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Old September 26th, 2014, 12:48 PM   #61
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"The Yellow Buses of Newcastle" - PHOTOS
As well as - The Yellow Buses of the "Tyneside PTE" and the "Tyne & Wear PTE".


Part THREE.


The purpose of this series is to try to come up with something of a "Definitive Record" (something this forum now does so well, for many subjects) of photographs of our Yellow Buses and Trolleybuses, to hopefully become an important source of reference on the internet, on the subject.

The photos in this third set of yellow bus photos, all come from a Facebook photos-group called "Old Photos of Newcastle upon Tyne", and here is a link to that group, the source of the below photos . . .

https://www.facebook.com/groups/416955115010083/

My understanding is that this is now a "Closed Group" so to view any photos on there you need to be a member of the group.

There are TEN photos shown below, and I have annotated each one with the location where it was taken (when known). They are all from the late 1950s and early 1960s and (on this occasion) they are all TROLLYBUSES . . .


1 - The 35c to Westbourne Avenue, at Delaval Road . .



2 - Benwell Lane at junction with Delaval Road . .



3 - Benwell Lane again . .



4 - Marlborough Crescent, in 1963 . .



5 - Welbeck Road . .



6 - On Jesmond Road, about to go straight on past the junction with Osborne Road . .



7 - Welbeck Road . .



8 - Grainger Street, near junction with Bigg Market . .



9 - On Shields Road . .



10 - This is a recent photo, of beautifully restored Trollybus 501, at Beamish Museum . .



HOPE that you like these ten (mostly new to this forum) photos of our "Yellow Trolleybuses".

If you have any further info about these photos, or the buses, perhaps even some corrections or additions to the 'Facebook' descriptions provided above, please let me know on this thread.

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Old September 26th, 2014, 12:49 PM   #62
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"The Yellow Buses of Newcastle" - PHOTOS
As well as - The Yellow Buses of the "Tyneside PTE" and the "Tyne & Wear PTE".


Part FOUR.


The photos in this fourth set of yellow bus photos mostly come from a Facebook photos-group called "Old Photos of Newcastle upon Tyne", and here is a link to that group, the source of the below photos . . .

https://www.facebook.com/groups/416955115010083/

My understanding is that this is now a "Closed Group" so to view any photos on there you need to be a member of the group.

After the last time (in Part three) which was all Trolleybuses, this one is all Motorbuses of various eras . . .


1 - The very smooth, with quick acceleration "Metrobuses" as I remember them from the mid 1970s . .



2 - The same style of bus, waiting in the Eldon Square Bus Concourse . .



3 - The 36, waiting next to St Mary's Cathedral . .



4 - The famous 'Number 33' Bus Service, from the West End to Osborne Road . .



5 - Under the 'original' (narrow) Eldon Square Shopping Centre bridge over Blackett Street . .



6 - Yellow Atlanteans lined up in the Byker Bus Depot . .



7 - The type of Atlantean-style Bus, of the style I remember getting to go to school in the 1960s . .



8 - Haymarket in the mid-1960s, with the 'partly built' Civic Centre in the background . .



9 - Motor-buses in the Haymarket in the 1950s . .



10 - Neville Street, late 1960s . .



11 - Yellow buses lined up in Clayton Street West . .




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"The Yellow Buses of Newcastle" - PHOTOS
As well as - The Yellow Buses of the "Tyneside PTE" and the "Tyne & Wear PTE".


Part FIVE.


The photos in this fifth set of yellow bus photos mostly come from a Facebook photos-group called "Old Photos of Newcastle upon Tyne", and here is a link to that group, the source of the below photos . . .

https://www.facebook.com/groups/416955115010083/

My understanding is that this is now a "Closed Group" so to view any photos on there you need to be a member of the group.

No 'Titles, Locations and Dates' for this fifth set unfortunately, I didn't record them when I saved the photos, but it might be quite interesting to try and work them out yourselves, from the below photos . . .


























