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The new Class 555 Metro train
New Metro trains undergo special crush load testing programme
A series of special tests have been taking place to ensure that the Tyne and Wear Metro’s new trains perform correctly at their full customer capacity.  The crush laden testing checks that the new trains work as they should do when the carriage is full. It has involved one of the new Stadler…
A photo of new Metro track being installed during the Metro Flow project
Metro Flow project wins another major railway industry award
Our Metro Flow project to upgrade the Tyne and Wear Metro route to South Shields has won another major rail industry award.  The £104m project has scooped outstanding engineering achievement at the Global Light Rail Awards in London.  It’s the second major award for Metro Flow in as many…
A Pop Blue smartcard
Pop Blue smartcards generate over two million extra journeys on Metro
Young people have made more than 2.3 million Metro journeys with a smartcard that gives them travel for just £1. Pop Blue’s value for money, ease of use and flexibility is stimulating more journeys on the network.  We introduced Pop Blue in 2018 to make Metro travel more affordable for young…
Artist Chad McCail with the mural he has created at Millfield Metro station
New mural brings a splash of colour to Millfield Metro station
A new mural celebrating Sunderland’s industrial past and ongoing cultural revival has been unveiled at one of the city’s Metro stations. The colourful and thought-provoking piece of artwork, which was created with the input of local community groups, has gone on display at Millfield Metro station…
Longbenton poetry on display
Nexus’ National Poetry Day competition returns
Budding poets, young and old, are invited to submit their entries to a poetry competition, with the chance of their work being displayed for thousands to read on a Tyne and Wear Metro station.  The competition, organised by Nexus, opens today, National Poetry Day, and closes on 5 November.…
Whitley Bay Metro station canopy
Restoration work gets back underway on Whitley Bay Metro station
Work has resumed on a £5.3m project to restore the historic canopy at Whitley Bay Metro station in North Tyneside.  The Grade II listed structure, which dates back to the Edwardian era, is undergoing a major programme of restoration work which will see the glazing replaced and the steel work…
A Metro cube
Plan ahead and avoid public transport around October 4 football matches
We are advising people to plan ahead and avoid travelling on public transport around the Sunderland and Newcastle football matches tomorrow, Wednesday 4 October, due to the impact of bus rail and strikes.  Customers should plan ahead and as far as possible avoid travel on bus and Metro…
A new Metro train
Testing the new trains is Metro's biggest project for 43 years
Tens of thousands of detailed tests are taking place to get the new Tyne and Wear Metro train fleet ready for customer service, in what is one of the most important projects in the network’s history.  Stadler, the Swiss train building company, is working with Metro operator, Nexus, on this…
A Metro train at Haymarket
Metro and Shields Ferry carry record numbers at the Great North Run
A record number of people travelled on the Tyne and Wear Metro at this year’s Great North Run, with over 100,000 customers using the network to get to and from the word famous half marathon.  We saw the highest ever footfall in the 39 years our transport system had supported the event. …
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