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Photo of Metro workers in the city centre tunnel between Monument and Haymarket
A night shift with Metro’s orange army of maintenance workers
Keeping the Metro system in tip top condition is all in a night’s work for the Nexus maintenance teams. A typical night shift will include scores of vital jobs across the 77km network, all while the rest of us are fast asleep. One such task is the maintenance of Metro’s iconic city centre tunnels,…
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Metro fares review is put on hold until April 2021
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. 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,…
A Metro cube
Metro cube appears in London to celebrate the designer Margaret Calvert
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. Calvert, a designer who did much to shape the visual identity of modern…
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Metro secures further Government support as Covid-19 restrictions continue
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. The Department for Transport (DfT) has allocated £8.5m for Metro, which will last to January 18, and a…
Junior blue card
New contactless and cash-free Metro travel for Under 16s
An easy new cash-free way for Under 16s to pay for Metro travel has been launched by Nexus. 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. The Junior blue smartcard will work like other…
Image what new Metro will look like
Last chance to have your say on new Metro fleet
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. More than 20,000 people have engaged with the consultation run by Nexus and Newcastle University’s Open Lab so…
Metro's oldest driver Richard Neesham
Richard’s the Metro’s oldest ever driver at the age of 73
Evergreen Richard Neesham is still driving Metro trains at 73 years young, and he’s loving every moment of it.  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. The grandfather is the oldest person to drive trains on…
The first Metrocar 4001
Feature: The Tyne and Wear Metro train fleet at 40
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. Their iconic yellow and white colour scheme and cutting-edge technology made them stand out from the very first day that they entered…
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