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  • Image of track replacement works

    Metro Major Line Closure: July 31 - September 2

    26 July 2017
    Part of the Metro network is to close for 34 days this summer  for a £20m programme of modernisation work.  Most passengers will not be affected, but if you travel between South Gosforth and Shiremoor as part of your journey this page contains all you need to know. The Metro line will be closed...
  • Screen shot of new website

    Making your web journey easier

    26 July 2017
    We’ve updated this website to make it easier for users to find what they’re looking for and to reflect the way you choose to connect with us today. More people want information on the go these days – connecting with nexus.org.uk from smart phones or tablets – so we’ve improved our website to make...
  • A Metro train

    Metro's iconic trains are to be recreated in LEGO

    18 July 2017
    The Tyne and Wear Metro is to join the ranks of world famous landmarks which have been recreated using LEGO. A scale model of Metro’s iconic Metro trains, which date back to the early 1980s, is to be built this summer entirely from LEGO bricks, celebrating Metro’s proud history as it looks to the...
  • Red arrows and metro logo

    Extra Metro services for the Sunderland Airshow

    17 July 2017
    Extra Metro services will be running for this year’s Sunderland International Airshow, and visitors are being advised to allow plenty of time for their journey. The airshow, which takes place on Friday 21, Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 July on the Roker seafront, attracts large crowds from across the...
  • The Disney Magic cruise ship

    Ferry trip to wave off the Disney Magic cruise ship

    17 July 2017
    The Shields Ferry is running a special river trip for people to watch the stunning Disney Magic cruise ship as she leaves the Tyne on Wednesday evening. The trip will take place this Wednesday, 19 July, and will depart from the South Shields ferry landing at 6pm. Tickets, which will be available on...
  • A Metro train

    Nexus statement: Metro train services in July 2017

    12 July 2017
    Chris Carson, Metro Services Director, said: "We have cancelled some peak hour Metro services in the last few days and that will continue in the coming weeks because we don't have enough trains available to meet the normal timetable. "Our passengers can still rely on a Metro train every 12 minutes...
  • Family on Ferry trip

    Shields Ferry cruises are back for summer 2017

    7 July 2017
    Shields Ferry river trips are coming back in August, offering a great variety of events for all tastes. Nexus, which owns and operates the cross-Tyne ferry service, is running a range of cruises, including live music, fish and chip trips, historical commentaries and on-board entertainments for...
  • Metro train at Haymarket

    Metro takes on extra customer service staff for summer

    26 June 2017
    The Tyne and Wear Metro is recruiting more staff to provide customer service on the system over the summer. Customer Service Advisors are being taken on as Metro looks to increase staffing on trains and at stations ahead of a busy summer of events and a 34 day Major Line Closure. A total of 32 new...
  • Grand paents and grand children on a Metro

    Metro Gold Card rules are relaxed for July and August

    22 June 2017
    Metro Gold Card holders will be able to enjoy Metro travel at any time of the day throughout July and August. Nexus, which owns and manages Metro, is lifting the restriction which prevents holders using the Gold Card before 9.30am on weekdays from Saturday, 1 July. John Fenwick, Director of Finance...
  • Former apprentice takes charge at Metro's fleet depot

    20 June 2017
    A former trainee has risen through the ranks to take charge of the Tyne and Wear Metro Depot in Newcastle. Paul Patrick, a former apprentice fitter who first joined Metro in 1995, is Metro’s new Head of Fleet Engineering – with the responsibility for looking after Metro’s fleet of 90 trains. Paul,...
  • A Metro train

    Keep cool and stay hydrated on Metro this summer

    15 June 2017
    The Tyne and Wear Metro is encouraging customers to keep cool and stay hydrated when travelling on its trains this summer. Metro has released useful well-being advice to remind its customers to take good care of themselves when travelling on the system. Metro is the busiest urban light rail system...
  • Metro Director with NUFC Foundation staff at Four Lane Ends

    Health checks at Four Lane Ends Interchange

    7 June 2017
    Metro passengers will be offered on the spot health checks for people in their 40s as part of a pilot scheme by two North East councils. North Tyneside Council and Newcastle City Council are working together with Nexus to encourage more members of the public to have their health checked for free...
  • Children at Kingston Park Metro station with the new Metro adventure book

