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Old March 19th, 2017, 06:52 PM   #141
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Does anyone know if the trains used on the Test Track at Middle Engine Lane ended up being used for passenger service?
We visited the Test Track in 1976, and travelled on Metro Train 4001, which has been in use, as far as I know, continually since the Metro opened in 1980.

Here is a post I made about this, in 2011 . . .


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November 22nd 2011.

Our visit to the Metro Test Track - July 1976

At the Tyneside Summer Exhibition in July 1976, there was (in the Tyne & Wear PTE Tent) a "mock-up" of a Metro Train carriage (just the front part of) that you could look at, climb onto, and actually get in and sit down in, etc.

Remember, 1976 was a full FOUR years before the Metro opened, in August 1980.

Seeing that mock-up train at the TSE really fascinated me, I was really interested by the Metro throughout the ten or so years prior to its opening in 1980 (as I still am now) and followed every little detail of its development.

I didn't get any photos at the TSE (unfortunately) but there were some published in a PTE booklet, below.

The 'mock-up' had been at TSEs for the previous year or two, so the 'livery' is slightly different from what eventually happened, and from what I was to see later that day at the Test Track . . .




When I got on that mock-up train, I also obtained a couple of tickets to visit the Test Track, which we left the TSE to do, immediately!

Here are two photos from that July 1976 day at the Test track, one of them showing "Mrs NH" with all the stuff we had bought at the TSE that day!!






At the Test Track, we (needless to say!) had an amazing trip up and down the track, through the test tunnel, etc, on Metro 4001.

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We visited the Test Track in 1976, and travelled on Metro Train 4001, which has been in use, as far as I know, continually since the Metro opened in 1980.

Here is a post I made about this, in 2011 . . .

Thanks for that NH - perhaps the piece of journalism that has been highlighted - it says the Metro trains have been in use since 1970, may be explain by the absence of the use of 1970's, which technically makes the comment a little more creditable.
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Old March 30th, 2017, 04:46 PM   #143
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Tyne and Wear Metro system returns to public hands but how will it affect passengers?

From today's Chronicle Live, copyright NCJMedia Ltd @ http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/...turns-12820320
Tyne and Wear Metro system returns to public hands but how will it affect passengers?
Mike Kelly 30 March 2017



A new day is to dawn on the Tyne and Wear Metro which has the potential to change how public transport is run, not just in the North East, but in the country as a whole.

The service, which first ran in 1980, will return to public ownership this weekend. The trains, and 60 stations across the region , will be back under the direct management and control of Nexus but what will this mean for passengers?

Who has been running up until now then? It has been operated since April 2010 by private company DB Regio Tyne and Wear for Nexus which manages it on behalf of the North East Combined Authority.

Passenger outcomes? What does that mean? That the service was not as good as it should be. Anyone who took part in or was a spectator at the 2015 Great North Run and used the Metro that day would put it a lot more bluntly than we just did. Pictures of passengers packed like sardines onto trains were an enduring image. A damning report after the event said that known driver shortages, power failures and illness caused “significant” delays on the service on the day of the iconic event. DB Regio Tyne apologised “unreservedly”. It wasn’t a one off as in the last few years Metro performance and reliability began to dip below targets.

So how will the new system work? Nexus, as a public body, already sets fares and service specifications for Metro as well as maintaining most of the infrastructure on which trains run, so passengers won’t really notice the change. It will manage Metro stations and train operations directly until 2019, when a new and different contract would begin incorporating delivery of a new train fleet during the first half of the next decade.

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Tyne and Wear Metro system returns to public hands but how will it affect passengers?

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Tyne and Wear Metro system returns to public hands but how will it affect passengers?
Mike Kelly 30 March 2017



A new day is to dawn on the Tyne and Wear Metro which has the potential to change how public transport is run, not just in the North East, but in the country as a whole.

The service, which first ran in 1980, will return to public ownership this weekend. The trains, and 60 stations across the region , will be back under the direct management and control of Nexus but what will this mean for passengers?

Who has been running up until now then? It has been operated since April 2010 by private company DB Regio Tyne and Wear for Nexus which manages it on behalf of the North East Combined Authority.

