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Old August 24th, 2017, 09:05 PM   #161
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Watch the 370-ton Killingworth Road Metro bridge being lifted into position

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Watch the 370-ton Killingworth Road Metro bridge being lifted into position
By Mike Fuller 24 August 2017


Quite a sizeable crowd turned out to view the Metro Bridge be transported to its final position in South Gosforth (Image: newcastle chronicle)

It might be creating commuter misery but take a look at the new Killingworth Road Metro bridge being hauled into position.

The mammoth 370-ton crossing was installed on Thursday and a crowd turned out to watch. Bosses said it marked a “big day” as part of Nexus’s £350m modernisation project.

Crews had removed the old and tired Victorian bridge earlier this month. Work at the site , between the South Gosforth and Longbenton Metro stops, means the line has been closed from July 31 through to September 2. The A189 Killingworth Road, which is also being widened by Newcastle City Council, will not reopen until next year.

Nexus director of rail and infrastructure Raymond Johnstone said it was “one of the biggest engineering projects in Metro’s history. He added: “It’s the first time we have had to replace an entire railway bridge on the network. A huge amount of planning and work has gone into making this project a success. It has been delivered brilliantly in an extremely tight time frame to ensure the minimum amount of disruption. The new bridge will serve Tyne and Wear Metro customers for many years into the future.”

A remote-controlled rig was used to carefully lift the bridge span into place. The 25m-long steel deck will eventually see 500 Metro train crossings every day.

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See the new Killingworth Road Metro bridge from above with this drone footage

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See the new Killingworth Road Metro bridge from above with this drone footage
By Mike Fuller 25 August 2017


Aerial drone pictures of work on the new Killingworth Road Metro bridge. Picture by Wally Gargett (Image: Wally Gargett)

Take a look at the Killingworth Road Metro bridge from above.

The new £5m crossing was moved into place on Thursday (August 24). A drone’s eye view sheds light on the scale of the upgrade, but it was not allowed to fly during the installation.

The 370-tonne steel bridge needed a remote-controlled rig to lift it from the works compound to the bridge site. Its Victorian predecessor, which needed replacing due to its age, was taken out earlier this month.

Raymond Johnstone, Nexus director of rail and infrastructure, said it was “one of the biggest engineering projects in Metro ’s history”. He said: “It’s the first time we have had to replace an entire railway bridge on the network.

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Watch aerial drone footage showing the changing face of Killingworth Road Metro bridge

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Watch aerial drone footage showing the changing face of Killingworth Road Metro bridge
By Katie Collings 1 September 2017


Aerial drone pictures of work on the new Killingworth Road Metro bridge. Picture by Wally Gargett (Image: Wally Gargett)

This aerial drone footage shows the changing face the Killingworth Road Metro bridge which has been replaced over the Summer.

The £5m works are part of a wider scheme designed to modernise and improve 30-year-old stretches of track in Newcastle and North Tyneside. The work, which forms part of the £350m Metro “all change” programme, involves the replacement of ageing tracks, the strengthening of embankments, and the replacement of the Killingworth Road Metro bridge in South Gosforth. Work at the site, between the South Gosforth and Longbenton Metro stops, means the line has been closed from July 31 through to September 2.

The new mammoth 370-ton crossing was installed on Killingworth Road earlier this month after crews had removed the old Victorian bridge

The Metro closure between South Gosforth and Shiremoor is expected to reopen in time for the Great North Run and the new school year on September 3. Diversions remain in place on Killingworth Road until Spring 2018.

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Old September 6th, 2017, 11:58 AM   #164
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North East business leaders join fight for replacement Metro trains

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North East business leaders join fight for replacement Metro trains
By Graeme Whitfield 6 September 2017


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

Business leaders in the North East have urged the Government to fund a new fleet of trains for the Tyne and Wear Metro.

The North East England Chamber of Commerce, the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) and the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) have backed a campaign to persuade ministers to make an early decision on funding new Metro trains.

Discussions with the Government on a £400m new fleet of trains are ongoing, but delays linked to the ageing Metros have become a growing source of frustration to both commuters and employers around the region. The fleet dates back to the early 1980s and they are now some of the worst performing vehicles of their kind.

The business support for the Metro case raises the pressure on Ministers to agree the package, coming a few weeks after a major row over the downgrading of rail projects in the North just days before a huge improvement scheme was agreed in London.

James Ramsbotham, chief executive of the North East England Chamber of Commerce, said: “Our members are keenly aware what an asset the Tyne and Wear Metro is for North East England, getting people to work and training, reducing congestion and supporting thousands of local businesses. The Metro is an essential part of our region’s economic future and there is a very strong case for a new train fleet. We now need Government to step up with the funding to deliver it.”

