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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 £…
The Tanfield Railway
Heritage railway get a boost from Metro’s £70m depot project
The £70m project to rebuild the Tyne and Wear Metro depot has delivered a welcome boost to a leading north east heritage railway. 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…
Gosforth depot
Work starts on the Tyne and Wear Metro’s new train depot
Work has started on Tyne and Wear Metro’s new £70m train depot. Contractors have begun removing large sections of track and overhead line to make way for the new building at South Gosforth in Newcastle.  The new Metro depot will be home to the new train fleet over the coming years, heralding a…
Computer image of new Gosforth depot
New smartphone app showcases £70m rebuild of Gosforth Metro depot
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.  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…
Overhead line works
Metro major line closure: Works start on Monday 15 February
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. The work will allow the renewal of up to 16,000 metres of vital overhead power line to prepare the system for the…
Impression of new Metro trains
Nexus and Stadler - one year on
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. Stadler, based in Switzerland, were chosen after a year-long global search for the best…
Gosforth Metro Depot
Local contractor is appointed to demolish Gosforth Metro depot
North east contractor Thompsons of Prudhoe has been appointed to undertake demolition work at the Tyne and Wear Metro depot. 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. The new depot will be…
Metro driver Craig Pearson with the virtual reality headset on
Metro drivers get first look at new trains through virtual reality
Metro drivers are getting a first glimpse of their new trains through virtual reality. 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. The computer-generated images deliver a…
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