind the scenes who make this happen.  </p> <p>“Please be assured, you are in our thoughts, and if you'll let me, I'd like to send you a message of gratitude, and offer a prayer for God's gracious blessing, on you and your families.  And soon, I hope to be topping up my Pop card, and minding the step.”<br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Thu, 09 Apr 2020 15:22:43 +0000 puntond 32221 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Heart-warming thank you note for key transport workers is found on Metro https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/heart-warming-thank-you-note-key-transport-workers-found-metro <span>Heart-warming thank you note for key transport workers is found on Metro</span> <div><time datetime="2020-04-07T10:00:00Z">Tue, 07/04/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Tue, 07/04/2020</span> <div><p>A heart-warming thank you note for key transport workers has been left on the Metro system in South Tyneside.</p> <p>The anonymous note, which was found by cleaners on board a Metro train at South Shields Transport Interchange, pays a warm tribute to staff who are keeping the network running during the lockdown.</p> <p>The note says: “Thanks for Metro staff for working hard in this situation. We appreciate you. We love you all.”</p> <p>It comes just days after seven year-old Kasie Williams from South Shields left her own letter of thanks for staff.</p> <p>Kasie’s letter read: "To Metro workers, I am called Kasie Leigh Williams I am seven.</p> <p>"I really want to say thank you for still working hard in this bad times.</p> <p>"If you didn't come to work my mum and me couldn't of got any food and supplies in.</p> <p>"So thank you all you are fantastic!"</p> <p>Nexus, the public body which runs the Tyne and Wear Metro, said the notes were great for the morale of frontline staff at a difficult time.</p> <p>Customer Services Director, Huw Lewis, said: “The whole Metro team are doing an heroic job keeping trains moving for key workers and people who need to make essential journeys to shop for food. This letter is so heartfelt and inspiring, it really brings home what an important role they have to play at this difficult time.</p> <p>"We have a small army of engineers, controllers, train crew, customer service advisors and cleaners at work night and day.</p> <p>“These letters are a precious thing for us to share and I can't say thank you enough to the people who have taken the taking the time - and had the thoughtfulness - to write.”<br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Tue, 07 Apr 2020 10:55:44 +0000 puntond 32211 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Former apprentice becomes a Nexus director https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/former-apprentice-becomes-nexus-director <span>Former apprentice becomes a Nexus director </span> <div><time datetime="2020-04-06T11:00:00Z">Mon, 06/04/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Mon, 06/04/2020</span> <div><p>A former trainee has seen two decades of hard work come to fruition after becoming a senior director at Nexus, the public body which owns and manages the Tyne Wear Metro.</p> <p>Stuart Clarke has secured the role of Metro Infrastructure Director - a role which will see him head up all the maintenance and modernisation work on the 77km Metro network.</p> <p>Stuart has diligently worked his way to the top after joining Nexus in 1997 as an apprentice electrician.</p> <p>And now he has been able to realise a long-held ambition to take on the responsibility of a senior management job.</p> <p>He said: “It’s a great moment in my career and I’m very proud to have been appointed into the role.</p> <p>“When I think back my time as an apprentice and all the hard work that I’ve put in over the years it is all now so worthwhile. This will hopefully show other apprentices at the start of their careers what it’s possible to achieve if they work hard enough.</p> <p>“I am really looking forward to the challenge. I’ll be taking a pro-active approach so that we can make improvements and get more reliability from Metro’s vital infrastructure, because that means fewer disruptions for our passengers.”</p> <p>During his time at Nexus Stuart has gained a degree in engineering and a master’s degree in project management.</p> <p>He has risen through a series of roles over 22 years, most recently as Head of Renewals, looking after the £350m Metro: all change modernisation programme, a ten-year project which has seen new tracks and overhead lines replaced across the network alongside the modernisation of Metro stations.</p> <p>He said: “Nexus as an employer has played such a huge part in where I’ve got to today. The organisation’s commitment to training and development is second to none. I’m looking forward to seeing more of our apprentices making their mark in the years to come.”</p> <p>Chief Operating Officer at Nexus, Martin Kearney, said: “I’m delighted to welcome Stuart into this very important role at Nexus.</p> <p>“The management and maintenance of the Metro’s infrastructure is at the core of what we do, and I felt Stuart was the right person to take that forward.</p> <p>“He has worked his way up through the business from the age of 18 when he joined us on an apprenticeship. It’s a great story and he’s great role model for young people who wants a career in the railway industry.”<br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Mon, 06 Apr 2020 11:00:34 +0000 puntond 32206 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Nexus worker joins fellow MasterChef contestants to get the nation cooking https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/nexus-worker-joins-fellow-masterchef-contestants-get-nation-cooking <span>Nexus worker joins fellow MasterChef contestants to get the nation cooking</span> <div><time datetime="2020-04-03T09:30:00Z">Fri, 03/04/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Fri, 03/04/2020</span> <div><p>A Nexus worker and former MasterChef contestant has joined forces with fellow foodies to get the nation cooking during lockdown.</p> <p>Graham Myers, a quarterfinalist on the popular BBC show, is among a host of MasterChef alumni serving up mouth-watering recipes and culinary advice for home cooks.</p> <p>Their Facebook group – ‘Let’s get the nation cooking again’ – has already attracted thousands of followers and widespread media coverage.</p> <p>The MasterChef contestants are there to answer queries and give tips and hints on making good meals at a time of national crisis.</p> <p>Graham, 57, of Forest Hall in North Tyneside, said: “It’s a tough time for the nation due to the lockdown so what better time to try and lift everyone’s spirits through good home cooking.</p> <p>“This is the ideal opportunity to get the nation cooking again because so many people are stuck in the house, and families need feeding. This will hopefully help people out and help to lift a few spirits while the country gets back on its feet.</p> <p>“I’m one of about twenty former MasterChef contestants who are contributing. It’s gone from strength to strength. I'm adding one new recipe on there every day and I can go on to answer any questions that people have, even if it’s how to make the most of a few leftovers. </p> <p>“During the ongoing lockdown this is a great way for people to interact, get some new recipes, and get some advice on making wholesome family meals on a budget.</p> <p>“You don’ need to worry about cooking Michelin star food, the page is very much there for everyone, all ages and abilities. There is a vast array of recipes and most of them are easy to do. Anyone can join and contribute a recipe or an idea of their own.”</p> <p>Graham, a Training Officer for Metro operator Nexus, already runs his own Facebook page – Grammy’s Kitchen – where he showcases his own culinary skills for his followers.</p> <p>He added: “I was hugely proud of my stint on MasterChef and I have been cooking ever since. I have also kept in contact with lots of other contestants. I think food and cookery is a great way to bring the nation together. Whether you’re looking for classic comfort food or something a bit more technical, we’ve got it all.</p> <p>“If you’re stuck at home, locked down, or self-isolating, then our foodie page is great way to connect and pass the time.”</p> <p>‘Let’s get the nation cooking again’ was the brainchild of 2019 MasterChef semi-finalist Sarah Dugdale, from the Cotswolds.</p> <p>All the recipes are categorised for ease of access and come with photos and method.</p> <p>Every Saturday the group runs a specific foodie theme. Last weekend it was a movie night, where they shared great recipes for watching films together.</p> <p>This weekend it is take-away night, so people who cannot get out to get their usual take-away can get some great ideas on to create their own pizza, kebab or curry.</p> <p>There is even a recipe on how to make pizza dough without yeast.</p> <p>Full details can be found at: <a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/572183390311720/">https://www.facebook.com/groups/572183390311720/</a><br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Fri, 03 Apr 2020 09:55:27 +0000 puntond 32198 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Bus routes are kept open after £400m Government bailout https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/bus-routes-are-kept-open-after-ps400m-government-bailout <span>Bus routes are kept open after £400m Government bailout</span> <div><time datetime="2020-04-03T08:00:00Z">Fri, 03/04/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Fri, 03/04/2020</span> <div><p>England’s buses will continue to serve those who rely on them thanks to a funding boost totalling £397 million for vital bus operators, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has announced today, Friday 3 April 2020.</p> <p>The package, agreed jointly with the bus industry, will keep key routes running to provide a lifeline for those who cannot work from home, including those travelling to jobs on the frontline of the UK’s fight against COVID-19, such as NHS staff.</p> <p>New funding of up to £167 million will be paid over 12 weeks under the new COVID-19 Bus Services Support Grant. As a condition of the funding, bus operators will be required to maintain necessary services at a level which is sufficient to meet much reduced demand, but also to allow adequate space between passengers on board. This is expected to be up to 50% of normal service levels.</p> <p>Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: "We have been very clear during the outbreak that the best way to stop the spread of the virus and protect the NHS, is to stay at home if possible.</p> <p>"Our buses are a lifeline for people who need to travel for work or to buy food – including our emergency services and NHS staff – and it’s absolutely vital we do all we can to keep the sector running.</p> <p>"This multi-million-pound investment will protect crucial local transport links across England, bolstering the sector and minimising disruption for passengers in the long term.” </p> <p>Operators will also be required to keep passengers properly informed about revised timetables to ensure that people know which services are running and when.</p> <p>The Government has also promised that £200 million of existing funding under the Bus Services Operators Grant will continue to be paid as normal even though not all services may run during this time. This funding is usually paid according to fuel consumption, and so the government’s commitment to pay this on pre-COVID-19 levels will help ensure that bus companies are able to benefit despite fewer fare-paying passengers travelling.</p> <p>This is in addition to up to £30 million of extra government bus funding, originally earmarked for starting new services, which will instead be paid to local authorities to maintain existing services.  </p> </div> <section> </section> Fri, 03 Apr 2020 08:51:53 +0000 puntond 32197 at https://www.nexus.org.uk North East political leaders urge Government to bail out the Tyne and Wear Metro https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/north-east-political-leaders-urge-government-bail-out-tyne-and-wear-metro <span>North East political leaders urge Government to bail out the Tyne and Wear Metro</span> <div><time datetime="2020-04-02T14:00:00Z">Thu, 02/04/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Thu, 02/04/2020</span> <div><p>North East political leaders urge Government to bail out Tyne and Wear Metro</p> <p>Political leaders in North East England today called on the Government to provide urgent cash support to protect the Tyne and Wear Metro, and with it local jobs and public services.</p> <p>They have warned the local rail network, which normally carries 36 million passengers a year, faces a financial crisis which will see lifeline services cut and jobs lost if the Government does not step in.</p> <p>Metro is continuing to operate to allow NHS and other key workers to move around, but has seen passenger numbers fall more than 90% as a result of the Coronavirus crisis.</p> <p>Councillor Martin Gannon, Leader of Gateshead Council and Chair of the North East’s Joint Transport Committee, said public body Nexus, which operates Metro, faced a financial crisis as a result.</p> <p>Cllr Gannon said: “The Government has bailed out the rail industry and bus firms, but seems reluctant to do the same for Metro, despite it forming the backbone of our local public transport networks.</p> <p>“Metro plays a huge role in the local economy but we urgently need the Government to confirm in writing that it will provide financial support in the same way that it has been prepared to do for bus and national rail operators. </p> <p>“Failure to do so could lead to long-term service reductions and job losses, at a time when North East England has never needed Metro more.</p> <p>“We have already taken swift action with Nexus and our county councils in Durham and Northumberland to support bus companies in our region by guaranteeing £53m in future payments, which the Government has backed with its own commitments.</p> <p>“I welcome this quick response but in committing millions of pounds of public money into sustaining bus networks, Nexus itself now faces an enormous challenge keeping Metro going, not just for key workers today but in the long term for millions more people who will need it as our economy recovers.”</p> <p>Metro normally meets two-thirds of its operating cost from fares and other revenue such as advertising income, with the balance coming in Government subsidy.</p> <p>But Cllr Gannon said Nexus would need £10 million before July to cover the shortfall in passenger numbers, and further support after that depending on the pace of the recovery.</p> <p>He added that Metro, and other similar networks in city regions across the country, needed commitments like those made by the Government for national rail franchises.</p> <p>“Metro carries 36 million passengers a year and has time and again proved its importance to North East England, with every journey worth £8.50 to the local economy and our communities.</p> <p>“After 40 years as part of everyday life we must not allow services to be cut back and jobs lost in the future because the Government failed to act at a time of crisis.”</p> <p>Cllr Gannon has written to Transport Secretary Grant Shapps urging him to confirm immediately that Metro will be protected from the financial impact of Coronavirus.</p> </div> <section> </section> Thu, 02 Apr 2020 14:12:11 +0000 puntond 32184 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Seven-year old leaves adorable note on Metro, thanking staff for their efforts during lockdown https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/seven-year-old-leaves-adorable-note-metro-thanking-staff-their-efforts-during-lockdown <span>Seven-year old leaves adorable note on Metro, thanking staff for their efforts during lockdown</span> <div><time datetime="2020-04-01T10:00:00Z">Wed, 01/04/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Wed, 01/04/2020</span> <div><p>A seven-year-old girl left a "lovely" note of thanks for the Metro employees still coming to work in these "bad times".</p> <p>The note was discovered stuck in a window on a train towards South Hylton by Shaun Darley, from Sunderland.</p> <p>Shaun had headed out for essential shopping when he spotted the note, and shared a picture of it on Twitter to help brighten the day of any Metro workers who might not have been on that particular train.</p> <p>The letter read: "To Metro workers, I am called Kasie Leigh Williams I am seven.</p> <p>"I really want to say thank you for still working hard in this bad times.</p> <p>"If you didn't come to work my mum and me couldn't of got any food and supplies in.</p> <p>"So thank you all you are fantastic!"</p> <p>Shaun said: "I thought it was such a lovely gesture - the Metro staff are obviously extremely strained right now as a result of the pandemic, and so I thought that it would be nice to share with the staff online. "</p> <p>And the little lass's efforts have been hugely appreciated by the staff who have now seen her note.</p> <p>Nexus Customer Services Director Huw Lewis said: "The whole Metro team are doing an heroic job keeping trains moving for key workers and people who need to make essential journeys to shop for food. This letter is so heartfelt and inspiring, it really brings home what an important role they have to play at this difficult time.</p> <p>"We have a small army of engineers, controllers, train crew, customer service advisors and cleaners at work night and day.</p> <p>“This letter is a precious thing for us to share and I can't say thank you enough to Kasie Leigh for taking the time - and having the thoughtfulness - to write it, and I only hope we get the chance to thank her properly."</p> </div> <section> </section> Wed, 01 Apr 2020 11:15:12 +0000 puntond 32179 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Urban Transport Group calls on Government to support urban transport during pandemic https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/urban-transport-group-calls-government-support-urban-transport-during-pandemic <span>Urban Transport Group calls on Government to support urban transport during pandemic </span> <div><time datetime="2020-03-31T15:00:00Z">Tue, 31/03/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Tue, 31/03/2020</span> <div><p>Statement from the Urban Transport Group:</p> <p>As the transport authorities for England’s largest city regions (serving more than twenty million people in London, Greater Manchester, Tyne and Wear, West Midlands, Merseyside, South Yorkshire and West Yorkshire), we are working tirelessly to maintain a vital service for those that need to travel during the coronavirus pandemic whilst at the same time protecting our staff.</p> <p>As the Urban Transport Group, we are working together to share and adopt common approaches to this crisis and acting as a coordinated point of contact for national Government.</p> <p>Together we are doing everything we can to be part of the solution to defeat Covid-19 and save lives. We are delivering a vital public service and our front-line colleagues are risking their lives to deliver it. We are taking unprecedented hits to our revenue while continuing to make payments for services that are not being provided. We are radically and rapidly changing how we operate while we continue to maintain operations, and working closely with partners, operators and trade unions to ensure we can continue to reconfigure our networks on a daily basis to beat this virus.</p> <p>The essential measures we are all taking are already having a significant impact on the finances of both the private sector providers of urban public transport (in particular, bus operators) but also on us (the public sector transport authorities), with our responsibilities for tram, light rail and metro systems; for procuring bus services; and for concessionary and other ticketing products.</p> <p>Outside London, we are particularly concerned that the short-term viability of bus services is already under threat. As a result, we face the very real possibility of, in different areas and at different times, operators ceasing to provide any services overnight, or rapidly scaling back to below the level of service which is necessary for the provision of a critical public transport network for essential users. At the same time, the deregulated framework for bus service provision outside London presents major challenges for last resort options for transport authorities to step in and provide services directly or to coordinate what services are still being provided by the private sector to ensure a coherent network overall. This in turn could make it much harder to restore services when people are able to return to work at a time when the wider economy is facing severe challenges.</p> <p>More widely, as transport authorities we face significant obstacles to fulfilling our role in maintaining an essential public service during this crisis. In particular, that additional funding for local government to support their response to Covid-19 doesn’t come to us directly, nor do we benefit from any additional financial support for the bus or rail sectors. At the same time, we have significant financial exposure on metros, trams, light rail, heavy rail and concessions, as well as loss of income in other ways such as from shelter advertising and in our role as landlords.</p> <p>In letters we have sent to the Department for Transport and the Chancellor, we are stressing the need to ensure that the Government is:</p> <p>providing us with the financial backing we need in order to continue to pay for services that aren’t being provided at a time when we are also losing revenue from the services we directly provide (such as trams, metros and light rail systems);<br />  <br /> recognising the danger that transport authorities risk, missing out on both the additional funding for local government (as this does not directly come to us) and additional funding for private sector transport providers;<br />  <br /> giving us the legal comfort and support we need to keep services running through clear legal guidance and greater freedoms and flexibilities to pool currently separate funding pots so that finance can be best directed to the overall task of responding to this emergency in the most appropriate way locally;<br />  <br /> creating a better symmetry in the dialogue and priority the government is giving between private sector operators and city region transport authorities; and<br />  <br /> recognising the key role that city region transport authorities can play, not only in responding to the immediate crisis but also in recovery and legacy, to avoid the danger of an expensive and ineffective patch and mend operation which leaves urban public transport in a poor position when the recovery begins.<br /> The government has stood behind the NHS and food retailers in both a strategic way and in supporting their work publicly (and at the highest level), as well as reflecting their messages to the general public. We are providing the public transport which moves the workforce of the NHS and gets other key workers where they need to be, and we therefore urgently need the Government to take the same approach to supporting transport authorities that it has given to the NHS and food retailers. In particular, Government must provide us with the financial assurances and comfort on the legal and regulatory framework we need to make the best decisions overall, in a flexible and strategic way, and by publicly backing us to do so.</p> <p>The Urban Transport Group represents Transport for London, Transport for West Midlands, Transport for Greater Manchester, Merseytravel, Nexus, South Yorkshire PTE and West Yorkshire Combined Authority.</p> </div> <section> </section> Tue, 31 Mar 2020 15:27:24 +0000 puntond 32171 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Political leaders urge Government support for buses https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/political-leaders-urge-government-support-buses <span>Political leaders urge Government support for buses</span> <div><time datetime="2020-03-28T14:00:00Z">Sat, 28/03/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Sun, 29/03/2020</span> <div><p>Political leaders in North East England have written to Transport Secretary Grant Shapps warning the local bus network is in danger of collapse without urgent Government financial assistance.</p> <p>The letter from Cllr Martin Gannon, leader of Gateshead Council and chair of the North East Joint Transport Committee, and Cllr Gladys Hobson, chair of Tyne and Wear Transport Sub-Committee say key workers may be left unable to get to their jobs as a result.</p> <p>The warning comes as bus companies in the region announced many services will run only hourly – and only every two hours in rural areas – as a result of the current health crisis. Depots have been mothballed and staff sent home as a result.</p> <p>Thousands of key workers rely on buses to get to their jobs, as well as people making local food shopping trips.  But overall passenger numbers have fallen by more than 80% in the last week following Government warnings for people to make essential journeys only.</p> <p>Now there are fears that one or more bus operators, which are private companies, could soon be in financial difficulty without Government help.  </p> <p>Council leaders in the North East have joined with Mayors and city leaders from Manchester, Leeds and Sheffield among others in calling for urgent Government action to support local transport.</p> <p>Cllr Gannon said: “The Covid-19 outbreak has given rise to some unique challenges for the transport sector in North East England.  Key workers in the NHS and other essential roles must be able to get to their places of work, whilst we must also follow Public Health guidance to limit the spread of the virus.  </p> <p>“In response to the collapse in bus patronage local bus operators are making swingeing cuts to services and furloughing staff.  We are deeply concerned about the viability of our local bus system, both now and over the longer term.” </p> <p>Cllr Gannon said the Department for Transport needed to go further than it has done so far to bridge the gap between the cost of operating key worker services and the limited public funding on offer.</p> <p>In his letter to Grant Shapps Cllr Gannon said: “We urge you to provide further financial support to the bus system in order to avoid immediate loss of accessibility for key workers, as well as long-term major damage to the bus market.”</p> <p>Cllr Hobson warned that the Tyne and Wear Metro also faced a major budget shortfall as passenger numbers have collapsed in the past week. </p> <p>Nexus, the public body which owns Metro, has said it is able to continue operating this year but faces a significant financial challenge after that,</p> <p>Cllr Hobson said: “This will create a major budget shortfall for Nexus over the coming the months.  Nexus is in touch with DfT officials on this matter along with the impact on capital projects and we need assurance from the Government that support and relief will be provided.”