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I guess that's to cope with the extra peak time demand from Benton into Central Newcastle. I'd assume one of those trains will be extended to South Shields when the Pelaw to Jarrow line is double tracked. Does this mean at the peak the core route handles 14 tph in either direction?
 

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I guess that's to cope with the extra peak time demand from Benton into Central Newcastle. I'd assume one of those trains will be extended to South Shields when the Pelaw to Jarrow line is double tracked. Does this mean at the peak the core route handles 14 tph in either direction?
I'd imagine when Metro Flow is delivered, we'll see a complete re-work of the timetable rather than just extending things, as at that point with the new fleet being delivered, the single track sections being removed and various other pieces of investment coming to a close there will be a number of places where things can be tidied up.

I can't remember the exact number that the core can handle, but it's higher than we see now. That said there is a difference between what will fit and what will work efficiently without the drivers chasing red/yellows the whole time.
 

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"Overhead line modernisation work gets underway" You Tube video from 15/02/21

You Tube video Overhead line modernisation work gets underway published by NexusVideos on 15/02/21

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Monday 15 February 2021

Nexus has begun its most intense programme of maintenance and modernisation for almost five years packed into a 14-day closure of a Metro line through the centre of Newcastle. The work will allow the renewal of up to 18,000 metres of vital overhead power line to prepare the system for the arrival of a £362m new train fleet entering service from 2023.

The public body which runs Metro has also brought forward a package of further works on its busiest section to take advantage of the major line closure, which will take place while passenger numbers are lower during lockdown.


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Quite a bit of track work seems to have been removed from Gosforth depot, ready for demolition:

They've certainly not hung around with this - the progress so far is amazing to see!
 
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Anyone know what the plan is for the land after the depot has gone?
The depot isn't actually going anywhere - the new facility will be built on the same site.

The buildings will be smaller, as the methods of work have changed and less indoor space is needed, but the full site will still be used for storage and servicing roads.

If anything we'll actually be needing a bit more space, as there are 46 new units on order, which equates to 92 of the existing ones, and being that they are all in fixed 5-car consists there's a little less flexibility there.
 

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Is there any stated capacity on the new depot?
Hope they're not building it so it'll struggle if/when the fleet is expanded beyond the first order of new trains.
 

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Is there any stated capacity on the new depot?
Hope they're not building it so it'll struggle if/when the fleet is expanded beyond the first order of new trains.
Nothing definite that I have seen, but it will hold at least the 46 that have been ordered, and given that there are fewer workshop roads I'd imagine standing capacity is a bit higher.

That said, Nexus have expressed an interest in keeping Howdon beyond its' current "temporary" status (which may well have only been to deflect questions when they were applying for the funding).

There is also the ability to use the training centre in South Shields to store and perform light work on trains, and Pelaw provides a good stabling point if security is tightened a little.

In addition to these locations, there are also a set of sidings at Stoddart Street (Manors) that can take 4 trains.

Between all these locations I'd say we're more likely to run out of money before we run out of places to store the fleet.
 
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This is probably also one of those things like how the lack of 25kV support on the trains they have ordered isn‘t a problem - if the metro expands you would need more trains anyway (which could be ordered with 25kV support if required) and the chances are that wherever the expansion is means its better to build a depot near that.
 

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This is probably also one of those things like how the lack of 25kV support on the trains they have ordered isn‘t a problem - if the metro expands you would need more trains anyway (which could be ordered with 25kV support if required) and the chances are that wherever the expansion is means its better to build a depot near that.
Sort of. The 25kV thing is perhaps a bit more significant, in that we could if that becomes required end up with a micro-fleet, which would have an impact in terms of availability and cost of operation.

That said, this may already be a foregone conclusion, as any routes that require 25kV would likely be long enough that the linear seating they've chosen for the existing order goes from being "unpleasant" and "inconvenient" to full-on "problematic", necessitating a variant of trains specifically for those routes anyawy.

With the various locations around the system, we do have plenty of space for storage of trains beyond the 46 they've ordered as it is - so it's not likely to be an issue any time soon.
 