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Old September 8th, 2017, 03:11 PM   #165
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Are there any plans to expand the network?

It's a shame you can't extend the line west of St. James any further..
There are routes identified for Metro and local rail extensions for which business cases will be developed over the next decade. But this will be dependent on central government funding for a new fleet and future asset renewal being approved.


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METRO FUTURES FILM 2017

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Old September 15th, 2017, 11:37 AM   #167
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Metro nominated for five top transport awards

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Metro nominated for five top transport awards
Sue Kirby 14 September 2017



The Metro service in Tyne and Wear is in the running to scoop five industry awards.

Snowdogs and the Great North Run have helped the company reach the shortlists in five categories at this year’s North of England Transport Awards. The awards attract dozens of entries from across the air, sea, rail and bus industries in the North of England, including Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Sheffield, Newcastle and Sunderland. The winners will be announced at a special ceremony in Leeds in November.

Metro, which carries about 40 million passengers a year, is shortlisted in these categories:
• Public Transport Operator of the Year.
• Customer Service Team of the Year for the Great North Run.
• Excellence in Travel Information and Marketing for the Great North Snowdogs charity art trail.
• Frontline Employee of the Year for Metro train driver Janet Morrison.
• Transport Project of the Year for Metro’s Central Station refurbishment.

Nexus, the public body which owns and operates the rail system, and contractor Tolent, are also honoured for excellence in project delivery for the £6million refurbishment of Metro’s Central Station in Newcastle.

Coun Nick Forbes, lead member for transport on the North East Combined Authority, said: “The Tyne and Wear Metro is a vital public transport service used by tens of thousands of people every day. It plays a vital role in our economy, getting people to work and school, bringing shoppers into our cities and towns and supporting major cultural and sporting events, such as the Great North Run. Passengers quite rightly expect high standards and Metro staff work hard to deliver the high quality services that people expect to see. These award nominations reflect that hard work and the commitment of staff and we wish them every success when the winners are announced.”

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Old September 25th, 2017, 06:49 PM   #168
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Metro Futures

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Metro carries about 40 million passengers every year on the busiest and most frequent local rail network outside London.

Metro needs new trains if it is to continue offering a reliable, convenient and comfortable service for people in North East England. The current Metrocars were constructed in the late 1970s, and have served their purpose well. However, despite undergoing two significant refurbishments, the fleet is coming to the end of its life, with many components effectively life-expired, contributing to a very unstable operating environment.

Nexus has a detailed £400 million business plan for a new train fleet and associated depot upgrades, which is worth more than three times the financial investment in terms of ongoing benefits to North East England. We submitted this plan to the Department for Transport in 2016 and are now in detailed negotiations on how it will be funded. Designed and built specially, new trains will take Metro into the future with world-class reliability and comfort, much greater energy-efficiency and modern carriage features and technology for our passengers.

Metro is a fundamental part of the economic and social life of North East England - taking 11 million car journeys off the region’s roads and helping town and city centres to thrive. New trains - delivered from 2021 - can provide decades of effective service to Metro and its passengers. Investment now will secure the system’s future and let us explore potential new routes.

Our plans are supported by the North East Combined Authority, the Local Enterprise Partnership and major businesses, universities and public service providers. Use the buttons below to sign up and show your organisation's support of Metro Futures, or to see which organisations are already supporting Metro Futures.

https://www.nexus.org.uk/metrofutures

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Now more than 100 firms have added their names to that call, including major employers such as Greggs, Formica and Sunderland University.

Companies like Stagecoach, Port of Tyne and Newcastle International Airport have also made calls for investment in the Metro, pointing out the importance of the light rail system in the region’s transport network.
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Old September 27th, 2017, 12:23 PM   #169
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"Tyne and Wear Metro Train documentary from 1984" - You Tube video

Good historic video "Tyne and Wear Metro Train documentary from 1984" near 27 minutes in length showing initial stages of the Tyneside metro system including views of construction of the new structures etc

"Tyne and Wear Metro Train documentary from 1984" published by HistoryTimeBlast on 25 Jun 2017



Full link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IrrQFxA-HP8

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Five Metro stations are set to be modernised - is yours on the list?

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Five Metro stations are set to be modernised - is yours on the list?
Laura Hill 3 October 2017



Five Metro stations are set for revamps as Nexus rolls out its programme of improvement works across the network.

