Category Archives: Tyne and Wear Metro

Picture in Time: Tyne and Wear Metro 4014

For the next few weeks we are back in the north east each Saturday for our more modern light rail and tramway dip into the archives. It is, of course, the Tyne and Wear Metro and we are in fact … Continue reading

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Metro’s head of engineering to retire

Nexus’ Head of Maintenance Delivery, Phil Kirkland, who managed the construction of the original Tyne and Wear Metro network between 1979 and 1984 is to retire after 47 years of service to the railway industry. Phil, who is currently in … Continue reading

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Work underway on temporary Metro depot

The Tyne and Wear Metro is scheduled to get a new, albeit temporary, depot by next summer in Howdon and work is now underway preparing the former landfill site for the main construction works. Extensive earth works are required first … Continue reading

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Consistency continues on Tyne and Wear Metro

85% seems the percentage for the Tyne and Wear Metro as for the third four week period in a row that is the number of trains arriving on time across the network – which also happens to be the same … Continue reading

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Expansion announced for Metro driver training programme

The Tyne and Wear Metro will now be able to train double the number of new drivers following the expansion of their training programme it has been announced by Nexus. This is the biggest expansion of training in Metro’s history … Continue reading

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Power fault traps trains in depot

Wednesday 9th October was a day which didn’t start out too well on the Tyne and Wear Metro with a power fault at South Gosforth Depot meaning it wasn’t possible to get enough trains out quicker enough to provide the … Continue reading

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More peak time trains for Tyne and Wear Metro

A new timetable is to be introduced on the Tyne and Wear Metro from Sunday 13th October with additional peak time trains to run as a result of passenger feedback. The new timetable will see a reduction in gaps between … Continue reading

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Work underway to demolish old South Shields station

Work to demolish the first Tyne and Wear Metro station to have closed permanently since the network opened in 1980 at South Shields has started. The station closed to passengers on 8th July to make way for a brand new … Continue reading

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Memorabilia from old South Shields station to be donated to museum

Items from the old South Shields Tyne and Wear Metro station – which was replaced by an all new interchange in August – have been donated to the South Shields Museum and Art Gallery. The “iconic” items include signage and … Continue reading

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In Pictures: 4040 returns to service on Tyne and Wear Metro

Whilst we have been concentrating on the new Tyne and Wear Metro fleet currently being procured we mustn’t forget the current fleet which continues to operate the service. Shortages of the Metro Cars are often seen with peak time extras … Continue reading

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Have Hitachi been unsuccessful in their bid to build new Metro trains?

Reports on the BBC have suggested that local train builder Hitachi – local as in they have a factory in the north east at Newton Aycliffe – have been unsuccessful in their bid to build the new trains for the … Continue reading

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Metro proves popular during the Great North Run

90,000 passengers were carried on the Tyne and Wear Metro on Sunday 8th September as visitors flocked towards the annual Great North Run, over a weekend which also saw international Rugby Union come to St James’ Park and the Tour … Continue reading

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No change for Tyne and Wear Metro performance

It’s as you were on the Tyne and Wear Metro following the release of the latest performance statistics. This period stretches between 21st July and 17th August with 85% of trains reported as arriving on time during these four weeks … Continue reading

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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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