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Old September 26th, 2014, 12:53 PM   #64
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"The Yellow Buses of Newcastle" - PHOTOS
As well as - The Yellow Buses of the "Tyneside PTE" and the "Tyne & Wear PTE".


Part SIX.


The photos in this sixth and final (from me, at this time) set of yellow bus photos, mostly come from a Facebook photos-group called "Old Photos of Newcastle upon Tyne", and here is a link to that group, the source of the below photos . . .

https://www.facebook.com/groups/416955115010083/

My understanding is that this is now a "Closed Group" so to view any photos on there you need to be a member of the group.

The first few photos below are more excellent Yellow Buses and Trollybuses photos, but the final few (while related to our yellow buses of the past) are "just a little bit different" . . . . . .


















NOW for the "slightly different" photos . . .


Any regular traveller on our Yellow Buses will remember this 'Conductors Ticket Machine' . . .



A "Trolleybus Stop Sign", this one being a Request Stop . . .



I remember in the late 1970s, when all new buses had this "seat covering" made out of the PTE Symbol (the "Tyne & Wear Transport" symbol) and the ceilings and walls had a lighter version of the same pattern all over them. I thought it was a great idea, helping to create an 'identity' for our regional transport system, along with the yellow colouring of all buses. Something we lack today, I feel . . .



FINALLY . . Here is a model Yellow Trolleybus, that someone has on display in their bookcase . . .



Here are links to all six posts in this series . . .

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To compliment NH Diversion series I have just come across this document about 'Motorways and Transport Planning in Newcastle'

It goes to lengths to explain why certain central motorways were built and some not. It also takes into account the decision making on whether public transport is a more viable option than having a car, and predicts the need for a motorway becoming obsolete due to world oil peaking in the 1980's.

A very good read and a document which can be placed before the 'Diversion' series about motorway and transport planning in Newcastle.

Look out for the references to other articles which would be great if people can find them.

http://www.cbrd.co.uk/motorway/asset..._upon_tyne.pdf
What a fascinating document. Fascinating how you can make out the premise of the current Metro system map on page 8.
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What a fascinating document. Fascinating how you can make out the premise of the current Metro system map on figure 8.

We have seen that particular early 'Metro Map' in Figure 8 of the document, here on the forum before. I posted the below "The Evolving Metro Map" post, on the Tyne and Wear Metro Thread, back in 2009 . . .


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The Famous METRO MAP . . .
The evolution of the METRO MAP, from 1969 to the present day.


We are all familiar with the famous 'diagramatic' style Metro Map, on the walls of station platforms, etc. But, we often don't notice the subtle changes that have been made to it, over the years. Mind, some of the changes have not exactly been 'subtle' as the map responded (in the early years of the Metro, particularly) to the ever-expanding system, as new stretches were opened, post 11th August 1980.

Here is a series of route maps, showing most of the 'major' changes . .

1 - 1969 (Pre-system opening) the original Tyneside PTE proposed route, from "Rapid Transit for Tyneside" published by Tyneside PTE



2 - 1971 (still pre-opening) and the 'diagramatic' map first appears. NOTE, the station called 'Osborne', in between West Jesmond and Jesmond stations. This map is from 'Public Transport on Tyneside, a Plan for the People', by Tyneside PTE.



3 - 10th August 1980, the Metro opens and its first public-use map shows that only the 'Haymarket to Tynemouth' (Yellow Line) stretch is open.



4 - April 1981, the 'Haymarket to Bank Foot' stretch (Green Line) opens



5 - October 1981, The Metro bridge opens (Royal opening on 6th November) and the lines extend through Monument (for the first time) and on to Heworth. The 'Red Line' for peak day-time journies, is also added to the map.



6 - 1982, the riverside part of the Yellow Line from Tynemouth, through the second level at Monument, to St James' opens.



