Category Archives: Tyne and Wear Metro

Stadler move in at Gosforth Depot

Stadler – who have been awarded the contract to deliver the £362m Tyne and Wear Metro train fleet and new depot – have taken the first step towards taking control of maintenance of the current fleet with their new management … Continue reading

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Tyne and Wear Metro 4022 scrapped

It has been reported in The Railway Magazine that Tyne and Wear Metro 4022 has been scrapped following the writing off of the vehicle. It becomes the first of the original Metro Cars to be scrapped, leaving just the 87 … Continue reading

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Covid-19 service update – operating systems

Its been a while since we had a round-up of the service being operated on operating tramways and light rail systems in the British Isles (by which we mean those which operate primarily as public transport and not heritage systems … Continue reading

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Lockdown Walks: Tyne & Wear Metro 4015

A change of scenery for this latest “Lockdown Walk” as we are in the northeast for an image of the Tyne and Wear Metro.

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Tyne and Wear Metro introduce new procedures to make network more COVID secure

We’ve reported many, many times over the past few months about changes introduced in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, ranging from reduced services to social distancing but behind the scenes other changes have also been introduced to try and make … Continue reading

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VolkerFitzpatrick appointed to build new Metro depot

The new Tyne and Wear Metro depot at South Gosforth – replacing the current structure – is to be built by VolkerFitzpatrick following their appointment by Stadler to construct the £70 million facility to accommodate the state of the art … Continue reading

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Tyne and Wear Metro celebrate 40 years with a new livery

2020 was due to see celebrations marking the 40th anniversary of the Tyne and Wear Metro which opened in 1980 but as with so much this year those celebrations are likely to be much lower key than planned. But one … Continue reading

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More Metro disruption after cable theft

It would appear that not only are more businesses starting to reopen but cable thieves are also back out in force as major disruption on the Tyne and Wear Metro network has been put down to a cable theft in … Continue reading

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Metro services resume to South Hylton – but at reduced frequency

After a week of disruption Tyne and Wear Metro services are now running through to South Hylton again after Network Rail engineers repaired some of the overhead line damage. However, a reduced frequency will be running for the next “few … Continue reading

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Metro confirms £7.6 million government funding

At the weekend we reported on the £29 million worth of funding for light rail in England and it has now been confirmed by Nexus that the Tyne and Wear Metro has been awarded £7.6 million of this financial support … Continue reading

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Tyne and Wear Metro services hit by overhead line damage

Services to South Hylton on the Tyne and Wear Metro have been suspended since Friday 22nd May after a freight train brought the overhead wires down in the Sunderland area. Extensive damage was caused with Network Rail engineers on site … Continue reading

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New Metro trains hit delays

The current global Coronavirus pandemic is already causing issues to transport across the world as fewer people travel with various restrictions in place and it is likely that this will continue to be an issue for some time as people’s … Continue reading

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Metrolink services to increase in frequency as TfGM encourages passenger to stay safe

The next tramway to announce an increase in service frequency is Manchester Metrolink with trams on all routes set to run every 12 minutes instead of every 20 from Tuesday 26th May. This announcement comes at the same time as … Continue reading

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TfL awarded government funding package

Usually the perception is London gets funding first and then the rest of the country has to wait to follow at a later date but during this Coronavirus pandemic it has been rather different with the regions transport undertakings being … Continue reading

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Tyne and Wear Metro to increase service frequency

It was the first network to reduce its service frequency and now the Tyne and Wear Metro is set to be the first to return to something closely resembling a normal timetable. From Monday 18th May the daytime service frequency … Continue reading

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Metro ticket gates back in use

Ticket gates at 13 key stations on the Tyne and Wear Metro have been returned to use with added social distancing measures now in place. When restrictions were first introduced on the network the ticket machines were temporarily left open … Continue reading

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Tyne & Wear Metro confirm £8.6 million government bailout

When it was reported a couple of weeks ago that the Department for Transport had agreed to support light rail systems in Manchester, Nottingham, Sheffield, Tyne and Wear and the West Midlands exact details of how much this would equate … Continue reading

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Government confirm support for light rail

One of the themes which has been emerging in recent weeks during the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic has been the financial strain it has been putting on various light rail systems with the Tyne and Wear Metro the first to express … Continue reading

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Former Apprentice appointed into senior Nexus role

Stuart Clarke, who started at Nexus in 1997 as an apprentice electrician, has recently been appointed into the role of Metro Infrastructure Director. In this role he will head up all the maintenance and modernisation work on the 77km Tyne … Continue reading

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Metro track replacement work to go-ahead as planned

Work on a 250 metre stretch of the Tyne and Wear Metro trackbed will go-ahead this coming weekend as part of the Metro: all change modernisation programme. The work will be taking place on Crossgate Viaduct over a four day … Continue reading

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