Passenger outcomes? What does that mean? That the service was not as good as it should be. Anyone who took part in or was a spectator at the 2015 Great North Run and used the Metro that day would put it a lot more bluntly than we just did. Pictures of passengers packed like sardines onto trains were an enduring image. A damning report after the event said that known driver shortages, power failures and illness caused “significant” delays on the service on the day of the iconic event. DB Regio Tyne apologised “unreservedly”. It wasn’t a one off as in the last few years Metro performance and reliability began to dip below targets.

So how will the new system work? Nexus, as a public body, already sets fares and service specifications for Metro as well as maintaining most of the infrastructure on which trains run, so passengers won’t really notice the change. It will manage Metro stations and train operations directly until 2019, when a new and different contract would begin incorporating delivery of a new train fleet during the first half of the next decade.

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Embankment stabilisation work adjacent Fellgate Metro Station, South Tyneside - pictures 02/04/17 Part 1 of 2

Follow up on post #5557 of 26/01/17 & last #5562 - 5563 on 29/01/17

Pictures (over 2 posts) taken by myself on Sunday 02/02/17 approx 0920 from metro train to Sunderland & approx 1145 - 1200 "close up" to show the embankment stabilisation work adjacent Fellgate Metro Station in South Tyneside

From notices on the site fencing the work being carried out by Construction Marine Ltd of Chapel Allerton, Leeds

Work being carried out to both sides of the embankment, contractor compound to north side of tracks

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Embankment stabilisation work adjacent Fellgate Metro Station, South Tyneside - pictures 02/04/17 Part 2 of 2

Part 2 of 2

Pictures (over 2 posts) taken by myself on Sunday 02/02/17 approx 0920 from metro train to Sunderland & approx 1145 - 1200 "close up" to show the embankment stabilisation work adjacent Fellgate Metro Station in South Tyneside

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Wifi, charging points, and air conditioning: How your Metro trains are set to change

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Wifi, charging points, and air conditioning: How your Metro trains are set to change
By Katie Dickinson 13 April 2017


Metro passengers have shown a preference for seating along the inside walls of trains (Photo: Michael Garnett)

Today we reveal how a multimillion pound investment hopes to transform Metro journeys for thousands of passengers across Tyne and Wear.

Metro users have been told they can now look forward to wifi, electronic information screens and more luggage space as proposals for a new fleet of trains are unveiled. Plans for the replacement carriages - set to be launched after 2021 - will go before councillors on the North East Combined Authority (NECA) next week.

The proposals come after thousands of passengers responded to a consultation earlier this year, organised by Nexus as it completes the business case for the £540m investment.

* More space for luggage, buggies and wheelchairs
* Improved CCTV
* Electronic information screens
* Wifi and charging points

The report also proposes that the new Metrocars should have London Underground-style seating along the inside wall of the carriages. It says: “This will increase the amount of standing room and space for luggage, buggies and wheelchairs. In the current configuration passengers often place bags on the seat next to them, and single passengers often sit on the ‘outside’ seat meaning that the ‘inside’ seat (by the window) goes unoccupied. Linear seating will also act as a physical deterrent to passengers putting their feet on seats.” The design will also include a requirement for some seating to be “fold away” to provide either additional seating capacity or luggage space. And “leatherette” fabric has been recommended to replace the current “deep cushioned” seat, with the report describing it as “hard wearing, easier to clean and more hygienic”.

Nexus also says it is likely the new trains, will come with air conditioning fitted as standard, meaning the carriages will not be able to have opening windows in order for the air conditioning to function effectively.

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Chinese rail giant eyes £500m contract to new fleet on Tyne and Wear Metro

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Chinese rail giant eyes £500m contract to new fleet on Tyne and Wear Metro
By Graeme Whitfield 17 April 2017


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

A Chinese rail giant is eyeing a £500m contract to produce a new fleet for the Tyne and Wear Metro as it aims to get a toehold in the UK market.

CRRC is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of rolling stock, employing 175,000 people and providing trains for rail operators in China, Malaysia, Argentina and the US.

The company, which recently won its first contract in the UK with an order for 71 engineering wagons for the London Underground, has a presence in the North East, having bought Wallsend-based offshore equipment manufacturer SMD last year.