7 - 1982, the Green Line is extended from Heworth to South Shields, and the second 'peak day-time' line (the Blue Line) between St James' and North Shields, is added to the map.



8 - 1985, Kingston Park and Pelaw stations are added and a 'mark' for the future Palmersville station can be seen on the map.



9 - 17th November 1991, the line to Newcastle Airport opens and is added to the map, on the Green Line.



10 - In 'early 2000' here is the Metro Map of that period, showing the Sunderland extension (The 'South Hylton Line' to be more correct) under construction . . .



11 - The extension to Sunderland opens, and the map changes considerably. The 'sloping line' of the South Gosforth to Gateshead stretch is straightened, the two 'peak time' lines (Red & Blue lines) are gone, and the yellow line now diverts off at Pelaw, down to South Hylton.



12 - One thing I hadn't noticed until recently is that they have (now) re-introduced the SLOPING LINE of the central section of the map . . but this time it is sloping the other way, in the current map! Also in the current map you can see that it is the "Green" line (Airport Line) that goes to Sunderland, changing from the "Yellow" line (Coast Loop Line) in the immediately previous map.



I hope you found these evolving 'Metro Maps' (as the system was planned, then started and then extended over the years) of interest.

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Old October 2nd, 2014, 03:02 PM   #67
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Tyne & Wear transport: Plans which could put buses back in council control submitted

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Tyne & Wear transport: Plans which could put buses back in council control submitted

Oct 02, 2014 10:00 By Kate Proctor


The Haymarket Bus Station in Newcastle

Plans which could change the future of bus services in the North East and put them back in council control have today been put before town hall bosses.

Metro operator Nexus this morning laid out its final proposals to create a London-style transport system in the region with combined ticketing and protected child fares. These plans will go before the North East Combined Authority on October 21, whose leadership board will then decide which option they want to go forward with.

However the region’s biggest bus operators – Go North East, Stagecoach and Arriva – have criticised Nexus’ plans as being the most expensive option to the tax payer and have said they can offer passengers a better deal. They claim only their partnership of private sector bus companies can offer financial savings of up to £2m a year, extra buses and low carbon vehicles and better value fares. The group of bus operators, the North East Bus Operators’ Association, met with leaders of the combined authority on Wednesday to discuss their proposals ahead of Nexus’ announcement.

Nexus’ ‘quality contract’ proposal for bus operators would mean that the public body has the final say over where services should run as well as setting timetables. They would set out the kind of service they need and then ask bus operators to bid for the right to run the franchise. Nexus claims their system would see £8m saved or re-invested into the service, reducing the profits going to bus company shareholders from £20m to £12m a year. Their proposals also includes changing all buses to a uniform red colour with Nexus branding, a touch card style ticketing system similar to the Oyster travel card used in London, and combined ticketing on routes that travel outside the Tyne and Wear authority area into Durham and Northumberland. They also claim their system will help stall declining bus passenger figures, which saw a 5m drop between 2012 and 2014 from 139.6m to 134.6m annual passenger journeys.

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YES! We need this back to how it used to be. We used to have one of the best integrated transport systems in the world with the buses feeding Metro and so on. Now all we have is Go Ahead V Arriva V Stagecoach V Metro. Nothing for the customer or the people that just live a little out of reach.

Here's hoping we can bring back the Newcastle Busways livery.
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Crossing work is under way

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Crossing work is under way
03 October 2014


Howdon Level Crossing

Work has begun on improving safety at a level crossing in Wallsend.

Nexus, which owns and manages the Metro system, is investing £800,000 on new safety features at five Metro level crossings, including at Howdon. The level crossings are to get brighter stop lights and clearer warning signs as part of the £389m Metro: all change modernisation programme. There will also be red warning lights on the pedestrian crossing points in order to improve safety for people on foot and tactile paving will be fitted for people with visual impairments.

