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    Pop Pay As You Go sells well in its first week

    6 November 2015
    Pay As You Go smart travel on the Tyne and Wear Metro has sold well during its first week of operation. Nexus, which owns and manages Metro, has sold 120 purple Pop Pay As You Go cards in the first two days alone since the product launched on Monday 2 November. Close to 300 Pop Pay As You Go...
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    Metro carries an extra 250,000 passengers at Rugby World Cup

    4 November 2015
    The Tyne and Wear Metro saw a quarter of a million more journeys over the ten days that Newcastle hosted the Rugby World Cup, new figures show. Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, said that during the three Rugby World Cup games at St James’ Park, and the Fan Zone events from...
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    Pop Pay As You Go smart travel is officially launched

    2 November 2015
    Passengers on the Tyne and Wear Metro can now enjoy the convenience and value of Pay As You Go smart travel using the Pop card. Transport Minister Andrew Jones and Cllr Nick Forbes, lead member for transport on the North East Combined Authority, met at Haymarket Metro station in Newcastle on Monday...
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    Metro passenger numbers rise to 39 million

    22 October 2015
    The Tyne and Wear Metro has achieved its highest passenger figures for five years, with the number of journeys on the system passing 39 million. Nexus, which owns and manages Metro, puts the growth down to keeping ticket prices low and the introduction of smart ticketing, which offers passengers...
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    Choirs invited to perform Christmas carols on Metro

    21 October 2015
    The Tyne and Wear Metro is calling upon North East choirs of all ages and backgrounds, to take part in a month of Christmas Carols at stations across the network, in a bid to raise money for charity this coming festive season. Each participating group will be able to choose the local or national...
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    Customers encouraged to pay for their travel online

    20 October 2015
    Nexus, which owns and manages the Tyne and Wear Metro, is encouraging Metro season ticket holders to pay for their travel using a new online click and collect service. Metro’s 25,000 season ticket holders can pay online and then collect their MetroSavers by touching in with their Pop card at any...
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    Metro modernisation reaches the halfway stage

    30 September 2015
    A striking new infographic tells the story so far behind the £389m modernisation of the Tyne and Wear Metro system. Nexus, which owns Metro and is delivering modernisation on behalf of the North East Combined Authority, has published the graphic to help explain the benefits to passengers, the...
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    Ten new apprentice engineers join Nexus

    25 September 2015
    Nexus, which owns and manages the Tyne and Wear Metro, has taken on ten new apprentices, including its first female apprentices in more than two decades. The female recruits – Morgan Saville, 18, from East Boldon in South Tyneside and Sam Davenport, 17, from Fulwell in Sunderland – have joined the...
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    Travel information for Rugby World Cup

    24 September 2015
    Public transport information for Rugby World Cup: Newcastle will be hosting three Rugby World Cup matches at St James’ Park. • Saturday 3 October: South Africa play Scotland, 4.45pm kick off • Friday 9 October: New Zealand play Tonga, 8pm kick off • Saturday 10 October: Samoa play Scotland, 2.30pm...
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    Join us at the North Tyneside Transport Forum

    23 September 2015
    Smart ticketing is on the agenda as North Tyneside residents and local groups prepare to share their ideas on public transport at September’s meeting of the North Tyneside Transport Forum. All members of the public are welcome to attend the forum, which is an opportunity to share constructive...
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    Robson Green's missing Metro video is finally found

    18 September 2015
    A long lost video of Robson Green promoting the Tyne and Wear Metro has been discovered more than two decades after it went missing. The educational video, which the Geordie actor appeared in before he shot to fame on British TV, was commissioned in the mid-1980s to deter anti-social behaviour on...
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    £6m revamp of Central Station Metro gets underway

    7 September 2015
    Nexus has begun a £6m scheme to revamp the Metro ticket hall and platforms at Central Station in Newcastle as part of an ongoing programme of station modernisation work right across the Metro system. The work forms part of the £350m Metro all change modernisation programme, which has already seen...
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    Shields Ferry hosts busking festival