Representatives of the company were in Newcastle at the end of last week and it is understood they discussed the possibility of bidding for the contract to provide new Metro trains which are hoped to come into use in 2021.

Newcastle Council leader Nick Forbes, who is chair of the Transport North East committee, has tweeted a picture of himself meeting the CRRC delegation, saying: “Good to meet Chinese business leaders from CRRC and SMD today - excellent discussion about potential future investment.” Coun Forbes has actively courted Chinese investment to the North East, accompanying then Chancellor George Osborne on a Northern Powerhouse delegation to China in 2015.

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Old April 24th, 2017, 02:26 AM   #149
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Metro-car 4001 is now painted in the corporate Nexus Black/grey Livery, so no longer the yellow/white Pte colours.

It was desperate for a repaint but
I thought they might have left it in the old colours
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Metro-car 4001 is now painted in the corporate Nexus Black/grey Livery, so no longer the yellow/white Pte colours.

It was desperate for a repaint but
I thought they might have left it in the old colours

Ah yes, I remember "Metro Car 4001" very fondly, I was on it for my first ever ride on a Metro Train, in July 1976, four years before the Metro opened.

We went on a visit to the Metro Test track . . .

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Would love to see our yellow Metro's and buses again.
I've just been in Berlin and their U Bahn and buses are yellow. Beautiful.
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Metro-car 4001 is now painted in the corporate Nexus Black/grey Livery, so no longer the yellow/white Pte colours.

It was desperate for a repaint but
I thought they might have left it in the old colours
I understood that "the plan" was to preserve 4001 in its original livery.
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Would love to see our yellow Metro's and buses again.
I've just been in Berlin and their U Bahn and buses are yellow. Beautiful.

Me too, often discussed here on the forum . . .

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Atlanteans - A 1960s/70s Atlantean Bus, in Yellow PTE colours, still in use today (in 2012)
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Beamish Museum - The Newcastle Trolleybus (number 501) at Beamish Museum, and on loan at Sandtoft Trolleybus Museum
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Byker Depot in 1948 - Lots of Trolleybuses all lined up in the Depot
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Crash - Benwell Lane Trolleybus Crash in 1959 - Newspaper Cutting and photo
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Forty Years of Buses in Newcastle - A BOOK by Eric Hutchinson
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Livery - Newcastle's Pre-war Trolleybus Livery
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Morden Street Bus Station / Depot - Lots of PTE Buses parked up there
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Northumberland Street at Christmas 1976 - A "massive queue" of yellow buses
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Paintings of Yellow Trolleybuses - By Peter J Rodgers (2011 Exhibition)
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Trolley Buses of Newcastle upon Tyne 1935-1966 - A BOOK by T P Canneaux and N H Hanson
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Yellow Buses of Newcastle - A Series of many photos from over the years
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Yellow Metro Trains of Newcastle and Tyne & Wear
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Old June 29th, 2017, 11:30 AM   #154
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Nexus reassures Metro passengers and confirms no station is lined with flammable cladding

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Nexus reassures Metro passengers and confirms no station is lined with flammable cladding
Chris Knight 29 June 2017


Haymarket Metro Station in Newcastle (Photo: handout publicity)

Nexus has moved to reassure Metro passengers in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy, saying none of its stations are lined with flammable cladding.

In a bid to allay passengers’ fears, Nexus said all of its stations panels are “non-flammable” and “completely different” to those made of aluminium composite material being testing on housing blocks.

A spokesman said: “The panels used in Metro stations are of a completely different material to those now being tested from housing blocks. All of our wall panels, both at refurbished stations like Haymarket and un-refurbished stations like Monument, are made of steel sheet with a baked vitreous enamel coating. They are non-flammable themselves and there is no insulation behind them. The panels are designed simply to line walls, like domestic kitchen tiles, and not to provide any insulating or other properties. These panels are completely different to those being tested from housing blocks, which are a composite of an aluminium surface and other insulating and sealing materials underneath.”

Nexus said it is following the Grenfell investigation as it unfolds, and any relevant recommendations will be acted upon “immediately”. The spokesperson added: “Our stations are built to be fire retardant throughout and we undertake regular inspections with the local fire service to ensure that they are absolutely safe.”