</p> <p>  </p> </div> <section> </section> Sun, 29 Mar 2020 15:07:58 +0000 puntond 32165 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Metro supports Clap for Carers campaign https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/metro-supports-clap-carers-campaign <span>Metro supports Clap for Carers campaign </span> <div><time datetime="2020-03-26T16:00:00Z">Thu, 26/03/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Thu, 26/03/2020</span> <div><p>The Tyne and Wear Metro is supporting the Clap for Carers campaign, which will bring together the nation tonight to thank NHS workers who are tirelessly battling the coronavirus pandemic.</p> <p>Information screens at 60 stations on the Metro network have a special message displayed on them to promote the campaign, where everyone is invited to applaud NHS staff from their windows, doorsteps or balconies at 8pm on Thursday 26 March.</p> <p>Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, said the displays were a gesture of support for frontline medics who are facing an unprecedented challenge caring for coronavirus patients.</p> <p>Customer Services Director, Huw Lewis, said: “This is our way of showing our support for the heroic doctors and nurses who are working around the clock to save lives and beat this pandemic.</p> <p>“The message of support is running on all of our information displays at all stations on the Metro system ahead of the clap for carers applause at 8pm.</p> <p>“It’s an amazing way to show support in return for frontline workers who are battling coronavirus. It’s an extra way to show some solidarity with the NHS during this unprecedented public health emergency.”</p> <p>The Clap for Carers message is circulating widely on social media and hundreds of thousands of people across the UK are expected to participate.</p> <p>The organisers of the campaign - which started online - say they decided to stage it because "during these unprecedented times they (NHS staff) need to know we are grateful".<br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Thu, 26 Mar 2020 16:57:39 +0000 puntond 32149 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Video: Metro boss Tobyn Hughes - don't use the system unless it's absolutely essential https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/video-metro-boss-tobyn-hughes-dont-use-system-unless-its-absolutely-essential <span>Video: Metro boss Tobyn Hughes - don&#039;t use the system unless it&#039;s absolutely essential</span> <div><time datetime="2020-03-24T16:00:00Z">Tue, 24/03/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Tue, 24/03/2020</span> <div><p>The Tyne and Wear Metro will continue to operate to support key workers following the announcement of new restrictions to prevent the spread of coronavirus.</p> <p>But operator Nexus has said only people making essential journeys should travel.</p> <p>Metro will continue to operate to all destinations, but the Government has told people to stay at home and they should only travel if they need to buy basic necessities, for medical need, and to get to and from work when it is absolutely necessary.</p> <p>Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, has said that people should adhere to the new restrictions.</p> <p>Managing Director, Tobyn Hughes, said: “My thanks go to our customers for bearing with us at this difficult time. People are heeding the Government travel advice.</p> <p>“The Metro system at the moment is for key workers only. Everybody else should follow the restrictions and stay at home.</p> <p>“My thanks also go to our hard-working staff for keeping the system working at this critical time. It’s really important to get key workers to their jobs, but it is also important that everyone else obeys the public health advice.</p> <p>“Make sure that you keep social distancing – that’s a two meyre gap between yourself at other people.</p> <p>“If you don’t have a very very essential reason to leave your home then please stay there.”</p> <p>Metro services have been reduced to a 24-minute frequency from today, Monday 23 March, which means a train between every six and 18 minutes between Pelaw and South Gosforth. The updated Metro timetable is available at <a href="http://www.nexus.org.uk">www.nexus.org.uk</a>.</p> <p>For more information:<br /> Website: <a href="https://www.nexus.org.uk/coronavirus">www.nexus.org.uk/coronavirus</a><br /> Twitter: <a href="https://twitter.com/My_Metro?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor">@my_metro</a><br /> Facebook: Tyne and Wear Metro</p> <p>  </p> </div> <section> </section> Tue, 24 Mar 2020 16:31:54 +0000 puntond 32134 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Further reductions to Metro services due to coronavirus https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/further-reductions-metro-services-due-coronavirus <span>Further reductions to Metro services due to coronavirus</span> <div><time datetime="2020-03-23T15:00:00Z">Mon, 23/03/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Mon, 23/03/2020</span> <div><p>The Tyne and Wear Metro is now running a further reduced timetable due to the coronavirus pandemic.</p> <p>Metro services have been reduced to a 24-minute frequency from today, Monday 23 March, which means a train every 12 minutes between Pelaw and South Gosforth. No additional peak time services are running. The updated Metro timetable is available at <a href="https://www.nexus.org.uk/metro/updates?open=t_timetable-updates">www.nexus.org.uk. </a></p> <p>These changes have been introduced due to the availability of train crew and to reflect the fact that fewer people should be travelling, in line with Government advice.</p> <p>People should only be using public transport for essential journeys.</p> <p>Customer Services Director, Huw Lewis, said: “We are now operating a planned reduced Metro timetable due to the availability of train crew as a result of the coronavirus. </p> <p>“One third of all our drivers are self-isolating so we need to manage available resources carefully and deliver the best possible service that we can. This is an unprecedented challenge for the Tyne and Wear Metro.</p> <p>“The result is a timetable which delivers a 24-minute frequency of service, which means a train every 12 minutes through the central area between Pelaw and South Gosforth.</p> <p>“This crisis is a big test of resources and planning but we determined to keep operating so that key workers, including many NHS staff, can continue to use Metro.</p> <p>“People should only travel on Metro if they have to make an essential journey. This is vital so that we play our part in preventing the spread of the coronavirus. We urge the public to take this advice on board in the interests of public health.”</p> <p>Metro passengers are asked to keep an eye out online and in local media over the coming days for further timetable updates.</p> <p>Website: <a href="https://www.nexus.org.uk/metro/updates?open=t_timetable-updates">www.nexus.org.uk/coronavirus</a><br /> Twitter: <a href="https://twitter.com/My_Metro?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor">@my_metro</a><br /> Facebook:<a href="https://www.facebook.com/mymetrotw/"> Tyne and Wear Metro</a><br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Mon, 23 Mar 2020 15:39:36 +0000 puntond 32130 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Metro passenger warning: Only travel if it's essential https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/metro-passenger-warning-only-travel-if-its-essential <span>Metro passenger warning: Only travel if it&#039;s essential</span> <div><time datetime="2020-03-23T14:00:57Z">Mon, 23/03/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Mon, 23/03/2020</span> <div><p>Nexus, the public body which owns and manages the Tyne and Wear Metro, is today urging the public not to make journeys on the system unless it is absolutely essential – a key measure in reducing the spread of coronavirus.</p> <p>Passengers should not be using any modes of public transport unless they are key workers, they have to go out and buy food, or have other essential appointments, such as with a doctor.</p> <p>This follows advice that is being issued by the Government in order to prevent the spread of Covid 19.</p> <p>Metro is operating an emergency timetable, with a service frequency of 24 minutes, and on average 12 minutes in the central area between Pelaw and South Gosforth.</p> <p>Nexus Customer Services Director Huw Lewis said: “I cannot stress enough that the public must follow the advice: you should only travel on the Tyne and Wear Metro if the journey is essential. It is irresponsible to travel if you don’t need to. </p> <p>“This is vital so that we can all play our part in implementing social distancing and preventing the spread of the coronavirus.</p> <p>“Only those people classified as key workers should really be using local public transport services to get to work.</p> <p>“Metro has a key role to play in getting people to and from work, and to get out and buy food, and for essential appointments, but please don’t travel if you don’t need to. </p> <p>“We are following all Government advice to prevent Covid 19 from spreading and we need our passengers to follow this advice too. <br /> “The frequency of Metro trains has been reduced but we will continue to provide a service for key workers and essential journeys as long as we need to.”</p> <p>For all the latest information go to <a href="https://www.nexus.org.uk/coronavirus">www.nexus.org.uk/coronavirus</a>.</p> </div> <section> </section> Mon, 23 Mar 2020 14:32:04 +0000 puntond 32127 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Key Metro car parks reserved for NHS staff https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/key-metro-car-parks-reserved-nhs-staff <span>Key Metro car parks reserved for NHS staff </span> <div><time datetime="2020-03-20T16:20:20Z">Fri, 20/03/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/heathcotej" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">heathcotej</span></span> <span>Fri, 20/03/2020</span> <div><p style="margin-bottom:11px"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:107%"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif">Two of the biggest car parks on the Tyne and Wear Metro are to be reserved for NHS staff from Saturday, 21 March.</span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:11px"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:107%"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif">To help support those working for NHS Newcastle Hospitals Trust, all staff from the trust will be allowed to park at Four Lane Ends and Regent Centre car parks for free. </span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:11px"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:107%"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif">The move by Nexus, who own the car parks, frees up more than 650 parking spaces within easy reach of the trust’s main sites at the Royal Victoria Infirmary and Freeman Hospital by Metro and bus.</span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:11px"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:107%"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif">Huw Lewis, Director of Customer Services at Nexus said: “We’re doing all we can to support essential workers getting around the region at this difficult time. </span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:11px"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:107%"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif">“The NHS is under immense pressure, and reserving these car parks for hospital trust staff only makes their day a little bit easier.”</span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:11px"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:107%"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif">For other passengers, alternative parking is available at Northumberland Park, Kingston Park and Callerton Parkway Metro stations</span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:11px"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:107%"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif">For full details on changes to timetables and service updates, go to <a href="http://www.nexus.org.uk/coronavirus" style="color:#0563c1; text-decoration:underline">www.nexus.org.uk/coronavirus</a> </span></span></span></p> </div> <section> </section> Fri, 20 Mar 2020 16:04:21 +0000 heathcotej 32101 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Further changes to Metro services expected https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/further-changes-metro-services-expected <span>Further changes to Metro services expected </span> <div><time datetime="2020-03-19T16:40:00Z">Thu, 19/03/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/heathcotej" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">heathcotej</span></span> <span>Thu, 19/03/2020</span> <div><p style="margin-bottom:11px"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:107%"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:10.5pt"><span style="line-height:107%"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:#292929">Metro services are currently operating to a reduced timetable as part of measures to reduce the spread of Coronavirus and services may be reduced further next week. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="vertical-align:baseline"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="font-size:10.5pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:#292929">All additional peak hour services between Pelaw and Monkseaton or South Gosforth have already been cancelled until further notice. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="vertical-align:baseline"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="font-size:10.5pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:#292929">Metro is otherwise operating a normal timetable service, with some cancellations</span></span></span> <span style="font-size:10.5pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">where drivers become unavailable at short notice<span style="color:#292929">, between Airport and South Hylton, and South Shields and St James, throughout the day and evening.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="vertical-align:baseline"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="font-size:10.5pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:#292929">The changes have been introduced so passengers can be certain when trains will run, and is being reviewed on a daily basis.<a href="https://www.nexus.org.uk/coronavirus"> Full information here.</a></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="vertical-align:baseline"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="font-size:10.5pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:#292929">Government advice is that people use public transport for essential travel only, mainly for getting to work or buying food.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="vertical-align:baseline"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="font-size:10.5pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:#292929">Huw Lewis, Customer Service Director at Nexus, said: “We are constantly reviewing this situation, and are doing all we can to keep trains running. The Metro service is vital in getting people to work, including thousands of key workers in the NHS and emergency services. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="vertical-align:baseline"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="font-size:10.5pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:#292929"> “We have already seen a reduction in passenger numbers and that will decrease further as schools close and more people self-isolate. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="vertical-align:baseline"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="font-size:10.5pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:#292929">“The health of our own employees is also of paramount importance to us, and rightly, anyone showing any symptoms is following official guidance and self-isolating. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="vertical-align:baseline"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="font-size:10.5pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:#292929">“With fewer passengers and fewer staff, a further reduction in service is to be expected. We are still confident there will be enough Metro trains to meet demand, although passengers may have to wait longer.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="vertical-align:baseline"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="font-size:10.5pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:#292929">“We’re in close contact with transport providers in other cities and regions, including Transport for London, and within Tyne and Wear all public transport operators, including Nexus and commercial bus companies, are working together to plan services and monitor the impact of the virus.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="vertical-align:baseline"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="font-size:10.5pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:#292929">Metro passengers are asked to keep an eye out online and in local media over the coming days for any further timetable updates. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="vertical-align:baseline"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="font-size:10.5pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:#292929">Website: </span></span></span><a href="http://www.nexus.org.uk/coronavirus" style="color:#0563c1; text-decoration:underline"><span style="font-size:10.5pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">www.nexus.org.uk/coronavirus</span></span></a></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="vertical-align:baseline"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="font-size:10.5pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:#292929">Twitter: @my_metro</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="vertical-align:baseline"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="font-size:10.5pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:#292929">Facebook: Tyne and Wear Metro </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </div> <section> </section> Thu, 19 Mar 2020 16:32:56 +0000 heathcotej 32088 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Restrictions on concessionary bus and Metro passes to be lifted https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/restrictions-concessionary-bus-and-metro-passes-be-lifted <span>Restrictions on concessionary bus and Metro passes to be lifted</span> <div><time datetime="2020-03-19T16:30:00Z">Thu, 19/03/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/heathcotej" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">heathcotej</span></span> <span>Thu, 19/03/2020</span> <div><p><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">Nexus has agreed to lift current restrictions preventing free travel in Tyne and Wear for some passengers before 9:30am. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">Senior citizens and people with some disabilities are entitled to free off-peak travel on buses with a concessionary pass or a discounted Metro Gold Card. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="vertical-align:baseline"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">Huw Lewis, Customer Service Director at Nexus, said: “In response to a number of supermarkets dedicating their first trading hour to older people, and also to a number of enquiries from our customers, we have taken the decision to lift the 9.30am start time for concessionary passes on buses, Metro and the Shields Ferry.  </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="vertical-align:baseline"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">This will hopefully give people more opportunity to travel when they need to without paying extra, but we would also like to remind all passengers that Government advice is to only use public transport if the journey is absolutely essential.”</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="vertical-align:baseline"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">The restrictions will be lifted from Friday 20 March 2020.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="vertical-align:baseline"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">Full information and updates on timetable changes for bus, Metro and ferry is available at </span><a href="http://www.nexus.org.uk/coronavirus" style="color:#0563c1; text-decoration:underline"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">www.nexus.org.uk/coronavirus</span></a> </span></span></span></p> </div> <section> </section> Thu, 19 Mar 2020 15:31:07 +0000 heathcotej 32087 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Shields Ferry operation reduced as crew members isolate https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/shields-ferry-operation-reduced-crew-members-isolate <span>Shields Ferry operation reduced as crew members isolate</span> <div><time datetime="2020-03-18T11:00:00Z">Wed, 18/03/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/dbayles" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">DBayles</span></span> <span>Wed, 18/03/2020</span> <div><p>The Shields Ferry service will operate a reduced timetable from Monday, 23 March as crew members isolate in response to Public Health advice on the Coronavirus.</p> <p>The Ferry will operate a regular timetable from 07:15am to 06:30pm Monday to Saturday until further notice.</p> <p>Later evening crossings normally timetabled to operate on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings will be suspended until further notice.  The Ferry will also not operate on Sundays.</p> <p>Carol Timlin, the Shields Ferry manager, said: “We have a small and highly dedicated crew, which has been affected by the current public health situation like many people in the community.</p> <p>“As a result we are moving to a reduced timetable until further notice, so our passengers can be more certain and plan ahead for travel on the Shields Ferry.</p> <p>“The situation is changing all the time so I recommend people follow our Facebook page or check nexus.org.uk for the latest information.”</p> </div> <section> </section> Wed, 18 Mar 2020 11:12:47 +0000 DBayles 32075 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Metro timetable reduced to reflect coronavirus spread https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/metro-timetable-reduced-reflect-coronavirus-spread <span>Metro timetable reduced to reflect coronavirus spread </span> <div><time datetime="2020-03-19T07:15:00Z">Thu, 19/03/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/dbayles" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">DBayles</span></span> <span>Tue, 17/03/2020</span> <div><p>Metro services are operating to a reduced timetable as part of measures to reflect the spread of coronavirus.</p> <p>All additional peak hour services between Pelaw and Monkseaton or South Gosforth will be cancelled until further notice.  In addition there may be additional core train services cancelled at short notice as our employees follow Public Health advice and self-isolate.</p> <p>Metro will otherwise operate a normal timetable on services between Airport and South Hylton, and South Shields and St James, throughout the day and evening.</p> <p>The change is being made so that passengers can be certain when trains will run, as Metro sees a reduction in available staff in the coming days as a result of the spread of coronavirus.</p> <p>Huw Lewis, Customer Service Director at Nexus, said: “We have withdrawn Metro’s additional peak services so that passengers can be more certain when trains will run, rather than face sudden cancellations should we see a reduction in available staff.  Our core service at other times of day will also, unfortunately, be affected to some extent though the vast majority of these trains will run.</p> <p>“Fewer people are using Metro now following public health advice, and the move by universities in the region to online teaching.   There will be enough Metro trains to meet demand, although passengers may have to wait longer.</p> <p>“Metro has an essential role to play getting people to work, not least in the health sector, so this action is about making sure we provide a sustainable, convenient service people can plan around.</p> <p>“Passengers can remain confident about travelling by Metro when they need to make a journey. We have taken on extra people and increased cleaning of trains and stations.”</p> <p>The timetable change means Metro will still seek to provide a train at least every 12 minutes to all stations on Metro during the day, and every six minutes through the centre of Newcastle and Gateshead.</p> <p>The number of people using Metro has fallen 8% since the start of March as the impact of coronavirus is felt in North East England.</p> <p>In a letter to passengers and stakeholders in the region release today Tobyn Hughes, Managing Director of Transport North East and the boss of Nexus, describes the role public transport has to play in the coming months.</p> <p>He says public transport operators, including Nexus and commercial bus companies, are working together to plan services and monitor the impact of the virus.</p> </div> <section> </section> Tue, 17 Mar 2020 14:36:28 +0000 DBayles 32061 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Coronavirus: updated advice for Metro passengers https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/coronavirus-updated-advice-metro-passengers <span>Coronavirus: updated advice for Metro passengers</span> <div><time datetime="2020-03-16T09:15:00Z">Mon, 16/03/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/heathcotej" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">heathcotej</span></span> <span>Mon, 16/03/2020</span> <div><p><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="color: rgb(41, 41, 41);"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;">Metro passengers can continue to use the system with confidence if they need to travel during the current coronavirus outbreak, public operator Nexus said today. </span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="color: rgb(41, 41, 41);"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;">Extra cleaners have been taken on to make sure trains and stations are cleaned and disinfected constantly.   </span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="color: rgb(41, 41, 41);"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;">New cleaning regimes were introduced at the start of March, focused on hand rails, train poles and ticket machine screens touched more frequently by passengers.  This remains in place.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="color: rgb(41, 41, 41);"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;">Metro is repeating Government advice for people to stay at home if they have a high temperature or a new and continuous cough – even if it is mild.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="color: rgb(41, 41, 41);"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;">Nexus, as the public body which owns and manages Metro, is taking its advice from Public Health England.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="color: rgb(41, 41, 41);"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;">At the moment there are no advised changes to Metro operations; if services are affected in future because Nexus employees are unable to come to work we will use our website and social media to advise passengers and employers.