    Metro adventure book helps families get out and about

    2 June 2017
    The Tyne and Wear Metro has launched a brand new free adventure book to encourage families to get out and about and explore all the fantastic things that the region has to offer. By jumping on board a Metro children can turn adventurer and enjoy a fun day out with their families while finding new...
  • Grand paents and grand children on a Metro

    Metro teams up with local attractions this half term

    25 May 2017
    Tyne and Wear Metro is encouraging families to get out and about during half term, offering a range of special offers to explore the wealth of attractions across the region. A host of popular North East attractions have teamed up with Metro to offer customers exclusive deals during the week, with...
  • North Shields Ferry landing

    Shields Ferry landings undergo structural repairs

    25 May 2017
    The Shields Ferry’s two landings on the River Tyne are undergoing important structural repair work. Both the South Shields and the North Shields ferry landings are getting parts of their steelwork replaced and repaired as part of a £300,000 maintenance project. Nexus, the public body which owns and...
  • Promo staff with a giant Pop card

    Pop Pay As You Go cards are made FREE to obtain

    23 May 2017
    The Pop Pay As You Go card is now free to obtain for travel on the Tyne and Wear Metro and bus routes across North East England. Using a Pop Pay As You Go smart card saves passengers money on every trip they make on Metro, and the card can also be used to buy tickets on all local buses in North...
  • David Gibson

    Tynemouth station celebrates the north east's first music hall star

    18 May 2017
    Tynemouth Metro station is hosting a fascinating exhibition about the North East’s first ever music hall star Ned Corvan. Supported by the Friends of Tynemouth Museum and Nexus, the exhibition has been created to publicise the forthcoming North East tour of Mr Corvan’s Music Hall, which is a full...
  • Metro and TfL staff at Central station Metro concourse

    Metro hosts a visit from Transport for London

    12 May 2017
    The Tyne and Wear Metro has hosted a knowledge sharing day with London Underground staff to boost customer care and share railway industry best practice. Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, welcomed a group of 18 frontline staff, including a team who work at the busy Tower Hill...
  • Staff showcase baby on board badges at South Gosforth

    Metro launches a Baby on Board badge scheme

    8 May 2017
    The Tyne and Wear Metro has launched its own Baby on Board badges to help pregnant women get a seat when they need it. Nexus, which owns and manages Metro, has introduced the scheme to make travel on Metro that little bit easier for expectant mums. The badges are designed to overcome the...
  • TV's George Clarke on the Ferry

    TV star George Clarke takes a Shields Ferry trip

    5 May 2017
    Channel 4’s restoration man George Clarke has taken a trip on the Shields Ferry. TV star George, a renowned architect who hails from Sunderland, took a break from filming his hit show, Amazing Spaces, to take a tour on board the Spirit of the Tyne on Thursday May 4. The trip was specially arranged...
  • Extra Metro services for NUFC's final home game

    4 May 2017
    Extra Metro services will be operating for Newcastle United’s final home game of the season on Sunday, May 7. Four additional trains will be in service after the game with Barnsley, which kicks off at Noon, in order to cope with the added demand. The extra trains will supplement the usual Sunday...
  • Metro cleaners on a train

    Metro gets extra cleaners on board its trains

    20 April 2017
    Nexus, the public body which owns and manages the Tyne and Wear Metro, is putting more cleaners on board its trains. This forms part of the plans to improve Metro services for its 38 million customers, following the end of the Metro operating contract with DB Regio. Nexus resumed the direct...
  • Grandparents and kid on a Metro

    Public transport information for the Easter weekend

    11 April 2017
    Public transport information for the Easter weekend Metro: Metro services will be in operation across the Easter weekend. On Good Friday, 14 April, and Easter Monday, 17 April, Sunday timetables will be in place on the Metro system. Easter Saturday, 15 April, and Easter Sunday, 16 April, the usual...
  • Metro mascot waving

    Metro teams up with local attractions for the Easter holidays

    6 April 2017
    Tyne and Wear Metro is encouraging families to get out and about during the Easter holidays, and is offering a range of special offers to explore the wealth of attractions across the region. A host of popular North East attractions have teamed up with Metro to offer customers exclusive deals during...
  • Metro on QEII Bridge