The £300,000 scheme will see Callerton Parkway, Bank Foot, Kingston Park, Fawdon and Wansbeck Road stations undergo a range of modernisation works to improve accessibility, security and energy efficiency.

And those who use Fawdon and Wansbeck Road stations will be pleased to hear that new public address speakers will be installed, so you can all hear to Metro Ken’s announcements more clearly.

Work is set to start this week and should be completed by February 2018. The stations will remain open as usual throughout the scheme. The work which will include new seats and lights forms part of the £350m Metro all change modernisation programme.

Director of rail and infrastructure at Nexus, Raymond Johnstone, said: “Improving our Metro stations is an integral part of our £350m modernisation programme. The work on the airport line stations will be similar to work we have already carried out at other suburban Metro stations by improving accessibility for passengers with disabilities. New seating and new lighting will vastly improve the waiting environment for our customers.”

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Colour scheme for metro stations on way to South Shields - pictures Part 1 of 2

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The last of the black paint on the Shields line is currently at Chichester, although so far Tyne Dock and Chichester still retain their yellow and black signs.

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Following discussion on posts between #5723 on 29/08/17 and #5745 on 04/09/17, the above being #5726

When on metro ride to South Shields on 28/09/17 double checked the current situation regards paint colour to fences, rails, panels etc at metro stations - compared to pictures taken in the past

Situation at Simonside as shown in pictures by myself from 17/10/15 - black paint









Situation at Chichester remains as shown in pictures by myself from 10/11/14 - a mixture of colours











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Colour scheme for metro stations on way to South Shields - pictures Part 2 of 2

Part 2 of 2

When on metro ride to South Shields on 28/09/17 double checked the current situation regards paint colour to fences, rails, panels etc at metro stations - compared to pictures taken in the past

South Shields green and red scheme handrails & fencing, pictures from 28/01/16, 24/02/16, 23/06/17, 19/01/17



















Also see recent video uploaded to You Tube by Connor Watson on 19/09/17

"All The Metro Stations - South Shields to Bede (18/09/17)" showing situation of those stations, including Chichester, Tyne Dock & Simonside on that date



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Shiremoor Metro Station

Grabbed these snaps of Shiremoor Metro Station on 5th October 2017.

A newly built station, opened in 1980.







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Metro boss warns delaying new fleet could see trains AXED and passengers left at stations

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Metro boss warns delaying new fleet could see trains AXED and passengers left at stations
Jonathan Walker 19 October 2017


Dr Simon Bowen (left) of Newcastle University with Metro MD Tobyn Hughes (Image: Newcastle Chronicle)

Metro bosses will be forced to cut services and leave passengers behind at stations if urgently-needed new trains are delayed, the boss of Nexus has warned.

The Tyne and Wear Metro timetable will be cut if existing trains are still in use after 2021, said Nexus managing director Tobyn Hughes. But while the Government says it accepts the need to replace the fleet, there is still no decision about funding.

Nexus is hoping the Treasury will pay for 84 new trains, either by providing a grant of up to £400m or by allowing Nexus to borrow the money. But speaking in the House of Commons, Transport Minister Paul Maynard refused to rule out using a Private Finance Initiative (PFI) deal to fund the work, which would mean a private investor paid for the fleet and then leased them to Nexus over a period likely to be 35 years. Nexus, which runs the Metro and administers funds on behalf of the North East’s councils, has been in talks with the Department for Transport since the start of the year about replacing the 40-year-old fleet of trains.

Speaking to ChronicleLive, Mr Hughes said he was “hopeful” the Government would make a decision soon.“We would be leaving people behind at stations on a regular basis if we reduced the timetable in rush-hour. The trains are past their design life. They are failing regularly. Customers’ journeys are being interrupted daily as a result, and we do need a decision from the Government about investment in the trains. “Rather than make 2021, we’d be looking at 2023 at the earliest for new trains to come into operation. The current fleet of trains is failing right now. It has the lowest performance levels of any fleet of trains in Europe of its type that we can find information to compare against.

Newcastle Central MP, Chi Onwurah, asked Mr Maynard for an assurance that new trains would be publicly funded rather than provided through a PFI scheme, but he did not give any assurance in his reply. He told her: “We continue to work closely with the Treasury to make sure that we get the right funding package to deliver these carriages, which I know the network needs.”

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Keeping Metro going: Anyone who has ever complained about the Metro system should read this

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

Each night, every Metro train’s shift comes to an end and is brought here to be patched up for another day on the tracks.