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="color: rgb(41, 41, 41);"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;">Huw Lewis, Customer Services Director at Nexus, said: “Passengers can continue to use Metro as normal if they need to get around Tyne and Wear.  The Government is advising to only make journeys you need to - and for many thousands of people that means catching Metro.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="color: rgb(41, 41, 41);"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;">“We are following the advice issued by Public Health England, and we have taken on extra cleaners and increased cleaning of key points around Metro to help reduce the spread of coronavirus.”</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="color: rgb(41, 41, 41);"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;">Metro trains and stations are all cleaned at least daily, with additional cleans throughout the day at busy locations.  On-board cleaners also work on trains as they travel round the system.</span></span></span></p> </div> <section> </section> Mon, 16 Mar 2020 09:02:52 +0000 heathcotej 32047 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Our £100m project to boost frequency and reliability on Metro https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/our-ps100m-project-boost-frequency-and-reliability-metro <span>Our £100m project to boost frequency and reliability on Metro</span> <div><time datetime="2020-03-11T13:00:00Z">Wed, 11/03/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Wed, 11/03/2020</span> <div><p>The Government has agreed to fund a £100m scheme to increase service frequency, reduce journey times, and improve reliability on the Tyne and Wear Metro.</p> <p>The Metro Flow project will see an existing freight line upgraded and electrified in South Tyneside from September 2022, making it capable of carrying Metro services, boosting the capacity for an extra 30,000 passenger journeys every day.</p> <p>Metro Flow was given the green light by the Chancellor Rishi Sunak in the Budget. The funding of £95m from the Government’s Transforming Cities Fund, will allow Nexus to deliver a scheme costing £103m in total.</p> <p>Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, has welcomed the funding and said that the Metro Flow project was great news for passengers.  <a href="https://www.nexus.org.uk/metro-flow">You can find out more about the project and see a video explaining it here.</a></p> <p><strong>Benefits of the Metro Flow project include:</strong></p> <p><strong>• Increasing the frequency of Metro trains to one every 10 minutes outside central areas</strong></p> <p><strong>• Deliver capacity for an extra 30,000 passengers a day</strong></p> <p><strong>• Improve reliability and allow quicker recovery from major disruptions</strong></p> <p><strong>• Better support for major events including the Great North Run, Sunderland International Airshow, stadium concerts, and major sporting events</strong></p> <p><strong>• Unlock the door to the expansion of the Metro system</strong></p> <p>In order to deliver the extra frequencies Nexus will use some of the funding to buy four extra new trains on top of the 42 new trains which have already been funded by the Government in a £362m programme of investment.</p> <p>Director General of Nexus, Tobyn Hughes, said: “The Metro Flow project will allow us to deliver increased train frequencies, cut journey times and improve service reliability for Metro passengers.</p> <p>“We’re delighted that this vital project has secured Government backing. It’s great news for the Tyne and Wear Metro and for passengers who rely on the service each and every day. It gives Metro greater capacity and will take more cars off the region’s roads.</p> <p>“The project will involve the conversion of an existing heavy rail line, bringing it into dual use so that Metro services can run alongside freight services, which is similar to the operations we have on the Sunderland line.</p> <p>“One of the key points of Metro Flow is that it increases the frequency of Metro services system-wide from twelve minutes to ten minutes outside of the central areas. For our passengers this means more regular services, and faster journey times.</p> <p>“This project also gives us scope to examine future opportunities to expand the network to other areas that are currently not served by Metro services.”</p> <p>Three sections of single track on the Metro network totalling three kilometres will be dualled between Pelaw and Bede Metro stations.</p> <p>There are three single-track sections on the Metro network, where trains must use the same line in both directions.</p> <p>The sections of line are located between Pelaw and Hebburn (800 metres), Hebburn and Jarrow (1.4km) and Jarrow and Bede (600 metres).</p> <p> </p> </div> <section> </section> Wed, 11 Mar 2020 13:16:43 +0000 puntond 31989 at https://www.nexus.org.uk New Metro boss goes back to the floor at the Gosforth train depot https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/new-metro-boss-goes-back-floor-gosforth-train-depot <span>New Metro boss goes back to the floor at the Gosforth train depot</span> <div><time datetime="2020-03-06T09:45:00Z">Fri, 06/03/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Fri, 06/03/2020</span> <div><p>New Metro boss Martin Kearney has gone back to the floor to see the work that goes into looking after the 40 year-old train fleet.</p> <p>Kearney, the newly appointed Chief Operating Officer at Nexus, spent four hours with the night shift teams at Metro’s Gosforth Depot in Newcastle.</p> <p>He saw the scale of the engineering works that are required to get the ageing trains turned around and ready for the morning’s services at 5am.</p> <p>And he also saw the challenges that the maintenance crews face, working with trains that date from mid 1970s, with parts that are becoming increasingly obsolete.</p> <p>The visit also included a stop at the Metro’s Control Centre to meet Metro drivers and control room staff</p> <p>He said: “What struck me is the team work, camaraderie and hard work that everyone is putting in. I’ve been really impressed.</p> <p>“It was good to see is the improvements that the staff are making. We are working in challenging times with a train fleet that is 40 year-old, but the staff are doing a great job.”</p> <p>Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, has appointed the Swiss firm Stadler to build its new trains and maintenance depot.</p> <p>And Mr Kearney, who began his career in the railway industry at the age of 16, had a message for Metro passengers - who rely on the service and will not get to use the new trains until the summer of 2023.</p> <p>He added: “Every single member of staff at our depot is working flat out to ensure the best possible Metro service goes out each and every day.</p> <p>“You can see when you look around our current depot that it isn’t a new facility and the trains are very old. The maintenance teams do have a challenging job.</p> <p>“But they are absolutely focused to get the best possible service out while we wait for Stadler to build and supply our new rolling stock.”</p> <p>Mr Kearney, who has over 30 years of experience in the public transport industry, started work as the Chief Operating Officer at Nexus on 20 January.</p> <p>He was formerly the Chief Officer for Train and Ferry Operations at Transdev Australasia, a company that provides public transport services in eight locations in Australia and New Zealand.<br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Fri, 06 Mar 2020 10:01:12 +0000 puntond 31931 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Coronavirus: advice for Metro passengers https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/coronavirus-advice-metro-passengers <span>Coronavirus: advice for Metro passengers</span> <div><time datetime="2020-03-05T12:00:00Z">Thu, 05/03/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Thu, 05/03/2020</span> <div><p>Metro passengers can be confident in using the Metro system during the coronavirus outbreak, operator Nexus has confirmed.</p> <p>Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, is taking its advice from Public Health England.</p> <p>At the moment there are no advised changes to Metro operations or in the way that the public should travel on the system.</p> <p>Customer Services Director at Nexus, Huw Lewis, said: “Passengers should continue to use the Tyne and Wear Metro system as usual.</p> <p>“We are following the advice issued by Public Health England and at the moment they have not made any changes to the way that people use public transport services.</p> <p>“If that advice changes then we will communicate that to all passengers immediately, but for now it is business as usual for Metro. Passengers don’t need to be worried about travelling on the network.”<br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Thu, 05 Mar 2020 12:12:09 +0000 puntond 31921 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Shields Ferry is fitted with defibrillators https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/shields-ferry-fitted-defibrillators <span>Shields Ferry is fitted with defibrillators</span> <div><time datetime="2020-03-04T14:00:00Z">Wed, 04/03/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Wed, 04/03/2020</span> <div><p>The cross-Tyne Shields Ferry service has been fitted with life-saving defibrillators.</p> <p>Nexus, the public body which owns and operates the ferry, has funded the installation of defibrillators on both of its vessels - Pride of the Tyne and Spirit of the Tyne.</p> <p>The devices, known as defibs, are there for the ferry crew to use if a passenger suffers a cardiac arrest.</p> <p>Defibrillators deliver an electric shock to the chest to restore a person’s heart to a normal rhythm.</p> <p>Shields Ferry Manager, Carol Timlin, said: “Defibrillators can deliver life-saving treatment in an emergency and we felt that it was time that we installed them on board our two ferries.</p> <p>“There are now defibrillators ready for use and our crew have been trained how to use them. The crew is already trained in to perform CPR, but this gives them an extra piece of technology to use in a medical emergency where a person suffers cardiac arrest.</p> <p>“We carry close to half a million passengers a year on our daily crossings, so it’s only right to have defibrillators in such a busy public place.”</p> <p>Defibrillators are intended for use by anyone in public places.  They are found in schools, airports, leisure centres, hospitals, clinics and ambulances.</p> <p>Nexus already has defibrillators on the Tyne and Wear Metro system at two of its busiest stations – Haymarket and Monument.<br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Wed, 04 Mar 2020 14:11:30 +0000 puntond 31904 at https://www.nexus.org.uk A million Metro journeys are made using Pop blue https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/million-metro-journeys-are-made-using-pop-blue <span>A million Metro journeys are made using Pop blue</span> <div><time datetime="2020-03-03T14:00:00Z">Tue, 03/03/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Tue, 03/03/2020</span> <div><p>Young people have made a million journeys with a smartcard that gives them single trips on the Tyne and Wear Metro for £1.</p> <p>Pop blue was introduced by Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, to make Metro travel more affordable for young people.</p> <p>Over 11,000 young people aged 16 to 18 have taken out Pop blue cards since the product was launched in January 2018. One third of Tyne and Wear’s 16-18 year-olds now travel with Pop blue.</p> <p>Customer Services Director at Nexus, Huw Lewis, said: “We’re giving young people great value on the cost of their travel with Pop blue, with single trips for just a £1 and £2 to travel all day.</p> <p>“Since we launched this product we have seen a million more journeys by young people.</p> <p>“Pop blue has become increasingly popular and we now have one third of all local 16 to 18 year-olds buying their travel in this way. It’s a really simple Pay As You Go smart card.</p> <p>“We’ve delivered great value, reflecting the way teenagers told us they want to pay for public transport. Pop blue fits round school and college timetables and free time activities.</p> <p>“We offer the best possible value through Pop blue. More young people choosing public transport now is good news for the future of Metro and for our environment as we tackle air quality.”</p> <p>Cllr Gladys Hobson, Chair of the Joint Transport Committee Tyne and Wear Sub-Committee, said: “Creating safe, reliable and sustainable public transport networks is crucial if we are to tackle climate change and air quality.</p> <p>“Incentivising young passengers to use the Metro system helps create lifelong habits and I’d encourage people to take advantage of this great way to travel.”</p> <p>Anyone aged 18 and under will only pay £1 for a single trip when they have a Pop blue card, which can easily be topped up online and at Metro ticket machines or at any Nexus TravelShop.</p> <p>Young people using a Pop blue card will only ever pay for a maximum of two Metro trips on any single day. A £2 daily price cap will apply to Metro travel and no further charge will be applied for a third, fourth, or even fifth trip.</p> <p>Pop blue cards are available from <a href="http://www.nexus.org.uk/popblue">www.nexus.org.uk/popblue</a> and from Nexus TravelShops. The card itself is free but must be purchased with a £10 balance on the card.</p> <p>The Pop blue smartcard can also be used on the cross-Tyne Shields Ferry service and to pay for local bus travel, buying the applicable young person’s fare set by the bus company. The daily price cap will not apply to bus travel. </p> <p>Pop blue is a major step forward for young people travelling on Metro and is a direct response to feedback from schools, colleges, and from young people themselves.<br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Tue, 03 Mar 2020 14:16:47 +0000 puntond 31890 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Have your say on our response to Go North East's bus network changes in North Tyneside https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/have-your-say-our-response-go-north-easts-bus-network-changes-north-tyneside <span>Have your say on our response to Go North East&#039;s bus network changes in North Tyneside</span> <div><time datetime="2020-02-24T17:00:00Z">Mon, 24/02/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Mon, 24/02/2020</span> <div><p><a href="https://www.nexus.org.uk/consultation/item/changes-bus-services-11-19-4041-4242a-and-335">Go North East will make some changes to their North Tyneside bus network. These changes will affect services 11, 19, 40/41 and 42/42A.</a></p> <p>Nexus know from customer feedback that passengers want services that are simple and easy to understand.  We have therefore changed the journeys that we fund so that services follow a common route and go to the same stops throughout each day.</p> <p>Nexus is normally required to consult with users before making changes to services we pay for.  On this occasion we needed to take action before seeking the views of external stakeholders, to ensure there was no gap in services provided.  We believe we have acted in the best interest of passengers.  We would, however, welcome any feedback/comments you have in response to our actions.  Any feedback provided will then be taken into account within any future reviews of these services.</p> <p><a href="https://www.nexus.org.uk/consultation/item/changes-bus-services-11-19-4041-4242a-and-335">This consultation</a> will run from Monday 24 February until Monday 6 April 2020.  Changes to services will be introduced from Sunday 22 March 2020.</p> <p>Please email <a href="mailto:busservicecontracts@nexus.org.uk">busservicecontracts@nexus.org.uk</a> for further information about the planned changes, or to provide any feedback/comments.</p> <p> </p> </div> <section> </section> Mon, 24 Feb 2020 17:14:22 +0000 puntond 31824 at https://www.nexus.org.uk New tracks for temporary Metro depot in North Tyneside https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/new-tracks-temporary-metro-depot-north-tyneside <span>New tracks for temporary Metro depot in North Tyneside</span> <div><time datetime="2020-02-24T15:45:00Z">Mon, 24/02/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Mon, 24/02/2020</span> <div><p>New rail lines are being installed for a temporary Metro fleet depot in North Tyneside, which is scheduled to open this summer.</p> <p>The former landfill site in Howdon has been undergoing extensive track installation works.</p> <p>A total of 12 of new lines, totalling 1.5km, have gone in over the last three months along with 13 new track junctions and 1,000 sleepers, with some of the works requiring planned weekend line closures.</p> <p>The lines are needed so that trains can access the new depot buildings from the adjacent main Metro line.</p> <p>Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, is building the depot so that it has a temporary maintenance facility for the current Metro fleet while the main depot in Gosforth in Newcastle is rebuilt.</p> <p>Metro Development Director, Neil Blagburn, said: “The temporary Metro depot is making excellent progress.</p> <p>The new tracks and junctions are in place so that we can get the trains in and out of this vital new facility.</p> <p>“The next phase will see the new depot building constructed. It will really start to take shape over the next few months.</p> <p>“We must have this depot in place so that we can carry out all of our essential fleet engineering and maintenance work while we transition to the new main depot over the next four years.”</p> <p>Work to rebuild Metro’s Gosforth depot will start in August. Nexus will transition into this new depot up to 2024, when all 42 of the new trains will have arrived.</p> <p>The Howdon depot will be used for the overnight stabling, cleaning and preparation of up to ten Metro trains during the redevelopment of Metro’s main Gosforth depot.</p> <p>Buckingham Group Contracting Ltd is building the temporary Metro depot on behalf of Nexus.</p> <p>Nexus has appointed Stadler, the Swiss train manufacturer, to builds its new £362m train fleet.</p> <p>Stadler will also build and run a new £70m Metro maintenance facility located at Metro’s current depot site in Gosforth, as part of the deal, creating scores of jobs in construction and employing around 100 people directly.</p> </div> <section> </section> Mon, 24 Feb 2020 16:07:43 +0000 puntond 31823 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Metro staff join police for community engagement operations https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/metro-staff-join-police-community-engagement-operations <span>Metro staff join police for community engagement operations</span> <div><time datetime="2020-02-21T15:45:00Z">Fri, 21/02/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Fri, 21/02/2020</span> <div><p>Tyne and Wear Metro staff have teamed up with Northumbria Police for a community engagement exercise in South Tyneside.</p> <p>The high visibility operation, which involved patrols at Metro stations across the borough, was held to provide public reassurance on the transport system in the evening.</p> <p>Police and Metro staff were there to engage with Metro passengers and deal with issues of fare evasion and anti-social behaviour.</p> <p>A total of 120 people were issued with penalty fares during the four hour operation, and one person was arrested on an outstanding warrant for motoring offences after they were stopped by police for Metro fare evasion.</p> <p>The operation was part of an ongoing joint initiative by Nexus and the Northumbria Force to get more police and staff out on the Metro system at night.</p> <p>And the new Chief Operating Officer at Nexus, Martin Kearney, went on the patrols to see the work that staff and police do to keep the network safe and secure.</p> <p>He said: “This was an excellent operation by our staff and the police as we step up our efforts to keep the Metro system safe and secure for passengers.</p> <p>“I was able to join the patrols and saw the great work that is being done to provide community assurance on the network.</p> <p>“Overall crime on Metro is low but we continue to work hard with the police to address anti-social behaviour and fare evasion.”</p> <p>Chief Inspector Nicola Wearing, who carried out patrols with the South Shields neighbourhood team throughout the evening, said the operation was a huge success.</p> <p>“This highly-visible operation was all about tackling anti-social behaviour both on the Metro trains themselves but also in hotspots where groups of people gather near the stations,” Ch Insp Wearing said.</p> <p>“We know the significant effect that anti-social behaviour can have on the communities we serve, particularly on the most vulnerable who can be made to feel intimidated or frightened in their own home or whilst  going about their everyday life.</p> <p>“We want to reassure those people that our officers work closely with Nexus every single day to tackle disorder on the Metro, as well as groups behaving in an unacceptable and anti-social manner in and around our stations.</p> <p>“Operation Carousel was not a one-off, and we will continue to take swift and robust action against anybody who brings misery to residents and behaves in an anti-social manner.”<br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Fri, 21 Feb 2020 15:57:49 +0000 puntond 31789 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Plain-clothed police make a big impact on Metro https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/plain-clothed-police-make-big-impact-metro <span>Plain-clothed police make a big impact on Metro</span> <div><time datetime="2020-02-20T11:35:00Z">Thu, 20/02/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Thu, 20/02/2020</span> <div><p>Plain-clothed police officers tasked with catching teenage troublemakers on the Metro have had an immediate impact.</p> <p>Now in its third week, Operation Hades has seen undercover police and Nexus staff board trains in a bid to tackle anti-social behaviour and catch any offenders in the act.</p> <p>The early results certainly suggest Operation Hades is on the right tracks, with officers having made three arrests and interviewed five more youths under caution in connection with criminal damage offences.</p> <p>The operation, which followed a spate of incidents reported on trains across North Tyneside, has already resulted in a dramatic drop in crimes across the network – but the Sergeant spearheading the initiative says nobody will be resting on their laurels.</p> <p>“We’ve been absolutely delighted with the early impact of Operation Hades,” Sgt Tim Hand said. “It is still early days, but we’ve already made several arrests and spoken to a number of teenagers about their behaviour during meetings with their parents.</p> <p>“Our main priority is to ensure that passengers can enjoy the Metro in a safe and hassle-free environment, and since Operation Hades was launched earlier this month, we’re pleased to have seen a substantial decrease in reports of anti-social behaviour across the network.</p> <p>“Having plain-clothed officers dressed as ordinary passengers on Metro trains is clearly acting as a deterrent to offenders. That’s what Operation Hades is all about, and it’s a simple message – mess around at your peril because one of my officers might be sat in the same carriage.</p> <p>“However, we won’t be getting complacent and we will continue to board trains across the network over the coming weeks and take robust action against anybody who brings misery to their fellow passengers or Nexus staff.”</p> <p>Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Kim McGuinness, said: “I spoke with Tim the other week about the issues and concerns people have and I welcome this undercover approach to stop offenders in their tracks.</p> <p>"Unfortunately there are a small minority of young people who see their behaviour as victimless and they need calling out on this. They don’t see the impact they are having on others –  the delays and disruption, not to mention people feeling unsafe and even scared.</p> <p>"Officers aren’t going to sit back and let anti-social behaviour happen, in fact they’re going to be sat right next to those responsible and will put a stop to it.”</p> <p>The operation was launched following a spate of incidents of anti-social behaviour reported on trains between Benton and Howden.</p> <p>This included youths kicking out a number of windows in a carriage near Four Lane Ends, which resulted in the train being taken out of service and a significant financial cost.</p> <p>Other incidents have seen ticket machines damaged and groups of people acting in an intimidating fashion.</p> <p>Metro Services Director, Chris Carson, said: “Our staff have worked closely with the police to take robust action against young troublemakers and vandals who think they can get away with it on the Tyne and Wear Metro.</p> <p>“The undercover patrols have proven very successful in catching vandals in the act and deterring others.</p> <p>“The message is clear: if you commit a crime on Metro property then you will get caught and you will have to face up to the consequences of your actions.”</p> <p>Anyone who sees disorder is asked to call police on 101. In an emergency, ring 999.</p> </div> <section> </section> Thu, 20 Feb 2020 11:45:02 +0000 puntond 31776 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Metro ticket machines ready to accept the new £20 note https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/metro-ticket-machines-ready-accept-new-ps20-note <span>Metro ticket machines ready to accept the new £20 note</span> <div><time datetime="2020-02-20T09:45:00Z">Thu, 20/02/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Thu, 20/02/2020</span> <div><p>Metro ticket machines are ready to accept the new plastic £20 pound note.</p> <p>The 184 ticket machines on the Metro system which accept notes have been given a software upgrade so that they will accept the new-look polymer £20 banknotes, which entered circulation on Thursday 20 February.</p> <p>Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, carried out the work to get the Metro ticket machines ready for the note in advance of its launch date.</p> <p>Customer Services Director, Huw Lewis, said: “I’m pleased to say that our ticket machines are ready to accept the new £20 note from today.</p> <p>“We ensured that the ticket machines were ready for this change in advance of the Bank of England putting the new notes into circulation.</p> <p>“It was two weeks of work applying software upgrades to 184 ticket machines across our network of 60 stations to ensure they recognised the new polymer note.</p> <p>“We followed the same process when the new five pound note was launched in 2016, and the new ten pound note in 2017.”</p> <p>The Bank of England said the new polymer £20 is its most secure ever banknote.</p> <p>It includes two see-through windows and a two colour foil to help beat forgers.</p> <p>The Bank says half of all ATMs across the UK to be dispensing the new notes in just two weeks' time.<br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Thu, 20 Feb 2020 09:55:15 +0000 puntond 31770 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Have your say on bus services 18 and 32/32A https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/have-your-say-bus-services-18-and-3232a <span>Have your say on bus services 18 and 32/32A</span> <div><time datetime="2020-02-14T16:15:00Z">Fri, 14/02/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Fri, 14/02/2020</span> <div><p>Nexus knows that Stagecoach services 18 and 32/32A provide local residents with some important links.