    Nexus resumes direct operation of Metro services

    1 April 2017
    Nexus has resumed direct operation of services on the Tyne and Wear Metro. Operator DB Regio, which had run services on behalf of Nexus since April 2010, came to the end of its operating contract at 2am on Saturday 1 April. Managing Director of Nexus, Tobyn Hughes, said: “I am looking forward to...
  • Lucy Frost with Pop card

    Lucy travels to new business heights with Go Smarter Ways into Work

    31 March 2017
    Young apprentice Lucy Frost is aiming high in business, thanks to a new initiative from Go Smarter Ways into Work. Lucy, 18, from Heaton in Newcastle, has been able to access a Business Administration Level 2 Apprenticeship at Barnado’s Palmersville Training, thanks to a partnership between...
  • Huw Lewis at a Metro station

    Nexus appoints a new Customer Services Director

    28 March 2017
    Nexus, the public body which owns and manages the Tyne and Wear Metro, has appointed a new Customer Services Director. Huw Lewis will take up his new role as a director on 1 April. Huw, 45, of Mickley in Northumberland, will be responsible for providing strategic vision and clear direction for the...
  • Chris Carson next to Metro cube at South Gosforth

    Nexus appoints a new Metro Services Director

    14 March 2017
    Nexus has appointed a new Metro Services Director with more than 20 years of experience in the UK railway industry. Chris Carson will lead the Metro workforce and oversee the operation of trains and stations within a wholly-owned Nexus subsidiary. He brings a wealth of experience to the role,...
  • £6m refurbishment of Metro's Newcastle Central Station completed

    13 March 2017
    The £6m revamp of Metro's Newcastle Central Station has been successfully completed, transforming a key regional gateway. The station, which is used by 5.3m people a year, has undergone a major redevelopment over the last 18 months, offering passengers a brighter, cleaner, and more modern Metro...
  • Spirit of the Tyne ferry on the water

    Spirit of the Tyne celebrates ten years of service

    1 March 2017
    The newer of the River Tyne’s two passenger ferries is celebrating its tenth anniversary. Spirit of the Tyne was officially named by Her Royal Highness Princess Anne at South Shields Ferry landing on March 1, 2007. Nexus, the public body which owns and operates the cross-Tyne Shields Ferry,...
  • Metro train on QEII bridge over the Tyne

    Watch a Metro ride captured on time lapse video

    15 February 2017
    A Metro time lapse video has brilliantly framed a daily journey through South Tyneside. The video was shot on by a member of Nexus staff using just an iPhone on the 8.6km stretch of line between Hebburn and South Shields. It captures what should be a 20 minute Metro ride. But speeded up via time...
  • Photo of track replacement

    Metro track replacement: St James - Chillingham Road

    8 February 2017
    Nexus, the public body which owns and manages the Tyne and Wear Metro, is to carry out a major programme of track modernisation in Newcastle. The project will involve the replacement of a 3.8km section of Metro line that runs east to west beneath Newcastle city centre. The tracks which traverse...
  • Drawing of Metro train

    Metro customers have their say on a new fleet of trains

    6 February 2017
    Tyne and Wear Metro passengers have given a thumbs-up to London Underground-style linear seating when new trains are introduced to the system in the years ahead. More than 3,000 people took part in the biggest ever consultation exercise on Metro trains, organised by Nexus as it completes the...
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    Nexus to invest £35m in modernisation work in 2017

    26 January 2017
    Nexus, the public body which owns and manages the Tyne and Wear Metro, is to invest £35m in Metro modernisation work in 2017. The work will involve major projects to renew and replace Metro’s ageing infrastructure, including track and overhead lines. It forms part of the £350m Metro all change...
  • Metro on bridge

    More trains when people need them in Metro timetable change

    16 January 2017
    The Metro timetable is changing on 5 February to provide more early morning trains and a better service at peak times. There will be new early morning weekday services from Sunderland, South Shields and North Tyneside stations, reflecting changing demand from Metro passengers. And changes at peak...
  • Photo of short story winners

    Budding authors showcase their work on Metro

    19 December 2016
    Talented Metro customers have drawn inspiration from their train journeys to pen winning short stories. Tyne and Wear Metro launched a competition earlier this year asking passengers to write a 250-word story based on the theme ‘Metro Morning’. Scores of people took on the literary challenge and...
  • Tunn rerails

