Category Archives: Tyne and Wear Metro

Tyne and Wear Metro completes tactile paving installation at all stations

Every platform on every Tyne and Wear Metro station now has tactile paving on the platform edge – making it the first rail network in England to have this feature, giving a major accessibility upgrade for blind and partially sighted … Continue reading

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North East Rail and Metro Strategy approved

The North East Joint Transport Committee have approved the first North East Rail and Metro Strategy, which outlines plans to upgrade the East Coast Mainline, reopen the Leamside Line and, most pertinent to this website, extended the Tyne and Wear … Continue reading

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Extra Metro services for Elton John

Another major concert will be taking place at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light on Sunday 19th June with Elton John performing. To help people get to and from the concert there will be extra services running both before and after.

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Light rail services to be affected by national rail strike

Although the national rail strike announced for 21st, 23rd and 25th June does not directly included staff working on any tram or light rail system in the UK there will be some impact on services where track is shared with … Continue reading

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Tyne and Wear Metro plant a tree for Queen’s Jubilee

Nexus and local community volunteers have teamed up to plant a tree at Cullercoats Metro station to help mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. The plum tree was planted in a special ceremony attended by volunteers from the Cullercoats Collective, staff … Continue reading

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Second phase of Gosforth Depot redevelopment completed

Work on the redevelopment of the Tyne and Wear Metro’s depot at Gosforth is continuing at a good pace with the second phase (of six) now completed. This has seen three more sections of line being successfully installed. Phase three … Continue reading

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Out and About: Tyne and Wear Metro at Sunderland

The Tyne and Wear Metro to South Hylton via Sunderland recently celebrated its 20th anniversary and in this edition of “Out and About” we head to the rather dark Sunderland station for some views of the Metrocars in operation.

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Extra Metro services for Ed Sheeran concert

The Tyne and Wear Metro will be running extra services before and after the Ed Sheeran concert taking place at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light as they prepare for their busiest couple of days for more than three years. The concerts … Continue reading

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Work starts on the Metro Flow project

Metro Flow – a scheme which will see three single track sections in South Tyneside dualled – is starting to ramp up ahead of a major three month closure later this year. The £100 million project – partially funded by … Continue reading

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Young inventors come up with ideas to make Metro journeys more fun

The Metro Invention Challenge – run by Nexus alongside creative education organisation Little Inventors – has see children come up with some unique inventions aimed at making journeys on the network more fun. Winning entries included a seat just for … Continue reading

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Comic book to celebrate Tyne & Wear Metro’s superheroes!

Mick Duckett, a local artist, is to draw a 40 page comic to celebrate the work of frontline staff on the Tyne and Wear Metro. The comic book will tell the stories of Metro’s frontline employees as they look after … Continue reading

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4020 helps Tyne & Wear Metro celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

Now with added photo (24.5.22) The latest light rail network in the UK to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee is the Tyne and Wear Metro with 4020 receiving special vinyls to mark the occasion. We’d previously said that Blackpool’s offering … Continue reading

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In Pictures: The original Metrocar mock-up cab

In all the excitement surrounding the new trains for the Tyne & Wear Metro – mock-ups, simulators, construction process – it can easily be forgotten how things were back in the late 1970s when the system was in the final … Continue reading

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Nexus start the search for more apprentices

Nexus are on the look out for nine new apprentices to start in Autumn 2022 – with many of the roles on the Tyne and Wear Metro. With over 90% of apprentices moving either into higher apprenticeships or permanent roles … Continue reading

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Performance up on Tyne & Wear Metro (but poster becomes an advert!)

The latest four weekly performance statistics poster from the Tyne and Wear Metro has again been put up at stations across the network and shows a bit of positive news as it is up from the previous month. Sadly after … Continue reading

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Nexus release statement after major anti social behaviour incident on the Metro

There was a major anti-social behaviour incident on the Tyne and Wear Metro on Saturday 30th April with a shopping trolley was thrown at a moving train by a group of youths. Following this incident Nexus and Northumbria Police released … Continue reading

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Work starts on production of bogies for new Metro trains

Another week and another milestone in the construction of the new trains for the Tyne and Wear Metro. Stadler – who are building 46 new trains – have now started manufacture of the first of 276 sets of bogies (each … Continue reading

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Artists selected for Tyne and Wear Metro train interior artwork

Four artists from the north east of England have won the commission to supply artwork to be applied to the interior of the new Tyne and Wear Metro trains after an open call for submissions. Each artist will go on … Continue reading

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New wheel lathe installed at Metro’s redeveloped depot

As the redevelopment of the Tyne and Wear Metro’s Gosforth Depot continues a new state of the art wheel lathe has been installed which will save time and should make train maintenance more efficient. The depot is being developed in … Continue reading

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New exhibition opens on the Tyne and Wear Metro

A new exhibition called Metro Memories which celebrates the history of the Tyne and Wear Metro has opened at The Common Room, Westgate Road, Newcastle. Featuring photographs, film and interviews with key decision makers along with engineers, designers and many … Continue reading

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