</p> <p>We have entered into two new contracts with Stagecoach and provided some additional funding to ensure that these services can continue to run – keeping their current routes and timetables.</p> <p>Nexus is normally required to consult with users before making changes to services we pay for.</p> <p>On this occasion we needed to take action before seeking the views of external stakeholders, to ensure there was no gap in services provided.</p> <p>We believe we have acted in the best interest of passengers.  We would, however, welcome any feedback/comments in response to our actions.</p> <p>Any feedback provided will then be taken into account within any future reviews of these services.</p> <p><a href="https://www.nexus.org.uk/consultation/item/additional-funding-services-18-and-3232a">This consultation </a>will run from Friday 14 February until Friday 27 March 2020.</p> <p>Please email <a href="mailto:busservicecontracts@nexus.org.uk">busservicecontracts@nexus.org.uk</a> for further information, or to provide any feedback/comments.</p> </div> <section> </section> Fri, 14 Feb 2020 16:26:02 +0000 puntond 31692 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Join our Insight Panel and have your say on public transport services https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/join-our-insight-panel-and-have-your-say-public-transport-services <span>Join our Insight Panel and have your say on public transport services</span> <div><time datetime="2020-02-13T10:00:00Z">Thu, 13/02/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Thu, 13/02/2020</span> <div><p>Nexus is encouraging more people to give them their views on local transport services.</p> <p>The <a href="https://www.nexus.org.uk/insight-panel">Nexus Insight Panel </a>is a way for residents of Tyne and Wear to have their say on bus and Metro services - and a range of other connected topics.</p> <p>Nexus is aiming to increase the numbers of people who can give them feedback through the panel.</p> <p>Members are invited to complete short online surveys about once a month.</p> <p>Business Intelligence Manager at Nexus, Alex Finkel, said: “We’re really keen to get more people involved and giving us their views.</p> <p>“Our Insight Panel gives North East residents the chance to give their views on a range of topics.</p> <p>“In the two years that the panel has been running we have covered topics including public transport, active travel, attitudes towards emerging technology, retail habits and much more.</p> <p>“The panel is for everyone even if a particular survey may not seem relevant. Don’t use Metro? No problem, questions in that survey will ask what you use instead and why you don’t use Metro. Cycling not for you? That’s fine, there’ll be questions about how cyclists and cycling infrastructure affect you as a pedestrian or road user. </p> <p>“Being a member of the Insight Panel is easy. There are no commitments and you can respond to as many or as few surveys as you feel comfortable with.</p> <p>“We currently run one survey every month and include an optional monthly prize draw. We publish the key results from each survey at<a href="https://www.nexus.org.uk/insight-panel"> </a><a href="https://www.nexus.org.uk/insight">https://www.nexus.org.uk/insight</a><a href="https://www.nexus.org.uk/insight-panel">.”</a></p> <p>“By growing the number of people in the Insight Panel we can truly make it a voice for the North East.</p> <p><a href="https://www.nexus.org.uk/insight-panel">For more information, the results from previous surveys and to join the Nexus Insight Panel click here.</a></p> </div> <section> </section> Thu, 13 Feb 2020 10:27:26 +0000 puntond 31661 at https://www.nexus.org.uk ITV documentary series gives Metro a boost ahead of 40th anniversary https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/itv-documentary-series-gives-metro-boost-ahead-40th-anniversary <span>ITV documentary series gives Metro a boost ahead of 40th anniversary</span> <div><time datetime="2020-02-12T13:50:00Z">Wed, 12/02/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Wed, 12/02/2020</span> <div><p>An ITV documentary series which featured everyday life on the Tyne and Wear Metro has given the service and its workforce a huge boost, says its operator Nexus.</p> <p><em>The Metro: A Rail Life Story</em> has offered millions of viewers across the UK a chance to see behind the scenes at Metro, one of Britain’s busiest transport networks.</p> <p>The four-part series, screened on ITV nationally, provided a unique insight into the challenges of operating the Metro system, which is about to celebrate its 40th anniversary.</p> <p>Director General of Nexus, Tobyn Hughes, said: “It has been a huge honour to see the Tyne and Wear Metro and our workforce featured on national television.</p> <p>“The documentary series has given us a huge boost and it has afforded viewers the chance to see some of the challenges that we face to keep the Metro service operating for its passengers</p> <p>“Metro is part of everyday life and has become a regional icon over the last four decades. It is a service that belongs to the people, which is why I was keen to share the amazing stories of our passengers and our staff.</p> <p>“We haven’t previously allowed camera crews this sort of access, so it was a very much a break with tradition, but I felt it was something that we needed to do, especially as we get ready to celebrate Metro’s landmark 40th anniversary later this year.</p> <p>“I hope everyone has enjoyed the series. The viewing figures have been good and we would be delighted to welcome the cameras back in again as we look to the future and our new fleet of Metro trains.”</p> <p>The ITV series showed Metro staff dealing with day-to-day issues including fare evasion, customer services, infrastructure maintenance and managing its ageing fleet of trains.</p> <p>Major events were also a big part of the series. This included thousands of people using Metro to get to the Spice Girls concert in Sunderland, and the 2019 Great North Run, Metro’s busiest day of the year.</p> <p>The series for ITV was the first commission for Leeds based production company Wise Owl Films, a Lime Pictures company that launched in 2018.<br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Wed, 12 Feb 2020 13:53:07 +0000 puntond 31652 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Nexus and Stadler officially sign the contract for a new Metro train fleet https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/nexus-and-stadler-officially-sign-contract-new-metro-train-fleet <span>Nexus and Stadler officially sign the contract for a new Metro train fleet</span> <div><time datetime="2020-02-11T15:36:00Z">Tue, 11/02/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Tue, 11/02/2020</span> <div><p>Nexus has officially signed a contract with the Swiss train builder Stadler to produce the new train fleet for the Tyne and Wear Metro.</p> <p>Stadler has been chosen by Nexus after an 18-month global search for the best manufacturing partner for 42 new trains to be delivered up to 2024, transforming performance and passenger experience on Metro.</p> <p>The new trains will cut Metro’s high voltage power consumption by 30% while providing 15 times better reliability than the current fleet.  Metro’s 36 million passengers will benefit from modern features including wifi, charging points, air conditioning and a step-change in accessibility.</p> <p>Among new features will be an automatic sliding step at every door of the new trains, making travel easier for Metro’s 50,000 wheelchair passengers as well as people with children’s buggies, luggage or bicycles.</p> <p>Stadler will supply Nexus with 42 new trains, build a new Metro maintenance depot and carry out 35 years of maintenance for the new fleet.</p> <p>The order, comprising  trains, depot and maintenance, is worth around 700 million pounds sterling. This success in the north-east of England sees Stadler win its third major METRO contract in Great Britain. Passengers on all underground trains in the UK outside London – in Liverpool, Glasgow and now Newcastle upon Tyne – will soon be travelling on Stadler trains.</p> <p>The transport authority, Nexus, based in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, has signed the legally binding contract with Stadler for the delivery of 42 METRO trains, including an option for more trains. A ten-day objection period, which started on 28 January 2020, the day that the contract was awarded, has now run its course. No competitor has appealed against Nexus’s decision to award the contract. The Tyne and Wear Metro serves Newcastle upon Tyne, Gateshead, South Tyneside, North Tyneside and Sunderland in Tyne and Wear in the north-east of England.</p> <p>Commercial operations are scheduled to begin in 2023. In 2024 the new METRO trains will completely replace the existing fleet. The contract for the supply of the vehicles, the construction of a new depot and the maintenance of the trains for 35 years is worth around 700 million pounds sterling. Stadler will also work with local suppliers from the North East of England to produce the new trains.</p> <p>Ansgar Brockmeyer, sales director at Stadler, said: “The contract with Nexus represents an important milestone for Stadler in Great Britain. After Glasgow and Liverpool, this is the third metro operator to opt for a Stadler vehicle. We look forward to working with Nexus and our suppliers in the North East of England.”</p> <p>Director General of Nexus, Tobyn Hughes, said: “We have secured the best train builder in the world to make the new Metro fleet. It’s an historic moment in the proud 40 year history of the Tyne and Wear Metro service.</p> <p>“I am delighted that has now been made official with the signing of the contract with Stadler. The hard work now starts in making our new train fleet become a reality. It heralds a very exciting future for Metro, its passengers, and its workforce.</p> <p>“We asked for the best trains for the best price, transforming the passenger experience and delivering huge energy savings. Stadler has delivered on all fronts, and we look forward to working with them and the extensive UK supply chain which will support them over the coming years.”</p> </div> <section> </section> Tue, 11 Feb 2020 15:33:53 +0000 puntond 31646 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Great North Run to feature in the final episode of ITV's Metro documentary series https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/great-north-run-feature-final-episode-itvs-metro-documentary-series <span>Great North Run to feature in the final episode of ITV&#039;s Metro documentary series</span> <div><time datetime="2020-02-11T10:15:00Z">Tue, 11/02/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Tue, 11/02/2020</span> <div><p>The final episode of the ITV documentary series about life on the Tyne and Wear Metro will give millions of viewers a chance to see behind the scenes at the Great North Run, Metro’s busiest day of the year.</p> <p>Episode four of The Metro: A Rail Life Story, which airs tonight, Tuesday 11 February, will showcase the work of Metro staff as thousands of runners head to the start line of the Great North Run in Newcastle, and then head home from the finish in South Shields.</p> <p>They are seen managing queues at the new £21m interchange in South Shields town centre. The new and untested interchange is at the centre of things as the crowds build up.</p> <p>The programme will also follow one of the event's regular runners as he prepares for a personal return to the course, running in tribute to a friend.</p> <p>The four-part ITV series has offered a unique insight into day to day operations on the Metro system as it gears up to celebrate its 40th anniversary. <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=if-ck0vxHvA">Watch the trailer.</a></p> <p>Customer Services Director at Nexus, Huw Lewis, said: “The final episode of the ITV series is all about our busiest day – the Great North Run – as staff get to grips with huge queues and managing that through the new South Shields interchange.</p> <p>“It’s a nice way to bring the series to an end as it shows everything that is good about Metro, part of everyday life, and a vital transport link for the Great North Run, which also celebrates its 40th anniversary this year.</p> <p>“It’s great that we were able to allow cameras behind the scenes on the day of the run. It’s a massive day for everyone at Metro. Millions of viewers will see a passionate and committed workforce very much rising to the challenge.”</p> <p>Viewing figures for the series - Episode 1: 2.6 million. Episode 2: 2.2 million. Episode 3: 2.5 million.</p> <p>Episode 4 of Metro: A Rail Life Story goes out on ITV on Tuesday 11 February at 7.30pm.<br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Tue, 11 Feb 2020 10:28:20 +0000 puntond 31642 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Metro track junctions replaced in tunnels beneath Newcastle https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/metro-track-junctions-replaced-tunnels-beneath-newcastle <span>Metro track junctions replaced in tunnels beneath Newcastle</span> <div><time datetime="2020-02-10T14:00:00Z">Mon, 10/02/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Mon, 10/02/2020</span> <div><p>Metro track junctions in tunnels deep beneath the streets of Newcastle city centre have been successfully modernised.</p> <p>Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, has modernised two sets of 40 year-old track point switches located in the tunnel that runs between Haymarket and Monument Metro stations.</p> <p>These junctions, which see 450 train movements per day, are essential for the smooth operation of Metro trains through the centre of Newcastle.</p> <p>The work, which forms of the Metro: all change modernisation programme, was carried out in a single weekend of works in order to minimise disruption to passengers.</p> <p>Director of Rail at Nexus, Michael Ellison, said: “This was essential modernisation work in the Metro tunnels deep beneath Newcastle to replace one of the most important junctions on the network.</p> <p>“This is a part of the Metro system that passengers never get to see. It was crucial work, part of our modernisation programme. The points machines in that tunnel were 40 years-old and they needed to be replaced.</p> <p>“The tunnels are a challenging environment to work in but our teams have carried out the work with a minimal amount of disruption.</p> <p>“I’m also delighted that Nexus was able to deliver this work in-house, using our own staff and equipment.”</p> <p>Two track point motors were replaced in what is known as the Prudhoe Street crossover – the tunnel area between Monument and Haymarket. Works entailed the removal and restructure of walkways as well lifting up entire track panels to replace the old sleepers.</p> <p>Nexus is replacing all of its electro-hydraulic points machines, many of which date back to when the system opened in 1980, with more efficient electrically driven point motors.</p> <p>The new ones are more reliable, proven technology, with less moving parts and components. They no longer needing hydraulic fluid, making them more environmentally friendly, and easier to maintain.<br /> A total of 32 sets of points are going to be replaced, with work on 20 of them completed so far.<br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Mon, 10 Feb 2020 14:35:37 +0000 puntond 31636 at https://www.nexus.org.uk What to expect from episode three of ITV's Metro documentary series https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/what-expect-episode-three-itvs-metro-documentary-series <span>What to expect from episode three of ITV&#039;s Metro documentary series</span> <div><time datetime="2020-02-03T13:00:00Z">Mon, 03/02/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Mon, 03/02/2020</span> <div><p>The third episode of the ITV documentary series about life on the Tyne and Wear Metro is set to air tomorrow night, Tuesday 4 February - and millions of viewers will get to see the challenges staff face looking after the 40 year-old trains.</p> <p>The Metro: A Rail Life Story is a four-part series which gives a unique insight into day to day operations on the Metro system as it gears up to celebrate its 40th anniversary. <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=if-ck0vxHvA">Watch the trailer here.</a></p> <p>The first episode attracted an impressive 2.6 million viewers, more than the hugely popular reality show TV show Love Island.</p> <p>Episode three of the Metro documentary will be broadcast on ITV1 at 7.30pm on Tuesday night, following a week’s break to make way for the National Television Awards.</p> <p>This episode will feature a Metro train breaking down in a tunnel near the Metro's busiest station, drawing attention to the fact that many of the vehicles in the Metro fleet are past their best.</p> <p>Meanwhile, Track inspection supervisor Wayne Monaghan has his work cut out repairing decaying sleepers which, if not quickly replaced, could cause a train derailment.</p> <p>Customer Service Manager Alan Taylor has his quiet night in rudely interrupted when he is called into work to deal with an outbreak of anti-social behaviour.</p> <p>Customer Services Director at Nexus, Huw Lewis, said: “This third episode in the series will highlight the challenges we face with a train fleet that is 40 years old, one that does 17,000 kilometres a day.</p> <p>“It’s a timely reminder of why we are investing in a new fleet that will transform journeys for our passengers.”</p> <p>He added: “It’s a privilege for us to showcase and share Metro on national television in our wonderful and vibrant region with a wider television audience as we prepare to mark Metro’s 40th anniversary.”</p> <p><strong>Episode 3 of Metro: A Rail Life Story goes out on ITV on Tuesday 4 February at 7.30pm.</strong><br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Mon, 03 Feb 2020 13:15:00 +0000 puntond 31585 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner visits Metro https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/northumbria-police-and-crime-commissioner-visits-metro-0 <span>Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner visits Metro</span> <div><time datetime="2020-02-03T11:30:00Z">Mon, 03/02/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Mon, 03/02/2020</span> <div><p>The Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Kim McGuinness has toured the Tyne and Wear Metro to see how it is kept safe and secure for passengers – and pledged to get tough with anti-social behaviour on the network.</p> <p>The issue of anti-social behaviour on Metro, and the ways to tackle the problem, was a key part of the visit.</p> <p>High visibility patrols on Metro have been stepped up to crackdown on disorder and fare evasion and there are now record numbers of staff on the system.</p> <p>The Police and Crime Commissioner met senior management, frontline Metro customer service staff, and officers working for the Metro Neighbourhood Police Team to see how crime and disorder is being tackled on Metro, which is used by 36 million passengers a year, before touring the Metro Control Room in South Gosforth.</p> <p>Nexus hosted the visit alongside the Northumbria Police Metro Unit.</p> <p>Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Kim McGuinness, said: ““The Metro is a vital service keeping our region well connected. I’ve seen first-hand a lot of the work that’s involved, particularly around crime and antisocial behaviour, and how together we can fight it. The Metro is very safe but that’s partly because of the efforts of Nexus and Northumbria Police who are working hard to tackle issues that arise head on. I’ll continue to do all I can to support this work.”</p> <p>Director General of Nexus, Tobyn Hughes, said: “It was great for us to welcome the Police and Crime Commissioner on to the Metro system to see the work that we do, and some of the challenges that our staff and police officers face. The safety and security of our customers and employees is our top priority.</p> <p>“Crime on Metro remains low and it is fundamentally a safe system for the public to use, but we are not complacent about issues that can arise.</p> <p>“Our staff are working closely with the police to target issues of anti-social behaviour and ticketless travel and joint patrols have been stepped up. There are now more front-line customer service staff on Metro than ever before.</p> <p>“Anyone who commits a crime on Metro will end up getting caught and will face prosecution through the courts.”<br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Mon, 03 Feb 2020 12:05:30 +0000 puntond 31584 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Metro fleet apprentices meet PM Boris Johnson as new trains are unveiled https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/metro-fleet-apprentices-meet-pm-boris-johnson-new-trains-are-unveiled <span>Metro fleet apprentices meet PM Boris Johnson as new trains are unveiled</span> <div><time datetime="2020-01-31T16:56:00Z">Fri, 31/01/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Fri, 31/01/2020</span> <div><p>Metro fleet apprentices met the Prime Minister Boris Johnson today, in the same week they saw for the first time the £362m new trains they will be working on as they build their careers.</p> <p>The five young engineers were invited to the University of Sunderland as members of the Cabinet met in the city.</p> <p>Nexus, which owns Metro, revealed the final design for its new trains to be built by Swiss firm Stadler using suppliers from across North East England and the UK.</p> <p>Metro’s fleet engineering team will work for Stadler in future, with the company employing around 100 people at a new £70m state-of-the-art maintenance facility in Newcastle.</p> <p>The Government has backed Nexus with a £337m grant to support the total cost of the programme. The new trains will transform the journey experience for Metro’s 36 million passengers a year while cutting energy use by 30%.</p> <p>Tobyn Hughes, Managing Director of Transport North East and head of Nexus, said: “Metro’s fleet apprentices represent an engineering team looking forward to a bright future as we invest in new trains.</p> <p>“Nexus, and our chosen manufacturer Stadler, will be investing in the long-term future not just of Metro but the people who make it happen every day for our 36 million passengers. </p> <p>“It has been an historic week as we revealed the designs for our £362m new trains, so it seems fitting some of Metro’s youngest engineers should come to the forefront at the start of their future careers.”</p> <p>Stadler, currently delivering new trains for Glasgow, Liverpool and in East Anglia and Wales, was chosen by Nexus after an 18-month global search for the best manufacturing partner for 42 new trains to be delivered up to 2024.</p> <p>The company will work with more than 30 new supply chain partners in the UK advanced manufacturing, technology and construction sectors, half of them in North East England, creating and securing hundreds of skilled jobs.</p> <p>Stadler will also build and run a £70m new maintenance facility at Metro’s current depot site in South Gosforth, Newcastle, as part of the deal, creating scores more jobs in construction and employing around 100 people directly.</p> <p>The new trains, based on the ideas and suggestions of more than 3,000 passengers, will cut Metro’s high voltage power consumption by 30% while providing 15 times better reliability than the current fleet. </p> <p>Passengers will benefit from modern features including wifi, charging points, air conditioning and greater accessibility, including an automatic sliding step at every door of the new trains.</p> <p>Nexus has entered into a £300m contract with Stadler to build new trains and a depot as part of a £362m investment, which also includes construction led by Nexus of a satellite depot at Howdon, North Tyneside, and wider project costs and contingencies.</p> <p>The initial order of 42 trains may be increased to 46 if Nexus plans to increase the frequency of Metro through the Flow Project, win Government funding.</p> <p>The total value of the partnership between Nexus and Stadler, which will include decommissioning of the existing Metro fleet, could rise to £700m over 35 years, through a contract to maintain the new trains for up to 35 years depending on performance.  The Department for Transport will also provide revenue support to help meet the maintenance costs of the new trains.</p> </div> <section> </section> Fri, 31 Jan 2020 17:00:01 +0000 puntond 31546 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Metro apprentice takes his first step into management https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/metro-apprentice-takes-his-first-step-management <span>Metro apprentice takes his first step into management</span> <div><time datetime="2020-01-31T14:13:00Z">Fri, 31/01/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Fri, 31/01/2020</span> <div><p>A former apprentice has taken his first steps into a management role at the Tyne and Wear Metro.</p> <p>Law Atkinson has become a Metro Signalling Supervisor after serving his time and completing a degree in electrical and electronic engineering.</p> <p>Law, 24, of Holystone in Northumberland, will now be overseeing the maintenance of the Metro’s signalling systems across its 77km network.</p> <p>He joined Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, in 2012 on its apprenticeship scheme and has worked his way up from there, studying for a degree at Newcastle College on a day release basis.</p> <p>He said: “I’m really pleased to get this new role. It is the next step in my career progression, having started out as an apprentice.</p> <p>“I did my degree and getting that has been a big help in getting me to the next level. It’s more responsibility for me but I’m relishing the challenge. It’s my job to supervise all of the teams who carry out maintenance work on the Metro’s signalling systems.”</p> <p>Head of Maintenance Delivery at Nexus, Steve Shiel, said: “Law absolutely deserves the opportunity he has obtained within the Signals Maintenance Team in his new role as Section Supervisor. This is a moment to celebrate for our organisation where a former apprentice has progressed deservedly to a position within our Signals Management grades which has been underpinned from the key skills, knowledge and behaviours he obtained from his time as an apprentice with us.</p> <p>"We are absolutely committed to developing our workforce who have the drive and determination to progress and make a difference, and Law is a perfect example where his enthusiasm and drive has worked hand in hand with his determination to succeed within Nexus.”<br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Fri, 31 Jan 2020 14:12:45 +0000 puntond 31541 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Metro depot staff first to taste the difference https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/metro-depot-staff-first-taste-difference <span>Metro depot staff first to taste the difference</span> <div><time datetime="2020-01-30T13:30:00Z">Thu, 30/01/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Fri, 31/01/2020</span> <div><p>Metro’s depot staff were the first to meet bosses from Stadler, the Swiss company which will build new trains for the system in a £362m programme.