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No service on Tyne and Wear Metro due to power failure

Tyne and Wear Metro Credit: NEXUS

A power failure on the Tyne and Wear Metro has resulted in there being no services running.

There is a power supply issue at the depot.

Passengers are advised to find an alternative way to travel.

Nine replacement bus services running as Metro problems continue

More buses have been put on ahead of rush hour as disruption continues on the Tyne and Wear Metro.

The trains are currently not running between Heworth and Gateshead.

A map of where the replacement buses are running to and from Credit: Nexus/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  • Replace outdated Pacer trains and deliver an essential new fleet for the Tyne and Wear Metro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

Walkergate Metro refurbishment complete

A major refurbishment at Walkergate Metro station in Newcastle has been completed. The project, by Nexus, includes the station's first passenger lift.

The improvements also include double height hand rails, anti-slip surfacing, new seating and lighting.

The work has been carried out as part of an 11 year Government-funded project totalling £389m.

“Improving accessibility is at the heart of our Metro station refurbishment programme.

“The station has been given a much brighter, more modern feel, in line with other station renewal projects on the Metro system.”

“Walkergate Metro station runs along the route of the former Newcastle to North Shields railway, which this year marked its 175th anniversary."

– Director of Finance and Resources for Nexus, John Fenwick
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