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Covid: New Government travel guidance starts from Monday 29 March
New guidelines for public transport users come into effect from today, Monday March 29, as part of the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown. 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…
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Metro secures a further £8m of financial support from the Government
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. The Department for Transport (DfT) confirmed the latest round of emergency covid funding today, Saturday 20…
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Multi-billion pound North East Transport Plan approved
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.    Today, Tuesday 16 March, the Committee has signed off the ambitious plan,…
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…
UV light device in the hands of the engineer before it gets installed at Monument Metro station
UV light sanitises Metro's escalators in its latest covid secure measure
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 covid-secure measures. Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, has fitted the UV equipment on 31 escalators on the network. The UV light kills…
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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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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…
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