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Plans for Metro expansion approved

The North East Combined Authority has voted unanimously in favour of plans to improve and expand the Tyne and Wear Metro.

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  • Replace outdated Pacer trains and deliver an essential new fleet for the Tyne and Wear Metro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

Delays on the Metro caused by faulty doors on trains

Operator DB Regio found a fault with some of the doors on some of the Metro trains, leading to delays during rush hour Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Have you experienced delays on the Metro system over the past few days?

If so - it's down to there being less trains running on the shorter busier routes at peak times.

So where are the trains?

Operator DB Regio found a fault with some of the doors on some of the Metro trains.

This means they are being tested - and to do this, trains are being temporarily taken out of service.

A Metro spokesperson told us the main routes affected during rush hour (0700 to 0930 and 1630 to 1900) involve the following trains:

  • Pelaw
  • Monkseaton
  • Regent Centre

It's hoped that services will be back to normal by Tuesday, with the problem not likely to affect the quieter weekend and Bank Holiday services.

Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Did you know?

  • There are 90 Metro trains (individual cars) available in total on the system
  • 78 run on the lines at peak time
  • 54 run at the weekend
Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Find out more about ant delays to the system here

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