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Old February 15th, 2015, 07:23 PM   #81
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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 EIGHT.


Here are another ten historic 'yellow bus photos' (not previously shown on this forum) that have recently been posted on the Facebook Page 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/

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HERE are a list of links to this entire series of Yellow Buses Posts, to date . . .



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Old February 22nd, 2015, 12:58 AM   #82
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Metro bosses promise ‘unacceptable’ service will improve
21st February 2015

SOUTH Shields MP Emma Lewell-Buck has received an assurance from a transport boss that the failing Metro system will improve in the coming months.

The MP took constituents’ complaints about poor Metro service straight to the top yesterday at a meeting with Nexus’ director of Rail and Infrastructure, Raymond Johnstone. Constituents in South Shields have been increasingly frustrated by disrupted journeys caused by faulty trains and power failures.

Mr Johnstone agreed that the delays passengers were experiencing were unacceptable and said that managerial changes had taken place at DBTW, the company which operates Metro on behalf of Nexus. This includes an overhaul of Metro carriage doors to prevent fewer trains having to be removed from service due to door faults, a programme that will be completed later in the year.

Speaking after the meeting, Mrs Lewell-Buck said: “People in Shields need public transport they can rely on, but the current state of the Metro is unacceptable. I was given strong assurances that services will improve in the coming months, and I will be watching closely to make sure that promise is delivered.”

Mr Johnstone said: “Customers can be assured that a great deal of work is going on behind the scenes to improve the reliability of Metro services. We are working with our operator, DBTW, to get the punctuality rates back to where they should be.”

And if you believe that i have some magic beans to sell you
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Old February 22nd, 2015, 05:07 PM   #83
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Metro bosses promise ‘unacceptable’ service will improve
21st February 2015

SOUTH Shields MP Emma Lewell-Buck has received an assurance from a transport boss that the failing Metro system will improve in the coming months.

The MP took constituents’ complaints about poor Metro service straight to the top yesterday at a meeting with Nexus’ director of Rail and Infrastructure, Raymond Johnstone. Constituents in South Shields have been increasingly frustrated by disrupted journeys caused by faulty trains and power failures.

Mr Johnstone agreed that the delays passengers were experiencing were unacceptable and said that managerial changes had taken place at DBTW, the company which operates Metro on behalf of Nexus. This includes an overhaul of Metro carriage doors to prevent fewer trains having to be removed from service due to door faults, a programme that will be completed later in the year.

Speaking after the meeting, Mrs Lewell-Buck said: “People in Shields need public transport they can rely on, but the current state of the Metro is unacceptable. I was given strong assurances that services will improve in the coming months, and I will be watching closely to make sure that promise is delivered.”

Mr Johnstone said: “Customers can be assured that a great deal of work is going on behind the scenes to improve the reliability of Metro services. We are working with our operator, DBTW, to get the punctuality rates back to where they should be.”
I only pose the question to people who maybe know the in's and out's of Metro but it was perhaps a shock when DB won the contract over the in house bid. What are the problems with the service that DB can't get to grips with leading to these 'managerial changes'? What sort of managers have been replaced?
Would an in house team have performed any better?
When does the DB contact run out?
After all this investment you would think a more reliable service would have been produced.
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Old February 27th, 2015, 05:42 PM   #84
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Just because the current fleet can be refurbished to stretch even more 'life' out of them, doesn't mean they should. They're in an embarrassing state as it is.
According to the recent Nexus news article it looks like they're here to stay until "Mid-2020s"



"Transport bosses in the North East have welcomed support from the Chancellor George Osborne as they develop plans for an essential new Metro train fleet.

Mr Osborne, who was visiting the region today, said: “We are inviting local authorities to present a business case for future investment in the Tyne and Wear Metro, which could include new high-spec trains and potential extensions to the network.”

His remarks come following on-going discussions between Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, and the Department for Transport over the last year about future investment plans.

Tobyn Hughes, Managing Director for Transport Operations for the North East Combined Authority and head of Nexus, said: "We are very encouraged ministers recognise the benefit Metro provides for local people and the economy, and the argument we have made for further investment"

http://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/me...ort-new-trains
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Old February 27th, 2015, 05:48 PM   #85
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MetroCar 4030 on a Alleys Heavy Haulage low loader on Coach Lane, North Shields, 27th February 2015. Not sure if it has been refurbished or whether it is away to have the work undertaken.












