Last chance to give an old Metro train a new lease of life

Metro train at Haymarket
23 November 2021

Local community groups and organisations have one week left to submit ideas on how they could give an old Tyne and Wear Metro train a new lease of life.

Nexus is keen to hear creative and innovative ideas about how an old train could be transformed into a vibrant public asset, and the closing date for expressions of interest is Tuesday 30 November 2021.

Community groups and not-for-profit organisations have been invited by Nexus to submit their plans and ideas for the iconic Metro carriages, which are set to be replaced by the state-of-the-art new trains from 2023.

Any interested party must complete and submit an Expression of Interest form which can be found at online at Community trains | nexus.org.uk.

The webpage also includes full information on the size and specification of the trains, plus delivery details and expected timescales.

The aim is to donate up to five Metro carriages for community use after they have been decommissioned.

Customer Services Director at Nexus, Huw Lewis, said: “The Metro trains have been real workhorses over the last 41 years, but they will start to be phased out from 2023 to make way for our new trains, so it’s fitting that we allow some to be donated for local communities to make use of them.

“We are seeking expressions of interest and ideas from community groups and non-profit organisations about how a Metrocar might be used somewhere as a public asset once it has been taken out of service

“What we need now are creative and exciting proposals from the public as we get ready to say goodbye to the Metro fleet.

“Using an old Metro as a valued community space is a very fitting way to commemorate the service they have provided since they entered service over 40 years ago.”

After more than four decades of service the Tyne and Wear Metro trains are to be retired from the network. They will be phased out from 2023 and through 2024, when the new generation of trains, built by Swiss train manufacturer Stadler, begin to enter service.

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