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Old July 9th, 2017, 01:08 PM   #155
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So, what happens to the Tyne and Wear Metro fleet at night - and where do the trains go?

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So, what happens to the Tyne and Wear Metro fleet at night - and where do the trains go?
David Morton 9 July 2017


Archive shot of the Metro depot (Image: Nexus)

We take the Tyne and Wear Metro for granted, but have you ever thought about what happens to the train fleet at night-time? Where do the 90 vehicles go when the service stops?

In a region that gave railways to the world, it seems fitting that Metro trains are housed at a depot steeped in a proud heritage. Metro trains have been carefully maintained at the South Gosforth fleet depot in Newcastle for close to 40 years, in a building that was first used for electric trains in the early 1920s. In an age when mainline rail was still dominated by steam, the ‘Tyneside electrics’ ran between Newcastle and the Tyneside suburbs on both sides of the River Tyne from the early 1900s to the mid-1960s.

The South Gosforth depot may look fairly unremarkable, as Metro trains pass by loaded with commuters, but it is at the heart of Metro operations. It is an essential facility, and without it there would be no Tyne and Wear Metro service. It can accommodate all 90 trains in the Metro fleet.

The building was first opened in 1923 by the London and North Eastern Railway. It was a replacement for a fire-damaged railway depot at Walkergate, and it has been home to rolling stock ever since. The Tyne and Wear Passenger Transport Executive, now Nexus, took over from British Rail in 1980 when the location was deemed to be the ideal site for the new Metro fleet that was about to transform the way people travelled around Tyneside. The depot’s location allowed for trains to access lines to the west near Regent Centre and to the east towards Longbenton.

The building had been home to Tyneside’s iconic and often forgotten electric trains that were the forerunner of the Metro. The last electric train ran south of the river in 1963, and north of the river in June 1967. They were replaced by diesel trains which were kept at the Gosforth depot for the following decade, but it had already been earmarked as a base for Metro and British Rail duly handed it over to the PTE. A full refurbishment was needed to get it ready for the shiny new yellow Metro carriages. Works included the installation of overhead lines, inspection gantries, wheels lathes and lifting jacks.

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Major works planned to replace Metro tracks this summer

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Major works planned to replace Metro tracks this summer
David Sedgwick 13 July 2017


Tyne and Wear Metro is to carry out work this summer replacing its ageing tracks and sleepers.

Major work is set to take place this summer replacing the tracks on the Tyne and Wear Metro. Nexus, which owns and manages the system, is spending £20million on the modernisation work, which will include a 34-day line closure in North Tyneside.

And officials have released pictures showing the condition of the rails and sleepers and why the line between South Gosforth and Shiremoor needs replacing.

Raymond Johnstone, director of Rail and Infrastructure at Nexus, said: “There is no doubt that we need to renew the tracks between South Gosforth and Shiremoor. “The current track in this area is showing its age and modernisation work is very much needed. This work can only be done during a major line closure. We cannot replace lines without the 34 day closure period. It will mean disruption for some of our customers in the short term, and I’m sorry for that, but the long term benefit will be a newly laid section of line which will keep Metro going for many years to come.”

The Metro line will be closed between South Gosforth and Four Lane Ends from Monday, July 31, to Friday, August 11. It will then be widened – South Gosforth to Shiremoor – from Saturday, August 12, until Saturday, September 2. A frequent replacement bus service will be running on both occasions.

The Metro works mark the completion of track renewal work on Metro’s North Tyne coastal loop. The work – which forms part of the £350m Metro all change modernisation programme – will involve the replacement of ageing tracks, the strengthening of embankments, and the replacement of the Killingworth Road Metro bridge in South Gosforth.

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Tyne and Wear Metro bosses set for crucial talks on financing new fleet of trains

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Tyne and Wear Metro bosses set for crucial talks on financing new fleet of trains
By Sean Seddon 18 July 2017


A Metro train (Image: Ontrackimages)

North East councils are set for crunch talks with the government over funding for new Metro trains which could see a final bill of around £435 million.

Discussions are ongoing but the replacement of the ageing fleet has become a source of frustration to people across the region. Nexus accept that “reliability is an increasing problem, causing trains to fail in service too often” and estimate the cost of replacing the 40-year-old trains currently in use would be £435 million.

