Confirmation of four more Metro trains ordered

Nexus have now confirmed the additional order of four trains for the Tyne and Wear Metro network to bring the total that Stadler are manufacturing for the network to 46. An initial order of 42 was announced last year and there was the option of an extra four, subject to receiving government funding for the Metro Flow project which now confirmed means its full steam ahead for a total of 46 trains to be built by Stadler in Switzerland for introduction in the northeast from 2023.

John Fenwick, Director of Finance and Resources at Nexus, said: “I’m delighted to confirm that we have been able to order four extra new Metro trains on top of the 42 which are already on order, and that Stadler has now started the manufacturing process. Securing the funding to order these additional trains is the culmination of an enormous amount of work in successfully making the case for the Metro Flow project, which is a key tenet of our recovery plan as we emerge from the Coronavirus pandemic. The additional trains are required so that we can enhance the Metro timetable, delivering a more frequent and reliable service for our customers. The start of the manufacturing process is an exciting moment in the countdown to the new Metro trains, which are going to transform the journey experience for our customers.”

£95 million has been secured from the government’s Transforming Cities Fund for the Metro Flow project. As well as going towards four extra trains the project will see three sections of line dualled between Pelaw and South Shields. This will allow Nexus to increase service frequency, reduce journey times and improved reliability on the Metro. Work on the project is due to commence in September 2022.

Stadler will be constructing the 46 trains at their plant in Switzerland before they are then delivered to the northeast from 2022 until 2024. It is anticipated the first is due in service in mid-2023. Many of the components of the trains will be sourced from northeast companies as part of Stadler’s commitment to supporting the local economy.

Cllr Martin Gannon, Chair of the North East Joint Transport Committee, said: “I’m thrilled with the announcement that an additional four new Metro trains have been secured through the Transforming Cities Fund which is administered in our region by the North East Joint Transport Committee. This is more great news for passengers and these new trains will offer an even better experience for passengers, as well as a greater reliability of services. Metro Flow will be truly transformational for people using the service every day to get to work, education or leisure destinations across the region. It will offer improved journey times across the entire Metro system so I’m sure this will encourage more people to consider public transport as a clean, safe and reliable way to travel.”

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