Category Archives: Tyne and Wear Metro

Power supply problems for Metro line to Airport

Whilst there were nationwide power supply issues affecting various transport operators on Friday 9th August there were further issues for the Tyne and Wear Metro (which had also been affected during the high-profile failure) on Monday 12th August with the … Continue reading

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Tyne and Wear Metro performance falls slightly

After the last four week period saw 87% punctuality of trains, the Tyne and Wear Metro’s latest figures have shown a slight fall to 85% – although this remains a significant improvement on the previous year as in 2018 only … Continue reading

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New South Shields Interchange opens

Tyne and Wear Metro services are now serving South Shields once again following the opening of the new interchange at the start of services on Sunday 4th August. Metro cars 4018 and 4076 were given the honour of operating the … Continue reading

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In Pictures: New South Shields Interchange almost ready

The countdown is on for the opening of the new Tyne and Wear Metro station at South Shields, forming part of an all new transport interchange, with the first services due to call there on Sunday 4th August. With work … Continue reading

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Extra Metro services for Sunderland Airshow

The Tyne and Wear Metro will be running extra services during the Sunderland International Airshow to help visitors get to and from the event with large crowds expected to attend. The Airshow takes place on Friday 26th, Saturday 27th and … Continue reading

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Performance goes up on the Tyne and Wear Metro

Some good news to report from the Tyne and Wear Metro where the last four week performance period has seen an increase in train punctuality – both in comparison to the previous period and also the same time in 2018. … Continue reading

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Work begins on temporary Metro depot in North Tyneside

The Tyne and Wear Metro will soon have a second depot with work now having started on the construction of a temporary depot at Howden in North Tyneside. This depot is due to be ready for use by summer 2020 … Continue reading

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In Pictures: South Shields Metro station closes

As we reported a few days ago, the end of service on Sunday 7th July saw the original station at South Shields on the Tyne and Wear Metro close to trains as preparations continue for the opening of an all … Continue reading

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Current South Shields Metro station to close permanently

There will be a little bit of history on the Tyne and Wear Metro on Monday 8th July when South Shields will become the very first station on the network to close permanently. Since the Metro network opened 39 years … Continue reading

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Attempted cable theft causes problems on Tyne and Wear Metro

Tyne and Wear Metro services between South Gosforth and West Monkseaton were suspended for over eight hours on Friday 21st June after a power supply problem caused by an attempted cable theft in the Benton area. No trains ran in … Continue reading

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English Light Rail journeys on the up again

After last year’s blip, when there was a small decrease in light rail journeys in England, the latest figures have shown that once again there has been an increase with a grand total of 272.4 million journeys recorded on the … Continue reading

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And then there were three! Nexus announces final shortlist for new trains

Nexus have announced the final shortlist of three firms who will be asked to submit best and final offers to supply a fleet of new 42 trains for the Tyne and Wear Metro with delivery due from the end of … Continue reading

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Record passenger numbers for Metro as the Spice Girls hit Sunderland

The Spice Girls have been the cause of many things over the years and their latest claim to fame is they were the reason for record passenger numbers of the Tyne and Wear Metro for a concert at Sunderland’s Stadium … Continue reading

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Metro line closure ahead as part of final preparations for new South Shields Interchange

The Tyne and Wear Metro is currently enjoying a high level of investment with existing infrastructure being upgraded, new trains on the way over the next few years whilst a £21 million project at South Shields will see a new … Continue reading

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Tyne & Wear Metro performance increases

It may be hard to believe after the way the period begun but the latest four week performance stats on the Tyne and Wear Metro have shown that train punctuality has increased from the previous period with 82% of all … Continue reading

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Extra Metro services for the Spice Girls

With the Spice Girls currently touring the country much to the delight of their fans the Tyne and Wear Metro have announced that they will be running extra services when they perform at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light on Thursday 6th … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Metro Cars wherefore art thou?

Train availability on the Tyne and Wear Metro has been in the news over recent months with a full service unable to be operated on the network at times. Included in this lack of availability are four sets which haven’t … Continue reading

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Performance falls on Tyne and Wear Metro

The latest performance figures for Tyne and Wear Metro have now been released on posters situated at each station on the network and they show that performance is down both on the previous four weeks and the same period in … Continue reading

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Train availability hits peak hour Metro services again

Thursday 9th May was another day that the Tyne and Wear Metro would probably rather forget with train availability causing a basic service having to run during peak periods with none of the peak extras operating. This affected services in … Continue reading

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Digby the guide horse goes for a ride on the Metro

Here’s one for the bizarre story category – Digby the guide horse has undergone training on the Tyne and Wear Metro in order to get him prepared for his new life with a partially sighted person in London. Digby is … Continue reading

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