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Metro Development Director Neil Blagburn and Project Manager Tabitha Callaghan at the butterfly conservation site at Howdon Depot
Nexus creates a butterfly conservation project on Metro
A special conservation area has been created on the Tyne and Wear Metro network to protect a rare species of butterfly. 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…
Gosforth depot
Watch: Time lapse film captures demolition work at Gosforth Metro depot
Demolition work at Gosforth Metro depot has been captured in a fascinating new time lapse film. 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. Months of work in the two-minute video, from the…
The final interior design of new Metro train
Final interior design of new Metro trains is officially unveiled by Nexus
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. Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, has finalised the design options after an unprecedented 23,000…
Martin Kearney from Nexus and Rob Harwood from Buckingham Group sign the contract for Metro Flow
Contractor appointed to carry out £100m track dualling scheme on Metro
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. Buckingham Group Contracting Ltd has won a £55m tender for the construction…
Meccano model of new Metro
Model maker recreates Metro’s new trains with Meccano
The Tyne and Wear Metro’s new trains have been recreated in Meccano thanks to one man’s labour of love. The miniature masterpiece was built by expert model maker John Herdman from Whickham in Gateshead. John, 70, spent three months assembling the 2.5 metre replica in Meccano – the iconic…
Depot works at Gosforth site
First phase of depot demolition work is completed
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. The 100 year-old depot, at Gosforth in Newcastle, is being pulled down to make way for a state-of-the-art maintenance…
Metro depot getting demolished
Demolition work gets underway on the Tyne and Wear Metro’s train depot
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. Crews began the task of pulling down the South East side of the…
A CGI image of a new Metro
Stadler wins a prestigious rail industry award
The company that is building new trains for the Tyne and Wear Metro has scooped a prestigious rail industry award. 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.  The judges said they had…
New Metro cab mock-up
Metro drivers step on board a full-size replica of their new trains
Metro drivers are getting to step on-board a full-size replica of their new trains that are due to start arriving next year.  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 £…
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