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Old March 3rd, 2015, 01:38 AM   #86
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Metrocars Fleet Refurbishment List - Updated Monday 2nd March 2015

Thanks for the photos of the refurbished metrocar, no 4003 steve

Hi all,

Now it's March, here's a reminder of the fleet refurbishment list. If there's any other metrocars which have been refurbished that I've missed off, please let me know and I'll add them to the list. Cheers

UPDATED: Monday 2nd March 2015

4001 Prototype (Will not be refurbished)
4002 Prototype (Will not be refurbished)
4003 Refurbished
4004 Refurbished
4005 Refurbished
4006 Refurbished
4007 Refurbished
4008 Refurbished
4009 Refurbished
4010 Refurbished
4011 Refurbished

4012 Red
4013 Refurbished
4014 Refurbished
4015 Refurbished
4016 Refurbished
4017 Refurbished
4018 Refurbished
4019 Refurbished
4020 Refurbished
4021 Refurbished
4022 Refurbished
4023 Refurbished
4024 Refurbished

4025 Red
4026 Red
4027 Advertisement
4028 Refurbished
4029 Refurbished
4030 Refurbished
4031 Refurbished
4032 Refurbished
4033 Refurbished
4034 Refurbished
4035 Refurbished
4036 Refurbished
4037 Refurbished
4038 Refurbished
4039 Refurbished

4040 Advertisement
4041 Refurbished
4042 Refurbished
4043 Refurbished
4044 Refurbished

4045 Advertisement
4046 Refurbished
4047 Refurbished

4048 Red
4049 Refurbished
4050 Refurbished
4051 Refurbished
4052 Refurbished
4053 Refurbished
4054 Refurbished
4055 Refurbished
4056 Refurbished
4057 Refurbished
4058 Refurbished
4059 Refurbished
4060 Refurbished
4061 Refurbished
4062 Refurbished
4063 Refurbished
4064 Refurbished
4065 Refurbished
4066 Refurbished
4067 Refurbished
4068 Refurbished
4069 Refurbished
4070 Refurbished
4071 Refurbished
4072 Refurbished
4073 Refurbished
4074 Refurbished
4075 Refurbished
4076 Refurbished

4077 Red
4078 Refurbished
4079 Refurbished

4080 Advertisement
4081 Refurbished
4082 Refurbished

4083 Advertisement
4084 Refurbished
4085 Red
4086 Refurbished
4087 Refurbished
4088 Refurbished
4089 Refurbished
4090 Refurbished



Metrocars Refurbished: 77
Number left to refurbish: 9 (4 won't be refurbished)
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Old March 4th, 2015, 09:02 PM   #87
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Thanks for the photos of the refurbished metrocar, no 4003 steve

Hi all,

Now it's March, here's a reminder of the fleet refurbishment list. If there's any other metrocars which have been refurbished that I've missed off, please let me know and I'll add them to the list. Cheers

UPDATED: Monday 2nd March 2015

4001 Prototype (Will not be refurbished)
4002 Prototype (Will not be refurbished)
4003 Refurbished
4004 Refurbished
4005 Refurbished
4006 Refurbished
4007 Refurbished
4008 Refurbished
4009 Refurbished
4010 Refurbished
4011 Refurbished

4012 Red
4013 Refurbished
4014 Refurbished
4015 Refurbished
4016 Refurbished
4017 Refurbished
4018 Refurbished
4019 Refurbished
4020 Refurbished
4021 Refurbished
4022 Refurbished
4023 Refurbished
4024 Refurbished

4025 Red
4026 Red
4027 Advertisement
4028 Refurbished
4029 Refurbished
4030 Refurbished
4031 Refurbished
4032 Refurbished
4033 Refurbished
4034 Refurbished
4035 Refurbished
4036 Refurbished
4037 Refurbished
4038 Refurbished
4039 Refurbished

4040 Advertisement
4041 Refurbished
4042 Refurbished
4043 Refurbished
4044 Refurbished

4045 Advertisement
4046 Refurbished
4047 Refurbished

4048 Red
4049 Refurbished
4050 Refurbished
4051 Refurbished
4052 Refurbished
4053 Refurbished
4054 Refurbished
4055 Refurbished
4056 Refurbished
4057 Refurbished
4058 Refurbished
4059 Refurbished
4060 Refurbished
4061 Refurbished
4062 Refurbished
4063 Refurbished
4064 Refurbished
4065 Refurbished
4066 Refurbished
4067 Refurbished
4068 Refurbished
4069 Refurbished
4070 Refurbished
4071 Refurbished
4072 Refurbished
4073 Refurbished
4074 Refurbished
4075 Refurbished
4076 Refurbished