Director of rail and infrastructure, Raymond Johnstone, said: “Safety is always our top priority and that is why we are investing in these new safety features. The new LEDs lights that we are installing are much sharper, so that the warnings cannot be any clearer. The pedestrian crossing points are getting new warning lights because many people on foot often don’t appreciate the dangers, especially at Metro level crossings where the trains approach at a low speed.”

The stop lights on a Metro level crossing flash red to warn motorists when a train is approaching. These halogen lights are being replaced with LED lamps, which are much brighter and easier to maintain. The road signs on the approach to the crossings will be fluorescent yellow, so that they stand out more. And there will be yellow box markings over each crossing so that drivers can see the hazard even more clearly.
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YES! We need this back to how it used to be. We used to have one of the best integrated transport systems in the world with the buses feeding Metro and so on. Now all we have is Go Ahead V Arriva V Stagecoach V Metro. Nothing for the customer or the people that just live a little out of reach.

Here's hoping we can bring back the Newcastle Busways livery.
An article in The Journal yesterday regarding the potential Quality Contracts. Scheme QCS said that a proposal was to have all buses changed to a uniform RED colour!
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An article in The Journal yesterday regarding the potential Quality Contracts. Scheme QCS said that a proposal was to have all buses changed to a uniform RED colour!

I think the comment (below) made by Percy Trimmer back in 2012, eloquently sums up how I feel about this . . .

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Wouldn't it be great if Newcastle buses could be yellow again? (as in my mind's eye they still are). When London deregulated they got all sorts of odd liveries, but soon insisted on 90% (or the such like) red. Yellow was a very distinctive colour for buses and made pictures of Newcastle instantly recognisable.



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Metro bosses bring in new 24hr a day technology in battle against leaves on the line

Solved that problem then - this from today's Chronicle Live, copyright NCJMedia Ltd @ http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/...w-24hr-7910120
Metro bosses bring in new 24hr a day technology in battle against leaves on the line
Oct 09, 2014 16:00 By Michael Brown


Nexus maintenance staff show how they measure how 'slippy' the Metro tracks are

Metro bosses say they have new equipment that should allow them to fight the scourge of “the wrong sort of leaves” on the line 24 hours a day.

As winter approaches, passengers will be hoping to avoid a repeat of 2013, when “low rail adhesion” caused much anger due to regular delays.

In response network owner Nexus and operator DB Regio say they have invested in new technology and training in an effort to combat the problem. Now though Nexus says it has fitted a locomotive with jet washers, and that can travel around the rails 24 hours a day. “The new equipment can be deployed on the system during the day and during the night and it is in use on the system this week,” a spokesman for Nexus said.

“I fully understand how frustrated our customers get when Metro services are delayed, and even more so when those delays are caused by low rail adhesion,” said Nexus’ director of rail and infrastructure, Raymond Johnstone. This is a more challenging time of the year for railway systems right across the country. We are doing as much as we can with the resources that are available to us to reduce the impact of the low rail adhesion issue.
There is no magic solution to the problem. However, there are a range extra measures we have put in place that will help to reduce the amount of Metro service delays over the coming autumn months, should any problems arise.”

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20 Problems You’ll Only Encounter On The Tyne & Wear Metro

http://whatculture.com/offbeat/20-pr...wear-metro.php

Apart from #1 (T&WM: The Musical), which I can't say I've encountered on the Metro per se, and complaints about areas well-served or poorly served by the system, essentially nothing listed here is unique to the Metro. Some are even illustrated with pictures from other transit systems. Still, a bit of clickbait making the rounds on Facebook.
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Jarrow bus station refurbished in £120,000 programme
26 November 2014



Jarrow bus station is being refurbished in a £120,000 project to improve waiting areas, lighting and security.

Nexus, which manages the station, is installing five new modern shelters at Jarrow to replace the two 20-year-old ‘tunnels’ that make up the current station.

