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Old April 23rd, 2014, 11:19 AM   #21
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The Newcastle Metro current stock weighs around 39 tonnes. This is about 10 tonnes lighter than the class 142 railbuses (some of the lightest passenger rail services that I know of at least), so the current stock really is quite light (weight wise). Is there a special dispensation for this kind of rolling stock sharing tracks with NR services?
I would imagine there is as Sunderland Central station is managed by Network Rail whereas all the other Metro stations are managed by Nexus.

HST's ran by Grand Central also use this part of the line* as well as it being a relief for the ECML (diesel only) and its also used for freight.

*They do this because there's no yard at Sunderland so they carry on to the Heaton yard to be cleaned etc.
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Callerton Parkway station, most of overground stations has pedestrian level crossings:
Signing 80 km/h should be something still unique in GB today. Newcastles Metro followed some german experiences with Stadtbahn-service which was popular in the 70s and went into project-export e. g. to Canada and the USA. There have been attempts for creating similar systems like Newcastle in Edinburgh and Manchester. The latter one became the well-known Manchester light-rail today. Still I think a short tunnel link in Manchester, as it was planned several times (Pic-Vic) would have made sense, even regarding the fact, that Manchester has a high-floor-system.

I´m not sure with this, but the layout of Metro-Camell cars look close to the former planned Stadtbahn-car A which never went into service. Later on the Stuttgart DT8 caught up with this concept.

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Government agrees to talks on Tyne and Wear Metro expansion

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Government agrees to talks on Tyne and Wear Metro expansion
May 09, 2014 14:29 By Ruth Lognonne


Picture showing what new Metro trains could look like

Talks will take place over expanding the Metro, the Government has confirmed.

Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin has said he would welcome talks over the next era of the Tyne and Wear Metro system.

Metro owners Nexus are working up plans for new trains worth some £300m as they look to see whether new Metros or trams could open up services to the Cobalt business park, Newcastle’s West End, Washington, the Metrocentre and the Team Valley.

Washington MP Sharon Hodgson has been leading the cash push in parliament, raising the issue with the transport secretary this week. The Labour MP said: “The Secretary of State will be aware that the rolling stock on Tyne and Wear Metro is undergoing refurbishment, but that is little consolation to the residents of Washington who do not even have a station. Nexus has recently outlined plans for three stations in Washington as part of an extension to the Metro network, and the North East local enterprise partnership has agreed to undertake the business case. Will the Secretary of State commit his officials to working closely with both parties to ensure that the business case is as strong and compelling as it can be?”

Mr McLoughlin said: “I can give the honourable lady that assurance. The Newcastle Metro has been running for some time and is now undergoing a desperately needed upgrade. There is no doubt in my mind that the original Metro regenerated areas that had been in serious decline. We are always looking at ways in which we can best expand those services. I am more than happy for those conversations to take place.”

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Old May 9th, 2014, 08:05 PM   #24
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I'd be interested to see where Washington would connect, i.e. would it extend the Sunderland line, or into Newcastle, or both. It wouldn't seem practical to travel from Washington to Newcastle via Sunderland.
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I'd be interested to see where Washington would connect, i.e. would it extend the Sunderland line, or into Newcastle, or both. It wouldn't seem practical to travel from Washington to Newcastle via Sunderland.
from a financial point of view I think the most densely populated areas should be considered first to bring in the financial returns needed to maintain the system. the whole of the west end of Newcastle would give the system a boost in passenger numbers and revenue and of course there is the redundant Newcastle-to carlise line which would benefit the arena. and Armstrong business park. I would say everybody wants it in their own neck of the woods but passenger numbers will count at the end of the day.
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The Newcastle Metro current stock weighs around 39 tonnes. This is about 10 tonnes lighter than the class 142 railbuses (some of the lightest passenger rail services that I know of at least), so the current stock really is quite light (weight wise). Is there a special dispensation for this kind of rolling stock sharing tracks with NR services?