</p> <p>Executives from the company met the engineers at the South Gosforth site, which it will take over and rebuild in a £70m project, hours before being named by Nexus as its chosen manufacturer for new Metro trains.</p> <p>The depot workers, who will transfer to Stadler, got their first taste of working for the trainbuilder in the shape of luxury Swiss chocolate, personalised with the company name.</p> <p>Paul Patrick, Head of Engineering at the depot, said:  “The team was very keen to meet Stadler and find out more about its plans, and being given some Swiss chocolate was a nice little welcome touch.</p> <p>“The investment by Stadler and Nexus will be a complete transformation, with a whole new depot built at South Gosforth and our engineers learning new skills to maintain some of the world’s best and most modern trains.”</p> <p>Jürg Gygax, director of Stadler's Service division, said: “We wanted to meet the depot team first as we work together with new employees and Nexus to build the Metro of the future.</p> <p>“This order for Stadler Service clearly shows how Stadler implements a complete service package and marks a massive step into the future. We are very much looking forward to embarking on a long, productive partnership with Nexus, which will span 35 years.”</p> </div> <section> </section> Fri, 31 Jan 2020 13:46:23 +0000 puntond 31540 at https://www.nexus.org.uk System-wide major disruption - an apology https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/system-wide-major-disruption-apology <span>System-wide major disruption - an apology </span> <div><time datetime="2020-01-30T16:00:00Z">Thu, 30/01/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Thu, 30/01/2020</span> <div><p>We’d like to say sorry to passengers after Metro services were suspended for just over an hour this morning.</p> <p>We are still investigating the full cause of this – but during urgent maintenance at our South Gosforth Control Centre the data feed from Metro’s train management software to the control room monitors and displays went down.</p> <p>As our control room employees could not see the position of trains we halted all services for safety reasons, while the fault with monitors was identified and systems checked and then brought back into use.</p> <p>The train management system itself (RTMS) did not fail and continued to operate safely.</p> <p>The checks took just over an hour, during which we brought in ticket acceptance on local buses and communicated with passengers through social media and the web, and direct messages to employment sites, schools and other local services.</p> <p>We know this disruption will have caused a great deal of inconvenience to passengers travelling or planning to make journeys at the time.  We’re really sorry for this.</p> <p><a href="https://www.nexus.org.uk/contact-us/metro">If you journey was held up by more than 15 minutes you are entitled to claim a refund.</a> Email: <a href="mailto:contactmetro@nexus.org.uk">contactmetro@nexus.org.uk</a><br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Thu, 30 Jan 2020 16:13:27 +0000 puntond 31532 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Take a tour inside our new Metro train https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/take-tour-inside-our-new-metro-train <span>Take a tour inside our new Metro train</span> <div><time datetime="2020-01-29T10:00:00Z">Wed, 29/01/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Wed, 29/01/2020</span> <div><p>Take a tour around the interior of our new Metro trains – a design that has been shaped by the ideas and suggestions of our passengers.</p> <p>Newcastle firm Octo Design worked with Zurich’s Nose Design Experience to create the stylish interior based on feedback from more than 3,000 Metro passengers who took part in our consultation.</p> <p>By following this link you can move around the interior <a href="https://tyneandwearmetro.nose.ch/">https://tyneandwearmetro.nose.ch/</a> - and enjoy the view from the front of the new train’s cab.</p> <p>The new layout features linear seating, offering an open plan space designed to cope with busiest of days, while providing four dedicated areas for wheelchairs, plus bike, buggy and luggage storage.</p> <p>Passengers strongly supported this ‘London Underground’ style layout in consultation – with three-quarters saying it would help create more space at busy times and for luggage and other items.</p> <p>The air-conditioned carriages will have heated floors, information screens throughout, and USB charging points – all ideas suggested by passengers.</p> <p>Stadler of Switzerland will be building our new trains, with the help of supply chain companies across North East England, in a £362m programme hailed as a ‘quantum leap’ for Metro.<br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Wed, 29 Jan 2020 10:19:05 +0000 puntond 31511 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Nexus unveils £362m new Tyne and Wear Metro trains https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/nexus-unveils-ps362m-new-tyne-and-wear-metro-trains <span>Nexus unveils £362m new Tyne and Wear Metro trains</span> <div><time datetime="2020-01-28T05:00:00Z">Tue, 28/01/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Mon, 27/01/2020</span> <div><p>Nexus today announced a chosen manufacturer for its contract to build new trains for the Tyne and Wear Metro, as part of a £362m investment which will transform performance and passenger experience, deliver huge energy savings and secure and create hundreds of jobs in the UK supply chain.</p> <p>The Department for Transport has confirmed it is providing £337m to Nexus towards funding the cost of the programme, as the Government invests in the North of England’s economy.</p> <p>Stadler, the Swiss train builder currently delivering new trains for Glasgow and Liverpool, has been chosen by Nexus after an 18-month global search for the best manufacturing partner for 42 new trains to be delivered up to 2024.</p> <p>The company will work with more than 30 new supply chain partners in the UK advanced manufacturing, technology and construction sectors, half of them in North East England, creating and securing hundreds of skilled jobs.</p> <p>Stadler will also build and run a £70m new maintenance facility at Metro’s current depot site in South Gosforth, Newcastle, as part of the deal, creating scores more jobs in construction and employing around 100 people directly. </p> <p>Nexus and Stadler today unveiled the fully-realised design for new Metro trains, based on the ideas and suggestions of more than 3,000 passengers. </p> <p>The new trains will cut Metro’s high voltage power consumption by 30% while providing 15 times better reliability than the current fleet.  Metro’s 36 million passengers will benefit from modern features including wifi, charging points, air conditioning and a step-change in accessibility.</p> <p>Among new features will be an automatic sliding step at every door of the new trains, making travel easier for Metro’s 50,000 wheelchair passengers as well as people with children’s buggies, luggage or bicycles.</p> <p>Rail Minister Chris Heaton-Harris said: “The DfT’s £337m investment heralds a new era for the Tyne and Wear Metro, providing passengers with greener, more reliable, and more comfortable journeys.</p> <p>“Upgrading the Metro fleet will boost our economy, improve journeys for passengers and underlines our determination to level up opportunity and connectivity across the country.”</p> <p>Councillor Martin Gannon, Leader of Gateshead Council and Chair of the Joint Transport Committee for North East England, said: “We have a bold vision for transport in North East England, and a world-class Metro system is the key to unlocking this transformation.</p> <p>“We have secured Government investment in our region for new Metro trains which will meet the needs of our people for decades to come, secure hundreds of jobs and help us tackle the climate emergency.</p> <p>“These new trains will be rooted in our region – they are designed based what more than 3,000 passengers told us what they wanted from their daily journey.  They will be built and brought into service by exploiting manufacturing excellence in new supply chains here in North East England and across the UK.  They will be maintained and operated by the proud workers who make Metro happen.”</p> <p>Tobyn Hughes, the Managing Director of Nexus, the public body which owns and operates Metro, said: “Our passengers expect the best in the world when they travel, and that is what they will get from our new trains. </p> <p>“Stadler has an excellent track record building new trains for cities and regions across the world. The company will put in place new supply chains here in North East England and the UK securing local jobs. I am delighted to welcome Stadler as we make this historic £362m investment in Metro’s future.</p> <p>“We asked for the best trains for the best price – based on what local people said they wanted to see, providing excellent reliability for years to come, transforming the passenger experience and delivering huge energy savings.</p> <p>“Stadler has delivered on all fronts, and we look forward to working with our new partner and the extensive UK supply chain which will support them not just to build new trains but maintain them over the next 35 years.”</p> <p>Stadler Director of Sales, Ansgar Brockmeyer said: “The contract with Nexus represents an important milestone for Stadler in Great Britain. After Glasgow and Liverpool, this is the third metro operator to opt for a Stadler vehicle. We look forward to working with Nexus and our suppliers in North East England.”</p> <p>Jürg Gygax, director of Stadler's Service division, added: “This order for Stadler Service clearly shows how Stadler implements a complete service package – this marks a massive step into the future. We are very much looking forward to embarking on a long, productive partnership with Nexus, which will span 35 years.”</p> <p>Nexus has entered into a £300m contract with Stadler to build new trains and a depot as part of a £362m investment, which also includes construction led by Nexus of a satellite depot at Howdon, North Tyneside, and wider project costs and contingencies.</p> <p>The initial order of 42 trains may be increased to 46 if Nexus plans to increase the frequency of Metro through the Flow Project, win Government funding.</p> <p>The total value of the partnership between Nexus and Stadler, which will include decommissioning of the existing Metro fleet, could rise to £700m over 35 years, through a contract to maintain the new trains for up to 35 years depending on performance.  The Department for Transport will also provide revenue support to help meet the maintenance costs of the new trains.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://www.nexus.org.uk/newmetrotrains">Find out more here</a></strong><br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Mon, 27 Jan 2020 17:00:15 +0000 puntond 31493 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Father and daughter duo star in second episode of ITV's Metro documentary series https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/father-and-daughter-duo-star-second-episode-itvs-metro-documentary-series <span>Father and daughter duo star in second episode of ITV&#039;s Metro documentary series</span> <div><time datetime="2020-01-22T14:00:00Z">Wed, 22/01/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Wed, 22/01/2020</span> <div><p>A father and daughter duo starred in the second episode of the ITV documentary series about life on the Tyne and Wear Metro.</p> <p>Metro workers Lauren and Steve Shipley, of Monkseaton in North Tyneside, were shown working together at the busy Monument Metro station, managing thousands of passengers heading to a Newcastle United home match.</p> <p>And appearing on national television certainly didn’t faze either of them.</p> <p><em>The Metro: A Rail Life Story</em> is a new series offering millions of viewers a chance to go behind the scenes at Metro, one Britain’s busiest transport networks.<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=if-ck0vxHvA"> Watch the trailer.</a></p> <p>Lauren, 20, a Customer Service Advisor, said: “It was a bit nerve wracking at first but it was also great fun having the camera crews there with us. After a while you forget about the cameras and just crack on with your job.</p> <p>“The series will show the Metro in a positive light and give an insight into the sort of things staff have to deal with.</p> <p>“Working with my dad has its moments, for sure, but we know how each other works so I think that is of massive benefit.”</p> <p>Steve, 58, a Customer Services Manager, said: “It’s fantastic that we are able to work together and I am really proud of that, even if I’m a bit stricter with Lauren when we’re working together because of the fact she’s my daughter.</p> <p>“Lauren aspires to be a Metro driver one day so she has started in the right place working on the passenger services side first.</p> <p>“It was great that we were able to appear in the ITV programme together. As soon as they knew they had a father and daughter duo they were very keen to get that into the programme.</p> <p>“They filmed us on shift at Monument and also having some food together before we started, just to set the scene.</p> <p>“They captured am incident where I had to deal with a man who was trying to travel with a child ticket and I had to ask him to leave the station. That’s the kind of thing staff have to deal with from time to time.”</p> <p>Steve added: “I was apprehensive about being on TV and it’s always strange to see yourself on the small screen. All of our friends and family were watching. I think the crews were really good and the staff came across really well. We all strive to do our best and to get people home safely.”<br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Wed, 22 Jan 2020 14:24:57 +0000 puntond 31438 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Tracking down the face of an iconic Metro station display https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/tracking-down-face-iconic-metro-station-display <span>Tracking down the face of an iconic Metro station display</span> <div><time datetime="2020-01-21T14:30:00Z">Tue, 21/01/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Tue, 21/01/2020</span> <div><p>For two decades Dave Allen has been a familiar face for thousands of Newcastle fans who get the Metro on a match day.</p> <p>That’s because a striking photograph of Dave in full voice at the 1998 FA Cup Final remains a stand out feature of St James’ Park’s iconic Metro station.</p> <p>This evocative image – one that captures the passion of the world famous ‘Toon Army’ - has hung proudly above the escalators since St James Metro station underwent its black and white revamp in 1999.</p> <p>But most match-goers never knew who the face in the photo was – until now.</p> <p>Dave, 57, of Wallsend in North Tyneside, has just taken early retirement and it is through that process that Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, was able to track him down, when his colleagues asked about obtaining a copy of the photo for his leaving do.</p> <p>As a gesture of goodwill Nexus has presented him with a special framed copy.</p> <p>Dave, a lifelong Newcastle fan, has recounted the story behind the photo, one that was taken by a pitch-side photographer on a sweltering Wembley day when Newcastle saw their cup dreams dashed by Arsenal.</p> <p>It was to be a day where, as Dave puts it himself, he gained his ‘claim to fame’.</p> <p>He said: “My abiding memory was that the picture was taken when the players were coming out to do their warm ups on the Wembley pitch.</p> <p>“The Newcastle fans started getting into full voice as they emerged from the tunnel. As everyone can see from the photograph I was certainly fired up for the big game. To this day I am stull gutted that the team didn’t have more of a go and bring the FA Cup back to Tyneside.</p> <p>“I’d got the cup final tickets with my brother, Les. We had stayed over in London and then we had gone to the game.</p> <p>“I had no idea that the photo had been taken. I also had no idea whatsoever that it was going to be used as part of the black and white revamp of the St James Metro station.</p> <p>“A few months later I was in the social club to meet my brother Les for a drink before the first game of the season. He came in and said ‘you know how they have done St James Metro station out, well you’ll never guess whose photo is there’. I said ‘yours’, and he said ‘no it’s you’.</p> <p>“I went down to have a look and there it was above the escalators. I couldn’t believe my eyes. It was a lovely surprise. I was really proud, and I still am, to this very day.”</p> <p>In the years that followed Dave has always keen to talk about this small but significant contribution to NUFC folklore.</p> <p>He said: “It’s my claim to fame. It immortalised a moment in time when Newcastle United fans were loud and proud. It’s a very fond memory, even though we didn’t win the game.</p> <p>“I even got recognised. I was on holiday in Benidorm a few years later and some Geordies in a bar kept looking over. Eventually one of them came over and said ‘you’re that bloke whose photo is up on the wall at St James Park Metro station’. He was right!”</p> <p>Director of Finance and Resources at Nexus, John Fenwick, said: “It’s great that we have been able to track Dave down after all these years.</p> <p>“His photo is a popular feature of our NUFC branded Metro station at St James Park for so many years. It’s a brilliant picture, one that captures passion of Newcastle United supporters at one of the biggest games in the club’s recent history.</p> <p>“I was delighted to present Dave with a framed copy of the photo. Let’s hope Newcastle can get to another cup final so he can have a chance to recreate that photo all over again.”</p> </div> <section> </section> Tue, 21 Jan 2020 15:07:13 +0000 puntond 31432 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Meet the Metro driver who rescued the missing concert ticket on Metro's new TV series https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/meet-metro-driver-who-rescued-missing-concert-ticket-metros-new-tv-series <span>Meet the Metro driver who rescued the missing concert ticket on Metro&#039;s new TV series</span> <div><time datetime="2020-01-20T17:55:00Z">Mon, 20/01/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Tue, 21/01/2020</span> <div><p>Meet the Metro driver who re-united a panic stricken Spice Girls fan with her missing concert ticket during the dramatic first episode of ITV’s Metro documentary series.</p> <p>Sean Docherty was on duty on the night of the sell-out gig at the Stadium of Light last June when he was called into action.</p> <p>The concert featured heavily in episode one of the ITV series – The Metro: A Rail Life Story – as thousands of fans were filmed getting to and from the venue on one of the busiest nights of the year for Metro.</p> <p>Sean, 48, of Kingston Park in Newcastle, was just starting a late shift when he was handed the missing tickets and asked to take them with him on his train down to Sunderland.</p> <p>He said: “It all happened really fast. I was handed an envelope with the concert ticket inside and told it would be collected from when I arrived at Stadium of Light Metro station.</p> <p>“It was such a busy night. The trains were extremely busy. I didn’t give it much more thought until I arrived at the station and Rebecca was there with her friend to collect the ticket - and the ITV film crew with her. She was very relieved to get the ticket back safely.</p> <p>“I didn’t think any of the footage would be used, but a few months later I was contacted for permission to broadcast some shots of me handing over the ticket. I was happy to be involved.”</p> <p>Sean, who has only worked as a Metro driver for a year following a 19 year career at the Nissan car plant in Sunderland, has been inundated with calls and messages since appearing on national TV.</p> <p>He said: “I was at the Newcastle match when my phone started going crazy. I had messages from friends, family, and people I’d not heard from in ages. It was amazing how many people saw me on TV.</p> <p>“The first thing I did was phone home from the match to check with my wife to see how it had all come across on the television – and I watched the programme as soon as I got home that night.”</p> <p>Sean’s two children – Faye, 12, and ten year-old Ben - were both pleased they have got see their dad on the TV.</p> <p>“They thought it was great fun,” said Sean. “They were getting lots of messages off their friend too. Ben was at the match with me when the show was on and he laughing about the fact I’d been on. Even the head teacher at his school said they has seen on programme.”</p> <p>The Metro: A Rail Life Story is a four-part series which gives a unique insight into day to day operations on the Metro system as it gears up to celebrate its 40th anniversary. Watch the trailer here: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=if-ck0vxHvA">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=if-ck0vxHvA</a></p> <p>The first episode attracted an impressive 2.6 million viewers, more than the hugely popular reality show TV show Love Island.<br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Tue, 21 Jan 2020 13:26:19 +0000 puntond 31430 at https://www.nexus.org.uk A look ahead to episode two of ITV's Metro documentary series https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/look-ahead-episode-two-itvs-metro-documentary-series <span>A look ahead to episode two of ITV&#039;s Metro documentary series</span> <div><time datetime="2020-01-20T12:30:00Z">Mon, 20/01/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Mon, 20/01/2020</span> <div><p>The second episode of the ITV documentary series about life on the Tyne and Wear Metro is set to air tomorrow night, Tuesday 21 January - and millions of viewers will get to see some of the challenges frontline Metro staff have to deal with.</p> <p>The Metro: A Rail Life Story is a four-part series which gives a unique insight into day to day operations on the Metro system as it gears up to celebrate its 40th anniversary. Watch the trailer here: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=if-ck0vxHvA">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=if-ck0vxHvA</a></p> <p>The first episode attracted an impressive 2.6 million viewers, more than the hugely popular reality show TV show Love Island.</p> <p>Episode two of the Metro documentary will be broadcast on ITV1 at 7.30pm on Tuesday night.</p> <p>It will feature Metro staff managing the crowds on the opening day of the football season when Newcastle United play Arsenal at St James’ Park – a game that drew large fan protests in the city centre.</p> <p>The UK’s first ever guide horse for blind people will also be seen doing some training on Metro. Digby, the American miniature horse who can accompany blind people just like a guide dog, takes a trip on the Metro to get him prepared for his new life with a partially sighted person in London.</p> <p>And in Sunderland Metro staff will be seen managing a crackdown on fare dodging and anti-social behaviour.</p> <p>Customer Services Director at Nexus, Huw Lewis, said: “We’re really looking forward to seeing the next episode of the ITV documentary, which will give viewers more of an insight into the work that goes on behind the scenes at Metro on a day to day basis.</p> <p>“The first episode proved popular and pulled down 2.6 million viewers and showed staff managing the day of the Spice Girls concert in Sunderland.</p> <p>“In episode two there is more of the day to day crowd management and ticket inspections across the network to crackdown on fare evasion.</p> <p>“Viewers will also the visit we had from Britain’s first ever guide horse as his new owner gets him ready for a new life on London’s transport systems. It certainly catches the eye of our passengers!</p> <p>“It’s a privilege for us to showcase and share Metro on national television in our wonderful and vibrant region with a wider television audience as we prepare to mark Metro’s 40th anniversary.”</p> <p><strong>Episode 2 of Metro: A Rail Life Story goes out on ITV on Tuesday 21 January at 7.30pm.</strong><br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Mon, 20 Jan 2020 12:43:51 +0000 puntond 31419 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Star of Metro TV series is former soldier who served in Afghanistan with Prince Harry https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/star-metro-tv-series-former-soldier-who-served-afghanistan-prince-harry <span>Star of Metro TV series is former soldier who served in Afghanistan with Prince Harry</span> <div><time datetime="2020-01-16T17:00:00Z">Thu, 16/01/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Thu, 16/01/2020</span> <div><p>A star of ITV’s documentary series about the Tyne and Wear Metro is a former soldier who served in Afghanistan with Prince Harry.</p> <p>James McCaffery, the man responsible for running the Metro control room, starred in the first episode of the four-part documentary series – <em>The Metro: A Rail Life Story </em>- and he makes an appearance in the final episode when staff are seen managing crowds at the Great North Run.</p> <p>James, 40, of Gosforth, in Newcastle, spent 17 years in the British Army prior to joining Nexus.</p> <p>Between 2007 and 2008 he did a six month tour of duty in war-torn Afghanistan, fighting battles against the Taliban in the dangerous Helmand Province. James was a Major in the Royal Artillery Regiment.</p> <p>He briefly served alongside Prince Harry at a forward operating base in northern Helmand, near the town of Musa Qala, a scene of the war’s most fierce fighting.</p> <p>After leaving the Army James was able to transfer his operational management skills into a role at Metro, and he became its Head of Service Delivery.</p> <p>And after 15 months in that job he found himself at work alongside the film crews shooting the Metro documentary series.</p> <p>He said: “I was nervous about seeing myself on screen but I was also pleasantly surprised by it. To get over 2.5 million viewers was great.</p> <p>“The feedback has been positive and I’ve had some good natured ribbing from my former army colleagues.</p> <p>“Over the four episodes the viewers will get the chance to see a lot of the hard working staff, who are people from the north east, who put everything into delivering the Metro service.</p> <p>“The camera crews were with us across last summer so they have captured major event management as well as some of the more challenging day to day issues that we face.</p> <p>“I think the Metro system is fantastic and it maybe gets taken a bit for granted at times. I’ve worked all across the country and not many places have a transport system like the Metro.”</p> <p>James, who is originally from Ormskirk, near Liverpool, added: “After 17 years in the army the job at Metro was a new challenge but the nature of the work, managing operations, was something that appealed to me. There are actually some similarities between the two roles.</p> <p>“During my time in Afghanistan there were battles with the Taliban. We faced the threat of IEDs and rocket attacks. Our role at first was reconnaissance, which involved going out and looking for the enemy. We also did a patrol and protect role in and around the town of Musa Qala to try keep it free of the Taliban. It was a challenging tour and some blokes who went out there didn’t make it home.”