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 update from Nexus. The first track is now in place with it due to be used for the first time by the end of summer 2020.
It is planned that the depot at Howdon will be used for the cleaning and preparation of up to ten trains whilst work takes place at South Gosforth. It is also set to play a vital role in the delivery of the new fleet of trains when they start to arrive at the end of 2021.
The temporary depot is being built on a former landfill site at Howdon in North Tyneside. So far ballast, rail and sleepers have been put down and work will continue for the next few months.
Huw Lewis, Customer Services Director, said: “Our new depot site at Howdon is really starting to take shape. New tracks are going in and the work will start on the buildings which will be used while we transition to the new depot in Gosforth. 2020 is going to be a really exciting year for the Tyne and Wear Metro. We will get to see what our new trains look like, who is going to build them, and we will also be marking Metro’s 40th anniversary.”