    1 September 2015
    Shields Ferry passengers were entertained by buskers on their River Tyne crossings over the Bank Holiday weekend. The Crossing the Tyne Festival saw a busker’s pitch erected on board the Shields Ferry, as well as at both of the ferry landings. There was also a series of busking events at venues...
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    Former Tyne Ferry is transformed into a houseboat

    11 August 2015
    A former Shields Ferry that was facing the scrap yard has been lovingly transformed into a houseboat. The Shieldsman, which was retired in 2007 after 31 years of service on the River Tyne, has undergone a makeover at her new home on the South Coast. The project was a labour of love for the vessel’s...
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    Metro celebrates its 35th year of service

    10 August 2015
    The Tyne and Wear Metro is celebrating 35 years of service. Metro, which carries 38.1 million passenger journeys a year, first opened to the public on August 11, 1980. Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, says the system remains one of the most significant infrastructure projects in...
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    Student Metro travel is on the increase

    5 August 2015
    The Tyne and Wear Metro has seen a rise in student travel, new figures reveal. Nexus, which owns and manages Metro, say there has been a 48% increase in the sale of student MetroSaver tickets in the year to March 2015. In the last financial year Nexus sold 23,000 student MetroSavers, compared to 15...
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    Cullercoats Metro footbridge to close for six weeks

    4 August 2015
    Nexus, which owns, manages and is modernising the Tyne and Wear Metro, is to close the footbridge at Cullercoats Metro station for six weeks to allow for important strengthening work to be carried out. The footbridge will be closed to the public for six weeks from Monday, August 24. The essential...
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    Metro train fleet refurbishment is completed

    30 July 2015
    The £30m refurbishment of the Tyne and Wear Metro’s train fleet has been successfully completed, five months ahead of schedule. DB Regio Tyne and Wear, the light rail operator which runs the Metro on behalf of Nexus, has delivered the work as part of the Metro fleet’s ‘three-quarter life’...
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    New stands for your bus at Gateshead Interchange

    24 July 2015
    From 26th July 2015 passengers using Gateshead Interchange will be re-directed to new stand allocations for some of their bus services. Gateshead Interchange is one of the busiest bus stations in the North of England with more than five million people and hundreds of buses passing through every day...
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    Sunderland Connect bus service begins summer timetable

    23 July 2015
    A flagship Sunderland bus service has been praised for providing an excellent transport link for great days out across the city this summer. The Sunderland Connect service, 700, is now running a summer timetable, which offers greater options for families heading for Roker Beach to enjoy the summer...
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    Click and collect service for Pop card holders

    22 July 2015
    Metro’s 25,000 season ticket customers can now use a new ‘click and collect’ service to buy online and pick up at any station with a Pop smartcard. Nexus, which owns and manages the Tyne and Wear Metro, has launched the new website which makes it even easier for Pop card holders to pay for travel....
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    Metro safety message as school summer break begins

    22 July 2015
    Play safe – stay Safe. Keep off the Metro tracks. That is the message Nexus is putting out to parents and children over the school summer holidays. Nexus, the public body which owns and manages the Tyne and Wear Metro, has issued the safety warning as the summer break gets underway The school...
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    Children take a literary journey on Metro

    20 July 2015
    Children travelling by Metro during the school summer holidays will be able to go on a journey of literary discovery, thanks to a new series of posters. Travelling Tales is a collection of specially designed prints on display at five stations on the Tyne and Wear Metro system. The posters were...
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    Favourite journeys inspire Metro station makeover

    20 July 2015
    A busy station on the Tyne and Wear Metro system has had an artistic makeover thanks to the imagination of talented local schoolchildren. Longbenton Metro station in North Tyneside was given the facelift when five new pieces of artwork were installed, representing the collective creativity of...
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    Metro logo is brought to life for the school holidays