    Metro's £3m tunnel re-railing project is completed

    15 December 2016
    Nexus, the public body which owns, manages and is modernising the Tyne and Wear Metro, has completed a £3m programme to replace the tracks in the iconic tunnels that run deep beneath the streets of Newcastle. Four kilometres of track has been successfully replaced in the tunnels which run from...
  • Pride of the Tyne

    Shields Ferry fares to offer bigger savings in 2017

    8 December 2016
    Shields Ferry fares in 2017 are to offer bigger savings for customers with a Pop Pay As You Go smartcard, while most other tickets are coming down or are being frozen in price. Nexus, the public body which owns and operates the cross-Tyne service, is introducing a 20p saving on single Ferry tickets...
  • Metro stations are a new home for Amazon lockers

    28 November 2016
    The Tyne and Wear Metro is home to a new set of Amazon lockers, giving passengers the chance to collect their online purchases when they pass through stations. Amazon Lockers have been installed at five key stations on the Metro system, including Monument in Newcastle city centre, Four Lane Ends...
  • Christmas and New Year public transport in Tyne and Wear

    28 November 2016
    Nexus has produced a handy guide to when public transport is operating in and around Tyne and Wear this Christmas and New Year. You can download our guide from this page. It provides a quick reference to when bus, Metro, Shields ferry and local rail services are operating, as well as opening hours...
  • Metro's airport extension celebrates its 25th year

    17 November 2016
    The Metro extension to Newcastle Airport has marked its 25th anniversary. The £12m scheme, opened on November 17, 1991, provides the fastest airport to city centre transfers in the country. Millions of holidaymakers and business travellers have benefited over the last quarter of a century. Managing...
  • Apprentices start a new career at the Metro train depot

    8 November 2016
    The Tyne and Wear Metro has underlined its commitment to training and development by taking on five new apprentices at its train fleet depot in South Gosforth in Newcastle. Metro, which carries almost 40 million passengers a year, has recruited the apprentices from Newcastle College’s engineering...
  • Metro cycling trial is extended for six months

    7 November 2016
    Tyne and Wear Metro has extended its cycle trial allowing customers to travel with non-folding bikes for the first time. The limited trial was launched earlier this year to test how far it was possible to support onward travel for cyclists with non-folding bikes without having an impact on the...
  • Metro on QE2 bridge

    Most popular Metro tickets are frozen in price for 2017

    3 November 2016
    Metro fares will include bigger savings for customers travelling with Pop Pay As You Go smartcards in 2017, while other popular Metro tickets are to be frozen in price. Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, will introduce a bigger 20p saving on single journeys and 30p saving on the...
  • New metro train

    The future of Metro and light rail services in North East England

    7 July 2016
    The North East Combined Authority’s vision for transport in the region includes ambitious plans to invest in Metro and explore how expansion of our region’s rail networks could be achieved. In the attached document we provide a broader policy context for part of that vision: the business cases for...
  • hospital staff and children with snow dog sculpture

    Metro's little Snowdog delights local children's ward

    28 October 2016
    Children being cared for at the Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital at Cramlington had a very special visitor – Nexus’ very own little Snowdog. The Northumbria is the first hospital in the North East to host ‘Gooch’, the only mobile snowdog on the Great North Snowdog trail – the region’s...
  • people at metro automatic ticket gate

    Tyneside children voice new Metro safety campaign

    27 October 2016
    The Tyne and Wear Metro has launched a new safety campaign with the help of two North East schoolchildren. Bill Quay Primary School pupils Anya and Eva Leng, who are six and nine respectively, are the voices of a series of new recorded Metro tannoy announcements reminding passengers to take care...
  • Two people with snow dog sculpture

    Metro's little Snowdog joins the trail in Sunderland

    19 October 2016
    The Tyne and Wear Metro’s very own little Snowdog has been on a whistle stop tour of some of the top sights and attractions in Sunderland. Nexus, who have named their little Snowdog ‘Gooch’, are principal sponsors of the Great North Snowdog trail – the region’s biggest ever public art event which...
  • snow dog sculpture

    New walking guide as Snowdog hunters flock to Metro

    19 October 2016
    Snowdog hunters are flocking to the Tyne and Wear Metro in their thousands as they scour North East England to complete their collection. Nexus, which owns and manages Metro, says it has seen a significant increase in leisure travel and travel by families since the Great North Snowdog Trail began...
  • shields ferry and RNLI boat

