The company that is building new trains for the Tyne and Wear Metro has scooped a prestigious rail industry award.
Stadler, the Swiss train builder, has won Rail Business of the Year at the annual Rail Business Awards, which were held remotely due to Covid-19 restrictions.
The judges said they had put in a great performance across the board and put in a strong showing since entering the UK market.
Stadler won the contract to design, build and maintain 42 new trains for Metro in January last year, and work on the fleet is set to start this summer.
Rob Baxter, managing director for Stadler Rail Service UK, said: “We have made a concerted effort over the last few years to gain ground in the UK and Ireland. These markets have exciting and vibrant rail industries, and Stadler is keen to do business in them.
“The recognition by the judges of our hard work and efforts is very pleasing and we are honoured to continue delivering safe, high quality and technologically-advanced rolling stock to the UK and Ireland.”
Stadler is building a total of 46 new Metro trains for Nexus, which will be delivered up to 2024. They will be responsible for servicing and maintaining these trains for 35 years, underscoring their commitment to the regional economy.
The new trains, which will be 15 times more reliable and will cut energy consumption by 30%, will have modern features including charging points, air conditioning and a step-change in accessibility.
Among the new features will be an automatic sliding step at every door of the new trains, making travel easier for Metro’s 50,000 wheelchair passengers as well as people with children’s buggies, luggage or bicycles.
Find out more about the new Tyne and Wear Metro fleet at https://www.nexus.org.uk/newmetrotrains