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 RP
Ha, I'd find that completely cringeworthy too.Cringe Please God no!
In the most recent Q&A I listened into on YouTube, Huw Lewis from Nexus said they'd (he'd?) very much like to keep a local voice on the onboard announcements as that's part of Metro's identity, whether its the current voice artist or a new one, it should be local. Also, that audio announcements would be kept short.
That's my hopes for the new announcements dashed then, 😄 see post #6533.
Emma Hignett would be fine, the voice of Go North East's and London's Buses, as well as East Yorkshire buses, some TfL Rail and London Overground. She's County Durham based I believe, if that's local enough?