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Old December 2nd, 2017, 09:35 AM   #5881
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makes more sense to have one vehicle at 60 metres as this means the two inner cabs can be done away creating more space
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Old December 2nd, 2017, 03:18 PM   #5882
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It will soon be all change, but what about the early days of the Tyne and Wear Metro?

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It will soon be all change, but what about the early days of the Tyne and Wear Metro?
David Morton 2 December 2017


An early Metro train, c1980 (Image: Nexus)

Metro trains have become an integral part of life on Tyneside.

The Metro carriages, which have been transporting passengers for 38 years, have clocked up more than three million kilometres, covering the distance it would take to get to the moon and back five times over. The Tyne and Wear Metro system was launched in August 1980.

The daily commute to work, days out, nights out on the town, shopping trips, you name it - the Metro has been there, getting Geordies from A to B for nearly four decades. But the trains we know and love will soon be a thing of the past.

Nexus, which owns the Metro, has secured Government cash to the tune of £337m to buy a new fleet. New trains will start appearing by late 2021 – and the old ones will be phased out. It’ll be a case of one new train comes in, and one old train goes out.

With the new trains comes the promise of wi-fi, air conditioning, and a seating layout like the London Underground.

Read more and see other images @ http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/...-days-13980501
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Old December 4th, 2017, 09:27 AM   #5883
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Good start to the working week - from the Nexus web site @ https://www.nexus.org.uk/metro/updates

There are no trains running between Monument and South Hylton/Monument and South Shields in both directions until further notice. This is due to an overhead line trip.

Currently there is ticket acceptance on the following buses:
Gateshead - Newcastle: x 1, 21, 56, 57, and 59
Heworth - Newcastle: 27, 88, X9, and X10
Sunderland - South Hylton: Stagecoach 8
South Shields - Newcastle: 27
Sunderland - Jarrow: 9

We will update you as soon as we have more information.
Updated at 07:10, Monday, 4 December 2017
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Old December 4th, 2017, 02:43 PM   #5884
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Morning of Metro misery caused by attempted cable thieves - Nexus reveals


From the Chronicle Live, copyright NCJMedia Ltd @ http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/...mpted-13990947
Morning of Metro misery caused by attempted cable thieves - Nexus reveals
Sean Seddon 4 December 2017


Metro chaos at Heworth station with commuters waiting for buses and taxis (Image: Newcastle Chronicle)

Would-be cable thieves brought the Metro network to a halt south of the Tyne on Monday.

Commuters were left stranded at rush hour after all trains between Monument and South Shields/South Hylton were cancelled. It was originally thought that the power outage was caused by a problem with the overhead lines, a common fault on the Metro system. But a Nexus spokesperson has confirmed engineers have found the source of the power outage and it appears to be more malicious.

Damage to power cables was found near a sub-station in the Gateshead area and early indications suggest it is the result of an attempted theft.

Tobyn Hughes, managing director of Nexus said: “We were today victim to an attempted cable theft which left a key part of our system through Gateshead without power. The timing of this attack meant we could not provide a trains south of Monument, and thousands of our passengers have had to rely on buses to get to work as a result. We now have 22 buses operating a shuttle service between Monument, South Shields and Sunderland, as well as local bus services accepting Metro tickets. But even that will mean people face longer journeys and we’re sorry for the inconvenience this causes. The police and Nexus have worked hard to tackle cable theft since it was a major problem for Metro five years ago and that has paid off. Attacks like this which affect our passengers are very rare, and I must warn would-be thieves they are risking their lives by meddling with the high voltage cables which power Metro .”

Read more and see video @ http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/...mpted-13990947

Service has now resumed to all destinations. The suspension today was caused by an attempted cable theft which lead to overhead line issue, resulting in severe disruption to our system.

There is still an issue with the line at Hebburn, but we will continue to run trains through this area. This may cause delays to service.
Updated at 12:20, Monday, 4 December 2017
https://www.nexus.org.uk/metro/updates
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Old December 4th, 2017, 08:53 PM   #5885
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A friend of mine who works for Nexus has told me that this is not true and that excuse is being used to save face. I am told that it was a power surge on the line at Gateshead that caused the issues.
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Old December 4th, 2017, 09:16 PM   #5886
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Reward offered after theft of cable disrupts Metro service

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A friend of mine who works for Nexus has told me that this is not true and that excuse is being used to save face. I am told that it was a power surge on the line at Gateshead that caused the issues.
Nexus must be colluding with Northumbria Police if that was so, I doubt it myself. Seems a stretch to think that the story of how it happened would be made up to 'save face', after all, Nexus have in recent times announced a catalogue of failures on the Metro system so they must be used to the embarrassment.

From the Northumbria Police web site @ https://www.northumbria.police.uk/ne...metro_service/
Reward offered after theft of cable disrupts Metro service
04 Dec 2017 17:00 PM

Reward offered after cable theft disrupts Metro travellers

The theft of cable on the Metro disrupted travel for thousands of transport users this morning. Now Nexus are offering a £1,000 cash reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for the cable theft.

The theft happened near Stadium Metro Station in the Felling area at approximately 2am. Thieves stole around 80-90 metres of cable causing a fault in the system. The incident resulted in part of the rail system being closed leading to disruption for rush hour commuters who had to travel on replacement buses.