<br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Thu, 16 Jan 2020 17:07:39 +0000 puntond 31385 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Metro passengers make the switch to contactless payments https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/metro-passengers-make-switch-contactless-payments <span>Metro passengers make the switch to contactless payments</span> <div><time datetime="2020-01-16T13:15:00Z">Thu, 16/01/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Thu, 16/01/2020</span> <div><p>Most Metro passengers now use contactless when paying for travel at ticket machines, operator Nexus revealed today.</p> <p>Passengers made more than 4,200,000 purchases for day and season tickets using Apple Pay, Google Pay or contactless bank cards in 2019 – more than half the eight million transactions through ticket machines.</p> <p>Two thirds of people now use card rather than cash at Metro’s 60 stations – and 84% of those who do choose contactless as a quicker, easy way to pay.</p> <p>Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, introduced ticket machines that accept card and contactless payments, as well as notes and coins, in 2013Last year Nexus invested £300k in upgrading the bank card reader components in ticket machines to improve the reliability and security of card and contactless payments.</p> <p>Pop Pay As You Go now accounts for 11% of all Metro journeys.</p> <p>Customer Services Director at Nexus, Huw Lewis, said: “Contactless is the best way to pay for Metro travel. It’s quick and easy, and we are seeing more and more passengers choosing this way to pay.</p> <p>“The declining use of notes and coins is a national trend as consumers move away from carrying cash. The growth of smartphone use is undoubtedly a big factor in these changing habits.</p> <p>“Metro will of course continue to provide the option of cash payment at ticket machines because some people still want to use notes and coins, but we do save from having less cash flowing through and stored in ticket machines and spending less time handling it. </p> <p>“I would encourage people to save time and money by getting a free Pop Pay as You Go, or just save time by using a contactless card to pay.  Either way you never need cash to travel on Metro again.”</p> <p> </p> </div> <section> </section> Thu, 16 Jan 2020 13:24:34 +0000 puntond 31383 at https://www.nexus.org.uk ITV's Metro documentary attracts 2.6 million viewers https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/itvs-metro-documentary-attracts-26-million-viewers <span>ITV&#039;s Metro documentary attracts 2.6 million viewers</span> <div><time datetime="2020-01-15T13:15:00Z">Wed, 15/01/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Wed, 15/01/2020</span> <div><p>The ITV documentary series about everyday life on the Tyne and Wear Metro pulled in an impressive 2.6 million viewers last night.</p> <p>The first episode of The Metro: A Rail Life Story was screened nationally on ITV at 7.30pm on Tuesday evening, 14 January, offering viewers a chance to go behind the scenes at one Britain’s busiest transport networks.</p> <p>Overnight viewing figures show that 2.6 million people tuned in to watch the programme, which showed Metro staff managing the huge crowds who travelled to the Spice Girls concert at the Stadium of Light.</p> <p>Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, gave unprecedented access to film crews over the busy summer of 2019.</p> <p>Customer Services Director at Nexus, Huw Lewis, said: “We’re delighted with such impressive viewing figures for the first episode. We’re really proud of the region that we serve and the part that Metro plays in everyday life, and it’s fantastic that people across Britain saw what we have to offer.</p> <p>“To get 2.6 million people tuning in to watch a TV programme about the Tyne and Wear Metro is absolutely fantastic.</p> <p>“We are already excited about the second episode next week, where viewers will get to see even more of the work that goes on behind the scenes to keep the Metro system running.</p> <p>“It’s a privilege for us to showcase and share this unique transport system in our wonderful and vibrant region with a wider television audience as we prepare to mark Metro’s 40th anniversary.”</p> <p>The series follows the highs and lows of the summer of 2019 and provides a vivid insight into the daily trials and tribulations for staff.<br />  <br /> Cameras will show some of Metro’s 1,100 staff dealing with the biggest events of the year – including the Great North Run and the Spice Girls re-union concert in Sunderland.</p> <p>ITV have revealed that the second episode focuses on tens of thousands of Newcastle United fans passing through the Metro for a home game on the first day of the new football season.</p> <p>The series for ITV is the first commission for Leeds based production company Wise Owl Films, a Lime Pictures company that launched in 2018.</p> <p>The first episode will be repeated on Sunday night, 19 January, at 10.45pm.</p> <p><strong>Episode 2 of Metro: A Rail Life Story goes out on ITV on Tuesday 21 January at 7.30pm.</strong></p> </div> <section> </section> Wed, 15 Jan 2020 13:37:23 +0000 puntond 31368 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Metro staff re-unite student with his missing art work https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/metro-staff-re-unite-student-his-missing-art-work <span>Metro staff re-unite student with his missing art work</span> <div><time datetime="2020-01-15T12:00:00Z">Wed, 15/01/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Wed, 15/01/2020</span> <div><p>A University of Sunderland art student feared he had lost months of work after he left his design portfolio on a Metro.</p> <p>David Byrne was due to hand in his final year project just days after he realised his prized work had gone missing.</p> <p>But thanks to vigilant Metro staff, the 31-year-old was reunited with just hours to spare.</p> <p>David, from Elswick in Newcastle, said: “When I got the call from Nexus saying they had found my work, I was so relieved. I couldn’t believe it.”</p> <p>The third year Illustration and Design student had spent more than six weeks pulling together one of his final projects which was due to be handed in last Friday.</p> <p>On the Monday of that week he had been travelling home, getting on the Metro at University station in Sunderland at around 7pm, and disembarking at Central Station in Newcastle.</p> <p>But it was not until David got back to his house that he realised he no longer had his portfolio of work.<br /> David said: “At first I wasn’t sure where I’d left it, so I just started ringing everywhere. I called Nexus and left my details with them.</p> <p>“I didn’t hear anything the next day and was starting to think I might have to start everything again from scratch.”</p> <p>But the following day, David, originally from Sunderland, saw he had a missed call on his phone and when he rang back, Nexus staff told him that the portfolio had been found.</p> <p>This meant David was able to get his work handed in on the Friday, as scheduled.</p> <p>The student said: “I went and picked it up from South Gosforth depot. I’m so grateful to the Metro team, they were amazing.”</p> <p>Once David graduates in the summer, he is planning a career in design and illustration, possibly going freelance.</p> <p>He said: “I’ve really enjoyed the programme here and learnt so much.”</p> <p>A spokesperson for Metro operator Nexus said: “We’re delighted that David has been re-united with his portfolio. It was found on a train by a member of staff and was handed into our lost property office. We then rang him back and he was able to come and collect it. He was very relieved.</p> <p>“The Tyne and Wear Metro gets thousands of items of lost property each year and we always do our absolute best to get those items back to their rightful owners.”<br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Wed, 15 Jan 2020 12:41:48 +0000 puntond 31367 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Meet three of the stars of ITV's Metro documentary series https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/meet-three-stars-itvs-metro-documentary-series <span>Meet three of the stars of ITV&#039;s Metro documentary series</span> <div><time datetime="2020-01-14T17:00:00Z">Tue, 14/01/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Tue, 14/01/2020</span> <div><p>Three of the stars of a new ITV documentary series about the Tyne and Wear Metro have spoken of their pride at appearing on the show.</p> <p>Lynne Dickinson, Alan Taylor and Dave Wilson are just three of a wide range of  Metro workers who are set to star on national TV over the next four weeks.</p> <p>Metro: A Rail Life Story is a four-part documentary series which gives a unique insight into day to day operations on the Metro system as it gears up to celebrate its 40th anniversary.</p> <p>Alan, a Customer Service Manager, said: “It was an amazing experience to be involved in. I think the whole place has a buzz about it now that the documentary is about to go out. I hope that our customers enjoy watching it.</p> <p>“The main things they filmed me for were the night of the Spice Girls concert, the day of the Great North Run, and some other more general days on duty across Metro.</p> <p>“Everything about the whole experience was really rewarding.”</p> <p>Lynne, a Metro Station Delivery Manager, said: “Hopefully the viewers will get to see a good variety of what we do across Metro.</p> <p>“The programme takes in quite a few different departments. It’s not just what people do from day to day when you come into a station. It’s also the staff behind the scenes that get the Metro ready for service.</p> <p>“The documentary is a good opportunity for people to see what our staff have to do when we manage major events.”</p> <p>Dave, a Researcher, who led a sing along with Spice Girls fans on board a packed Metro train in the first episode, said: “I did a bit of singing and dancing with the fans on the way down to the concert. It was great fun. I loved it.</p> <p>“I just wanted to get everyone into the spirit of the night and I thought I would get the bull by the horns and sing some Spice Girls songs. I sang ‘Mama’ and ‘Spice up your Life’.</p> <p>“Being part of the TV documentary was a new challenge for me. I have worked for Nexus for a long time and I really wanted to be a part of this. I was previously in Metro the musical, so this was the next step for me.”</p> <p>Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, gave unprecedented access to film crews over the busy summer of 2019.</p> <p>The first episode goes out on ITV1 at 7.30pm tonight, Tuesday January 14. It will feature thousands of people using Metro to get the Spice Girls concert at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light.</p> <p>The series follows the highs and lows of the summer and provides a vivid insight into the daily trials and tribulations for staff.<br />  <br /> Cameras will show some of Metro’s 1,100 staff dealing with the biggest events of the year – including the Great North Run and the Spice Girls re-union concert in Sunderland.</p> <p>The series for ITV is the first commission for Leeds based production company Wise Owl Films, a Lime Pictures company that launched in 2018.</p> </div> <section> </section> Tue, 14 Jan 2020 17:18:09 +0000 puntond 31358 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Metro to feature in a new ITV documentary series https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/metro-feature-new-itv-documentary-series <span>Metro to feature in a new ITV documentary series</span> <div><time datetime="2020-01-13T09:30:00Z">Mon, 13/01/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Mon, 13/01/2020</span> <div><p>A new ITV documentary series featuring everyday life on the Tyne and Wear Metro is set to air on national television from tomorrow, January 14, offering millions of viewers a chance to go behind the scenes at one Britain’s busiest transport networks.</p> <p>Metro: A Rail Life Story is a four-part documentary series which gives a unique insight into day to day operations on the Metro system as it gears up to celebrate its 40th anniversary. <a href="https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/metro-feature-new-itv-documentary-series">Watch the trailer.</a></p> <p>Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, gave unprecedented access to film crews over the busy summer of 2019.</p> <p>The first episode, which features thousands of people using Metro to get the Spice Girls concert at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light, will be broadcast on ITV at 7.30pm on Tuesday14 January.</p> <p>Managing Director of Nexus, Tobyn Hughes, said: “We’re all really looking forward to seeing the Tyne and Wear Metro showcased on national television.</p> <p>“Our story is our passengers and our staff, so we were keen to share this through a documentary series as Metro gets ready to mark its 40th year.</p> <p>“When we were approached about allowing TV crews unprecedented behind the scenes access, despite the challenges we face with a 40 year old fleet of trains, I had no hesitation in breaking with tradition and giving it the green light.</p> <p>“This ITV series will show viewers some of the amazing people who work around the clock to deliver the Metro service to the people of Tyne and Wear over one of our busiest ever summers, culminating with the Great North Run.</p> <p>“Metro is firmly part of everyday life and it has become an iconic regional brand over the years. It is part of the unique fabric of the North East that sets it apart from the rest of the country: friendly, hardworking, and with a unique cultural identity.</p> <p>“This all comes over so well in all four episodes which have been made for ITV and I think people will really enjoy watching the programme.”</p> <p>The series follows the highs and lows of the summer and provides a vivid insight into the daily trials and tribulations for staff.<br />  <br /> Cameras will show some of Metro’s 1,100 staff dealing with the biggest events of the year – including the Great North Run and the Spice Girls re-union concert in Sunderland.</p> <p>ITV have revealed that the first episode focuses on the start of the Summer, and the Metro staff brace themselves for one of the busiest days of the year. The Spice Girls are in town as part of their comeback world tour, meaning 50,000 fans from far and wide will be descending on Sunderland, putting additional pressure on the Metro’s already stretched resources.<br />  <br /> For staff, all the chat is about the Girl Power megastars. Carrie Hall, from the Metro’s depot team, says: “Very young at the time, but I was a huge Spice Girls fan, I saw them the first time around. Yeah, that was one of the best nights of my life.”<br />  <br /> Every one of the Metro’s ageing fleet of trains will be needed to cope with the higher than usual number of passengers – meaning that planning has to be spot on so the system doesn’t grind to a halt.<br />  <br /> The drama unfolds across the day as head of operations Wayne Dixon spots a potential problem with an overhead line. Meanwhile, there’s an anxious call to the Metro control room - two Spice Girl fans have lost their tickets and it looks like they won’t be getting to the concert of a lifetime.</p> <p>Executive Producer Mark Robinson said: “We were delighted to be the first production team allowed to film in depth behind the scenes on the Metro. We know it’s become an iconic part of North East life over the last 40 years but now viewers all across the UK will be finding out about it.</p> <p>“We’d like to thank all the Metro staff who allowed us to film a wide range of operations across last Summer. From huge, all-consuming events like the Spice Girls re-union to day-to-day issues like fare dodging, anti-social behaviour and dealing with an ageing fleet of trains, it was fascinating to see what it takes to keep the network running”.</p> <p>The series for ITV is the first commission for Leeds based production company Wise Owl Films, a Lime Pictures company that launched in 2018.</p> </div> <section> </section> Mon, 13 Jan 2020 09:56:22 +0000 puntond 31292 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Take the kids for free on Metro at weekends https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/take-kids-free-metro-weekends <span>Take the kids for free on Metro at weekends</span> <div><time datetime="2020-01-02T13:30:00Z">Thu, 02/01/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Thu, 02/01/2020</span> <div><p>Tyne and Wear Metro travel for families became cheaper from today, Thursday 2 January.</p> <p>The new offer will allow up to three children aged 11 and under to travel for free on Metro at weekends when accompanied by a fare paying adult. <a href="https://www.nexus.org.uk/metro/take-kids-free">Click here to find out more.</a></p> <p>Nexus, the public body which owns and manages the Tyne and Wear Metro, is introducing a new offer to specifically meet the needs of families, making Metro travel more affordable for them at times when they need it most.</p> <p>The offer is part of the celebrations to mark Metro’s 40th anniversary in 2020.</p> <p>This is an exciting offer that delivers affordable Metro travel for families who rely on our services to get around.<br /> Customer Services Director at Nexus, Huw Lewis, said: “We gave a firm commitment to look at improved ticketing offers to attract more families and this is what we are going to delivering.</p> <p>“Our offer means that up to three children aged 11 and under will be able to enjoy free weekend travel on Metro, which is excellent value for money.</p> <p>“Metro is part of everyday life in Tyne and Wear, and we want people to use the system for family days out. In 2020 we will celebrate Metro’s 40th anniversary and we want to attract future generations to use the service for many years to come.”<br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Thu, 02 Jan 2020 13:29:34 +0000 puntond 31180 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Temporary Metro depot takes shape in North Tyneside https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/temporary-metro-depot-takes-shape-north-tyneside <span>Temporary Metro depot takes shape in North Tyneside</span> <div><time datetime="2020-01-02T13:00:00Z">Thu, 02/01/2020</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Thu, 02/01/2020</span> <div><p>A new temporary Metro train depot in North Tyneside is starting to take shape, with the first new tracks put in place.</p> <p>The former landfill site in Howdon has had ballast, rails and sleepers put into place, along with drainage and site access works.</p> <p>Nexus, the public body which owns and manages the Tyne and Wear Metro, is building the depot as a temporary maintenance facility for the some of the current Metro fleet while the main Metro depot in Gosforth in Newcastle is rebuilt.</p> <p>The Howdon site will play a key role in the phased delivery of the new Metro fleet, which is scheduled to begin arriving at the end of 2021.</p> <p>Customer Services Director, Huw Lewis, said: “Our new depot site at Howdon is really starting to take shape. New tracks are going in and the work will start on the buildings which will be used while we transition to the new depot in Gosforth.</p> <p>“2020 is going to be a really exciting year for the Tyne and Wear Metro. We will get to see what our new trains look like, who is going to build them, and we will also be marking Metro’s 40th anniversary.”</p> <p>Nexus aims to have the temporary depot ready for use by the summer of 2020.</p> <p>The site will be used for the cleaning and preparation of up to ten Metro trains during the redevelopment of the Gosforth depot.</p> <p>Nexus has secured Government funding of £337m towards the projected £362m cost of designing and building a new train fleet and depot.  This and the ongoing maintenance of the fleet over 35 years makes the total budget about £500m.</p> <p>Buckingham Group Contracting Ltd will be building the temporary Metro depot on behalf of Nexus.<br /> The successful bidder will design, build and maintain a fleet and maintenance facilities that will serve Metro for 35 years, including a new depot at the existing site in Gosforth, Newcastle.</p> <p>A detailed specification takes account of consultation with more than 3,000 Metro passengers in 2016 and 2017, followed by market engagement with train builders to refine the plans.</p> <p>The shortlisted bidders are challenged to design trains which will operate efficiently and robustly, supplying a step change in Metro availability and performance, with a bright modern appearance.</p> <p>Nexus wants to see trains which improve passenger flow and dwell times at stations through improved seating layouts, wider doors and stand-back areas, wide aisles, and a layout to encourage flow of passengers through the vehicle.</p> <p>This is also aimed at improving passengers’ sense of security, accessibility for all and providing space for large items and luggage.  There will be improved digital connectivity for passengers and air conditioning.</p> <p>The successful bidder will also be responsible for maintaining the current fleet of trains to ensure there is a smooth transition between the old and new fleet between 2022 and 2024.<br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Thu, 02 Jan 2020 13:15:50 +0000 puntond 31179 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Industrial action on Metro is called off https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/industrial-action-metro-called <span>Industrial action on Metro is called off</span> <div><time datetime="2019-12-28T11:03:00Z">Sat, 28/12/2019</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Sat, 28/12/2019</span> <div><p>Industrial action on the Tyne and Wear Metro by the RMT Union, including a planned strike on 6 and 7 January, has been called off following fresh talks.<br />  <br /> Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, met with RMT representatives yesterday following informal contact between the two parties throughout the dispute. Following yesterday’s meeting, the RMT’s National Executive Committee has agreed to suspend the industrial action, which included an overtime ban, pending an improved offer being put to its members.<br />   <br /> Metro Services Director, Chris Carson, said: “I’m pleased that we have had very positive discussions with the RMT Union and as a result all industrial action by Metro train crew has been suspended. The planned train crew strikes on 6 and 7 January will not be taking place and the overtime ban which led to a reduced service throughout December has also been called off. This is great news for our passengers to whom I would like to apologise for the inconvenience running up to and during the festive period. <br />  <br /> “We had very productive talks in which both parties agreed to a compromise in an attempt to end this dispute. Further discussions will take place on Monday with both the RMT and ASLEF Unions to finalise a new offer, and we hope this will lead to a ballot for a new Train Crew Agreement that helps us all move the Metro into a positive future.”</p> <p><em><strong>REFUND INFORMATION FOR TRAVELLING ON METRO DURING INDUSTRIAL ACTION</strong></em></p> <p>Please click on link for <a href="https://www.nexus.org.uk/travelling-metro-during-industrial-action">compensation scheme for refunds for strike action on 20 and 21 December 2019</a><br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Sat, 28 Dec 2019 12:01:32 +0000 puntond 31140 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Shields Ferry to resume services on Saturday 21 December https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/shields-ferry-resume-services-saturday-21-december <span>Shields Ferry to resume services on Saturday 21 December</span> <div><time datetime="2019-12-19T12:00:00Z">Thu, 19/12/2019</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Thu, 19/12/2019</span> <div><p>The Shields Ferry is to resume services on Saturday, December 21, following the successful completion of essential repairs.</p> <p>Structural damage on the North Shields ferry landing has been rectified following a six week closure.<br /> Nexus, the public body which owns and manages the Shields Ferry, will re-commence Tyne crossings from 6.45am am on Saturday.</p> <p>Customer Services Director at Nexus, Huw Lewis, said: “I’m pleased to say that the repairs on our landing are done and we can resume services on Saturday.</p> <p>“My thanks go to our passengers for their patience during this extended period of disruption.</p> <p>“It was vial that we closed the ferry in the interests of safety while the repairs were carried out on the North Shields landing.</p> <p>“The structural damage was extensive. We had to carry out a full structural survey and procure a specialist contractor before the works could get underway.</p> <p>“The engineers have now given us the green light to get back to normal operations on this popular and much loved local service.”<br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Thu, 19 Dec 2019 12:22:30 +0000 puntond 31046 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Nexus appoints a new Head of Maintenance Delivery https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/nexus-appoints-new-head-maintenance-delivery <span>Nexus appoints a new Head of Maintenance Delivery</span> <div><time datetime="2019-11-28T11:00:00Z">Thu, 28/11/2019</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Thu, 28/11/2019</span> <div><p>Nexus, the public body which owns and manages the Tyne and Wear Metro, has appointed a new Head of Maintenance Delivery to oversee track, signals and overhead lines.</p> <p>Steven Shiel, who is currently the Head of Rail and Civil Engineering at the Newcastle College Rail Academy, will be responsible for leading Metro’s orange army of staff, who work round the clock in all weathers to keep the system running.</p> <p>Steven is taking on the job of managing Metro’s infrastructure maintenance, this includes 77km of track, overhead lines, power supplies, signalling systems, bridges, tunnels and stations.</p> <p>He brings a wealth of wealth of experience to the role, having previously worked at Network Rail for 13 years in various maintenance and projects roles.</p> <p>He said: “I’m really excited to be joining Nexus. It’s a dream job for me and a fantastic opportunity. I can’t wait to get started.</p> <p>“Metro is an iconic local brand and I am proud to be leading its maintenance teams. I want to ensure that we continue to keep up our excellent commitment to safe working. That is the top priority at all times.</p> <p>“I also want to look at everything that we do and see how we can do more to increase customer satisfaction. I’ll be out there, engaging with frontline staff to see what we do well and what best practices we can share.</p> <p>“I’m also fully committed to training and development and I want to see us bring through the next generation of workers. Nexus is doing great work on this already and I want to build on that.”</p> <p>He added: “It’s an exciting time to be joining Metro. We are looking ahead to a new train fleet, which is going to transform the service, and we are continuing to modernise the infrastructure. The aim is to ensure that the Tyne and Wear Metro is around for many more years to come, and it’s absolutely fantastic that I have the chance to play my part in that.”