    Shields Ferry hosts emergency training exercise

    13 October 2016
    A training exercise has been held on the River Tyne to practice a multi-agency response to a fire on board the Shields Ferry. The exercise, which took place on Wednesday 12 October, was a chance for the emergency services and the Ferry crew to co-ordinate their response in the event of a major...
  • snow dog route map

    A dog's eye view of Metro's snowdog trail

    13 October 2016
    Metro-loving Miniature Schnauzer Gus has captured a dog’s eye view of the Great North Snowdog trail travelling by Metro and ferry. Two-and-a-half-year-old Gus took to the Tyne and Wear Metro network with his owner and a GoPro camera strapped to his back to visit some of the 61 Snowdog sculptures...
  • two nexus rail maintenance staff

    Metro's 'orange army' scoops a prestgious rail award

    12 October 2016
    The ‘orange army’ which keeps Tyne and Wear Metro on track through winter has been honoured at a prestigious industry award ceremony. Rail maintenance staff at Nexus, which owns and manages Metro, were named Team of the Year at the Global Light Rail Awards. The prize recognises the efforts the...
  • New metro train

    Your chance to design the new Metrocars

    10 October 2016
    People of the North East are being asked to help design the next generation of Metrocars as part of an ambitious £1 billion bid to upgrade the trains, infrastructure and signalling over the next 20 years. Nexus, which owns Metro, is finalising a bid to the Department for Transport to help fund a...
  • group of engineering apprentices

    Apprentices secure permanent jobs at Nexus

    5 October 2016
    A group of engineering apprentices are celebrating this week after securing permanent jobs on the Tyne and Wear Metro system. Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, has rewarded ten recruits with full time engineering jobs after they all successfully completed their three years of...
  • people on a bus

    New checks on concessionary travel will prevent misuse of the ‘bus pass’

    29 September 2016
    New checks are being introduced on buses in the North East to prevent the misuse of concessionary bus passes meant for older and disabled people. Smart ticket machines on buses operating in Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, County Durham and the Tees Valley have been programmed to indicate immediately...
  • limited edition Snowdog Pop Pay As You Go card

    Special Metro tickets to see the Snowdog trail

    26 September 2016
    The Tyne and Wear Metro has revealed a number of special ticket options to help people to get out and about to see the Great North Snowdog Trail. Limited edition  Snowdog Pop Pay As You Go cards, which include a £10 balance, are available to buy online now, click here for Nexus online store. Pop...
  • Managing Director of Nexus with snow dog sculpture

    Great North Snowdogs take over Metro

    19 September 2016
    The Metro system is to play a key part in Tyne and Wear’s biggest ever mass participation public art event – Great North Snowdogs. The colourful Snowdog trail will see 61 individually designed Snowdog sculptures displayed in local parks and open spaces - and almost all are in easy reach of a Metro...
  • nexus engineer doing work

    New tracks for Metro's iconic city centre tunnels

    14 September 2016
    Nexus, the public body which owns and manages the Tyne and Wear Metro, is investing £3m in new tracks for the iconic Metro tunnels that run deep beneath the streets of Newcastle city centre. Engineers are replacing a two kilometre stretch of track between Jesmond Metro station and the QEII Metro...
  • people on a bus

    National Fraud Initiative 2016/17

    12 September 2016
    The Passenger Transport Executive (Nexus) is required by law to participate in the National Fraud Initiative’s data matching exercise to assist in the prevention and detection of fraud. This includes supplying data about concessionary travel pass holders to the Cabinet Office. If you have any...
  • metro on QE2 bridge

    Extra Metro services for the Great North Run

    9 September 2016
    Extra Metro services will be in operation for Sunday’s Great North Run - and runners and spectators  are being advised to allow extra time for their journeys and to buy tickets in advance. There will be additional Metro services will be running until around 7pm, when the timetable returns to normal...
  • Parson’s Polygon air vent

    Metro's underground air vent gains listed status

    8 September 2016
    An air vent for the Tyne and Wear Metro’s tunnels beneath Newcastle has been listed by Historic England as an important piece of post-war public art. Parson’s Polygon is a unique terracotta obelisk designed by artist David Hamilton to stand in one of Newcastle city centre’s busiest streets. The 3.5...
  • shields ferry

