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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
Ylana First
Top award for Tynemouth station campaigner Ylana First
She was the driving force behind the stunning restoration of Tynemouth Station. And now Ylana First has been honoured with North Tyneside’s top award – the Freedom of the Borough. More than 40 years ago Ylana took up the fight to save the historic Tynemouth Station, which was at risk of being…
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Covid: Metro passengers can now use an app to see how busy the trains are
Metro passengers can now use a smartphone app to see how busy the trains are during the coronavirus crisis. Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, has added the new feature to its travel app to aid customers who need to make a journey, easing some of the stress around maintaining…
Paul Patrick
Long serving Nexus worker takes on a major new role at Stadler
A long serving Nexus worker who rose through the ranks to head up the maintenance of the Metro fleet has taken on a senior role with the Swiss train builder Stadler. Paul Patrick, formerly Metro’s Head of Fleet Engineering, has joined Stadler as its UK Engineering Director and will play a key role…
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