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Gateshead BHS store to close on 28th August

Credit: ITV news

The Gateshead Metrocentre branch of BHS closes its doors for the final time on Sunday 28th - despite previous information that it was to close this weekend (20th AUG)

The struggling retailer filed for administration April but no buyers came forward.

Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley was at one point interested in trying to save parts of the business.

The BHS stores in Hartlepool, Sunderland and South Shields have already closed.

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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  • Replace outdated Pacer trains and deliver an essential new fleet for the Tyne and Wear Metro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
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