    The Shields Ferry gears up for the Great North Run

    2 September 2016
    The Shields Ferry service is gearing up for the Great North Run, its busiest day of the year, where it expects to carry 10,000 passengers over the day. Both ferries will be operating on the day of the Great North Run, Sunday 11 September, in order to clear the huge volume of runners and spectators...
  • group of stroke survivors

    Stroke survivors team up with Metro to help others

    30 August 2016
    A group of stroke survivors from South Tyneside have unveiled a project to help other people like them to get around and explore the area as part of their rehabilitation programme. The project has involved the creation of a special walking route and map, starting from Jarrow Metro station. The easy...
  • man busking on shields ferry

    Shields Ferry to host a busking festival on board

    24 August 2016
    Shields Ferry passengers will be entertained by buskers on their Tyne crossings this Bank Holiday weekend. A busker’s pitch will be erected on board the ferry on Saturday August 27, 12pm-6pm, and a host of musicians will be giving live performances. The Crossing the Tyne Festival has been organised...
  • people in front of metro artwork

    Your chance to enter Metro's short story competition

    23 August 2016
    Metro customers are being encouraged to use their daily commute as inspiration for a new short story competition. Tyne and Wear Metro has teamed up with New Writing North to challenge writers, both aspiring and established, to pen a 250-word short story. The story should be based around the theme ‘...
  • pop card

    Pop Pay As You Go arrives on Go North East buses

    22 August 2016
    Customers of the region’s largest bus operator, Go North East, can now use the Pop Pay As You Go payment card on their buses right across the region. The Pop card is a way of paying for public transport and allows customers to use just one card to pay for journeys on public transport in North East...
  • Great North Run runners

    Travel information for the Great North Run 2016

    22 August 2016
    With road closures as well as limited parking, public transport is the best way to get to or from the Great North Run for both runners and spectators. There will be extra bus services, Metro trains and ferry trips throughout the day to help you get around as quickly and easily as possible.  ...
  • central station interior

    Details of weekend closures at Metro Central Station

    12 August 2016
    The Metro concourse and platforms at Central Station in Newcastle are to close for five full weekends to allow for important modernisation work. Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, is closing Metro Central Station over three weekends in September and over two weekends in October –...
  • Great North Run wristbands 2016

    Great North Run Metro wristbands go on sale

    10 August 2016
    Wristbands that double as Metro tickets are on sale to make life easier for people at this year’s Great North Run. The wristbands avert the need to carry loose change or a paper Metro ticket. And they can be bought in advance, which saves time on queuing at Metro ticket machines, which are...
  • metro train at meadow well station

    Metro resumes between Benton and Monkseaton

    5 August 2016
    Metro services have resumed between Benton and Monkseaton following a 15 day major line closure. The line re-opened on Sunday morning, 7 August, and Metro services will be running as usual for Monday’s morning peak travel periods as usual. Nexus, which owns and manages Metro, has replaced a 3.8km...
  • aerial image of railway track

    Aerial footage of Metro modernisation work

    5 August 2016
    Aerial footage has captured the scale of the multi-million pound track replacement scheme that Nexus is carrying out in North Tyneside. Shot from an aerial drone using a 4K digital camera it shows the sections of line being installed between Shiremoor and West Monkseaton Metro stations. The tiny...
  • under 16 pop card

    Reminder to renew U16 Pop cards before 31 July

    26 July 2016
    Parents whose children’s U16 Pop cards are due to expire on July 31 this year are reminded to get their renewal applications in without delay. Nexus has issued the reminder because it receives thousands of applications for U16 Pop cards ahead of the new school year starting in September. By...
  • aerial image of blue house roundabout

    Views sought on two key road schemes in Newcastle

    25 July 2016
    Two of the busiest road junctions in Newcastle are set for a £20m upgrade in plans unveiled by Newcastle City Council. Blue House roundabout on the Great North Road, the junctions off Jesmond Dene Road with Osborne Road, and Ilford Road, and the Haddricks Mill double roundabout in South Gosforth...
  • metro staff next to a bus

    Metro's major line closure gets underway

    20 July 2016
    The Metro line between Benton and Monkseaton is closed for 15 days to allow for a major programme of track replacement. A total of 3.8km of track will be replaced during the major line closure - Saturday July 23 until Saturday August 6. The work, which forms part of the £350m Metro all change...
  • New metro train