Officers are carrying out enquiries in the area and are appealing for information. PC Ryan Walker, of the Metro Unit said: "We take these types of theft very seriously and are appealing for help from the public to identify those responsible. We continue to work closely with our partners at Nexus to tackle cable theft on the system. Officers from our unit patrol the system to help prevent offences and deter criminals. I'd also stress the dangers of interfering with live cables and railway tracks. People are in effect handling live wires which could leave them seriously burned and injured."

Chris Carson, Metro Services Director, said: “The railway industry takes metal theft very seriously because of the impact it has on passengers. For this reason Nexus is taking the unprecedented step of offering a £1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for today’s attack. Metal theft is very rare on Metro because we have worked closely with police to crack down on criminals, and reduced the amount of metal cables we use as lines are modernised. But one attack like this is too many and we are determined to do all we can to help the police in its investigation.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101, quoting reference 305 of 04/12/17.
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Old December 4th, 2017, 11:16 PM   #5887
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There were announcements saying service was suspended over an hour after service had resumed. Possibly explains why the trains were almost empty. Classic Metro communication breakdown.
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Old December 5th, 2017, 04:33 PM   #5888
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London architects win £8m South Shields Metro project

From today's Bdaily @ https://bdaily.co.uk/articles/2017/1...-metro-project
London architects win £8m South Shields Metro project
Jamie Hardesty 5 December 2017



Public transport body Nexus has appointed Stephen George + Partners (SGP), a London-headquartered architectural practice, to design the upcoming £8m Metro Maintenance and Renewals Skills Centre in South Shields for client Nexus.

The regeneration project will provide training for more than 1,000 people working on the Metro, including contractors involved in the £350m modernisation of the urban rail system used by 40 million passengers a year.

SGP presented a design vision for a single three storey building which will accommodate a training centre and light maintenance facility. Working with contractor Galliford Try Infrastructure, SGP says the concept allows the development to be unified, with the training centre wrapping around the light maintenance area.

In the design, vertically stacking the accommodation allowed reception and break-out spaces to overlook the main entrance and kept classroom, meeting and engineering activities clearly split between floors according to SGP.

SGP added that the single building option created efficiencies in design, optimising the requirements for foundations, structure, stairs, lifts, and site clearance, whilst operationally, the management of a single building rather than two offers the client operational cost savings. Founded in 1970, Stephen George + Partners employs over 80 staff across its offices in London, Leicester, Leeds, Birmingham and Solihull.

Read more @ https://bdaily.co.uk/articles/2017/1...-metro-project

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Old December 6th, 2017, 11:04 AM   #5889
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Stolen cable recovered as police investigate theft which brought Metro to a halt

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Stolen cable recovered as police investigate theft which brought Metro to a halt
Sean Seddon 6 December 2017



Almost 90m of cable has been recovered as police continue to investigate a vandal attack which brought the network to a standstill.

Thousands of commuters were left stranded on December 4 when the network south of the Tyne was brought to a halt after an attempted cable theft in Gateshead.

Officers found 80-90m of cable with the copper stripped out on a football pitch next to Sanderson Villas, Gateshead, not far from the scene of the crime. And now police are appealing for anyone who was in this area, or who lives beside the Metro line, and may have seen or heard any suspicious activity from 2am onwards in the early hours of Monday morning.

Nexus engineers originally thought the source of the power outage was an overhead line failure, a common fault, but discovered clear signs of malicious activity mid-morning.

Read more @ http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/...igate-13999938
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Old December 8th, 2017, 07:03 PM   #5890
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Metro hires ex-soldier and former Afghanistan embassy protector as new security chief

From today's Shields Gazette @ https://www.shieldsgazette.com/news/...hief-1-8899621
Metro hires ex-soldier and former Afghanistan embassy protector as new security chief
Ross Robertson 8 December 2017


Paul Harris, security manager for Metro

Metro bosses have hired a former Redcap with experience in Afghanistan to take over security on the system.

Paul Harris, a former Sergeant in the Royal Military Police, will take up the new role created by Nexus to oversee security for the 38 million passengers who use Metro every year. Transport executive Nexus said Paul brings a wealth of experience to the role, from his 14-year military career and from private sector security work, which has included a stint managing the security of foreign embassies in the Afghan capital city of Kabul. Paul, 48, of Gosforth in Newcastle, is originally from Plymouth in Devon, but has lived in the North East since 2004.

Paul said he will be working closely with Northumbria Police and the British Transport Police, and is keen to target issues of antisocial behaviour on Metro. News of his appointment comes days after thieves knocked out the system by stealing cable. Paul said: “This is a great new challenge for me and I’m thrilled to be working for such a high profile local brand in the Tyne and Wear Metro. The top priority at all times is the safety and security of the people who use Metro every day. I’d never previously considered working in transport security. There are so many different areas that can be looked at. I can’t wait to get started. One of my major aims is to tackle issue on anti-social behaviour on Metro so that our customers and staff can travel around without having to see that sort of thing on the transport system. I’ll be working closely with the police and our own frontline staff to address this issue.” T

Tobyn Hughes, managing director of Nexus, said: “We want Metro passengers to feel safe and confident when using Metro. We have created a new dedicated role of security manager to improve how we work with our staff, the police and partners in the communities we serve to achieve that every day. It is just one of the ways we are working to make Metro better.”

Read more at: https://www.shieldsgazette.com/news/...hief-1-8899621
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Old December 11th, 2017, 09:31 AM   #5891
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Tyne and Wear Metro

5 trains out of service this morning-it’s frosty not arctic tundra conditions. Only 2 of 4 ticket machines working at Gateshead with long queues.

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