Some interesting information here, from when the Metro first opened in 1980.

The same stock is still in use, recently refurbished, today . .


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First TransPennine Express launch extra services from Newcastle

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First TransPennine Express launch extra services from Newcastle

Jun 09, 2014 13:08 By Adrian Pearson



Rail chiefs have unveiled new services set to improve journeys on one of the region’s most congested routes.

First TransPennine Express today launched a new time table with extra services for trains heading to Manchester and Liverpool.

The train firm has cut some local stations on routes past Leeds, allowing the notoriously slow cross Pennine service to be speeded up by around 24 minutes for journeys between Newcastle and Manchester and 43 minutes faster to Liverpool. There will also be six more services a day to and from Manchester, with First TransPennine promising to have catering on all weekday trains between 7am and 7pm. The train firm launched its new time table on the birthday of George Stephenson, the father of the modern railway line.

Managing director Nick Donovan said: “There’s nothing quote as appropriate as celebrating our new summer timetable than by honouring the man who made it all possible in the first place.”

Chris Nutton, project director for the line, said: “We are today expanding services from Newcastle an to Leeds, Manchester and Liverpool with more seats and with journey times coming down.”

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Nexus starts modernising essential cable troughing on Metro's busiest line
16 June 2014

Nexus, which owns, manages and is modernising Metro, has commenced a programme of work to modernise essential cable troughing on the busiest section of the Metro system - but it won’t cause any disruption to services.

The work, which is taking place between Jesmond and South Gosforth, involves the replacement of 5km of the specialist cabling troughs which carry Metro’s fibre optic signalling cables and protects them from corrosion.

The work has got underway at Jesmond Metro station and will be moving up the line towards South Gosforth, with completion scheduled in the autumn.

All of these latest works are being carried out on day shifts and at night when Metro services are not running. The 2.5km section of line will not have to be closed to Metro services and will remain open throughout the works.

The work forms part of the £389m Metro all change modernisation programme, a once in a generation investment to ensure the region has a reliable Metro system for many decades to come.

Director of Rail and Infrastructure for Nexus, Raymond Johnstone, said: “This is a hugely important piece of modernisation to ensure that essential Metro signalling cables are protected from the elements.

“This is taking place on the busiest section of the Metro system but it does not require us to close the line. Metro services will continue to operate as usual for the duration of the work.

“Most passengers won’t even notice the cable troughs, but they are vital to protect sensitive equipment from corrosion. Many of the troughs have had little work done on them since Metro first started running in 1980 so it’s important that we modernise them now.”

Nexus has written to all of its line-side neighbours who live close to the Metro line between Jesmond and South Gosforth to keep them informed about the work, and will be doing so as the work progresses.

This latest round of modernisation is on a smaller scale compared to the 27 day major line closure in August 2013 between Haymarket and South Gosforth, when 6km of track was dug up and replaced. There are no major line closures planned this year.

Nexus has already modernised two other sections of cable troughing on its Metro lines, totalling 25km. They are the sections of line running between South Gosforth and Tynemouth, and South Gosforth and Airport.

The modernisation work is being delivered in-house by a Nexus rail works team, which delivers a cost saving.

The Metro line between Jesmond and South Gosforth is a section of line that sees 30,000 passenger journeys each day, 450 train movements, and a service every three minutes in peak periods.
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Metro marks 175th anniversary of ancestor railway line

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Metro marks 175th anniversary of ancestor railway line
Jun 18, 2014 11:30 By Tony Henderson


Jesmond station around c1910 showing original North Eastern Railways third-rail electric train, introduced in 1904

Passenger services started on June 18, 1839, on the new railway from Carliol Square in Newcastle to North Shields.

Around the same time, the Brandling Junction Railway opened its lines between Gateshead, Boldon, South Shields and Sunderland. Suburban rail commuting had arrived, and the North East had chalked up a world first. Our modern version, the Metro, still uses parts of the original routes on both sides of the river. To mark the 175th anniversary, Metro manager Nexus is launching a history website today to tell the story of the suburban railways in the region.