4077 Red
4078 Refurbished
4079 Refurbished

4080 Advertisement
4081 Refurbished
4082 Refurbished

4083 Advertisement
4084 Refurbished
4085 Red
4086 Refurbished
4087 Refurbished
4088 Refurbished
4089 Refurbished
4090 Refurbished



Metrocars Refurbished: 77
Number left to refurbish: 9 (4 won't be refurbished)
I rode on 4027 yesterday. It doesn't carry any adverts - it is painted in the livery of the old North-Eastern Railway electrics (unless that is considered to be an advert for a company which ceased operating over 90 years ago )
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Washington MP calls for Metro extension after submitting petition to parliament - for the fourth time
08:04, 5 March 2015 By Will Metcalfe


MP Sharon Hodgson

Almost 2,000 people have backed calls to extend the Metro.

Sharon Hodgson MP has handed a petition to parliament urging ministers to consider a feasibility study on extending the Metro line to Washington. The petition said this could be done by bringing the Leamside railway back into use. A total of 1,736 people backed the petition which is the fourth the MP for Washington and Sunderland West has submitted on the issue.

She said: “Extending the Metro to Washington is something I have campaigned on for a long time now, as I believe it will bring such a fantastic boost to our local economy and the wider community. So many people in our area share this belief and have signed my petitions over the years, and I would like to thank them all for their fantastic support and help. I am very pleased to have been able to bring this issue up in the House of Commons once again, to make sure all of the residents who signed the petition are heard nationally. Extending the Metro is the right thing to do, and I will continue to campaign on this as here in the North East we deserve good travel networks just as much as any other part of the country. I will continue to push this campaign until we are successful, and I hope my persistence shows the Department for Transport that we really want and need this extension to happen, and hopefully this will make them act, if not during this Government then hopefully the next.”

Ms Hodgson last submitted a petition calling for a line extension in May 2014. The petition said: “The extension of the Tyne and Wear Metro to Washington is a vital, yet missing, part of the region’s transport system, and further that such an extension would make a significant contribution to the economic development of the town.

Read more @ http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/...ension-8774342
Sorry, but no, this isn't really the most important extension for the Metro, like the Sunderland link this is another case of overtly political driver of service rather than based on actual need.

Below is a table extracted from
http://www.nexus.org.uk/sites/defaul...20document.pdf

Potential Metro Extension Corridor
Million passenger trips per annum
Sunderland to Seaham
5.011
Pelaw to South Hylton via Washington
3.954
Cobalt Link
1.214
Metrocentre
11.276
Team Valley
4.220
West Newcastle
13.600
South Shields to Sunderland to Doxford Park
5.444

Tyneside is a 3/4 of a million European scale city. Washington and Sunderland aint. Metro extensions need to be focussed on better linking elements of the Newcastle upon Tyneside conurbation rather than its surrounding hinterland.

The leamside line should be a heavy commuter rail, and this is what should connect the outlying areas, not wasting money on a light rail long distance high maintenance system through the green fields between our cities and towns
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I rode on 4027 yesterday. It doesn't carry any adverts - it is painted in the livery of the old North-Eastern Railway electrics (unless that is considered to be an advert for a company which ceased operating over 90 years ago )
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From today's Chronicle Live, copyright NCJMedia Ltd @ http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/...ension-8774342
Washington MP calls for Metro extension after submitting petition to parliament - for the fourth time
08:04, 5 March 2015 By Will Metcalfe


MP Sharon Hodgson

Almost 2,000 people have backed calls to extend the Metro.

Sharon Hodgson MP has handed a petition to parliament urging ministers to consider a feasibility study on extending the Metro line to Washington. The petition said this could be done by bringing the Leamside railway back into use. A total of 1,736 people backed the petition which is the fourth the MP for Washington and Sunderland West has submitted on the issue.

