Category Archives: Tyne and Wear Metro

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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Stadler wins Tyne and Wear Metro train order

In what is bound to be a controversial decision in some quarters Nexus has announced that the contract to build new trains for the Tyne and Wear Metro network has been awarded to Stadler. The £362 million investment includes £337 … Continue reading

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Metro punctuality rises again

The latest four week performance statistics – 8th December 2019 to 4th January 2020 – for the Tyne and Wear Metro have now been released and there is some good (and some not so good) news included! The percentage of … Continue reading

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Contactless use increases on Tyne and Wear Metro

More people than ever are now using contactless bank cards to purchase their tickets to travel on the Tyne and Wear Metro, according to the latest figures shared by Nexus. More than half of the eight million transactions in ticket … Continue reading

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2.6 million watch Tyne and Wear Metro documentary

The first episode of ITV’s documentary on the Tyne and Wear Metro attracted 2.6 million viewers, according to overnight viewing figures. Screened at 1930 on Tuesday 14th January the first episode of The Metro: A Rail Life Story concentrated on … Continue reading

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Make a date! Tyne and Wear Metro on TV

Having initially been announced over a year ago it has now been confirmed that the ITV documentary on the Tyne and Wear Metro will be screened from Tuesday 14th January at 1930 – that’s just a week away!

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Temporary Metro depot starts to take shape

The new temporary depot at Howdon in North Tyneside, being built to house a number of Metrocars on the Tyne and Wear Metro whilst rebuilding work takes place at South Gosforth Depot, is starting to take shape according to an … Continue reading

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Metro industrial action called off

Tyne and Wear Metro services should start to get back to normal again after the RMT agreed to suspend industrial action pending an improved offer from Nexus. Throughout December there had been an overtime ban which had led to many … Continue reading

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Performance plummets again on Tyne and Wear Metro

65%. That is the latest punctuality figure for the Tyne and Wear Metro – one of the lowest performance figures we have seen since we started reporting on these four weekly performance stats. It is also a major fall since … Continue reading

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Christmas and New Year services 2019/20

Christmas is a time to spend with your family but what happens if you want to do something a bit different? Well, you could always go for a ride or take some photos of trams around the country couldn’t you?! … Continue reading

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More overhead woes on Tyne and Wear Metro

If you were to give a review to the Tyne and Wear Metro in 2019 it would probably read “must try harder” as once more a section of overhead wire has come down causing disruption to services – all this … Continue reading

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Strike action on the way for Tyne and Wear Metro

The dispute between members of the RMT and Nexus, operators of the Tyne and Wear Metro, has escalated once again with the union announcing they will be going on a two day strike on two days in the lead up … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Adverts return to Tyne and Wear Metro

Ever since the Tyne and Wear Metro vehicles went through their last refurbishment in the first part of this decade the fleet has been in uniform fleet livery (more or less, an advert livery does still exist on one of … Continue reading

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