The Tyne and Wear Metro control room has undergone a £12m programme of modernisation – the biggest upgrade in its 38 year history.
Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, has installed a new computerised signalling control system in the Metro control room in South Gosforth in Newcastle.
The switch from analogue to digital control was four years in the planning but took place in a single night to minimise disruption to passengers - as all trains had to be stopped until the new system was ready. The video on this page shows how it was done.
The new technology will transform the way that Metro trains are controlled, making operations more efficient and effective.
The project was funded as part of the £350m Metro: all change modernisation programme.
RTMS provides the Tyne and Wear Metro with the same computerised signalling control system which is used on the national railways by Network Rail. The new system has transformed the current layout of the Metro Control Room.
The iconic Metro control room display board and button system has been replaced by a new service view consisting of five 65 inch plasma screens.
The RTMS system is being supplied to Nexus by a specialist company called Resonate, based in Derby, specialising in rail technology and transport solutions.