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Old November 20th, 2017, 12:29 PM   #181
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Transport Secretary ignores letter from North East MPs about the Tyne and Wear Metro

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Transport Secretary ignores letter from North East MPs about the Tyne and Wear Metro
By Jonathan Walker 20 November 2017


A Metro train arrives at South Gosforth Station (Image: Newcastle Chronicle)

Ministers have ignored a letter from 10 North East MPs urging the Government to press ahead with new trains for the Tyne and Wear metro.

Gateshead MP Ian Mearns said he was shocked that a letter sent four months ago had still not received a reply.

The Department for Transport has said it supports plans to provide 84 new trains to replace the existing 40-year-old Metro fleet. But it is still in talks with transport body Nexus over how to fund the plan. And it has failed to respond to a letter sent to the Transport Secretary by 10 MPs on July 17 making the case for new trains.

Usually, a Minister would be expected to reply to such a letter even if it is just to say that they will have to wait for a decision to be made. The MPs wrote again on September 12. Mr Mearns raised the lack of response in the House of Commons on October 19. On that occasion, Transport Minister Paul Maynard said: “I am always disappointed when I hear that we do not achieve what we should in our correspondence. I am sorry that the honourable gentleman has not had an acknowledgement; we will draft one immediately today.” However, no response or acknowledgement was sent.

Mr Mearns raised the letter again in a debate on November 6. And he highlighted it again on November 16, telling Conservative Minister Andrea Leadsom, the leader of the Commons: “On a personal note, tomorrow is 17 November, which marks the four-month anniversary of the Tyne and Wear MPs’ letter to the Secretary of State for Transport.” He added: “This is beyond the pale - four months is well beyond Cabinet Office recommendations for ministerial replies to MPs’ letters.” She told him: “If he wants to write to me, I will certainly take up his point with the Department.”

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Old November 22nd, 2017, 03:49 PM   #183
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Tyne & Wear Metro fleet replacement funding announced
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UK: The government is to provide £337m towards the planned replacement of the Tyne & Wear Metro’s current fleet with ‘modern energy-efficient trains’, which would ‘cut running costs while boosting performance and reliability’, Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond said when presenting his budget to parliament November 22.

Transport authority Nexus now plans to begin the process of selecting a supplier, with the aim of new trains entering service from 2021

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Old November 28th, 2017, 03:14 PM   #186
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First image released of new £8.4million railway skills centre to be built in South Shields town centre

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First image released of new £8.4million railway skills centre to be built in South Shields town centre
Ross Robertson 28 November 2017



Transport chiefs have released the first image of the new railway skills centre to be built in South Shields town centre - and confirmed construction work will start in the spring. Nexus, the public body which owns and manages the Tyne and Wear Metro, announced plans to build the £8.4million Metro Maintenance and Renewals Skills Centre in South Shields town centre last year.

The complex will be a state-of-art, bespoke training facility for Nexus to deliver a wide range of infrastructure and operations training, serving 1,000 staff. The centre will be built within the existing Metro sidings between Mile End Road and Salem Street in South Shields, on the site of part of the town’s original railway station, which was closed when the Metro line was built in the early 1980s. The project is being funded through a £7million grant from the Government’s Local Growth Fund Deal through the North East Local Enterprise Partnership and a £1.4million contribution by Nexus.

The new facility will boast a 70m stretch of dual track for Nexus to carry out rail infrastructure training, including track, track points, signalling and overhead line. The new three-storey training centre itself will house a new computerised Metro driver training simulator.

Managing Director of Nexus, Tobyn Hughes, said: “Our new £8.4m rail skills centre will deliver a step change in the quality of the training that we can provide to our staff, contractors and industry partners. This will be a state-of-the art training centre that will be vastly superior to the training facilities we have at the moment. This will be of huge benefit to our workforce and for the long term future of the Tyne and Wear Metro system. The site in South Shields offers an excellent location on the existing Metro network. The town centre is already enjoying major regeneration through South Tyneside Council’s 365 Masterplan and we are partners in building a new transport interchange. The new Skills Centre will complement this redevelopment and bring new opportunities to the area.”