A meeting will take place between representatives from Nexus, the region’s joint transport body, and the Department for Transport on July 31. It could be a breakthrough in negotiations and pave the way for funding to be made available for a new fleet of trains for the rail system. But the meeting could also see talks stall, with North East council leaders anxious about accepting a funding model which does not suit them in the long term.

There are currently three funding options under consideration outlining how the investment will be financed. Two consist of different methods of public funding but the third is a private funding proposal which would see a private consortium enter into a long running contract with the councils over repayment for the work.

Speaking at a meeting of the North East Combined Authority, Martin Gannon, the leader of Gateshead Council, said that he would consider rejecting the offer of funding if the government did not offer an acceptable financing model. He said the third option was too similar to a Private Finance Initiative, a controversial method of funding which some say costs the buyer much more in the long run. Coun Gannon said he would be willing to reject it and stall the process in the hope that government policy would eventually shift. He said: “All we can do is wait and see what comes back from the government at the end of July and consider it. If the option that is put in front of us is PFI, I would perhaps prefer to wait and stall the process. We can’t lock ourselves into a very expensive and long-term project.”

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See the latest work on Killingworth Road after the Victorian-era Metro bridge is removed

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See the latest work on Killingworth Road after the Victorian-era Metro bridge is removed
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The latest work on Killingworth Road after the Victorian-era Metro bridge is removed (Image: Newcastle Chronicle)

The Metro bridge over Killingworth Road has now been removed as part of the major month-long upgrade in Gosforth.

The Victorian-era bridge was lifted off its concrete pillars - which will soon be demolished - and the iron structure will be donated to the Stephenson Railway Museum in North Tyneside. As part of £20m modernisation programme, the bridge is to be replaced with a steel upgrade, while Killingworth Road is simultaneously widened towards the Haddricks Mill roundabout.

Huw Lewis, customer services director at Nexus, said: “We’ve made a great start to what is a big engineering challenge for Metro. This is the first time we have replaced an entire bridge on Metro’s infrastructure. The old Killingworth Road bridge has been carefully removed from its abutments and the space is now clear for the new bridge to be installed later this month. I’m grateful to the public for the patience while the line is closed. This scheme wouldn’t have been possible without closing the Metro line.”

The bridge deck was removed in the early hours of Tuesday using a specialist wheeled rig to lift the deck clear of the bridge’s abutments and then move it up Killingworth Road and into the nearby site compound. The new bridge deck will be moved into place and secured later this month.

In addition to the bridge replacement, Nexus will also undertake essential maintenance of steel work at Northumberland Park Metro station. The Metro line will be closed between South Gosforth and Four Lane Ends until August 11.

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Killingworth Road update - bridge removal 1 August 2017

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Killingworth Road update - bridge removal 1 August 2017

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Big day on site at Killingworth Road as contractors Story carefully remove the Victorian parapet so it can be donated to the Stephenson Railway Museum. The teams work through the night to remove the 100 year old bridge.


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Happy 37th birthday Metro! Here's a look back at the key dates in the service's history

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Happy 37th birthday Metro! Here's a look back at the key dates in the service's history
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It is now 37 years since the Metro service which has become such a familiar sight on Tyneside was first rolled out.

The first Metro train left Tynemouth station at 5.27am on August 11, 1980, bound for Haymarket. Passengers back then paid a minimum price of eight pence for the privilege of riding on the service.

Over the years, Metro has undergone many changes, extensions, and refurbishments at the cost of millions of pounds. So to mark the occasion, we’ve decided to take a look back at key dates in the Metro’s history over the last five decades:

1973 Local politicians had devised a light rail solution to transport in Tyne and Wear and they won funding support from Government for the £280m project.

1974 The Construction of Metro began. Stations, tracks and bridges were all built over the following six years

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Of course tomorrow (Saturday) marks the closure of the track between South Gosforth and Shiremoor - courtesy of https://www.nexus.org.uk/metro/updates
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Phase two: Saturday 12 August - Saturday 2 September, no trains running in either direction between South Gosforth and Shiremoor. Replacement bus 900 will call at or close to all stations between South Gosforth and Shiremoor (turns at Regent Centre).
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