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Metro engineering work.
Metro completes £600,000 scheme to renew all five of its level crossings.
A £600,000 project to renew all five level crossings on the Metro system has been successfully completed and will ensure they are in excellent working condition for many years to come. The level crossings at Callerton Parkway, Bank Foot, Kingston Park and Fawdon in Newcastle have been renewed along…
Sunderland escalator.
Sunderland station gets an escalator.
Sunderland’s city centre railway station has its first ever escalator – thanks to Nexus. The new escalator was in use for the first time on Monday, December 4, giving passengers an easier route up to street level. Nexus installed the escalator as part of a £6.9 million refurbishment of the 129-year…
Phil Kirkland.
Metro appoints new Head of Infrastructure and Engineering.
Phil Kirkland, who was part of the team that assisted with the design and construction of Metro in the late 1970s, has been promoted internally after returning to the organisation in 2007. He brings with him over 35 years of railway industry experience. Based at Metro’s operational base in South…
Manors Metro station.
Metro passenger numbers soar at Manors Station.
Metro passenger numbers at Manors station have soared since a new university campus opened opposite the station. Nexus, which, owns, manages and is modernising Metro, says passenger numbers were up 40% between September and November 2008 compared to the previous year. More than 107,000 passengers…
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Metro ranked among the UK’s leading train operators
The Tyne and Wear Metro has been shortlisted for Train Operator of the Year at the UK’s most prestigious rail awards ceremony. This is the second year running that Metro has reached the shortlist at the HSBC Rail Business Awards, competing against the likes of Eurostar, London Underground and First…
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The Queen officially opens the Metro 1981
A Tyne Tees news report of the day the Queen officially opened the Tyne and Wear Metro, on 6 November 1981, has been posted on video-sharing website You Tube. You can see it by clicking on the below link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vKhW7aJyGnA&feature=related Please note this link takes you…
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Nexus to give Blaydon Interchange a £95,000 facelift.
Blaydon bus interchange is to get a £95,000 facelift this spring by Nexus. New shelters, information boards and fences are to be fitted at the interchange in a six week programme of work starting on 16 March. There will also be more seating areas and plans for new energy-efficient LED lighting to…
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Talking signposts on Metro help visually impaired.
Nexus has installed talking signposts to assist the visually impaired at two of its busiest stations. Twenty ‘React’ speaker units have been fitted all over Monument and Haymarket Metro stations in a joint project with Newcastle City Council, RNIB and Newcastle Disability Forum. Between them the…
Andy Bairstow, Communications Director and David Hogg, Metro Security Manager
Metro unveils new weapon in the fight against cable theft
Metro has joined forces with Northumbria Police to issue a stark warning to thieves who target sensitive trackside equipment – Metro property is now marked with an invisible forensic coding system called SmartWater. SmartWater is being used on Metro to crackdown on cable theft, which causes delays…
Another record breaking year for Metro punctuality.
During the year to March 2009 Metro ran 96.17 percent of its trains on time - ahead of the performance figures which are set down by the Metro Customer Charter. And on Monday March 4 Metro punctuality actually peaked at 99 percent, the highest figure on record for a weekday Metro service. In 2007/…
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