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Works begins on the new £70m Gosforth Metro train depot

Chronicle Live website article from 24/02/21

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Works begins on the new £70m Gosforth Metro train depot

Demolition work on the 100-year-old railway depot already there will begin next month to make way for the new depot in a four year project

Contractors have begun removing large sections of track and overhead line to make way for the new building at South Gosforth, in Newcastle.

The preparatory works currently under way will pave the way for demolition of the 100-year-old railway depot it replaces to start next month.

"This paves the way for the larger scale demolition work to start in the coming months and creates the footprint that is needed for the new depot building.


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" Major Line Closure 2021: In pictures" You Tube video from 28/02/21

You Tube video Major Line Closure 2021: In pictures, under 1 minute long, published by NexusVideos on 28/02/21

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Replacement of up to 18,000m of overhead power line dating to the early 1980s as part of a £30m renewal rolled out across the Metro system.

Installation of escalator handrail sanitisers which use UV light to kill viruses and bacteria, plus maintenance works, at the busiest city centre stations including Haymarket, Monument, Central Station and Gateshead.

Repairs to the platform edge at West Jesmond station Removal of vegetation that could interfere with power lines and track between Ilford road and South Gosforth.

Changing lightbulbs at Gateshead Interchange

Painting and maintenance work on the footbridge at South Gosforth

Maintenance and resurfacing works at Felling footbridge

Painting and grafitti removal at West Jesmond, Jesmond and Gateshead Stadium

Signalling works between South Gosforth and Felling, renewing older cables and repainting signal posts


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"Metro’s new train fleet - CGI" You Tube video from 04/03/21

You Tube video Metro’s new train fleet - CGI published by NexusVideos on 04/03/21

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CGI of the new £362m Tyne and Wear Metro fleet

Stadler is building a total of 42 new Metro trains for Nexus, which will be delivered up to 2024. They will be responsible for servicing and maintaining these trains for 35 years, underscoring their commitment to the regional economy.

The new trains, which will be 15 times more reliable and will cut energy consumption by 30%, will have modern features including charging points, air conditioning and a step-change in accessibility.

Among the new features will be an automatic sliding step at every door of the new trains, making travel easier for Metro’s 50,000 wheelchair passengers as well as people with children’s buggies, luggage or bicycles.


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More Chron coverage about North East ‘leaders’ demands for public transport and infrastructure funding. Here’s the website for the plan: Transport Plan - Transport North East

Items include Tyne Bridge refurb (£40m), A1 dualling, Leamside Line, etc. This could go in several threads.

 

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More Chron coverage about North East ‘leaders’ demands for public transport and infrastructure funding. Here’s the website for the plan: Transport Plan - Transport North East

Items include Tyne Bridge refurb (£40m), A1 dualling, Leamside Line, etc. This could go in several threads.

I've put a copy of your post into the "North East Region Transport Plan Thread" . . .

 

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"Demolition starts at Gosforth Metro depot" You Tube video from 11/03/21

You Tube video Demolition starts at Gosforth Metro depot published by NexusVideos on 11/03/21 showing early stage of demolition work by Thompsons of Prudhoe

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There was an historic moment for the Tyne and Wear Metro this week as work started on the demolition of its 100 year-old depot, paving the way for a £70m new modern facility on the same site – home to the new Metro train fleet.

Crews began the task of pulling down the South East side of the Gosforth depot in Newcastle on Monday, March 8.

Excavators are being used to dismantle the roof and ageing brickwork.

The work remains ongoing and it will create the space that is needed for the new depot building. It is expected to take another two and a half years for the new Metro depot to be fully transformed.

The new depot, a maintenance base for Metro’s new trains, will be a state of the art and environmentally friendly facility.


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"Gosforth Depot" fly through CGI You Tube video

Another You Tube video about work at the metro depot at Gosorth, Gosforth, Depot, approx 6 minutes 30 seconds long, published by VolkerWessels UK on 21/01/21, showing phasing of the works

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VolkerFitzpatrick has been commissioned by Stadler, the Swiss engineering company, to build a brand-new depot at Gosforth, which will accommodate the new state-of-the-art trains for the Tyne and Wear Metro, set to enter passenger service from 2023.

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