    Bold ambitions for Metro and local rail services

    19 July 2016
    The North East Combined Authority has agreed a strategy for investment in Metro and local rail to improve passenger journey and kick start an expansion of high quality local rail for the region. The Metro and Local Rail Strategy identifies a network of disused or under-used rail routes across North...
  • metro train at seaburn station

    Extra Metro services for the Sunderland Airshow

    13 July 2016
    The Tyne and Wear Metro will be running extra services for this year’s Sunderland International Airshow, and visitors are being advised to allow plenty of time for their journey. The Airshow, which takes place on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 July on the Roker seafront, attracts large crowds from...
  • two people by nexus banner

    Nexus services review: still time to have your say

    6 July 2016
    People who live and work in Tyne and Wear are being reminded that they still have time to give their views on local transport services as part of a review of what Nexus provides on behalf of local councils. An eight-week consultation process into Nexus services was launched on June 6 and runs until...
  • nexus engineers doing work

    Major Line Closure: Benton to Monkseaton

    5 July 2016
    Nexus is to embark on a second programme of Metro track replacement on its lines in North Tyneside, which will involve a 15 day Major Line Closure between Benton and Monkseaton from Saturday July 23 until Saturday August 6. When the line is closed a frequent replacement bus service, the 900, will...
  • actors dressed as soldiers on metro

    Commemorating the Battle of the Somme

    1 July 2016
    The Tyne and Wear Metro has played its part in commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme. Actors dressed as soldiers from the First World War Northumberland Fusiliers travelled on Metro on Friday July 1 between Newcastle and Sunderland as part of the commemorations. Groups of...
  • grandparents and grandchildren on metro

    All day Metro travel for Gold Card holders

    30 June 2016
    Metro Gold Card holders are to get the added benefit of all day travel on the Tyne and Wear Metro system during July and August. Nexus, which owns and manages Metro, is repeating the special offer by lifting the restriction which prevents holders using the Gold Card before 9.30am on weekdays. This...
  • nexus engineers doing work

    Nexus plans for a rail skills centre in South Shields

    22 June 2016
    Nexus is putting forward plans for a new £8m railway skills centre which could be built in South Shields town centre, if a £7m funding bid is successful. Nexus, the public body which owns and is modernising the Tyne and Wear Metro, is inviting local residents and businesses to find out more about...
  • musicians on shields ferry

    Tyne river trips are back for summer 2016

    21 June 2016
    The Shields Ferry is offering its customers another bumper summer of Tyne river trips. Nexus, which owns and operates the cross-Tyne service, is running a range of cruises, including live music, fish and chip trips, historical commentaries and on-board entertainments for children. The musical line-...
  • people with pop card next to a bus

    Pop Pay As You Go comes to buses in Sunderland

    14 June 2016
    People catching a bus in Sunderland can now use the Pop Pay As You Go smartcard for travel in the city. Stagecoach buses have started to accept the new payment card, launched last year, which can already be used on the Tyne and Wear Metro and Shields Ferry. Sunderland City Council Portfolio Holder...
  • Flying Scotsman train engine

    Metro gets a visit from the Flying Scotsman

    13 June 2016
    Metro passengers have been treated to a glimpse of the world famous Flying Scotsman. The famous engine, which has recently been renovated to pull passenger trains, made an appearance on a line running parallel to the Metro in North Tyneside . It ran for 3km between Benton and Northumberland Park on...
  • group of people at Stadium of Light in Sunderland

    Nexus hosts international rail conference in Sunderland

    8 June 2016
    Metro bosses from across the world have taken part in an international conference on railway safety hosted by Nexus. Rail chiefs from six different continents attended the two-day event, which was held at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland. Nexus hosted the conference in its role as the owner and...
  • two people by nexus banner

    Rate the importance of local transport services

    6 June 2016
    Nexus is asking people who live and work in Tyne and Wear to give their views on how important they find local transport services it provides on behalf of local councils. An eight-week consultation launched today (6 June) covers a range of services including maintaining bus shelters and timetables...
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    Nathan's the youngest Ferry crewman in 30 years

    1 June 2016
    The Shields Ferry has recruited one of its youngest ever crew members. Nathan Williamson has joined as Second Mate at the age of 19, following a successful interview. Nathan, of North Shields, is the second youngest person to work on the cross-Tyne ferry service since Nexus took it over in 1972. He...
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    Pop Pay As You Go comes to buses in South Tyneside

