Metro: all change is a £350m programme to modernise key infrastructure including track and overhead lines between 2010 and 2021.
Metro carries 40 million passengers a year and is a key part of the region’s economy. Every £1 spent renewing and modernising Metro is worth up to £8 to the economy compared to the cost of letting the system decline and fail. Without Metro there would be 15 million more car journeys every year on Tyne and Wear’s busy roads. But there would be 10,000 fewer trips made into the centre of Newcastle and Gateshead, as congestion grew and travel became more difficult.
Modernisation is vital to replace life-expired infrastructure in place since the system opened in 1980, and often many decades earlier, including tracks and track beds, overhead power lines, cabling, structures, communications and train management technology. It is also providing new standards of accessibility, comfort and customer information to passengers as we refurbish 86 Metrocars, many of Metro's stations and roll-out smart ticket travel.
You can find out more about planned and current projects by clicking through to our modernisation pages here.
The Government recognises the importance of Metro and has committed £317m over 11 years towards our £350m project. Metro: all change is broken down into many construction and engineering projects, contained within strategic framework agreements with a small number of major contractors.
Major contracts will be advertised through the OJEU tendering notice system. For more information and advice on opportunities within Metro: all change contact Nexus Procurement section on 0191 203 3446.