She said: “Extending the Metro to Washington is something I have campaigned on for a long time now, as I believe it will bring such a fantastic boost to our local economy and the wider community. So many people in our area share this belief and have signed my petitions over the years, and I would like to thank them all for their fantastic support and help. I am very pleased to have been able to bring this issue up in the House of Commons once again, to make sure all of the residents who signed the petition are heard nationally. Extending the Metro is the right thing to do, and I will continue to campaign on this as here in the North East we deserve good travel networks just as much as any other part of the country. I will continue to push this campaign until we are successful, and I hope my persistence shows the Department for Transport that we really want and need this extension to happen, and hopefully this will make them act, if not during this Government then hopefully the next.”

Ms Hodgson last submitted a petition calling for a line extension in May 2014. The petition said: “The extension of the Tyne and Wear Metro to Washington is a vital, yet missing, part of the region’s transport system, and further that such an extension would make a significant contribution to the economic development of the town.

Read more @ http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/...ension-8774342

One of the most important areas of the Tyne and Wear Metro development (in terms of the use of the old railway lines) is a district of the Washington. Announced plans ("Proposed extensions to the Metro"/ Metro Strategy 2030. - March, 2014) include the potential corridor extension on this site. This is the line "Pelaw - Washington North - The Galleries - Washington South - South Hylton".

This is a development of the one of project ideas of the late 20th century: "Pelaw - Victoria Viaduct via Leamside Line - Sunderland" (Option 5). This Project involved the construction of 9 stations on the segment "Pelaw - South Hylton".

However, transport services of residents can be greatly improved, based on the potential of all old railway lines. To do this, it is advisable to use unexploited and partially disassembled parts of lines: "Leamside - Pelaw", "Penshaw - Hylton", "Pelton - Brockley Whins". The implementation can be divided into three stages. THE FIRST STAGE: the Metro line «Pelaw - Follingsby - Usworth - Washington - Penshaw - Fence Houses - Colliery Row» (15,30 km / 9,50 mi). This portion of non-operated and disused sections of the railway "Leamside - Pelaw". Four stations on the ground of their old counterparts stations (Usworth, Washington, Penshaw, Fence Houses). Two new stations (Follingsby, Colliery Row).

THE SECOND STAGE: the Metro line "South Hylton - Cox Green - Biddick Lane - Vigo" (4,13km / 2,56 mi + 3,93 km / 2,44 mi). There are disused sections of railways "Pelton - Brockley Whins" (Vigo - Biddick Lane), "Penshaw - Hylton" (Cox Green - South Hylton) and two new tracks: “Biddick Lane to Victoria Viaduct”, “Cox Green to Victoria Viaduct”.

Three stations on the ground of their old counterparts stations. THE THIRD STAGE: connecting portions of Metro lines "Biddick Lane - Washington" and "Penshaw - Cox Green" (0,62 km / 0,39 mi +1,30 km / 0,81 mi). There are disused sections of railways "Pelton - Brockley Whins" and "Penshaw - Hylton".


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One of the most important areas of the Tyne and Wear Metro development (in terms of the use of the old railway lines) is a district of the Washington. Announced plans ("Proposed extensions to the Metro"/ Metro Strategy 2030. - March, 2014) include the potential corridor extension on this site. This is the line "Pelaw - Washington North - The Galleries - Washington South - South Hylton". This is a development of the one of project ideas of the late 20th century: "Pelaw - Victoria Viaduct via Leamside Line - Sunderland" (Option 5). This Project involved the construction of 9 stations on the segment "Pelaw - South Hylton". However, transport services of residents can be greatly improved, based on the potential of all old railway lines. To do this, it is advisable to use unexploited and partially disassembled parts of lines: "Leamside - Pelaw", "Penshaw - Hylton", "Pelton - Brockley Whins". The implementation can be divided into three stages. THE FIRST STAGE: the Metro line «Pelaw - Follingsby - Usworth - Washington - Penshaw - Fence Houses - Colliery Row» (15,30 km / 9,50 mi). This portion of non-operated and disused sections of the railway "Leamside - Pelaw". Four stations on the ground of their old counterparts stations (Usworth, Washington, Penshaw, Fence Houses). Two new stations (Follingsby, Colliery Row). THE SECOND STAGE: the Metro line "South Hylton - Cox Green - Biddick Lane - Vigo" (4,13km / 2,56 mi + 3,93 km / 2,44 mi). There are disused sections of railways "Pelton - Brockley Whins" (Vigo - Biddick Lane), "Penshaw - Hylton" (Cox Green - South Hylton) and two new tracks: “Biddick Lane to Victoria Viaduct”, “Cox Green to Victoria Viaduct”. Three stations on the ground of their old counterparts stations. THE THIRD STAGE: connecting portions of Metro lines "Biddick Lane - Washington" and "Penshaw - Cox Green" (0,62 km / 0,39 mi +1,30 km / 0,81 mi). There are disused sections of railways "Pelton - Brockley Whins" and "Penshaw - Hylton".