    15 July 2015
    The iconic Metro logo has been transformed into a cartoon character to promote travel on the system on days out during the school summer holidays. The world famous yellow Metro cube has become a cute and cuddly Metro mascot, featuring in a new TV advertising campaign for Metro and at a range of...
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    Public transport information for the Sunderland Airshow

    15 July 2015
    Public transport services for the 2015 Sunderland Airshow. The Sunderland Airshow takes place on the Roker sea front on Friday 24 July, Saturday 25 July and Sunday 26 July. Metro: Additional Metro trains will be running on Saturday and Sunday between Sunderland and Newcastle city centres and...
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    Keep cool and stay hydrated on Metro this summer

    13 July 2015
    Metro customers are being encouraged to keep cool and stay hydrated when travelling on the system this summer. With hot and humid temperatures set to continue into the school holidays, Metro has released useful well-being advice to remind customers, especially commuters, to take good care of...
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    Metro passengers make 2.5m smart journeys

    7 July 2015
    Tyne and Wear Metro passengers have made more than 2.5 million journeys using smart cards since the start of April, new figures show. Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, estimates that about 80,000 adults and students now hold their season tickets on smart cards, making 35,000...
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    Metro stars in its very own television advert

    3 July 2015
    The Tyne and Wear Metro is starring in its own TV advert as the service looks to build on growing passenger numbers. An all-star cast of popular local visitor attractions feature in the advert, part of a new campaign to inspire summer days out travelling by Metro. The advert hit television screens...
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    All day Metro travel for Gold Card holders

    2 July 2015
    Metro Gold Card holders get the added benefit of all day travel in July and August. Nexus, which owns and manages Metro, is repeating last year’s special offer by lifting the restriction which prevents holders using the Gold Card before 9.30am on weekdays for two months from Wednesday, 1 July, as...
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    Metro among best modern structures in the North East

    29 June 2015
    The Tyne and Wear Metro has been named among the best modern buildings in the North East by the prestigious Chartered Institute of Buildings. Metro won the award for the best new construction project between 1965 and 1995, pipping the Byker Wall and Newcastle Quayside to the honour. The awards...
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    Nexus invests £1.1m in a more reliable Metro service in South Tyneside

    26 June 2015
    Nexus, which owns, manages and is modernising the Tyne and Wear Metro, is investing £1.1m to strengthen and protect three Metro bridges in South Tyneside. The project will see new crash barriers installed to prevent structural damage if any of the bridges are hit by a car or a lorry. This will help...
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    Shields Ferry undergoes an engine refit

    23 June 2015
    An iconic cross-Tyne passenger ferry has undergone a £250,000 engine refit, extending the vessel’s service life on the river. Pride of the Tyne has had her engines overhauled in a programme of works which has also included improvements to on-board passenger facilities. It is the biggest refit since...
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    Plans for a new transport hub in South Shields unveiled

    19 June 2015
    Exciting plans have been unveiled for the development of a vibrant new transport interchange in South Shields as part of the £100m town centre regeneration scheme. The new-look transport interchange will be built in the heart of South Shields and will include a combined new Metro and bus station to...
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    Nexus to invest £40m in Metro modernisation over the next 12 months

    17 June 2015
    Nexus, which owns, manages and is modernising the Tyne and Wear Metro, is to invest £40m in modernisation work over the next 12 months. The work will focus on Metro track replacement, station refurbishment and essential new technology. The modernisation will include: • The completed refurbishment...
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    Mexican artwork finds a home on Metro

    15 June 2015
    A splash of Mexican colour and culture has arrived in North Tyneside following the creation of a new artwork at North Shields Metro station, thanks to the region’s most vibrant festival. As part of ¡Vamos! 2015, ‘El Patio de mi casa’ – which translates as ‘My House’s Backyard’ - was created at...
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    Metro passenger numbers grow fastest outside London

    9 June 2015
    The Tyne and Wear Metro has the fastest growing passenger numbers in the country outside of London. A Government report into the performance of England’s light rail and tram systems shows that Metro patronage rose the fastest in the year to the end of March 2015. The data, released by the...
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    Metro trains celebrate 40 years of service

