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A passenger opens a ticket gate with a smart phone
Smartphone ticketing arrives on the Tyne and Wear Metro
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. Nexus is working with Google Pay and other tech partners on a project, it says, will transform how…
Bus at Park Lane, pic taken pre-Covid era
Region-wide consultation launches on multi-billion strategy for transport 
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.  The North East Transport Plan includes an initial £6.1bn of transformative projects, an…
Burying the Metro 40th anniversary time capsule at the Gosforth Depot
Time capsule buried as part of Metro’s 40th anniversary
A time capsule has been buried as part of the Tyne and Wear Metro’s 40th anniversary celebrations. Local school children helped to pick out a range of Metro memorabilia to preserve for future generations. The time capsule was buried at the Gosforth Metro fleet depot in Newcastle ahead of its £70m…
Staff with the new Metero train in the new Howdon depot
First test trains arrive at new temporary Metro depot ahead of its opening
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. 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. The…
The Roodle snowdog sculpture at Whitley Bay Metro station
Metro features on a new Snowdogs public art trail
A Metro station is featuring on a magical Snowman and the Snowdog public art trail in North Tyneside. 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. The trail will see 20 life-sized…
The first Metrocar 4001
Special award for Metro and the man who helped to create it
The Tyne and Wear Metro and the man who masterminded its creation have scooped a special public transport industry award. 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…
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,…
A Metro train
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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