The Newcastle-North Shields line was an immediate success, with more than 16,000 passengers using the service in the first two and a half months. Although passenger numbers took off, not everyone was happy. The vicar of Christ Church in North Shields, the Rev Christopher Reed, wrote to the railway company expressing “regret and pain” about the trains encouraging travel on Sunday - the Lord’s day. Although wishing the railway well in general terms, he requested that no trains should run through North Shields on a Sunday between 10am and 1pm and 2pm and 4.30pm.

The new website - see www.nexus.org.uk - brings together maps, drawings, text, photographs and film footage. It has been created by Gateshead technology firm Ayo Digital. Research by Nexus for the website turned up a map of the proposed route, presented to MPs in 1831 as the founders of the Newcastle and North Shields railway sought parliamentary approval for their scheme.

Raymond Johnstone, Nexus director of rail and infrastructure, said: “1830s Newcastle was an exciting place to be – Grainger and Dobson were executing their masterplan for the city centre and at Carliol Square the terminus of the world’s first Metro was being built. The original promoters saw this as a local passenger railway, the first one ever. You can see it was fought against in Parliament by local coach operators and toll gate owners who feared it would take traffic off the busy roads to the coast. We have also established a link between Robert Stephenson and our line for the first time. It was he who surveyed the original route, which Metro still uses today on our stretch between the modern Chillingham Road station and North Shields. We renewed and modernised this section in 2011 and 2012, digging down through structures and foundations laid down in the 1830s to Stephenson’s plan.”

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Jun 18, 2014 11:30 By Tony Henderson

To mark the 175th anniversary, Metro manager Nexus is launching a history website today to tell the story of the suburban railways in the region.

The new website - see www.nexus.org.uk - brings together maps, drawings, text, photographs and film footage. It has been created by Gateshead technology firm Ayo Digital. Research by Nexus for the website turned up a map of the proposed route, presented to MPs in 1831 as the founders of the Newcastle and North Shields railway sought parliamentary approval for their scheme.

Read more and see image gallery @ http://www.thejournal.co.uk/news/nor...-175th-7285402

Now I happened to be in a meeting with SSC Member Nexus_Comms, at Nexus HQ on Westgate Road yesterday, and he told me about this new website due to be launched.

I was about to tell the forum about it, when I saw the above Chronicle article already on here!

I was seeing Nexus_Comms about some images for another "historical project" that Nexus are undertaking, which is a book about . . .

The History of the Tyne & Wear Metro.

The book will not be ready for a few years yet, but promises to be very interesting for many of us, especially for long-standing Metro-geeks, like me !!

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(Jesmond station around c1910 showing original North Eastern Railways third-rail electric train, introduced in 1904)

Passenger services started on June 18, 1839, on the new railway from Carliol Square in Newcastle to North Shields. Around the same time, the Brandling Junction Railway opened its lines between Gateshead, Boldon, South Shields and Sunderland. Suburban rail commuting had arrived, and the North East had chalked up a world first. Our modern version, the Metro, still uses parts of the original routes on both sides of the river. To mark the 175th anniversary, Metro manager Nexus is launching a history website today to tell the story of the suburban railways in the region.

Although passenger numbers took off, not everyone was happy.

The vicar of Christ Church in North Shields, the Rev Christopher Reed, wrote to the railway company expressing “regret and pain” about the trains encouraging travel on Sunday - the Lord’s day. Although wishing the railway well in general terms, he requested that no trains should run through North Shields on a Sunday between 10am and 1pm and 2pm and 4.30pm.

Research by Nexus for the website turned up a map of the proposed route, presented to MPs in 1831 as the founders of the Newcastle and North Shields railway sought parliamentary approval for their scheme. Raymond Johnstone, Nexus director of rail and infrastructure, said: “1830's Newcastle was an exciting place to be – Grainger and Dobson were executing their master plan for the city centre and at Carliol Square the terminus of the world’s first Metro was being built.

