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Pop Pay As You Go arrives on Go North East buses
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…
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Travel information for the Great North Run 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.  …
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Details of weekend closures at Metro Central Station
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 –…
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Great North Run Metro wristbands go on sale
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…
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Metro resumes between Benton and Monkseaton
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…
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Aerial footage of Metro modernisation work
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…
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Reminder to renew U16 Pop cards before 31 July
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…
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Views sought on two key road schemes in Newcastle
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…
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Metro's major line closure gets underway
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…
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Bold ambitions for Metro and local rail services
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…
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Extra Metro services for the Sunderland Airshow
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…
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Nexus services review: still time to have your say
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…
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Major Line Closure: Benton to Monkseaton
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…
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Commemorating the Battle of the Somme
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…
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All day Metro travel for Gold Card holders
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…
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Nexus plans for a rail skills centre in South Shields
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…
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Tyne river trips are back for summer 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-…
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Pop Pay As You Go comes to buses in Sunderland
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…
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Metro gets a visit from the Flying Scotsman
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…
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Nexus hosts international rail conference in Sunderland
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…
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Rate the importance of local transport services
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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Metro marketing team up for top national award
The people that market the Tyne and Wear Metro are in line for a top national award, after passenger numbers rose to their highest for five years. The Chartered Institute for Marketing has named Metro as a finalist in the prestigious Team of the Year category, where it will compete with household…
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Shields Ferry crew star on BBC Two
The Shields Ferry crew have appeared on national TV in a BBC documentary about the River Tyne. You can now view the Sea Cities episode featuring the Shields Ferry via BBC iPlayer for the next 28 days. The programme showed the Ferry staff at work during the day of the Great North Run - their…
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Snowdog trail to feature on the Metro system
An iconic character from one of the nation’s most enchanting TV animations – The Snowman and the Snowdog - is being brought to life on the Tyne and Wear Metro system. Larger than life sculptures of the Snowdog from the 2012 sequel to Raymond Briggs’ original Snowman film from 1982 are to be…
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Metro passenger numbers pass the 40 million mark
The number of people using the Tyne and Wear Metro rose above 40 million in 2015, the highest passenger number for five years. Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, puts the growth down to the convenience and value Metro offers and the introduction of Pop card smart tickets offering…
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Nexus to replace 8.7km of track in North Tyneside
Nexus, the public body which owns and manages the Tyne and Wear Metro, is to embark on a multi-million pound programme of track replacement work on its lines in North Tyneside. The work, which forms part of the £350m Metro all change modernisation programme, will involve the replacement of track…
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Shields Ferry stars in a new BBC documentary series
The Shields Ferry service is to star on national television in a new documentary series for the BBC. The Ferry and its crew will feature in the fly-on-the-wall documentary called Sea City, about everyday life on the river Tyne, which is to be aired nationally in a primetime slot on BBC Two on…
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Pop Pay As You Go is on sale at Payzone stores
Pay As You Go smart travel on Metro has gone on sale at a range of retail outlets across Tyne and Wear. Nexus, which owns and manages Metro, has an agreement with the consumer payments network Payzone to sell its purple Pop Pay As You Go cards. Pop Pay As You Go, which was launched in November, can…
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Pop Pay As You Go users pass 2,000 mark
More than 2,000 Tyne and Wear Metro passengers have switched to Pop Pay As You Go smart travel in the last two months alone. Metro became the first rail system outside London to offer the convenience of pay as you go smart travel on the iconic Pop card, which can also be used on a growing number of…
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Price cut for commuters on the Shields Ferry
Commuter fares on the Shields Ferry have been cut for 2016, as part of a new price package announced by operator Nexus. Single fares are also down and child fares have been frozen on the iconic service connecting North and South Shields. The new commuter fares, approved by the North East Combined…
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Evening closures resume at Metro Central Station
The early evening closures of Central Station’s Metro ticket concourse and platforms have resumed. Nexus, which owns, manages and is modernising Metro, has resumed the 8pm, closures, Sundays to Thursdays, to allow for modernisation work. The evening closures had been temporarily halted over the…
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Metro bridge works completed in South Tyneside
Nexus, which owns, manages and is modernising the Tyne and Wear Metro, has completed a £1.1m project to strengthen and protect three Metro bridges in South Tyneside. The project has seen new crash barriers installed to prevent the bridges from sustaining structural damage if any are hit by a car or…
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Flagship Sunderland bus route gets AV technology
A flagship city bus service in Sunderland has been fitted with audio visual technology to benefit passengers with disabilities. The Sunderland Connect 700/701 service has had audio visual displays installed on all three buses to aid passengers with visual and hearing impairments. It will also be of…
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New contractor to deliver Metro modernisation works
Nexus, which owns and manages the Tyne and Wear Metro, has appointed TXM Rail to carry out a range of large scale Metro modernisation projects over the next four years. TXM, a division of TXM Plant, has won the tender to deliver major track replacement schemes on the Metro system as part of the on-…
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Metro brand features in £14m airport redevelopment
The Tyne and Wear Metro’s iconic yellow livery is a striking new feature of a £14m redevelopment of the departure lounge at Newcastle International Airport. The new-look departure lounge has a range of new shops, cafes, restaurants and bar areas – and one of the designs has been inspired by Metro’s…
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Pupils create level crossing safety posters
Nexus, which owns and manages the Tyne and Wear Metro, has given local school children the chance to design a series of level crossing safety posters which have been published in an eye-catching new calendar. Two schools located near to Metro level crossings in Newcastle and North Tyneside have…