Metro 40th: Virtual tour of the Metro train depot
Nope, the track was too tight and its damaged the chassis on the train.
Email from Nexus.
I was thinking this myself, but it looks like the yellow doors are bracketed with enough black to make them stand out.The new design looks rather nice I find.
Though I do wonder whether the extra yellow might have an accessibility impact?- the reason for the yellow doors is to make them stand out to those with poor eyesight, if you've the nose also standing out in yellow may they not be drawn that way too?
I'm not sure what I make of the new livery yet. I think I preferred the clean and simple white livery from the original design book.
I notice they keep saying the new livery is a nod back to the original, but personally I see the white livery (with the yellow featured to highlight the doors) as being closer to the original, albeit it a simplified stripped back version with not having the lower yellow half obviously.I am really pleased that the Metro is (almost) re-adopting its original livery.
To me, when I think of our Metro, this is the colour that I will always see in my head, as we saw it at the Test Track four years before Metro opened.
Great to have it (almost) back !!
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The existing Merseyrail annoucements are very good in this regard, with the chosen voice actor (Julie Berry) having voiced announcements for quite a few operators as a result.While exploring the new train and its features on the Metro Futures website and listening to the Q&A's they've streamed on YouTube, I've been thinking about the onboard announcements.
For the visual announcements, I like that there will be LED screens at each end of each car, plus the side wall LCD type screens with more detailed information to one side of each door.
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Having travelled on the Underground's S Stock quite a bit I think they would be a good standard to aim for when Metro prepares the new audio announcements.
They are clear and informative, with nondescript accents which I think (a) sounds more professional, (b) is easier to understand for everyone compared to local accents, (of which T&W also has varying accents across the region), and (c) doesn't annoy you, as a plain generic accent is more subtle and can be less obtrusive to regular passengers who don't necessarily require the information, or for longer distance passengers who pass through a lot more stations.
I find featuring both a male and female voice helps to break up the information too.
Here's a sample:
I also like the 'Change For' and 'Exit For' information, and I think (possibly working with NE1) this would be a great addition on Metro. Something on the lines of:
“The next station is, Gateshead. Doors will open on the right hand side.
Change for local bus services.
Exit for the GQ Arena, Sage Gateshead & Gateshead Quays”.
[Doors open at Gateshead]:
“This is, Gateshead.
[pause]....This is a Green Line train to, Airport”.
“The next station is Central. Doors will open on the right hand side.
Change for local & national rail services.
Exit for Centre for Life and Coach Services from Newcastle Coach Station”.
[Doors open at Central]:
“This is, Central.
[pause]....This is an Green Line train to, Airport”.
“The next station is Monument. Doors will open on the right hand side.
Change for Yellow Line trains towards St James, and, Tynemouth via Wallsend.
Exit for Eldon Square, Theatre Royal and Northumberland Street”.
The above examples may sound like a lot of information to hear, but it would just be for the city/town centre & interchange stations, or those close to something that warrants being featured.
Telling you which side the doors will open on could just be for underground stations, or maybe when there is a change from left to right, or right to left.
The announcements for suburban stations, for example Palmersville, would simply be “The next station is Palmersville", with no Change For or Exit For information.
Well, that's my thoughts for today.
I'd hope they take the approach that is taken in major cities around the world of having someone first say it in the broadest of Geordie followed by a prim and proper RPThe existing Merseyrail annoucements are very good in this regard, with the chosen voice actor (Julie Berry) having voiced announcements for quite a few operators as a result.
I think the big thing here is the script needs to be clear and consistent, and Nexus or Stadler need to ensure that a proven actor with rail announcement experience is chosen for the job. Consulting the Plain English Campaign or another similar group to validate the consistency and clarity of the scripts could be a very good idea, as this is ultimately an accessibility matter.