</p> <p>Rail and Infrastructure Director at Nexus, Michael Ellison, said: “We’re really looking forward to Steven heading up our maintenance teams. His knowledge is outstanding and his enthusiasm for the railway industry made him the outstanding candidate for this role.”</p> <p>Steven, of Walker, in Newcastle, will take up his new role on December 9.<br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Thu, 28 Nov 2019 11:50:00 +0000 puntond 30660 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Nexus appoints Martin Kearney as its new Chief Operating Officer https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/nexus-appoints-martin-kearney-its-new-chief-operating-officer <span>Nexus appoints Martin Kearney as its new Chief Operating Officer</span> <div><time datetime="2019-11-25T13:30:00Z">Mon, 25/11/2019</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Mon, 25/11/2019</span> <div><p>Nexus, the public body which owns and manages the Tyne and Wear Metro, has appointed a new Chief Operating Officer, who is swapping Australia for North East England to take on the job.</p> <p>Martin Kearney, who runs transport services in the cities of Sydney and Auckland, will direct all of the day-to-day activities that Nexus delivers and will lead its senior management team.</p> <p>This will include the Tyne and Wear Metro, which carries 36 million passengers a year, and the iconic the cross-Tyne Shields Ferry service.  He will start his new job at Nexus in the New Year.</p> <p>Mr Kearney, who has over 30 years of experience in the public transport industry, is currently the Chief Officer for Train and Ferry Operations at Transdev Australasia, a company that provides public transport services in eight locations in Australia and New Zealand.</p> <p>He said: “Nexus will be at the heart of North East England’s ambitions to transform local transport in the years ahead, as we introduce a £362 million new Metro train fleet and rise to the exciting challenge to modernise and re-invigorate public transport across the North East.</p> <p>“I am excited to be relocating back to the North of England and I can’t wait to join the team of 1,200 staff at Nexus who are proud to be delivering the best possible local services to customers.  I am looking forward to working with local authority and industry partners to help drive economic growth in a sustainable way – using great public transport to support jobs and opportunity across our communities.”</p> <p>Tobyn Hughes will continue to have overall responsibility for Nexus as its Director General as part of his new and wider remit as Managing Director Transport North East. Mr Hughes will divide his time between Nexus and leading the regional transport team in developing future strategy and investment programmes, as well as growing partnerships with national and regional bodies.</p> <p>He said: “I am delighted to welcome Martin to the Nexus team as we prepare to deliver ambitious investment plans for Metro and the wider public transport network.</p> <p>“Martin brings a wealth of experience in providing excellent local transport for global cities and represents a first class appointment to the Nexus team.”  </p> <p>Mr Kearney, who is originally from Leeds, started his career at British Rail before going on to work in rail across the North of England.</p> <p>In December 2012 he made the switch to New Zealand to head up a major project implementing a new fleet of trains and transforming the rail network in Auckland.</p> <p>For the last three years he has been running the iconic Sydney Harbour ferry service. His current responsibilities include Sydney and Brisbane ferries, and the Auckland and Wellington rail businesses.</p> <p>Mr Kearney will start his new role on January 20.<br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Mon, 25 Nov 2019 13:49:18 +0000 puntond 30627 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Elmer's Great North Parade raises £182,000 for St Oswald's https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/elmers-great-north-parade-raises-ps182000-st-oswalds <span>Elmer&#039;s Great North Parade raises £182,000 for St Oswald&#039;s</span> <div><time datetime="2019-11-25T11:00:00Z">Mon, 25/11/2019</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Mon, 25/11/2019</span> <div><p>The stars of the North East’s biggest free public art trail have raised £182,000 for St Oswald’s Children’s Hospice.</p> <p>Metro was the headline partner for Elmer’s Great North Parade, which was based on the much-loved children’s book character Elmer the Patchwork Elephant.</p> <p>For 11 weeks the 50 large and 114 small elephant sculptures which made up<br /> Elmer’s Great North Parade, lined the streets of Sunderland, Newcastle, Gateshead and North and South Tyneside.</p> <p>An auction saw 44 of the individually decorated Elmer sculptures, along with three smaller elephants and few surprise bids, go under the hammer at a spectacular auction at Sage Gateshead, rasing £182,200 for St Oswald’s.</p> <p>Bidders from around the world competed with home grown buyers, via telephone and internet bids and the event got off to a flying start with Elephish.</p> <p>Painted by Joanne Wishart and one of the trail’s most popular sculptures, this first lot hit a staggering £10k.</p> <p>For almost three hours auctioneers Fred Wyrley-Birch and Julian Thomson from Newcastle’s Anderson &amp; Garland guided the bidding with one of the highlights being North East artist Jeff Rowland’s sculpture Amy, his last completed work prior to his death in 2018, which went for £7,200.</p> <p>But the biggest surprise of the night was Lot 33, Hakuna Ma Elephant, by Jina Gelder, which will now go on permanent display at St Oswald’s after 12 bidders in the room each donated £500 to buy it on the hospice’s behalf.</p> <p>In a further twist – and as a nod to St Oswald’s 2016 Great North Snowdogs trail - a little Snowdog sculpture decorated in Elmer’s famous patchwork colours was successfully sold for £3,700 to a bidder who had travelled from her home at Richmond, North Yorkshire for the event.                                                 …mf<br /> 2</p> <p>And pupils at Hunswick School, Durham, will now receive a free delivery of books, after Elmer publisher Andersen Press agreed to donate books to 10 per cent of the sale price to her chosen school.</p> <p>“The tension, the excitement, the sheer joy in the room as each elephant found its forever home, was just incredible,” said Elmer’s Great North Parade project lead Jane Hogan.</p> <p>“We didn’t imagine the total would be so high and we are incredibly grateful to Julian and Fred for their expertise and for making the auction such fun and to all those who came along, who placed bids and who helped make the event such a success.</p> <p>“Their generosity will help us enrich the lives not only of children with complex, life-limiting conditiond in our care, but also their siblings and parents, so, thank you - very much indeed.” </p> </div> <section> </section> Mon, 25 Nov 2019 11:07:23 +0000 puntond 30626 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Families to benefit from cheaper travel on the Tyne and Wear Metro as part of 2020 fares review https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/families-benefit-cheaper-travel-tyne-and-wear-metro-part-2020-fares-review <span>Families to benefit from cheaper travel on the Tyne and Wear Metro as part of 2020 fares review</span> <div><time datetime="2019-11-21T15:00:00Z">Thu, 21/11/2019</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/dbayles" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">DBayles</span></span> <span>Thu, 21/11/2019</span> <div><p>Metro travel for families is to become cheaper in 2020.</p> <p>A new offer will allow up to three children aged 11 and under to travel for free on Metro at weekends when accompanied by a fare paying adult.</p> <p>Nexus, the public body which owns and manages the Tyne and Wear Metro, is introducing a new offer to specifically meet the needs of families, making Metro travel more affordable for them at times when they need it most.</p> <p>The family offer will begin when the new Metro fares come into effect on Monday 2 January. The offer is part of the celebrations to mark Metro’s 40th anniversary in 2020.</p> <p>Managing Director of Nexus, Tobyn Hughes, said: “This is an exciting offer that delivers affordable Metro travel for families who rely on our services to get around.</p> <p>“We gave a firm commitment to look at improved ticketing offers to attract more families and this is what we are going to deliver in 2020. Our offer means that up to three children aged 11 and under will be able to enjoy free weekend travel on Metro, which is excellent value for money.</p> <p>“Metro is part of everyday life in Tyne and Wear, and we want people to use the system for family days out. In 2020 we will celebrate Metro’s 40th anniversary and we want to attract future generations to use the service for many years to come.”</p> <p>He added: “Our overall package of fares for 2020 delivers good value for our passengers. Metro will continue to have some of the cheapest fares in the country. Anyone who switches to a Pay As You Go Pop card will still be able to continue to enjoy a very good discount on the cost of their Metro travel.</p> <p>“Other fares are going up in order to help us to meet Metro’s running costs.  Metro is a public service that doesn’t make a profit and gets a Government subsidy to keep it running, so fare revenue is vital.”</p> <p>The proposed Metro and Shields Ferry fares for 2020 were agreed by councillors on the Joint Transport Committee (Tyne and Wear Sub-committee) today, Thursday 21 November.</p> <p>A total price freeze on all tickets for those aged 18 is being proposed</p> <p>Pop Pay As You Go smartcard customers will see improved savings in 2020, with a 45p saving on the cost of a single Metro journey, and a saving of 55p on the cost of a day ticket in comparison to standard ticket proves.</p> <p>Some fares are going up in order to meet Metro’s running costs. Metro single and Metro Day Tickets are to go up by 10p.</p> <p>Metro and Shields Ferry fares from 2 January 2020:</p> <p>• A one zone single will go up from £1.90 to £2.00; two zone single is up from £2.80 to £2.90; all zone single is up from £3.50 to £3.60.</p> <p>• The cost of a one zone adult Day Ticket will go up from £3.10 to £3.20; a two zone Day Ticket is up from £4.20 to £4.30; an all zone Day Ticket us up from £5.20 to £5.30.</p> <p>• 45p off the cost of single fares and 55p off the cost of a Day Ticket for Pop Pay As You Go customers.</p> <p>• A total freeze on all tickets for those aged 18 and under, including Pop Blue, season tickets and class passes for schools</p> <p>• A minimum of a 30% discount versus the equivalent adult fares will continue to be offered to students via the Student Metro Season Ticket.</p> <p>• The 18 and Under Metro Season Ticket, which offers a 60% discount on the cost of travel, remains available to all young people aged 16 to 18 irrespective of whether they are in full time education or not.</p> <p>• The one zone weekly Metro Season Ticket is up from £11.10 to £11.40; a two zone weekly is up from £16.50 to £17.00; an all zone weekly is up from £22.40 to £23.10.</p> <p>• The one zone four week Metro Season Ticket is up from £39.10 to £40.30; the two zone four weekly is up from to £57.50 to £59.20; an all zone four weekly is up from £76 to £78.30.</p> <p>• The price of the one zone annual Metro Season Ticket is up from £432.50 to £445.50; the two zone annual is up from £604 to £622.10; the all zone annual is up from £668 to £688.</p> <p>• An U16 single is 60p and a child all day ticket is £1.10 when bought on the U16 Pop card are both frozen in price in 2020.</p> <p>• The price of Child commercial single ticket (for children aged under 16 who do not have an Under 16 Pop card) is frozen at 90p; a child day ticket is frozen at £1.40; a child transfare is frozen at £1.10.</p> <p>• The Metro Gold Card, which gives pensioners and people with disabilities, unlimited off-peak Metro travel for £12 a year will remain frozen in price.</p> <p>• A single ticket on the Shields Ferry is going up from £1.70 to £1.80; a Ferry day ticket is going up from £2.90 to £3.00; a child ferry single is frozen at 70p; Pop Pay As You go  customers will see improved savings in 2020, with a 45p saving on the cost of a single Shields Ferry trip, and a saving of 55p on the cost of a Ferry day ticket in comparison to the standard ticket price; Pop blue is frozen in price for journeys on the Shields Ferry. A one week ticket for the Shields Ferry will go up from £10.40 to £10.60; a four week ferry ticket is down from £36.50 to £37.20.</p> </div> <section> </section> Thu, 21 Nov 2019 15:12:10 +0000 DBayles 30585 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Nexus astonished as Metro drivers reject 15% pay rise https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/nexus-astonished-metro-drivers-reject-15-pay-rise <span>Nexus astonished as Metro drivers reject 15% pay rise</span> <div><time datetime="2019-11-14T15:00:00Z">Thu, 14/11/2019</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Thu, 14/11/2019</span> <div><p>Nexus, the public body which owns and manages the Tyne and Wear Metro, has today declared it is astonished that Metro drivers in the RMT and ASLEF unions have opted to reject a 15% pay rise.</p> <p>Nexus has made an unprecedented offer to its drivers of a 15% increase in salary over two years on top of annual cost of living rises. The offer would take their annual salary up to an estimated £46,000 per annum by 1 April 2022.</p> <p>Both unions have rejected the pay offer and their members have balloted in favour of industrial action, which could mean an overtime ban or a strike on the Tyne and Wear Metro.</p> <p>Nexus has made it clear to the drivers’ unions that a higher pay award coupled with improved terms and conditions in rosters are unaffordable and unrealistic.</p> <p>Metro Services Director, Chris Carson, said: “We are about to start the process of transforming the Metro system with a new train fleet and as part of this we have made an unprecedented pay offer to our Metro drivers of a 15 percent increase in salary over two years, on top of the annual cost of living rise.</p> <p>“In return for this we are asking for some changes to working practices that will reduce the likelihood of trains being cancelled due to driver shortages, and help us with the once-in-a-lifetime task of introducing a new train fleet.</p> <p>“We’re astonished that this offer has been rejected and that the trades unions not only want more pay, but also to work reduced shift lengths which can only be achieved by us employing significantly more drivers.  The trades unions have not made any suggestions as to where the money should come from to pay for this.</p> <p>“Metro is a publicly owned service run for the benefit of the local community.  Not only does it not make any profit, but it can only operate thanks to significant subsidy paid by taxpayers. </p> <p>“Metro is about to benefit from the biggest investment since it opened, with new trains coming that will improve the drivers’ working environment every bit as much as they will transform the experience for passengers.</p> <p>“I urge the unions to get around the table with us to finalise the details of this pay deal so that we can get on with our job of transforming the Metro for the people who rely on it.</p> <p>“If despite this offer the unions do choose to take industrial action we will do everything we possibly can to keep our passengers informed about any disruption that results.”<br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Thu, 14 Nov 2019 15:22:32 +0000 puntond 30495 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Metro apprentices put their skills to the test https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/metro-apprentices-put-their-skills-test <span>Metro apprentices put their skills to the test</span> <div><time datetime="2019-11-13T13:30:00Z">Wed, 13/11/2019</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Wed, 13/11/2019</span> <div><p>Apprentices at the Tyne and Wear Metro have chalked up fresh success in a complex engineering challenge.</p> <p>Second year apprentices have refurbished a disused electrical component from a Metro train, ensuring that it can be re-used to support other trainees at the Newcastle College Rail Academy.</p> <p>The Metro team - Scott Burgess, Sam Lavery, James Shaw and Kieron Daley – stripped down and rebuilt a pantograph from the top of a Metro carriage, a part which is used to collect power from the overhead lines in order to run the Metro trains.</p> <p>The damaged pantograph, which had been earmarked for scrappage, was stripped down and rebuilt by the trainee engineers. It is now at the Rail Academy in Gateshead, where it will be used as a teaching aid for other students.</p> <p>Learning and Development Specialist at Nexus, John McVey, said: “The trainees have done a really good job on this project. They will have learnt a great deal and this will benefit the development of their skills.</p> <p>“They have saved what was a disused item of train equipment that had been damaged beyond repair.</p> <p>“It was a task that involved the careful replacement of all the damaged components on the pantograph. This has allowed us donate this item to the Rail Academy so that other apprentices can benefit from it.”</p> <p>Steven Shiel, Head of Rail and Civil Engineering at Newcastle College said: “This project has been hugely successful for our apprentices and is just the first part of a collaborative project with Nexus which will help our apprentices develop the key skills, knowledge and behaviours needed in the rail industry.</p> <p>“We enjoy a fantastic relationship with Nexus and they’ve been generous enough to donate the restored pantograph to us. It means our full cohort of learners and apprentices can use it to develop vital skills which will help them in their future careers.”</p> <p>Nexus has had a partnership with the Rail and Civil Engineering Academy since 2016. The Rail and Civil Engineering Academy was established in 2014 and forms part of Newcastle College’s Transport Academy, which was awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for vocational education in 2018.</p> <p>The £5m facility, the first of its kind in North East England, offers a unique training environment to help the railway industry meet its skill shortages by providing a range of specialist training dedicated to rail infrastructure.</p> <p>The purpose-built facility contains a real working environment with industry standard equipment and resources to train technicians and engineers for signalling, telecommunications, electrification and plant, track, and safety critical operations, all under one roof.</p> <p>The site boasts six teaching rooms, a mechanical workshop, an electronics hive and a signalling and telecommunications workshop.</p> </div> <section> </section> Wed, 13 Nov 2019 14:00:40 +0000 puntond 30483 at https://www.nexus.org.uk South Shields' new transport interchange welcomes a million passengers https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/south-shields-new-transport-interchange-welcomes-million-passengers <span>South Shields&#039; new transport interchange welcomes a million passengers</span> <div><time datetime="2019-11-01T13:00:00Z">Fri, 01/11/2019</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Fri, 01/11/2019</span> <div><p>The £21m Transport Interchange in South Shields has welcomed its one millionth passenger.</p> <p>The landmark building, which brought bus and Metro services under the same roof in a modern new environment in the centre of South Shields, is well on its way to attracting the anticipated 7.5m passengers a year.</p> <p>And just two months after opening the new interchange’s passenger footfall has gone past the one million mark.</p> <p>The interchange, which opened on August 4, received £9.4m from the Local Growth Deal through the North East Local Enterprise Partnership. The Local Growth Deal is supporting major capital investments to promote innovation, economic and skills infrastructure and sustainable transport across the North East LEP area.</p> <p>Helen Golightly, Chief Executive of the North East Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “Having a modern and efficient transport system is vital for our economy and the new interchange in South Shields demonstrates the North East’s commitment to invest in and improve transport infrastructure.</p> <p>“Through the Local Growth Fund, the North East LEP is supporting projects that help us deliver the objectives set out in the North East Strategic Economic Plan. Strategic transport improvements such as this not only reduce congestion on our roads but also help people access key employment sites, which in turn helps to grow the economy and create more and better jobs.”</p> <p>Customer Services Director at Nexus, Huw Lewis, said: “To reach a million passengers just two months on from opening is testament to the quality of the South Shields interchange development</p> <p>“It has transformed the passenger facilities in the town centre, making it one the best new interchanges in Britain. This development forms a key part of the regeneration of South Shields and is a wonderful gateway into a new look town centre for local residents and visitors.”</p> <p>Cllr Mark Walsh, Lead Member for Housing and Transport on South Tyneside Council, said: “The transport interchange has already become a familiar landmark in the town centre.</p> <p>“The opening of our cultural venue, The Word, resulted in hundreds of thousands of additional visitors coming to the town each year so it was important to create a smart and welcoming arrival point.</p> <p>“I think we’ve achieved that with the superb new interchange, which further enhances the appeal of South Shields as a premier coastal destination.”</p> <p>Andrew Fairest, Muse Developments’ projects director, said: “The South Shields Interchange, like many infrastructure projects required meticulous planning to bring the vision to life in the town and we’re proud to see the scheme used by so many passengers already in the short time since it opened its doors to the public.</p> <p>“The hard work from South Tyneside Council, Nexus, Bowmer &amp; Kirkland and Muse is already benefitting the community, where it is improving the visitor experience, giving a real sense of ‘place’ to the town centre, while creating a new social space, which is larger and more accessible than the old station."</p> <p>The transport Interchange, which is located on Keppel Street and Fowler Street in the centre of South Shields, provides a new, striking point of arrival into South Shields for both residents and visitors to the town, as well as enhancing connectivity to the various key areas of South Shields.</p> <p>Its opening marked a major milestone in the £100m South Shields 365 regeneration masterplan which is being delivered by South Tyneside Council and partner Muse Developments.</p> <p>Nexus, the public body which owns and manages the Tyne and Wear, took over the management of the new interchange after it opened.</p> <p>The landmark building was designed by The Harris Partnership and constructed by Bowmer and Kirkland, who also built award-winning cultural venue The Word.</p> <p>Demolition of the old Metro station and further public realm work into King Street is currently ongoing.<br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Fri, 01 Nov 2019 14:00:40 +0000 puntond 30318 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Apprentices get their careers on track at the Tyne and Wear Metro https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/apprentices-get-their-careers-track-tyne-and-wear-metro <span>Apprentices get their careers on track at the Tyne and Wear Metro</span> <div><time datetime="2019-10-28T10:45:00Z">Mon, 28/10/2019</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Mon, 28/10/2019</span> <div><p>New apprentices are looking to kick start their careers with the Tyne and Wear Metro.</p> <p>Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, has taken on the new trainees, whose ages range from 17 to 35, on its apprenticeship scheme as it seeks to address the challenges of an ageing workforce and a national engineering skills shortage.</p> <p>Nexus has successfully recruited 54 apprentices since 2013, with most of them going on to secure permanent full-time employment after serving their time as trainees.</p> <p>Most of the latest recruits will be training as railway engineers, earning them the requisite skills needed to look after Metro’s trains, the 77km network of tracks and other key pieces of infrastructure, including Nexus’ fleet of ticket vending machines, whilst others will be working within key business units in Nexus.</p> <p>There are also roles for apprentices in other departments, including rail timetable planning and information technology.</p> <p>Head of Learning at Nexus, Heather Blevins, said: “Apprenticeships are vital for the long term future of the Tyne and Wear Metro.</p> <p>“Vocational training is a great route for young people to go down. They learn a bespoke trade and then have a good chance of getting a permanent job at the end of the apprenticeship.</p> <p>“They will get first class training, opening the door to a brilliant career in the railway and public transport industry. At a time when there is a skills shortage in this sector it is vital that we invest in training and development to ensure that we continue to deliver the essential services to our passengers for many more years to come.”</p> <p>The rail engineering apprentices get training on the job and at Newcastle College’s Rail Academy, a bespoke facility which offers a unique training environment to help the railway industry meet its skill shortages by providing a range of specialist training dedicated to rail infrastructure.</p> <p>John Fenwick, Director of Finance and Resources at Nexus, said: “This is the second consecutive year that we have offered opportunities in addition to the more traditional engineering apprenticeships.</p> <p>“The average age of our most recent recruits is 21, so it’s evident that we are now receiving applications that we wouldn’t have got, even in the recent past. All of this bodes well for Nexus at such a busy and exciting time for Metro as we seek to introduce our new train fleet and bid for more government funding that will allow us to continue carrying out enhancements to the infrastructure.”</p> <p>In 2015 Nexus recruited its first female engineering apprentices in more than two decades. Samantha Corkin and Morgan Saville have both since gone on to secure permanent jobs at Nexus.</p> <p>Nexus is working in partnership with four training providers: Newcastle College, Gateshead College, Train’d up and QA Limited.</p> </div> <section> </section> Mon, 28 Oct 2019 11:23:58 +0000 puntond 30255 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Watch: Pupils in South Tyneside learn Metro safety messages https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/watch-pupils-south-tyneside-learn-metro-safety-messages <span>Watch: Pupils in South Tyneside learn Metro safety messages</span> <div><time datetime="2019-10-18T09:01:00Z">Fri, 18/10/2019</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Fri, 18/10/2019</span> <div><p>School kids in South Tyneside have been learning about safety on the Tyne and Wear Metro.