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Shields Ferry to resume services on Saturday 21 December
The Shields Ferry is to resume services on Saturday, December 21, following the successful completion of essential repairs. Structural damage on the North Shields ferry landing has been rectified following a six week closure. Nexus, the public body which owns and manages the Shields Ferry, will re-…
Martin Kearney
Nexus appoints Martin Kearney as its new Chief Operating Officer
Nexus, the public body which owns and manages the Tyne and Wear Metro, has appointed a new Chief Operating Officer, who is swapping Australia for North East England to take on the job. Martin Kearney, who runs transport services in the cities of Sydney and Auckland, will direct all of the day-to-…
Nexus and Metro staff at the Hate Crime Awareness Week Walk of Solidarity with Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Kim McGuiness
Nexus supports National Hate Crime Awareness Week
Nexus, the public body which owns and manages the Tyne and Wear Metro, is supporting National Hate Crime Awareness Week. A walk of solidarity in the west end of Newcastle marked the start of a series events that will encourage people to “spread love not hate”. Nexus staff joined with the walk of…
Thousands of Great North Runners on the Tyne Bridge iconic shot
Metro's Great North Run boost on weekend of world class sport
The Tyne and Wear Metro has enjoyed a boost in ticket sales and passenger numbers thanks to the Great North Run, on a weekend of world class sport for North East England. Nexus, the public body that owns and manages the Tyne and Wear Metro, says that Metro carried 90,000 passengers on the day of…
Ferry crew with Elmer the Elephant sculpture
Shields Ferry gets its own Elmer the Elephant
The Shields Ferry has its very own Elmer the Elephant sculpture on public display. The Elmer sculpture, Mema, was designed by Nexus staff as part of a competition, and he is on show on board the Spirit of the Tyne. Elmer’s Great North Parade, by St Oswald’s Hospice, is based on the much-loved…
Great North Runners photo on Tyne Bridge
Advance information for Great North Runners and spectators
Are there any changes to bus, Metro and Shields Ferry services for runners and spectators travelling home from this year’s Great North Run? No – You will see the same public transport as last year, with the same high frequency bus services leaving from near the finish line, and Metro and the Ferry…
Shields Ferry skipper Nathan Williamson
Watch: the youngest Shields Ferry skipper for more than three decades
Meet the youngest Shields Ferry skipper for more than 30 years. Nathan Williamson is captain of the iconic cross-Tyne passenger service at the age of 22. Nathan, of North Shields, is already a volunteer for the Tynemouth Lifeboat and had long been keen on a maritime career. His dad was in the…
BBC Newcastle presenters Alfie Joey and Anna Foster on board the Shields Ferry Spirit of the Tyne with Ferry Skipper Chris McGuinness
BBC presenters learn how to drive the Shields Ferry
BBC presenters Alfie Joey and Anna Foster have been put through their paces driving the Shields Ferry. Alfie and Anna, who host BBC Radio Newcastle’s breakfast show, got the chance to take the controls for an impromptu lesson under the close supervision of the crew. They piloted Spirit of the Tyne…
Elmer the Elephant on South Shields Ferry landing
Elmer the Elephant delights passengers on the Shields Ferry
The Shields Ferry has had a splash of colour thanks to a visit from Elmer the Elephant. A giant sculpture of the much-loved children’s book character Elmer the Patchwork Elephant took a trip on board the cross-Tyne ferry service from South Shields, giving passengers and crew the chance to see him…
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