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Her Majesty The Queen in 1981 meeting PTE staff
Retired staff recall their memories of Metro's Royal opening in 1981
Former PTE staff, now retired, remember the day that Her Majesty The Queen officially opened the Tyne Wear Metro on November 6, 1981. David Thornton, 80, of Jesmond, was a Metro rolling stock engineer for 18 years from 1975 to 1993. It was his job to ensure the train was in working condition for…
Long serving Metro staffers Dick Harrison and Steve Griffin
Long serving Metro workers have a chinwag with Prince Charles
Two lucky Metro staff who have clocked up more than 40 years’ service got the chance to meet the Prince of Wales when he visited the region earlier today, Tues 9 Nov.  Steve Griffin and Dick Harrison chatted with Prince Charles when he travelled on the Metro in Newcastle city centre. They then had…
Prince Charles with the knitted Metro train
Giant knitted Metro gets a Royal seal of approval
A community group which joined forces to knit a special birthday tribute to the Tyne and Wear Metro has showcased their work for Prince Charles during his trip on the network earlier today. The knitters, from North Tyneside, took up their needles and wool during lockdown to recreate a colourful…
Prince Charles meets frontline Metro staff
Prince Charles meets some of Nexus’ frontline Covid heroes
His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales took time to meet some of the Covid heroes at Nexus who helped keep public transport moving during lockdown. During a visit earlier today, Tues Nov 9, Prince Charles met frontline staff on the Tyne and Wear Metro and from the cross-Tyne Shields Ferry who all…
Prince Charles on Metro 4020
Prince Charles travels on same Metro train as the Queen did in 1981
Today’s Royal visit saw His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales travel on the same Metro train that the Queen used when she officially opened the network 40 years ago. In a nostalgic nod to the Monarch’s famous visit in 1981, Metro’s operator, Nexus, ensured that the train from that historic day was…
Prince Charles at Central Station Metro
The Tyne and Wear Metro was just the ticket for Prince Charles
His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales has paid a special visit to the Tyne and Wear Metro today (Tues 9 Nov) to mark the 40th anniversary of its Royal opening in 1981. Prince Charles took a whistle-stop tour of the Metro network to celebrate the landmark occasion, and to recognise the hard work of…
A Metro cube
Metro celebrates the 40th anniversary of its Royal opening
The Tyne and Wear Metro is celebrating the 40th anniversary of Her Majesty The Queen officially opening the network. Her Majesty famously visited Tyneside to formally open Metro on November 6, 1981. The Monarch, who was accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, travelled on a Metro train to Gateshead…
The Queen unveils a plaque at Gateshead Metro station, Nov 6 1981
The story of Metro’s Royal opening in 1981
The Royal opening of Metro was part of a three-week transport festival on Tyneside, designed to encourage people to try the new Metro system. There was a huge fireworks display, a transport treasure trail, competitions - including one with a first prize of a Spanish holiday - a balloon race, a…
Metro customer service staff in their new uniforms
Nexus to increase visibility of frontline staff on Metro
The Tyne and Wear Metro is moving more frontline teams onto stations and trains to care for customers and provide a fresh new look as it welcomes people back in record numbers. Nexus, the public body which owns and operates Metro, has made changes which means more trained teams than ever before are…
The Metro depot from above
Metro depot’s new train stabling area is completed and energised
The first sections of new sidings have been completed at Gosforth Metro depot as part of the ongoing £70m project to completely rebuild it.  A new stabling area has been created on the site, and the first test trains have been successfully run in.  These tracks will be used to serve the new depot…
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