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I was seeing Nexus_Comms about some images for another "historical project" that Nexus are undertaking, which is a book about . . .

The History of the Tyne & Wear Metro.

The book will not be ready for a few years yet, but promises to be very interesting for many of us, especially for long-standing Metro-geeks, like me !!
Looking forward to that!
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Minister warns councils their bus takeover plan is a 'race to the bottom'

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Minister warns councils their bus takeover plan is a 'race to the bottom'

Jun 19, 2014 16:00 By Adrian Pearson



Tyneside’s bus takeover battle could face Government hostility, a transport minister has hinted.

Across Tyne and Wear, five councils are preparing a bid to bring in London-style bus powers, letting local leaders set all fares, routes and timetables. Bus operators would be forced to bid for set contracts rather than running services as they like, with the councils warning of deep spending cuts if the Quality Contract plan is not brought in. The move would see the councils almost certainly face legal action from the big name bus firms in the region, businesses which have bitterly and publicly opposed the move.

Now junior transport minister Stephen Hammond has warned MPs the Government is not behind the plans. While the law already exists for such a change, support from the Department for Transport will play a key factor when councils make their final decision. Mr Hammond told Wearide MP Bridget Phillipson, an advocate of the bus takeover, that he he strongly disagreed with Tyneside’s plans. The minister said: “Bridget Phillipson and I obviously differ on quality contracts; she will not be surprised about that. My view is that they are a race to the bottom, to poorer services and higher costs. She spoke about services being withdrawn, but any operator has to give 56 days’ notice before a service can be withdrawn. The overall thrust of the Competition Commission’s view, as she will want to recognise, is that the bus market is working well.”

He was speaking after Ms Phillipson again made the case in Parliament for a stronger local role in setting bus routes. She said: “I believe deregulation has failed. Bus companies have a social responsibility to local communities, but, sadly, too many fail to deliver. They vehemently oppose solutions in my area that would give local people a greater say. Their negative campaigning, scaremongering and threats of legal action have gone far beyond rational opposition and are irresponsible. We need action now to help communities and to grow the economy. It is clear to me that that can best be achieved through a quality contract scheme and I hope that later this year Tyne and Wear will be the first area to proceed with one.” Ms Phillipson added: “A benefit of a quality contract system would be the possibility of introducing a London-style Oyster scheme. Passengers would then have the best fare worked out for them automatically. At the moment there is a huge array of options, with a confusing price structure and different operators offering different fares and tickets that do not work across buses. That discourages people from using buses. Far more must be done to encourage people to use buses, but if that is to happen fares must be affordable and simple. Integrated ticketing is also vital.”
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Rail campaigners call for an end to outdated Northern Rail trains

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Rail campaigners call for an end to outdated Northern Rail trains
Jun 23, 2014 08:30 By Adrian Pearson



Rail campaigners have called on the Government to give Northern train services a once in a decade chance of investment.

Transport groups have said it is time services such as Northern Rail benefited from the same approach which has handed cash to rail in London and the south east in recent decades. The Campaign for Better Transport has warned that a Government consultation on the future of Northern Rail and Trans Pennine Express looks set to do little to improve east-west links to and from the North East. They say the plans as they stand give “only a vague indications of when the outdated 30-year old train diesel Pacer train will finally be replaced,” raising the possibility rail operators will not be forced to make much needed improvements.

In its consultation document on the new franchise the Government makes clear that it will accept limited rolling stick improvements if the cost would mean money diverted from other services. The Department for Transport document says: “We firmly believe the rolling stock on Northern services needs to be improved so that passengers recognise a step change. But the more expensive the trains (and brand-new trains are likely to be the most expensive option of all), the harder it will be to justify current service levels where demand is low, and to afford to improve services where demand is increasing.” The Department for Transport also makes clear that new operators would be allowed to cut back on off peak services, including reducing the number of trains calling at less popular stations.