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This would only serve a potential 80K of people, while West Newcastle and South and West Gateshead are still unserved, a population I estimate at nearly 200K.

Yes it is making use of redundant rail but then again there is redundant rail in West Newcastle and Gateshead. There is also the Metro Centre, which if connected properly through the existing metro system (as opposed to trams- which would be required for West Road) which would hopefully lift so many people off the Western Bypass.

If the Leamside line is Metrofied it would undoubtably improve the area it could serve. But it could override any long term plan for conventional rail.

There is no reason the stops on the above map could not be part of a heavy rail route that would better link Tyneside to Teesside on the Leamside line via Ferryhill and Stockton that would be quicker than the Durham Coast line and more direct than via Darlington. It would also ease congestion on the ECML by providing an alternative Newcastle approach, which could free up more space on the Durham-Newcastle line allowing a better commuter service with stops at Newton Hall, Chester le Street, Birtley, Low Fell, Gateshead.

Once again lack of joined up thinking and the provincial attitudes of Wearside are hampering the potential of Wearside and the rest of the North East
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New escalators for Heworth and Gateshead
18 March 2015



Nexus has completed the modernisation of escalators at two of the busiest Metro stations south of the Tyne.

A total of eight new escalators have been installed at Gateshead and Heworth Interchanges as part of the £389m Metro: all change modernisation programme.

The new escalators replace original ‘life expired’ models from the early 1980s at the stations, used by more than six million passengers every year. Lifts at both stations have also been replaced

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Board game for Byker is a giant new artwork for Metro
27 March 2015



A board game taking players on a journey of discovery through Byker takes pride of place at the local Metro station from today (Saturday 28 March).

Artists Michael Crilly and Chris Morton created the game as the centrepiece of the latest giant artwork at Byker Metro station, titled ‘The Point of the Game is to Play’.

And local people will get a chance to play the game themselves at a launch event at the neighbouring East End library, from 1pm on Saturday 28 March

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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 NINE.


Here are another ten historic 'yellow bus photos' (not previously shown on this forum, as far as I know) that have recently been posted on the Facebook Page 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 group is classified on Facebook as a "Closed/Secret Group" . . . so to view the photos on there you need to be a member of the group.

































HERE is a list of links to this entire series of "Photos of our Yellow Buses" Posts, to date . . .


Yellow Buses of Newcastle - A Series of many photos from over the years
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=4843 (Part 1.)
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=4891 (Part 2.)
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=4894 (Part 3.)
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=4898 (Part 4.)
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=4902 (Part 5.)
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=4911 (Part 6.)
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=5075 (Part 7.)
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=5122 (Part 8.)
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=5243 (Part 9.)


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


Part TEN.


Here are another ten historic 'yellow bus photos' (not previously shown on this forum, as far as I know) that have recently been posted, from various sources, onto the Facebook Page called "Old Photos of Newcastle upon Tyne".

Here is a link to that group, as the immediate source of the below photos . . .

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

My understanding is that this group is classified on Facebook as a "Closed/Secret Group" . . . so to view the photos on there you need to be a member of the group.
































HERE is a list of links to this entire series of "Photos of the Yellow Buses of Newcastle" posts, to date . . .


Yellow Buses of Newcastle - A Series of many photos from over the years
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Old August 3rd, 2015, 03:06 PM   #96
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Tyne & Wear Metro fleet refurbishment complete
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UK: The three-quarter life refurbishment of the Tyne & Wear Metro fleet has been completed five months ahead of schedule. A total of 86 cars have been modernised over five years at a cost of £30m.

