Category Archives: Tyne and Wear Metro

New under 16s smartcard launched by Nexus

A new and easy way to pay for travel on the Tyne and Wear Metro by the under 16s has been launched by Nexus. The Junior blue smartcard can be bought and topped up online meaning passengers won’t have to … Continue reading

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More DfT funding for English light rail systems

It has been announced that up to a further £67.8 million will be made available to tram and light rail systems across England (outside of London) up to the end of March as part of the latest funding package from … Continue reading

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Metro performance up

The latest poster for performance on the Tyne and Wear Metro has recently been put up at station across the network and it shows an increase in performance both from the previous four weeks and also the same period last … Continue reading

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Metro platforms to be readied for new trains

A new £2 million project is now underway to get platforms on the Tyne and Wear Metro network ready for the fleet of new trains which are due to be in service in 2023. With the new trains having a … Continue reading

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Stadler officially take on maintenance of Metro fleet

Stadler is now officially in charge of the maintenance of the Tyne and Wear Metro fleet and Gosforth Depot. The 35 year maintenance contract – which initially encompasses the current fleet of trains before moving on to the new trains … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Nexus Learning Centre at South Shields

The new Nexus Learning Centre being built on the site of the old South Shields Metro Station in the town centre is nearing completion although as yet no word from Nexus as to when its first recruits may be heading … Continue reading

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Yellow for new Tyne and Wear Metro trains

Metro will be finished in a vibrant yellow colour scheme as a nod to the iconic original livery carried on the trains when the system opened 40 years ago. The yellow will be accompanied by black and pale grey along … Continue reading

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Nexus to start biggest ever Metro driver training school

The days of services being cancelled or curtailed on the Tyne and Wear Metro because of driver shortages will hopefully be a thing of the past from next spring after the announcement of the biggest ever driver training school since … Continue reading

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Tyne and Wear Metro performance remains consistent

Another four week period has been and gone on the Tyne and Wear Metro which had led to the latest performance poster being put up at stations across the network – and it again shows a consistent service with 84% … Continue reading

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Anti-social behaviour crackdown on Tyne & Wear Metro

Northumbria Police and Nexus have teamed up for a major anti-social behaviour crackdown on the Tyne and Wear Metro to both protect and educate passengers on the network. Operation Hermes took place over a two day period in late August … Continue reading

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Nexus staff raise over £12,000 for Alzheimer’s Society

Staff at Nexus have raised a total of £12,675 for the Alzheimer’s Society with a virtual check presentation recently taking place to hand the money over. Nexus chose the Alzheimer’s Society as their charity for 2019/20 with various activities taking … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Rail replacement works on Tyne & Wear Metro

As we mentioned a few weeks ago weekends during August have seen closures on the Tyne and Wear Metro to allow for some essential track maintenance to take place south of Gateshead. The work is concentrated on the section between … Continue reading

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Covid-19 service update – operating systems

It’s been around two months since we last brought you a summary of the service being run on the tram and light rail systems of the British Isles – so its about time we gave a handy update all in … Continue reading

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Play Now! New Metro game to celebrate 40th anniversary

The Tyne and Wear Metro has recently launched a new game to test the knowledge of users of the system, all as part of their revised plans to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the network. Station Master can be accessed … Continue reading

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Latest Tyne and Wear Metro performance details revealed

Whilst public transport is a very different beast at the moment with fewer passengers travelling as a result of the pandemic, one of the crucial considerations for some will still remain “how is it running?”. Although Manchester Metrolink have not … Continue reading

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Virtual Depot tour launched as Metro celebrates its 40th anniversary

Tuesday 11th August marked the 40th anniversary of the opening of the Tyne and Wear Metro and if things had been a bit more normal one of the centrepieces of the celebrations would have been the chance for the public … Continue reading

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More funding confirmed for light rail in England

Five tram and light rail systems in England outside of London (both the Docklands Light Railway and London Tramlink are covered by the Transport for London funding package) are to receive funding of up to £37.4 million over the next … Continue reading

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More Tyne & Wear Metro trackworks to take place in August

The culmination of 12 month project to replace the track on the Tyne and Wear Metro in Gateshead and Tyne and Wear will take place over four weekends in August, it has been confirmed. This is the latest phase of … Continue reading

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Extra funding announced for Metro modernisation project

The continued modernisation of the Tyne and Wear Metro has recently got a boost with an extra £20 million of government funding confirmed by Nexus for the project which got underway back in April 2010. This is additional to the … Continue reading

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Lockdown Walks: Tyne & Wear Metro 4015

We take another trip to Tynemouth for this edition of “Lockdown Walks”.

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