    18 May 2016
    People catching a bus in South Tyneside can now use the Pop Pay As You Go smartcard for travel in the borough. Stagecoach buses have started to accept the new payment card, launched last year, which can already be used on the Tyne and Wear Metro and Shields Ferry. Councillor Allan West, Lead Member...
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    Nicola's the first woman to captain the Shields Ferry

    9 May 2016
    The cross-Tyne Shields Ferry service has its first female skipper at the helm. Nicola Peach had to sit the maritime equivalent of a driving test, which she has passed with flying colours. By getting her Boat Master’s Licence Nicola is able to take the controls of the ferry in passenger service, on...
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    Metro appoints a new operations director

    6 May 2016
    The Tyne and Wear Metro has appointed a new Operations Director to lead on service delivery and performance. Chris Carson has joined DB Regio Tyne and Wear, which operates the Metro on behalf of Nexus, with more than 20 years’ experience in the rail industry. The 44-year-old’s career history has...
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    Tom's set to retire after 30 years at the Shields Ferry

    20 April 2016
    A long-serving Shields Ferry skipper is bowing out after three decades of service on the River Tyne. Tom Bennett, who has captained the cross-Tyne Shields Ferry for 30 years, is set to retire from his role. Tom, 63, of Westoe in South Shields, will be saying an emotional farewell to his colleagues...
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    Nexus teams up with the Rail Academy for training

    13 April 2016
    Nexus, which owns and manages the Tyne and Wear Metro, has teamed up with Newcastle College’s new Rail Academy to help in the delivery of a major programme of overhead line renewal on the Metro system. The region’s first dedicated training hub for rail engineering, the Rail Academy successfully won...
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    Renewal reminder for U16 Pop cards

    11 April 2016
    Parents whose children’s U16 Pop cards are due to expire on July 31 this year are reminded to get their renewal applications in before the end of April. Nexus has issued the reminder so that it has more time to process the many thousands of applications it receives for U16 Pop cards, which increase...
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    A vibrant new mural is unveiled at Byker Metro station

    7 April 2016
    Metro passengers will see a vibrant splash of colours at Byker station this spring after a new giant artwork was unveiled. Home, by Alex Godwin, is an 11-metre long tableau weaving a multi-coloured adventure around everyday objects from the streets and houses around the busy city metro station....
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    Metro services resume after Major Line Closure

    4 April 2016
    Metro services have resumed between Tynemouth and Shiremoor following a 15 day major line closure. The line re-opened on Sunday morning, 3 April, as usual. Nexus, which owns and manages Metro, has replaced a large section of 50 year-old tracks and track beds. The major line closure will took place...
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    Metro holds limited trial allowing people to travel with non-folding bikes

    30 March 2016
    Tyne and Wear Metro has announced that a limited trial is set to take place which will allow customers to travel on the Metro with their bikes. It is hoped that the limited trial will enhance the use of bikes and support onward travel for cyclists in the region. The limited trial is taking place...
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    Metro says goodbye to its last original escalator

    23 March 2016
    Tyne and Wear Metro engineers have completed the replacement of all 28 escalators installed when the system was built in the 1970s and early 1980s. Nexus, which owns and manages Metro has overseen the replacement as part of its £350m modernisation of the light rail system, used by more than 40...
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    Metro raises awareness for Snowdogs Campaign

    15 March 2016
    Business leaders from across the North East will gather at an event this month to highlight the potential regional benefits to be gained by supporting the Great North Snowdogs campaign. Following the launch of the St Oswald’s-led fundraising initiative, Tyne and Wear Metro has joined forces with...
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    Former Shields Ferry gets a new lease of life in Ireland

    3 March 2016
    A long running mystery over the fate of a former Tyne passenger ferry has finally been solved. The Freda Cunningham, which served as a cross-Tyne Shields Ferry from 1972 to 1993, has been discovered in good working order and carrying passengers in the Republic of Ireland. Nexus, which owns and...
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    Animated guides show how to use Pop Pay As You Go

    25 February 2016
    Metro customers can make the most of Pop Pay As You Go smart travel by watching a series of new step-by-step animated guides about the product. The animations are easy to understand and show people how to use pay as you go on the iconic Pop card. Click here to view them. Three ‘How To’ guides have...

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