The work forms part of the broader £389m ‘Metro all change modernisation’ programme. Local transport authority Nexus commissioned operating concessionaire DB Regio to undertake the work in 2010 following the approval of government funding for the project. The work was initially carried out by Wabtec Rail in Doncaster, where the cars were transported by road, and was completed by DB Regio at the Metro’s South Gosforth depot

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Pop card PAYG article : "Full commercial availability during autumn 2015"

ITSO: Eurotransport Magazine - September 2015
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Pay-as-you-go POP cards were officially launched today:

http://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/po...ially-launched

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Passengers on the Tyne and Wear Metro can now enjoy the convenience and value of Pay As You Go smart travel using the Pop card.

Transport Minister Andrew Jones and Cllr Nick Forbes, lead member for transport on the North East Combined Authority, met at Haymarket Metro station in Newcastle today (Monday, 2 November) to launch the distinctive new purple Pop card, the first outside London to offer a daily price cap.

Customers can top up their cards in advance avoiding the need to pay every time they travel.

Pop Pay As You Go provides a discount compared to normal single fares on Metro – while a best price guarantee means people will pay less than the price of a DaySaver for the zones they use, no matter how many journeys they make.

And Pay As You Go customers can also use their cards to travel on a growing number of bus routes across the North East on which the smart technology is now being tested with passenger groups.

Investment by local councils, Government and bus operators has made the North East the first region outside London to offer a single multi-operator smart card.

Cllr Nick Forbes, lead member for transport on the North East Combined Authority, said: “The north east is at the forefront of smart travel and I am delighted that the new Pay As You Go Pop card is going to make life much simpler for travellers across the region’s Metro and bus networks.

“The Pay as You Go System makes paying for journeys easier and cheaper. I have already signed up for mine and I am sure this is going to be just as popular as London’s Oyster Card.

“Nowhere other than London and the North East currently have this system and many are watching with interest. I hope that before too long we can create a wider network of joined up journeys and ticketing as part of our Transport for the North plans.”

The new Pop Pay As You Go card goes on sale today at Travelshops and from later this month will also be on sale at selected shops in the PayZone network across the region.

The card allows users to store a cash value topped up online, at PayZone agents or station ticket machines. Pop Pay As You Go customers on Metro also benefit from a ‘last journey’ guarantee – allowing them to travel even if the journey takes them into a negative balance, provided that they top up to a positive balance before they next use the card.

Customers touching in and out at Metro validators and gates will see the best fare for them calculated automatically.

Single journeys made with Pop Pay As You Go cost 10p less than the standard fare, and all day travel will cost 20p less than the equivalent DaySaver price for the zones used. The smart system keeps track of journeys made, and stops charging once a guaranteed daily price cap has been reached for the zones used.

The launch of the purple Pop Pay As You Go card is the latest phase in the roll-out of smart travel in Metro by Nexus, which owns and operates the system.

More than 80,000 Metrosaver season ticket, student and Gold Card passengers already use smart cards for travel. Metrosaver and student customers can ‘click and collect’ online, loading their new ticket onto their card as they pass through a station the next day.

The fast growth of smart travel has helped increase Metro passenger numbers to their highest in five years, with more than 39 million people using the system in the last year.

On bus routes Pop Pay As You Go can be used to pay or single and return fares purchased from the driver, instead of passengers having to search for notes and change.

The North East Smart Ticketing Initiative, a partnership of local authorities, transport operators and Nexus has delivered a single multi-operator smart technology from the Tees Valley to the Scottish border.

The card can already be used in this way on Arriva services in Northumberland, North Tyneside and Newcastle, some Go North East, Stanley Travel and Stagecoach routes in Newcastle, Gateshead, County Durham and the Tees Valley.

The number of routes will continue to grow as bus companies introduce Pop Pay As You Go alongside their own smart products.
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I suppose that having bitched about their lack of availability for the last couple of years or so, I'll have to go out and get one now
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I suppose that having bitched about their lack of availability for the last couple of years or so, I'll have to go out and get one now
I was part of the testing before the system went live. On the whole it works well, but it's outdated and lacks a few key features.

The fact that there is no weekly price cap will be a barrier to many using this, and in-light of today's verdict by the QCS board we can forget any serious integration in the bus area for a long time. Combine this with Northern Rail dragging their heels and it's not a good outlook (oh, and the barriers at Newcastle Central still don't read Metro/Network tickets or Pop cards, despite Nexus assuring us this would be part of the project).

On another note, the refurb at Newcastle Central is coming along nicely - with most of the old fixtures removed and the start of what looks like the new canopy in place on the south-bound platform.

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