Cllr Allan West, South Tyneside Council’s portfolio holder for transport, and a member of the Transport North East Committee of the North East Combined Authority, came to Jarrow to see the start of works this week

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New ticket gates for Byker Metro station
25 November 2014



Nexus, which owns, manages and is modernising the Tyne and Wear Metro, has started work on the installation of automatic ticket gates at Byker Metro station in Newcastle.

Byker will be the twelfth Metro station to have gatelines, with the work to install them getting underway this week.

Chichester Metro station in South Tyneside will have its ticket gates fitted before early in the New Year, making a total of 13 key Metro stations with automatic ticket gates.

It will mean the stations are staffed more often and fare evasion will be tougher to get away with

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From Construction Enquirer:

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Bid race to start for Tyne and Wear Metro track renewal
Thu 8th January, 7:03



Nexus, which owns and manages the Tyne and Wear Metro, will soon start the hunt for a single contractor to deliver its track renewal programme for the next three years

Up to £389m is to be invested in the all-change asset renewal programme between 2010 and 2021.

In 2010 Nexus awarded Balfour Beatty Rail, BAM Nuttall, May Gurney, Serco and Morgan Sindall places on the asset renewal framework.

It will now seek a single supplier under the new three-year deal track renewal deal.

The first project to be awarded under the framework will be the renewal of track between Northumberland Park and Tynemouth Metro Stations

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"The Yellow Buses of Newcastle" - PHOTOS
As well as - The Yellow Buses of the "Tyneside PTE" and the "Tyne & Wear PTE".


Part SEVEN.


Continuing the series of 'sets of ten yellow bus photos' . . . here are some more that have recently been added to my collection, obtained from a Facebook photos-group called "Old Photos of Newcastle upon Tyne". Here is a link to that group, the source of the below photos . . .

https://www.facebook.com/groups/416955115010083/

My understanding is that this is now a "Closed Group" so to view any photos on there you need to be a member of the group.

































HERE are 'links' to this entire series, to date (January 10th 2015) . . .

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Nice series of articles, very informative. Thanks!
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Light blue colour scheme chosen for Central Station
29 January 2015



Metro passengers have voted in their thousands and have chosen a vibrant light blue colour scheme for the new-look Central Station in Newcastle.

More than 5,000 people voted after Nexus gave passengers a chance to have their say on the new colour scheme.

Nexus, which owns, manages and is modernising Metro in a £389m programme, shortlisted a choice of six different colours for Central Station.

Passengers were able to vote at the station and online. After a week of voting the light blue option has proved the most popular with 1,485 votes, just ahead of pink in second place on 1,005 votes. A total of 5,161 votes were cast

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MP demands answers after Metro delays cause misery for passengers

From today's Shields Gazette @ http://www.shieldsgazette.com/news/m...gers-1-7099470
MP demands answers after Metro delays cause misery for passengers
11th February 2015


Delays on Tyne and Wear Metro service. South Shields Station

SOUTH Shields MP Emma Lewell-Buck has organised an urgent meeting with a transport boss over concerns at the recent problems on the Metro system.

Passengers faced long delays and painful waits for replacement buses on Friday after a broken-down train blocked the line at Felling. Trains were suspended between Heworth and Gateshead Stadium during morning rush hour, then off from Brockley Whins to Gateshead Stadium in the afternoon. The incident is the latest in a series of Metro problems, including services being brought to a standstill by power cuts.

Mrs Lewell-Buck says she has received a number of complaints from constituents who have been affected by repeated service disruptions. Next week she will be seeking answers at a meeting with Nexus’ transport operations director Tobyn Hughes. She said: “People need public transport they can rely on, but at the moment the Metro’s performance isn’t good enough. When people are complaining of delays nearly every day something has to be done, and that’s why I have asked for an urgent meeting to get to the bottom of these issues.”

Mr Hughes said: “We are working hard with our operator, DBTW, to improve the reliability of the Metro service. Metro punctuality has been steadily been improving over the last three months, but I would be the first to say that we have some way to go in order to get Metro services up to the high standards that we set.”
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