Snuggled away behind a residential cul de sac in Gosforth, the Nexus depot is where the hard work of keeping a key part of the region’s infrastructure functioning is done. It’s an uphill battle: the Metro system opened in 1980 and the trains we use every day are the same ones we used then.

Now 37-years-old and looking every day of it, they were only supposed to be in use for 35 years. Discussions are under way with the government over £362m worth funding to replace them but they won’t arrive until 2021 at the earliest - and Nexus accept that target is under threat.

Passengers know all too well the increasingly frequent sound of the voice coming over the announcement system at Metro stations: fault, delays, apologies.

Paul Patrick leads the team of more than 90 skilled technicians and mechanics who toil through the night to try and prevent that from occurring. Joining the staff at the depot 22 years ago as a 16-year-old apprentice, Paul admits it’s getting harder to keep the show on the road. He said: “The more we do it, the more experience we have and each train and his its own quirks and faults that we know to look out for. But now we’ve started to encounter problems that we’ve never seen before. And we’re on our own - this stock is so old that there no experts out there anymore, it’s on us.” When asked what the biggest issue is, he answers instantly: “Power. These trains run on 40-year-old engines and that’s why we get so many overhead line failures. We have a lot of problems with doors too but power is the big one.”

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The people of Sunderland, shields and Washington have been badly let down by the Metro. It was purely made for Newcastle

The Metro was devised and planned by the "Tyneside Passenger Transport Executive", before the arrival of the concept of 'Tyne & Wear'.

When the Tyneside Passenger Transport Executive evolved into the Tyne & Wear Passenger Transport Executive (post 1974) the new organisation took over the planning of the project.

So yes, it was originally a Newcastle-led project.


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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 - 11th 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' and the Metro Map shows the 'Sunderland Line' for the first time. The Sunderland extension (The 'South Hylton Line' to be more correct) is in a 'dotted' line, as it was still under construction at that time




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, they had been removed in the 'Sunderland Line Construction' map (above) but I hadn't been sure if that was just temporary, or not. Now we know. Also, it is the yellow line that diverts off at Pelaw, down to South Hylton, not yet (at this date) the green line.


12 - In the 'latest' map, it can be seen that they have recently re-introduced the SLOPING LINE of the central section of the map, BUT this time it is sloping the 'other way' ! Also, it is now the green line (Airport line) that diverts off to South Hylton at Pelaw, not the yellow line (Coast line) as shown previously.



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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Watch the major Killingworth Road Metro bridge replacement from start to finish

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Watch the major Killingworth Road Metro bridge replacement from start to finish
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Metro passengers can now see behind the scenes of a major bridge replacement project.

Two months after the new Killingworth Road Metro Bridge was put into place, we can now see footage of the impressive work from start to finish. Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, replaced the bridge over the summer in what was one of the biggest engineering tasks in Metro’s 37 year history.

Time lapse footage has been put together by Story Contracting, the firm which carried out project on behalf of Nexus.

The old bridge, which dated back to the Victorian era, needed to be replaced due to its age. The line was closed between South Gosforth and Four Lane Ends between July 31, with the closure extended to Shiremoor in August, before services resumed on September 3.

The parapets from the old Killingworth Road bridge have now been donated to the Stephenson Railway Museum in North Tyneside.

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Metro fares are going up again - but there's good news for under-18s

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Metro fares are going up again - but there's good news for under-18s
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A Metro train arrives at South Gosforth Station (Image: Newcastle Chronicle)

Metro fares are set to rise for adult travellers, although there’s good news for under-18s who will see the prices they pay slashed.

Operators Nexus have announced the majority of ticket prices will increase slightly despite criticism about the level of service offered to passengers over the past 12 months. But the company says it will use that money to subsidise cheaper travel for young people.

Paper single and daysaver tickets will each go up by 10p and all Metrosaver weekly, monthly and annual tickets will also increase. A four week pass for all three zones will rise from £71.20 to £73.70, while the equivalent annual pass will shoot up from £625 to £647.

The increase in many fares will no doubt raise eyebrows among passengers given the increasing unreliability of the service. Nexus are currently waiting for new funding from government to replace the 37-year-old trains, with failures and delayed services becoming a common occurrence for commuters. On October 29, an unprecedented break down saw services suspended for the majority of the day, causing misery for thousands.

There is, however, good news for families contained in the proposed fare changes with the introduction of a new Pop Pay As You Go card for children: Pop Blue. The new travel pass means young people will only pay £1 for single trips and introduces a price cap, meaning kids will pay a maximum of £2 no matter how many journeys they make in a day.

