Category Archives: Tyne and Wear Metro

More service reductions across the UK

As government advice for social distancing and to travel only if essential continues further service reductions have been introduced on light rail systems across the UK. The Tyne and Wear Metro have further reduced their timetables whilst a revised service … Continue reading

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Peak time travel pass restrictions lifted as more Coronavirus measures in place across the UK

Since their introduction concessionary passes for use on buses and some trams have seen a limit on their use during morning peak times but in light of the current Coronavirus pandemic it has now been announced that this will be … Continue reading

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Tyne and Wear Metro first to announce reduced timetable in wake of Coronavirus

With new recommendations for reducing non-essential travel and the idea of more people working from home Nexus have announced that a reduced timetable will be in operation on the Tyne and Wear Metro for the foreseeable future. In making these … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Driver Training on the increase on the Tyne and Wear Metro

One of the reasons often given for cancellations and service disruption on the Tyne and Wear Metro – part of an admittedly large list of late! – is driver shortages but as promised Nexus are currently attempting to do something … Continue reading

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Metro Flow project funded by Government

Four additional new trains and the double tracking of sections of the Tyne and Wear Metro are on the cards after the Government agreed to part funding of the Metro Flow project in the recent budget. £95 million will come … Continue reading

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New Metro boss sees the work going in to maintain train fleet

Newly appointed Chief Operating Officer at Nexus, Martin Kearney, has spent four hours with the night shift at South Gosforth Depot as it returns to the floor to see just what goes in to maintaining the 40 year old fleet … Continue reading

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A million Metro journeys made using the Pop blue smartcard

A million journeys have been made by young people on the Tyne and Wear Metro using the new Pop blue smartcard according to figures recently released by Nexus. Pop blue was introduced to make Metro travel more affordable for those … Continue reading

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Open Day to be part of Metro 40th Anniversary celebrations

2020 is the 40th anniversary of the Tyne and Wear Metro and to mark the occasion a series of community events will be taking place – including a heritage open day at South Gosforth Depot on Sunday 2nd August. As … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Tyne & Wear Metro Depot at Howdon under construction

We’ve report on it several times and now for the first time we bring you some photos – the new temporary Tyne and Wear Metro depot at Howdon. With the site due to open this summer ahead of the current … Continue reading

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Coming soon: New vehicles on order

With various tram and light rail systems across the UK having new vehicles on order have you lost track of what is due and when? Well, if you have you don’t worry as we are here to help! In this … Continue reading

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New tracks in place at temporary Metro depot

Work on constructing the new Tyne and Wear Metro Depot at Howdon in North Tyneside is continuing to make excellent progress with the past three months having seen more than 1.5km of line put down. The depot is scheduled to … Continue reading

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Metro staff and Police join forces to give public reassurance

As part of an ongoing joint initiative between Nexus and the Northumbria Police, a recent community engagement exercise took place on the Tyne and Wear Metro to give public reassurance whilst travelling during the evening. This is just the latest … Continue reading

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Operation Hades makes it mark on Tyne and Wear Metro

Plain clothed police officers on the Tyne and Wear Metro have had an immediate impact in catching teenage troublemakers on the network as part of Operation Hades. This operation has seen undercover Police and Nexus staff board trains to tackle … Continue reading

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Tyne and Wear Metro performance on the up

It is that time once more as we take a look at performance on the Tyne and Wear Metro where there has been a welcome upturn in the percentage of trains running on time – with it reaching the highest … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Tyne and Wear Metro Maintenance and Renewable Skills Centre under construction

When the old South Shields Metro station was closed it was announced that the site would be used as the centrepiece of a new Maintenance and Renewable Skills Centre. With a budget of £8.4 million the new centre will be … Continue reading

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Police and Crime Commissioner visits Tyne and Wear Metro

The Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Kim McGuiness, has visited the Tyne and Wear Metro to see how it is kept safe and secure for passengers while also pledging to get tough with anti-social behaviour on the network.

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Metro points in central Newcastle replaced in single weekend

Two sets of track point switches between Haymarket and Monument stations in central Newcastle have been replaced as part of the ongoing Metro: all change modernisation programme. The work took place over a single weekend and saw the 40 year … Continue reading

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Contracts signed for new Metro fleet

Nexus and Stadler have officially signed the contracts for the delivery and maintenance of a new fleet of trains for the Tyne and Wear Metro. 42 new trains will be supplied up until 2024 to replace the current fleet, which … Continue reading

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The continuing travails of the Tyne and Wear Metro

It must be a pretty draining experience trying to travel on the Tyne and Wear Metro at times. Its well known that the infrastructure and trains on the network are ageing but these are combining on a very regular basis … Continue reading

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Full Tyne and Wear Metro system closed for 90 minutes after signalling problems

All Tyne and Wear Metro services were suspended for 90 minutes on Thursday 30th January after a signalling fault in the control room. No trains ran from just after 1030 until shortly after 1200 while the problem was resolved. To … Continue reading

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