There is some good news for Northumberland, with the Ashington, Blyth and Tyne line looking set for a return thanks to Northumberland County Council cash. But while Ashington-Blyth and Tyne is mentioned, schemes like the Leamside reopening though the south of the region are not and potential operators wouldn’t need to consider them in their bids.

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Remember When: Trains in the North East from across the decades

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Remember When: Trains in the North East from across the decades
Jun 25, 2014 19:00 By David Morton



All aboard for a whistle-stop tour of railways in the North East.

The story of train travel is, of course, long and involved with many subject areas and legions of devoted enthusiasts. We’ve raided our archive for a selection from our many hundreds of rail pictures from across the decades.

The North East, as we were all taught at school, was integral to the development of the railway. Engineer, George Stephenson, born in Wylam in Northumberland in 1981, is regarded as the “father of the railway” and was responsible for what was essentially the first inter-city line - Liverpool to Manchester in 1830. A memorial statue to Stephenson sits a stone’s throw from Newcastle’s magnificent Newcastle Central Station which, in turn, was one of the achievements of son Robert, who carried on his father’s work.

The Central Station, opened by Queen Victoria in 1850 - and built in tandem with the High Level Bridge across the Tyne - allowed rail travel between Newcastle and London for the first time.

Rail networks spread like wildfire across the country - and indeed the globe - in the mid-nineteenth century. People and goods could be transported in hours, where before it had taken days. One interesting product of the explosion in rail travel was the rapid growth of professional football in the late 19th century as newly-formed clubs could easily send their players around the country to take part in games.

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George Osborne reveals hopes for a North East road and rail boom

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George Osborne reveals hopes for a North East road and rail boom
Jun 27, 2014 06:30 By Adrian Pearson


Businessman Jeremy Middleton, who was Journal guest editor, interviewing George Osbourne at 10 Downing Street London

George Osborne is considering a road, rail and tax investment programme for the North East, The Journal can reveal.

Speaking exclusively to the paper, the Chancellor said he wants to look closely at road and rail links to Nissan, look at the case for the A1 north of Newcastle and offer an extension to a job creating enterprise zone in Teesside.

In a hint at what might be to come Mr Osborne made clear he wants to continue an infrastructure investment programme in the North East which as already seen cash allocated for A19 junctions and A1 Western Bypass upgrades. Mr Osborne backed the region’s transport case in an interview with Journal guest editor Jeremy Middleton, head of investment company Middleton Enterprises.

The North East has already submitted a wishlist of major spending projects to the Local Growth Fund, while also hoping for good news in the Chancellor’s autumn statement. These two events will make up some of the biggest opportunities the coalition Government has left if it is to announce what it hopes will be election winning ideas.

The North East has told the Government it should back not just A19 improvements but, crucially, reopen the Leamside railway line which runs alongside the site. The line reopening is also seen as crucial if the region is to improve rail connections to the South, with freight able to be moved on to the Leamside line, which runs from Gateshead into County Durham.

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North East historian reveals rail journey to remember

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North East historian reveals rail journey to remember
Jul 02, 2014 10:55 By Tony Henderson


Artists John Wilson Carmichael's study of the opening of the Newcastle-Carlisle railway

Trundling along for hours at 20mph, in the dark, in the rain, behind a spark-spitting locomotive.

That was the experience of the first passengers courageous or curious enough to take part in the inaugural journey on the Newcastle-Carlisle railway line. Their experience sounds like the original rail trip from hell But in the pioneering and intoxicating days of early rail travel in the region, perhaps they regarded their part in transport history in an entirely different light.

Previously, we have seen how people flocked to try out the Newcastle-North Shields route, which was launched 175 years ago. But exactly a year earlier, it was the Newcastle-Carlisle line opening which was on everybody’s lips.That was a journey which those who took part would never, ever forget.