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Old November 11th, 2017, 01:00 PM   #179
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Here is the Nexus press release

https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/m...d-18-and-under
Metro to introduce new £1 flat fare for young people aged 18 and under
9 November 2017

Young people aged 18 and under will pay only £1 for single trips on the Tyne and Wear Metro following the proposed introduction of a new Pop Pay As You
Go smartcard - Pop blue.

Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, is proposing to launch the Pop blue card from Tuesday January 2 to allow people aged 18 and under to pay £1 for a single trip.

And to make travelling by Metro even more affordable young people using a Pop blue card will only ever pay for a maximum of two Metro trips on any single day. A £2 daily price cap will apply to Metro travel and no further charge will be applied for a third, fourth, or even fifth trip.

The Pop blue smartcard can also be used to pay for local bus travel, buying the applicable young person’s fare set by the bus company. The daily price cap will not apply to bus travel.

Pop blue is a major step forward for young people travelling on Metro and is a direct response to feedback from schools, colleges, and from young people themselves.

Pop blue will be available online from www.nexus.org.uk and from Nexus Travel Shops from January 2.

Managing Director of Nexus, Tobyn Hughes, said: “The Combined Authority challenged us to improve the offer for young people, and so we are now seeking their agreement to introduce Pop blue, which will make it much easier and more affordable for young people aged 18 and under to travel on the Metro.

“It’s a really simple scheme. Young people can top up their Pop blue card online or at a ticket machine, and as they travel on Metro they will be charged £1 for a single trip and a maximum of £2 for the whole day. This is on top of our existing range of fares for children, young people and students which are still available.

“Metro is a publicly owned system that does not make a profit, so we are proposing to re-invest the extra income we expect to earn from this year’s fare review in a cheaper travel offer for young people.”
He added: “If our proposals are approved, Metro will continue to offer affordable travel around the area in 2018.

“Although we plan a modest general fares increase in line with normal practice, anyone who switches to adult Pop Pay As You Go will make bigger savings than ever before compared to paying for paper tickets, and we have kept price increases for season ticket holders to a minimum. We are also proposing to keep the price of the annual Gold Card at £12 for the year.”

The new offer for young people and the proposed Metro fares package for 2018 are to be considered by senior councillors on the Transport North East (Tyne and Wear) Sub-Committee of the North East Combined Authority on Thursday 16 November.

Adult Metro customers who use Pop Pay As You Go to travel on Metro will get bigger discounts in 2018.

The Pay As You Go discounts for adults will rise, including a 30p saving on single journeys and a 40p saving on the cost of DaySaver tickets with a Pop Pay As You Go card.

Pop Pay As You Go will remain the cheapest way to pay for single and daily Metro travel in 2018, with prices frozen for the second year in a row.

The Metro Gold Card, the product which allows older and disabled people off-peak Metro travel for one off yearly payment, will remain £12, while the removal of the off-peak restriction for July and August is to be made a permanent feature of the product.
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Pressure mounts to provide the £362million needed for new fleet of Metro trains for Tyne and Wear

From today's Chronicle Live, copyright NCJMedia Ltd @ http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/...eeded-13908253
Pressure mounts to provide the £362million needed for new fleet of Metro trains for Tyne and Wear
By Kathryn Riddell 16 November 2017


Petition by the Tyne and Wear Public Transport Users Group to ask the Government for a grant to buy new Metro trains (Image: Website)

Mounting pressure is being put on the Government to find the £362million needed to fund new Metro trains for the region.

The Tyne and Wear Public Transport Users Group are calling for the direct grant to finance new trains to replace the ageing current fleet. Just a week before the new budget is revealed by Chancellor Philip Hammond, the group has collected more than 500 signatures on the petition site 38 Degrees.

The group is concerned that the Department for Transport (DfT) could force Nexus to pay for the new trains via a Public Finance Initiative (PFI) loan. This would see a company or consortium pay for the work up front and require councils to pay them back with interest over several years.

Nexus, who operate the Metro, estimate it will cost £362m to replace the fleet of trains and upgrade the system. Metro has been plagued with issues in recent years, leading to many customer complaints.

Vicki Gilbert, chair of the TW Public Transport Users Group, said: “Our Metros are breaking down on a regular basis, because they are nearly 40 years old, although many think they are new trains. They were superficially refurbished but at present any replacement spare part needs to be specially handmade. She branded a PFI deal as “like a Wonga loan” which would “mean more cuts in our other public services to repay the interest and loan back and we the public will not own the trains”. Vicki added: “Whatever way you look at it, we have a rail service that is not on track for the passengers who rely upon it and that is due to current Government policy.”

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