Local school kids are getting the chance to showcase their design work on the Tyne and Wear Metro system as part of a new competition to inspire the next generation of train designers.
Primary school children in years 4-6 will learn about the Metro system and help to bring it to life by inventing new and fun ways to use it.
Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, is running the Metro Invention Challenge as part of its big Metro Takeover – celebrating the network’s 40th anniversary year.
The pupils’ best ideas will be brought to life by graphic artists and exhibited for thousands of Metro customers to see.
The Metro Takeover programme involves major regional arts organisations including Sunderland Culture,
Dance City and Cultural Spring run community projects and commissions to be showcased at stations across the busy urban transit system.
Nexus Youth Liaison Office, Deborah Rodenby, said: “Metro is at the heart of the communities that it serves and we are delighted to be taking our Metro Takeover out into local schools.
“This is a great opportunity for the pupils to come up with some creative and innovative designs. It might be a new feature to help our passengers or something that saves us when there are delays. It’s one to get the thinking caps on.
“We already do a great deal of work with local schools to promote railway safety and this will build upon that.
“We are looking forward to seeing what the work that the children produce and the best ones will go on public display on the Metro system.
“Metro is being turned into a platform for community arts and live performances by creative people from across North East England over the coming year as part of the Metro Takeover, our biggest ever community arts programme.”
Through to the spring of 2022 Metro will be brought to life in new ways through dance, song, music, and visual arts projects involving people right across the region and funded by Arts Council England.