The Tyne and Wear Metro has secured more Government funding to support its services for a further six months while customer numbers continue to recover.
The Department for Transport (DfT) confirmed a new support package for light rail and bus operators today, Tuesday 1 March.
Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, said that that new round of financial support was welcome amid a gradual recovery in the number of customers journeys on the network.
The money will be used to cover Metro’s running costs through to October while fare box revenue continues to be adversely affected by the impact of Covid-19.
Director of Finance and Resources at Nexus, John Fenwick, said: “This latest tranche of Covid-19 funding is welcome while we drive the continued recovery in customer journeys on Metro.
“The Government has recognised the huge challenges the public transport industry faces if we are to be there in future to tackle the big problems of climate change and air quality. We need to understand how much Nexus, and the North East as a whole, will get through this announcement, and how that can be used to protect both bus and Metro services.
“Six months is not a long time in the context of our recovery. The pressure on our finances – and the whole industry – will probably still be there in the autumn as we rebuild our market.”