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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…
Nexus MD Tobyn Hughes with Andrew Ball from Alzheimer's Society at the launch
Nexus announces £10,000 fundraising drive for Alzheimer's Society
Nexus, the public body which runs the Tyne and Wear Metro, has today announced a £10,000 fundraising mission in aid of Alzheimer’s Society. Every year the one thousand-strong Nexus workforce selects a charity to support and holds a series of fundraising events to raise money for that particular…
Christchurch C of E pupils on board the Shields Ferry
Young photographers put the Shields Ferry in the frame
The Shields Ferry has provided the backdrop for youngsters to put their photography skills in the frame. The iconic cross-Tyne service, which is operated by Nexus, has hosted a documentary photographic project which gave kids a chance to learn about taking the perfect picture. The project has been…
The South Shields Ferry landing bridge lifted out of the water
South Shields Ferry closure: what the work involves
A major programme of work is underway to secure the long term future of the South Shields ferry landing. The work involves the refurbishment of the bearings on the South Shields landing’s 50 metre long Bascule Bridge, which links Harton Quay with the ferry’s pontoon. The bridge, which weighs 240…
The Shields Ferry mid Tyne
Shields Ferry replaced by bus until 3 March
The cross-Tyne Shields Ferry service is closed for one week to allow for the completion of essential maintenance work on the South Shields landing. Nexus, the public body which owns and operates the Shields Ferry, is to suspend ferry services from Monday 25 February until Sunday 3 March. Services…
Spirit of the Tyne mid Tyne with Life boat alongside
Ferry training exercise tests response to major incident
A training exercise has tested the response to a major incident on the Shields Ferry. The exercise, which took place on the River Tyne this morning, Wednesday 6 February, gave emergency services the chance to practice their response to a collision between the ferry and another vessel. The Shields…
Nexus female engineers Morgan Saville and Sam Davenport
Nexus campaigns to get more women into transport careers
Nexus, the public body that delivers public transport services in Tyne and Wear, is championing the campaign to encourage more women to work in the transport industry. Figures show that women remain under represented in the transport sector, accounting for only 20 percent* of workers. At a launch…
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