Category Archives: Tyne and Wear Metro

Metro bridges to be replaced

Two Tyne and Wear Metro bridges are to be replaced as part of a £2.5 million project with the work set to take place during March. The two bridges are in Tynemouth and Cullercoats and their replacement will require line … Continue reading

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Picture in Time: Tyne & Wear Metro 4086

Concluding our series of images from days gone by of the Tyne and Wear Metro we feature an image today showing that not everything goes according to plan with a double unit in trouble.

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New report states only 68% of Metro trains on time at end of 2018

The continuing travails of passengers wanting to travel on the Tyne and Wear Metro has hit the headlines in the area again with a new report stating that only 68% of trains were on time in November and December. The … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Tyne & Wear Metro Engineering Work

There was planned engineering work on Tyne & Wear Metro on Sunday 3rd February which saw the line shut between Heworth and Jarrow and from Heworth to Brockley Whins. As is usual during works like this a replacement bus service … Continue reading

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Picture in Time: Tyne & Wear Metro 4033

From last week’s image looking at the outside of South Gosforth Depot this week we head inside the building for an image taken during the 30th Anniversary Open Day.

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In Pictures: Snow on Tyne & Wear Metro

It’s not just Manchester which has been hit by snow this week – the Tyne and Wear Metro has also seen fairly significant snow falls although it doesn’t seem to have much of a negative impact on service which has … Continue reading

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Pay as you Go Pop cards show their popularity on Tyne and Wear Metro

The continuing revolution in ticketing on public transport sees no signs of abating with the news that Nexus’ Pay As You Go Pop cards reached a record 1.5 million journeys on the Tyne and Wear Metro during 2018. The flexibility … Continue reading

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Overhead line problems for Tyne & Wear Metro

No sooner had we published a report on the latest performance figures for the Tyne and Wear Metro with mention of overhead problems then another similar problem happens on the network causing widespread suspension on Thursday 24th January.

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Punctuality on the up for Tyne & Wear Metro

Some positive news to report from the Tyne and Wear Metro where after a couple of consecutive four week periods where punctuality had dipped to 68% it is now on the rise again with the latest period showing the figure … Continue reading

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Long serving Tyne and Wear Metro driver retires

Ian Rossiter – one of the very first people to drive on the Tyne and Wear Metro when it opened back in 1980 – has retired after 40 years driving the trains on the transport network. Mr Rossiter, now 60, … Continue reading

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Metro passengers wanted for new ITV documentary

As we reported in December a new ITV documentary has been commissioned which will be looking at the workings of the Tyne and Wear Metro as it approaches its 40th anniversary. The producers of the documentary are now looking for … Continue reading

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Picture in Time: Tyne & Wear Metro 4038

Staying in the northeast for the second week of our look back at the Tyne and Wear Metro we find snow on the ground as we feature another of the original 1980s trains in action.

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Picture in Time: Tyne & Wear Metro 4026

Not previously featured in this series is the Tyne and Wear Metro until today that is! For the next few weeks we will be looking at some archive images from the Metro which has been serving the area since 1980.

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Tyne and Wear Metro to feature in new TV documentary

The Tyne and Wear Metro is set to become a television star in its own right with ITV commissioning a new four part series looking behind the scenes on the system – the first time in the network’s history that … Continue reading

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Christmas and New Year services 2018/19

The Turkey gets boring, you’re fed up with yet more repeats on the television and being confined to barracks with the family is starting to get a bit irritating – but what are you going to do? How about going … Continue reading

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Tyne and Wear Metro performance down

Whereas Manchester Metrolink’s performance stats are put online for all to see if you want to know how the service is performing on the Tyne and Wear Metro you need to go to the system as the only way they … Continue reading

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Paper tickets to see rise on Metro as Pay as you Go is frozen

Its that time of year when confirmation is given of fare changes from the new year and the latest light rail system to announce their fares is the Tyne and Wear Metro. Anyone who uses a Pop Pay as you … Continue reading

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Approval given for temporary Metro depot

A new – and temporary – depot is to be built for the Tyne and Wear Metro whilst the current depot at South Gosforth is rebuilt. The new depot will be at Howdon and will be used for overnight maintenance … Continue reading

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Communications failure causing Metro suspension

A Saturday morning in the lead up to Christmas is normally a time when public transport in major cities can except to be very busy as people head out to do their shopping. Alas on Saturday 24th November anyone wanting … Continue reading

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Tyne & Wear Metro promotes itself as cycle friendly

The Tyne & Wear Metro has just extended the areas of the system you can take a bike on board the trains off peak as they continue to promote themselves as a cycle friendly system. Bikes can now be taken … Continue reading

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