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Plans released for new Metro trains

The future of the Metro? What new trains could look like in the next 20 years Credit: NECA

The NECA (North East Combined Authority) and Nexus have set out what they are calling 'their vision' for transport in the region over the next 20 years.

‘Our Journey’ sets out a wish list for a new Metro fleet and improvements to the network.

It will be discussed at a meeting later this month in more detail (July)

Replacing the Metro trains and electrifying the line though could cost upwards of £500 million.

Some of the main aims of the vision over the next 20 years are:

  • Replace outdated Pacer trains and deliver an essential new fleet for the Tyne and Wear Metro
  • Create a regional express network, with high quality, faster trains and more routes electrified
  • Open new local stations on current lines, re-open key disused lines, consider more Park and Ride stations.
  • Upgrade freight-only sections to passenger use and build new routes
  • Devolve greater control to the region, so local rail and Metro can be managed together to deliver a higher standard for stations,information and customer service
  • Work with rail industry partners to address overcrowding and improve cycle access ontrains


Sunderland 'Fan Zone' hailed a success

People enjoyed the Sunderland Sports Fan Zone this year Credit: Sorted PR

The Sunderland BID Sports Fanzone - which ran from June 10 to July 10 - has been hailed a success.

The giant 20 metre-high screen erected in Park Lane, showing everything from the Euro 2016 games and Wimbledon to Glastonbury and the F1. Bars in the Park Lane area of the city say a 400% increase in sales during the time the zone was in operation.

“We’ve seen a huge increase in visitor spend during the Fanzone’s time in the city,” said Andrew.

“The Park Lane area does get quite busy anyway but the presence of the screen meant that people were staying longer and opting to dine and drink in the surrounding bars and restaurants.

– Ken, Dunbar, Chief Executive of Sunderland Business Improvement District
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