</p> <p>Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, ran the interactive sessions with year six pupils from 32 schools across the borough – part of an annual programme of promoting Metro safety in schools.</p> <p>Platform safety and the dangers of trespass are key messages.</p> <p>The safety messages are broken down for the children to understand by using a life sized board game where the kids have to select the answers on a series floor panels.</p> <p>The Reducing Accidents at Play (RAP) event saw 1,300 children attend a range of safety workshops at South Shields Fire Station.</p> <p>The pupils were split into small groups for themed sessions which included road safety, railway safety, sea safety, the dangers of electricity, and health and wellbeing awareness.</p> <p>Nexus Youth Liaison Officer, Deborah Rodenby, said: “This is all about getting children to and from school safely.</p> <p>“I get the safety message across to them in a fun and interactive way. The board game has a series of circles on the floor and they have to stand on what they think is the right answer. Whether they get that right or wrong, the main thing is that they learn the safety message from it, and they learn what things on the Metro are dangerous.</p> <p>“One of the main things that I cover is platform safety. We stress that we don’t want children playing near the edges of the platforms.</p> <p>“I see thousands of school children every year as part of our programme to promote safety. The ages range from as young as nursery classes all the way up to year twelve. I cover safety on Metro and all types of public transport.”</p> <p>Every year Nexus promotes public transport safety to between 13,000 and 15,000 school children across the five districts of Tyne and Wear.<br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Fri, 18 Oct 2019 08:59:06 +0000 puntond 30139 at https://www.nexus.org.uk New trains for the Tyne and Wear Metro https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/new-trains-tyne-and-wear-metro <span>New trains for the Tyne and Wear Metro</span> <div><time datetime="2019-10-17T09:01:00Z">Thu, 17/10/2019</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/huw-lewis" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Huw Lewis</span></span> <span>Thu, 17/10/2019</span> <div><p><em>Tobyn Hughes, Managing Director of Nexus, gave the following update on our programme to get new trains for Metro last month, at a meeting of the North East Joint Transport Committee (Tyne and Wear Sub Committee) on 19 September.   We are posting it again following continued speculation about this process.</em></p> <p>"Last Friday the Prime Minister called the Tyne and Wear Metro a ‘superb service’, and I certainly agree with him.  Earlier the same day the Northern Powerhouse Minister referred to the government’s commitment to funding new rolling stock for the Metro, first announced by the then Chancellor of the Exchequer in November 2017 and reaffirmed many times since by a string of Ministers. </p> <p>The certainty of government funding allowed us to trigger the procurement process just over a year ago.  At Nexus we are hugely excited about this.  It is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to transform the daily lives of the people who use the Metro.   </p> <p>Some people might have a preference for who they would like to see win the contract.  Provided that they are not involved in the procurement process they are of course entitled to have an opinion and to express it.</p> <p>Nexus however is absolutely not entitled to award contracts based on personal preferences or subjective judgements.  That would be unfair to the companies who are all spending time and money competing for the contract in good faith, unfair to taxpayers who could end up spending more money than is necessary, and unfair to our passengers who deserve to travel on the best possible trains long into the future. </p> <p>For good measure, because Nexus is a public body, it would be against the law.  To ignore that fact would risk costly legal challenges and would add yet more time to the process of getting new Metro trains onto the system, already long overdue.</p> <p>We are following a rigorous procurement process that is designed to make sure that we do buy the best possible trains.</p> <p>We spent a lot of time consulting with Metro’s passengers to help design the specification, as well as seeking input from train manufacturers across the world to make sure we are asking for the ‘best of breed’.  We also put a lot of effort into making sure that, whichever company wins the contract, they deliver other benefits for our area including engaging with local suppliers and looking after their staff.</p> <p>Lots of people – including our passengers and our own staff – are of course impatient to see what the new trains will be like and who will build them.</p> <p>But like it or not a procurement of this scale takes time.  No decision has yet been made about who might be awarded the contract to design and build new trains.  We expect to be able to publicly announce the name of the winning bidder early in the New Year."</p> </div> <section> </section> Thu, 17 Oct 2019 10:20:59 +0000 Huw Lewis 30096 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Nexus supports National Hate Crime Awareness Week https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/nexus-supports-national-hate-crime-awareness-week <span>Nexus supports National Hate Crime Awareness Week</span> <div><time datetime="2019-10-16T10:15:00Z">Wed, 16/10/2019</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Wed, 16/10/2019</span> <div><p>Nexus, the public body which owns and manages the Tyne and Wear Metro, is supporting National Hate Crime Awareness Week.</p> <p>A walk of solidarity in the west end of Newcastle marked the start of a series events that will encourage people to “spread love not hate”.</p> <p>Nexus staff joined with the walk of solidarity at the Newcastle Eagles Basketball Arena along with partner organisations, schools, police, and community leaders.</p> <p>Customer Services Director at Nexus, Huw Lewis, said: “Hate crime is an issue for everybody in society and it is important that we play our part in helping to tackle it.</p> <p>“I’m delighted that so many of our staff were able to go along to the walk of solidarity this week as part of National Hate Crime Awareness Week.</p> <p>“But it’s not just about a week, it’s about what we do every single day. At Nexus we have hate crime champions in the workplace so that our passengers and our staff can raise concerns.</p> <p>“We’re working hard with the bus operators to improve reporting of hate crime to ensure that passengers have confidence using public transport services whoever they are, and at whatever time of day they want to travel.”</p> <p>Hate Crime Awareness Week is a national week of action, which takes place every October to raise awareness of hate crime.</p> <p>It aims to bring people together to stand in solidarity with those affected by hate crime, support them and raise awareness, as well as prevent hate crime in all its forms.</p> <p>Hate crime is any crime targeted at a person because of prejudice towards their disability, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation, or gender identity.</p> <p>Local transport operators in the region, co-ordinated by Nexus, signed a Hate Crime Charter in October last year, committing to raising awareness and encouraging reporting among passengers and employees.</p> <p>Nexus itself has recruited Hate Crime Champions across its services, including Metro, alongside staff training.</p> <p>A poster campaign on Metro ran in partnership with the Home Office through winter 2018/19, and there are posters at bus stations. Nexus is supporting North East Pride and Sunderland Pride festivals as part of work to engage across communities.</p> <p>Nexus has set up a new transport security forum for all operators which meets quarterly and includes monitoring of hate crime and initiatives to confront it.</p> <p>Nexus also works alongside bus operators Stagecoach and Go North East, who have their own hate crime initiatives which include appointing hate crime champions and special training for bus drivers.<br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Wed, 16 Oct 2019 10:32:02 +0000 puntond 30086 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Nexus wins a marketing award for its Spice Girls concert campaign https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/nexus-wins-marketing-award-its-spice-girls-concert-campaign <span>Nexus wins a marketing award for its Spice Girls concert campaign</span> <div><time datetime="2019-10-15T09:15:00Z">Tue, 15/10/2019</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Tue, 15/10/2019</span> <div><p>Nexus, the public body which owns and manages the Tyne and Wear Metro, has scooped an award for the marketing and PR campaign it ran to encourage Spice Girls fans to travel to the concert at the Stadium of Light by Metro.</p> <p>Nexus has beaten a strong field of contenders to win Best Integrated Campaign – in house at the glittering North East Marketing Awards ceremony.</p> <p>The award was for the way that the in-house Marketing Team blended a mix of top quality marketing and public relations, ticketing offers and on-the-ground customer engagement activities.  This low-cost, high-impact campaign combined with excellent customer service on the day was a huge success, generating record Metro passenger numbers for a concert at the Stadium of Light.</p> <p>Customer Services Director, Huw Lewis said: “I’m delighted that the judges recognised the unique aspects of this campaign that we ran for the Spice Girls concert in Sunderland.</p> <p>“This campaign underpinned Metro’s core brand proposition to be ‘Part of Everyday Life’ – so the natural and trusted choice for travel to big events – by generating a feel good atmosphere, shared content and positive feedback.</p> <p>“Marketing is only successful when it is supported by first class customer service.  Our customer service team were a fundamental part of this marketing campaign, ensuring that our customers had a safe but also a fun journey to and from the Stadium of Light.  Tyne and Wear Metro really was a part of the Spice Girls party.” </p> <p>The in-house team were briefed to maximise revenue from a Spice Girls concert at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light on 6 June 2019, by getting as many people as possible to choose Metro to travel to and from the event.</p> <p>The target for the event was to double the revenue achieved from the previous concert at the same stadium in 2014, and so be in line with ticket revenue achieved from Ed Sheeran concerts at St James’ Park in Newcastle in 2018.</p> <p>Nexus would go on to exceed both, a generating additional revenue from more than 16,000 passengers who chose Metro for the event, which had sold about 40,000 tickets.  This was a record for both passenger numbers and revenue from a single concert at Stadium of Light.<br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Tue, 15 Oct 2019 09:24:17 +0000 puntond 30053 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Metro engineering boss bows out after five decades of service https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/metro-engineering-boss-bows-out-after-five-decades-service <span>Metro engineering boss bows out after five decades of service</span> <div><time datetime="2019-10-14T08:49:06Z">Mon, 14/10/2019</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Mon, 14/10/2019</span> <div><p>The man who oversaw the construction of the Tyne and Wear Metro’s network of tracks when the system was first built is retiring after a 47 year career in the railway industry.</p> <p>Phil Kirkland, Head of Maintenance Delivery at Nexus, managed the bulk of Metro’s track installation work between 1979 and 1984.</p> <p>Phil, 64, of Stocksfield in Northumberland, who officially retires in November, was responsible for putting in the now familiar alignments that were needed to carry Metro services when the system opened in phases from August 1980 onwards.</p> <p>When he leaves Nexus for the final time Phil will bring the curtain down on a career that has spanned five decades and has taken him across the globe.</p> <p>He said: “I’m enormously proud to have played such a big part in the history of the Tyne and Wear Metro.</p> <p>“It was an exciting and a hugely challenging project to work on. It was something that transformed public transport in our region. I think that I’m one of the few staff left who worked on the original construction project in the late 70s and early 80s.</p> <p>“I oversaw the many miles of track installations that were needed in order to make the Metro become a reality. My fondest memory was seeing all of that work come to fruition when the first test trains started operating on the system. It was a vast project. There was acrimony too, at one point there were fears the government of the time was going to pull the plug on the funding, but we got there in the end.”</p> <p>Rail and Infrastructure Director at Nexus, Michael Ellison, said: “Phil has given outstanding service to the Tyne and Wear over many years.</p> <p>"He was one of the original staff who oversaw a key element of the Metro construction project – its tracks. His knowledge of the Metro system and of railway engineering is second to none. He is going to be a big miss. I would like to wish Phil all the best for his retirement.”</p> <p>Phil has worked on Metro in two spells - during its construction phase up until 1984 before returning in 2007 to head up infrastructure maintenance, which involves managing Metro’s ‘orange army’ of workers who look after the tracks, overhead lines and signalling systems.</p> <p>He added: “I’ve really enjoyed my 47 years on the railways, and particularly both of my spells working on Metro. It’s been a tremendous career. With all of the works I have seen and done over the years it feels like I’ve built the Metro system twice over.</p> <p>“I’m definitely going to miss the job, but after being on call for over 40 years, and out there on the frontline in all weathers, it’s time for a break.”</p> <p>Phil’s has worked on railway systems all over the world, including spells in Australia and America’s Rocky Mountains. He has completed rail engineering projects in no fewer than 12 different countries. In the early 1990s he played a key role in the electrification of the East Coast Mainline.</p> <p>And after such a diverse career, what about the future of the railway industry?</p> <p>Phil said: “There is certainly an engineering skills shortage but I think that the industry has recognised that. More than ever we need to engage with industry players here and abroad to ensure the skills and knowledge is passed on to the workforce of the future. Nexus has recognised that that is needed and it is going down the right path.”<br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Mon, 14 Oct 2019 09:47:44 +0000 puntond 30048 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Nexus takes part in Industry Week at the Newcastle College Rail Academy https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/nexus-takes-part-industry-week-newcastle-college-rail-academy <span>Nexus takes part in Industry Week at the Newcastle College Rail Academy</span> <div><time datetime="2019-10-11T15:12:12Z">Fri, 11/10/2019</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Fri, 11/10/2019</span> <div><p>Engineers from the Tyne and Wear Metro have given up their time to help students who want a career in the railway industry.</p> <p>Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, joined other rail industry bodies for a series of practical training sessions at Newcastle College’s Rail and Civil Engineering Academy in Gateshead as part of Industry Week.</p> <p>It gave the students a chance to get some vital careers advice and find out more about the skills and disciplines that are needed to work in the industry.</p> <p>The Rail Academy contains a real working environment with industry standard equipment and resources, which allowed the Nexus staff to showcase the many complex maintenance tasks it carries out every day on the Metro system - including track, signalling, and overhead line works – in a safe and secure environment.</p> <p>There was even a transport accident scenario to demonstrate how to deal with a car crash on a level crossing.</p> <p>Head of Maintenance Delivery at Nexus, Phil Kirkland, said: “We’re supporting this event so that we can talk to students, potential apprentices, and potential future employees about what we do.</p> <p>“We’ve took them through the basics of track, overhead line, signalling and civil engineering.</p> <p>“There were mock job interviews with our human resources team and we had the Shields Ferry crew there to talk about marine engineering, so everything that we do at Nexus was on display.</p> <p>“In the practical sessions we showed the students how to take a Metro track points motors to pieces and how to rebuild the gearbox. We showed them how to assemble the Metro overhead lines and how we take an electrical isolation on Metro. Our track team showed them how we correct track faults.</p> <p>“One of our road-rail maintenance vehicles was on site and we showed the students how we operate this equipment when we are carrying out essential maintenance work.”</p> <p>He added: “There is a national skills shortage in engineering, and in railway engineering in particular. We’ve got to think long term over the next five, ten and fifteen years where we’re going to recruit the workers who will serve our industry for the next 40 years.”</p> <p>Steven Shiel, Head of Rail and Civil Engineering at Newcastle College, said: “We have had a week of hands-on activities and tasks that inspired the students and this sort of event enables them to look to the future with confidence.”</p> <p>Tia Jones, from Carr Hill in Gateshead, is four years into her education at the Rail and Civil Engineering Academy and the 19-year-old said: “I get a well-rounded insight into all aspects of the rail industry and civil engineering.</p> <p>“I wanted to go into engineering and my teacher at the time suggested take a look at Newcastle College and what they could offer. The people are great and it’s very different to any learning environment I’ve been used to in the past. In terms of gaining industry experience it’s unique.”</p> <p>Fellow student, Tait McKenna, 19, from Ryton, already has one eye on a management role within the rail industry. He said: “I came to a Newcastle College open evening four years ago and I remember my mum nagging me to choose something. Joining the Academy turned out to be the best decision I could have made.</p> <p>“Pretty quickly we were doing practical stuff and that’s what I love. I’d like to become an engineering supervisor and move into a management role in the long term.”<br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Fri, 11 Oct 2019 16:03:07 +0000 puntond 30026 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Watch: Update on Metro's temporary depot project in North Tyneside https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/watch-update-metros-temporary-depot-project-north-tyneside <span>Watch: Update on Metro&#039;s temporary depot project in North Tyneside</span> <div><time datetime="2019-10-11T14:53:12Z">Fri, 11/10/2019</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Fri, 11/10/2019</span> <div><p>The site of a new temporary Metro train depot in North Tyneside is being readied for construction work.</p> <p>The former landfill site in Howdon is undergoing intensive earth works to get it ready for the new depot building and Metro tracks.</p> <p>Excavators are being used to level the site and a reclaim material is being put down to form a solid base for the new facilities.</p> <p>Nexus, the public body which owns and manages the Tyne and Wear Metro, is building the depot as a temporary maintenance facility for the some of the current Metro fleet while the main Metro depot in Gosforth in Newcastle is rebuilt. It will play a key role in the phased delivery of the new Metro fleet, which is scheduled to begin arriving at the end of 2021.</p> <p>Nexus Project Manager, Stephen Bowles, said: “We’ve stripped off all of the top soil on the site and we’re levelling it off. We are putting down reclaim materials and that’s the base that we can put the new Metro lines on that will serve the depot building. There is lots of work on site at the moment with earth moving equipment.</p> <p>“Once all that is done the new depot will be built and the all of the associated railway infrastructure can go in.</p> <p>“This depot will be used primarily for the existing Metro fleet while we rebuild the main depot in Gosforth. It will also be an access point for the new Metro trains they start to arrive in late 2021.”</p> <p>Nexus aims to have the temporary depot ready for use by the summer of 2020.</p> <p>The site will be used for the cleaning and preparation of up to ten Metro trains during the redevelopment of the Gosforth depot.</p> <p>Nexus has secured Government funding of £337m towards the projected £362m cost of designing and building a new train fleet and depot.  This and the ongoing maintenance of the fleet over 35 years makes the total budget about £500m.</p> <p>Buckingham Group Contracting Ltd will be building the temporary Metro depot on behalf of Nexus.</p> <p>The successful bidder will design, build and maintain a fleet and maintenance facilities that will serve Metro for 35 years, including a new depot at the existing site in Gosforth, Newcastle.</p> <p>A detailed specification takes account of consultation with more than 3,000 Metro passengers in 2016 and 2017, followed by market engagement with train builders to refine the plans.</p> <p>The shortlisted bidders are challenged to design trains which will operate efficiently and robustly, supplying a step change in Metro availability and performance, with a bright modern appearance.</p> <p>Nexus wants to see trains which improve passenger flow and dwell times at stations through improved seating layouts, wider doors and stand-back areas, wide aisles, and a layout to encourage flow of passengers through the vehicle.</p> <p>This is also aimed at improving passengers’ sense of security, accessibility for all and providing space for large items and luggage.  There will be improved digital connectivity for passengers and air conditioning.</p> <p>The successful bidder will also be responsible for maintaining the current fleet of trains to ensure there is a smooth transition between the old and new fleet between 2022 and 2024.<br />  </p> </div> <section> </section> Fri, 11 Oct 2019 15:50:26 +0000 puntond 30025 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Nexus expands its Metro driver training programme https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/nexus-expands-its-metro-driver-training-programme <span>Nexus expands its Metro driver training programme</span> <div><time datetime="2019-10-03T08:13:42Z">Thu, 03/10/2019</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Thu, 03/10/2019</span> <div><p>The Tyne and Wear Metro has doubled the number of Metro drivers it can train in a year - the biggest expansion of its driver training programme in its 40 year history.</p> <p>Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, has increased the annual Metro driver intake from 24 to 48 trainees, a move which came into effect on September 2.</p> <p>Six Metro driver training courses will now take place per year, instead of three.</p> <p>Nexus is in the process of selecting new trainee drivers from the 2,346 people who applied earlier this year.</p> <p>The successful candidates will join a waiting list to enter training courses over the next two years.</p> <p>Metro Services Director, Chris Carson, said: “This is the biggest expansion of our driver training programme since Metro opened in 1980.</p> <p>“We have doubled the number of Metro drivers that we can train in a year. This will allow us to draw down greater driver resources and offset issues we have faced due to a higher turnover of staff.</p> <p>“I know that passengers get frustrated when they see trains taken out of service due to resource issues. We have worked tirelessly to address this. The clear way ahead was to increase the number of drivers that we can train up and this is now happening.</p> <p>“We were inundated with thousands of applications when we advertised earlier this year and it’s great to see the successful candidates starting their training.”<br />  </p> <p> </p> </div> <section> </section> Thu, 03 Oct 2019 09:12:32 +0000 puntond 29918 at https://www.nexus.org.uk Iconic Metro photos inspire the rail engineers of the future https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/iconic-metro-photos-inspire-rail-engineers-future <span>Iconic Metro photos inspire the rail engineers of the future</span> <div><time datetime="2019-09-30T09:37:36Z">Mon, 30/09/2019</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/puntond" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">puntond</span></span> <span>Mon, 30/09/2019</span> <div><p>Iconic images of the Tyne and Wear Metro are inspiring railway engineers of the future at a North East college.</p> <p>A montage of stunning archive photographs, showcasing Metro’s proud history, and its exciting future, have gone on permanent display at Newcastle College’s Rail and Civil Engineering Academy in Gateshead.</p> <p>One of six training rooms at the Felling-based facility has been transformed by some of the most captivating photos of the Metro system, its trains, and its infrastructure, over the last 40 years, from construction, the official opening by Her Majesty the Queen in 1981, right up to the present day modernisation programme.</p> <p>Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, has sponsored the ‘Metro classroom’ as part of an ongoing partnership with Newcastle College to inspire the workforce of the future who are seeking careers in the railway industry.</p> <p>Nexus Head of Learning, Heather Blevins, said: “This Metro-themed display at Newcastle College’s Rail and Civil Engineering Academy is stunning and will inspire future generations who want a career in the railway industry.</p> <p>“I want that iconic photo montage to capture the imagination of the students who go to study there, and encourage them to consider coming to work for Nexus.</p> <p>“Connecting our industry with education is an essential part of our commitment to attracting future employees who have developed their skills at the Rail and Civil Engineering Academy.</p> <p>“All of the images are iconic shots from our Metro photography archive. They capture the Tyne and Wear Metro from its construction phase and launch right up until the present day.”</p> <p>Steven Shiel, Head of Rail Engineering at Newcastle College, said: “Newcastle College prides itself on offering vocational education developed closely with industry.</p> <p>“The vision since developing the Rail and Civil Engineering Academy was always for it to be the leading provider of education and training in the North East for the rail industry.</p> <p>“Nexus and the Tyne and Wear Metro service are both vital staples of the region’s rail industry and we are lucky to have enjoyed a longstanding, valuable relationship with them.</p> <p>“The support they’ve offered to the Academy and to our students has been fantastic. I hope that our students continue to be inspired within our new Metro-themed training room.”</p> <p>Nexus has had a partnership with th