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Old November 28th, 2017, 06:40 PM   #187
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New Metro trains will probably have Tube-style seats - but Sunderland want to block it

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New Metro trains will probably have Tube-style seats - but Sunderland want to block it
Sean Seddon 28 November 2017


A mock up of a potential Metro design - the final look will depend on the manufacturer (Image: Nexus)

A row among the region’s transport bosses has broken out over the most unlikely subject: the way seats will face on the new Metros.

Council bosses are under pressure to decide on specifications soon so that the process of tendering for manufacturers can begin in line with a target of having new trains on the tracks by 2021.

Changing the way seats on the Metro are arranged has long been the preference of Nexus as it would prevent problems like people putting their feet up on seats, lack of space for large items of luggage and overcrowding around the doors of the trains. Nexus say they have consulted with passengers and transport experts on three separate occasions and have found a clear consensus for Tube-style linear seating on the new trains. According to them, benefits would include more comfortable standing room for passengers during peak times, increased personal security and better accessibility for elderly and disabled customers.

But Sunderland City Council are opposed to plans to introduce Tube-style seating for the new trains, saying it would disadvantage passenger travelling longer distances and calling into question Nexus’ research. Coun Mordey, who represents the Wearside authority on the committee, will propose a “hybrid” seating layout, arguing linear seating is suitable for “mass transit” systems like the Tube but not for Metro journeys between Sunderland and Newcastle or the airport. He said: “Part of the journey experience of rail travel is the ability to look out of the window. This is difficult if passengers have their back to the window. Psychologically a carriage with very few seats and large standing areas suggests to the customer that the operator thinks only a cattle truck is good enough for them. Longitudinal seats do not offer a comfortable journey experience even to those passengers lucky enough to find a seat. In our opinion, there are no real cogent arguments presented in the report as to why a hybrid layout is not recommended.”

The plans are due to be voted on at a meeting of the North East Combined Authority’s transport committee on November 30 but Sunderland council are hoping to throw a spanner in the works. In a report to the NECA committee warns that, Nexus boss Tobyn Hughes warned that, if councillors can’t make up their minds, the decision will simply be kicked in to the long grass or left up to the eventual manufacture

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Old November 29th, 2017, 02:14 PM   #188
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Tobyn Hughes - Demolition work begins for New South Shields Transport Interchange

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Old November 30th, 2017, 04:30 PM   #189
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Aren't platforms already built for six car trains? The underground stations in Newcastle at least have those extensions fenced off from the public accessible part of the platforms. I'm sure when the network was built it was intended to add another double unit to trains. And for anyone who's ever been on a Metro in rush hour, those extra units are desperately needed.

Regarding the seating layout, a half hourly Durham coast service should provide the more comfortable seating option Sunderland craves.
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No they aren’t. The underground station boxes were built to accommodate a 6 car platform but most aren’t in operative standard and would need significant work.The suburban stations are generally shorter.
There weren’t capacity issues of a major kind when the metro carried 63m passengers a year and the new layout will ease the (short) rush hour issue.
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New Metro trains WILL have Tube-style seating after decision by transport bosses

From today's Chronicle Live, copyright NCJMedia Ltd @ http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/...style-13976713
New Metro trains WILL have Tube-style seating after decision by transport bosses
By Katie Dickinson 30 November 2017


Behind the scenes at the Nexus metro depot in Gosforth (Image: Newcastle Chronicle)

The new fleet of Metro trains WILL have London Underground-style seating after a decision by the region’s transport bosses.

The North East Combined Authority’s (NECA) transport committee has voted to press ahead with plans for “linear” seating on the new carriages - despite opposition from Sunderland City Council.

Nexus had proposed Tube-style seating, saying it would give passengers more standing space at peak times, prevent people putting their feet up on the seats and make the trains more accessible for elderly and disabled customers.

And on Thursday the NECA committee officially backed the plans after voting down a proposal from the Wearside authority for a “hybrid” seating layout instead.

The committee voted to endorse Nexus’ intention to specify linear seatingin the fleet specification.

The process of tendering for manufacturers can now begin in line with a target of having new trains on the tracks by 2021.

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Old December 2nd, 2017, 03:18 PM   #192
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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.

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London architects win £8m South Shields Metro project

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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.

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Metro hires ex-soldier and former Afghanistan embassy protector as new security chief

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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.”

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