    8 June 2015
    The first ever trains to enter service on the Tyne and Wear Metro have celebrated their 40th anniversary with a special commemorative journey for passengers and former staff. The two original Metro prototypes, Metrocars 4001 and 4002, were recognised for their outstanding service over the last four...
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    A new line up for river trips on the Shields Ferry

    20 May 2015
    Shields Ferry river cruises are back for summer, with an exciting new line up of live music and entertainment added to this year’s bill. Nexus, which owns and operates the cross-Tyne Shields Ferry service, is offering passengers a new range of evening cruises, featuring eight different live acts...
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    Bus route changes in the Sunderland coalfield region

    14 May 2015
    Bus passengers in Sunderland’s rural coalfields region will see two local routes altered from May 31, but this will not result in any loss of service. The 79 and the 79A, which connect Barnwell in Penshaw with Houghton-le-Spring and Hall Lane and Fence Houses, are to be withdrawn from Sunday May 31...
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    Zonal MetroSaver now available from ticket machines

    27 April 2015
    Nexus, which owns and manages the Tyne and Wear Metro, has made its zonal annual season tickets available at the touch of a button from Metro ticket machines. The zonal MetroSaver, which was introduced on January 2 and had previously been available over the counter from Nexus travel shops, is now...
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    Nexus invests in new tracks for QEII Metro bridge

    14 April 2015
    Nexus, which owns, manages and is modernising the Tyne Wear Metro, is to carry out a multi-million pound project to replace the tracks on the QEII Metro bridge which spans the River Tyne. The work, which forms part of the £389m Metro all change modernisation programme, involves replacing two 400...
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    Metro offers perfect platform to launch a small business

    14 April 2015
    Entrepreneurs ready to take their fledgling business ideas to the next level are being encouraged to consider the benefits of setting up shop on the Tyne and Wear Metro system. Whilst many might still associate Metro with the traditional newsagent, over the last five years the increased demand for...
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    Board game for Byker is a giant new artwork for Metro

    27 March 2015
    A board game taking players on a journey of discovery through Byker takes pride of place at the local Metro station from today (Saturday 28 March). Artists Michael Crilly and Chris Morton created the game as the centrepiece of the latest giant artwork at Byker Metro station, titled ‘The Point of...
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    New escalators for Heworth and Gateshead

    18 March 2015
    Nexus has completed the modernisation of escalators at two of the busiest Metro stations south of the Tyne. A total of eight new escalators have been installed at Gateshead and Heworth Interchanges as part of the £389m Metro: all change modernisation programme. The new escalators replace original ‘...
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    Nexus staff feature in 'Apprentice Greats'

    11 March 2015
    A new book about local business leaders who began their careers as apprentices features three senior staff from Nexus. The North East Chamber of Commerce (NECC) unveiled its ‘Apprentice Greats’ book at a glittering launch event on Monday 9 March. The book, sponsored by Gateshead College and...
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    Apprenticeship scheme attracts more women

    11 March 2015
    Nexus, which owns and manages the Tyne and Wear Metro, has seen a higher number of women apply for its engineering apprenticeship scheme – with the recruitment process running until March 31. Hundreds have applied for the training so far, double the number of females compared to last year, with...
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    Jarrow bus station refurbishment completed

    5 March 2015
    Nexus has completed a project to refurbish Jarrow bus station. The £120,000 scheme includes improvements to passenger waiting areas, lighting and security. Nexus, which manages Jarrow bus station, has installed five new modern bus shelters to replace the two 20-year-old ‘tunnels’ that previously...
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    Job seekers' travel scheme is hailed a success

    4 March 2015
    A scheme which provides job seekers in Tyne and Wear with free journeys on public transport has been hailed a success in helping people to get back into work. The Job Seekers’ Travel Voucher Scheme provides bus and Metro journeys to get to and from job interviews and training courses. The £133,000...