Pat Newman is secretary of the Warwick Bridge and District Local History Group, near Carlisle. Living in the Station House at Head’s Nook, just yards from the rail line, she was perfectly placed to research the details of that first passenger run. Pat carried out much of her work on newspapers of the time, including The Journal, in Newcastle City Library. The result is the history group’s booklet A Grand Event: The Opening of the Newcastle and Carlisle Railway. One of the aims of the day was to demonstrate the power of the new technology.

“The arrangements were that people from Carlisle should go to Newcastle for breakfast and return with the people of Newcastle to Carlisle for dinner, and the Newcastle people to return home that evening – thus putting in the power of any man to travel a distance of 180 miles in one day,” ran a report of the time. Pat says: “Before the railway it took almost a day to travel by stagecoach to Newcastle, a day to conduct business, and a day to travel back – three days out of a working week.”

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North East council leaders to unite on region's rail plans

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North East council leaders to unite on region's rail plans
Jul 13, 2014 16:05 By Adrian Pearson



Transport chiefs from across the North East will meet this week as the region prepares to fight for influence on local and national rail services.

Their lobbying efforts come as the Government prepares to renew the Northern rail commuter franchises, but with less public cash available to help improve services.

At the same time, efforts aimed at securing a say over High Speed services will be bolstered after the chancellor George Osborne announced he wanted to bring forward plans for a third route from Leeds to Manchester.

Seven council leaders making up the region’s combined authority will meet this week to set out how they will try to ensure the North East is not sidelined during the various transport talks. Councils from across the three Northern regions have teamed up to have a bigger say on the Northern and trans-pennine franchises, rasing concerns that the likes of Manchester and Leeds will soak dominate investment talks. North East council leaders will be told that “reductions to the subsidies available for these services could present difficult issues for the region, and it will be important to secure a strong level of influence within these arrangements to mitigate these risks as far as possible.”

Alongside the commuter service development is also a continued need to ensure East Coast services work for the region, councils will be told. As such, the combined authority is likely to agree plans to approach potential rail operators bidding for the service, such as Virgin Trains, to go over the region’s needs.

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Commuters can enjoy free Wi-Fi on board Go North East buses

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Commuters can enjoy free Wi-Fi on board Go North East buses
Jul 17, 2014 19:00 By Coreena Ford



Transport giant Go North East is leading the way in connectivity after spending £22m on providing free onboard Wi-Fi.

The firm, the region’s largest bus company, has introduced Wi-Fi on more than one in five of its modern fleet of buses, having made the significant spend during the last two years to June of this year.

At the moment 120 buses have Wi-Fi available to passengers, most of which have had the service specified from new, while five have had it retrofitted. The firm, which operates services throughout Tyne & Wear, County Durham and Northumberland with a fleet of more than 700 buses, said the free service is available on its more popular routes but that many more buses will come on board during the next twelve months.

Stephen King, marketing and sales manager at Go North East, said: “We recognised that the ability to stay connected and in touch while on the move would become an important feature of travel. Not only were we the first bus company in the region to provide free Wi-Fi, we’ve also equipped more of our buses than any other operator. We have 120 buses fitted with free customer Wi-Fi – that’s more than any other bus company in the North East.”

Stephen King said: “Free Wi-Fi means that bus passengers can browse the internet, check social media, work or play games on their phones, tablets and iPads during their journey – making it either productive and useful or relaxing and entertaining, just as you wish. You can’t do that while driving a car or riding a train. Free Wi-Fi is an important part of our customer offering, helping to keep our customers connected while they’re on the go. Our key routes, linking Tyneside and Wearside from as far away as Middlesbrough, Durham, Hexham and Blyth, offer free wifi connectivity. While Wi-Fi is only free on trains for passengers in first class, and there’s no Wi-Fi on local trains, the bus is fast becoming the first choice for people who want to stay connected on the go.”

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