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- Replace outdated Pacer trains and deliver an essential new fleet for the Tyne and Wear Metro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
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.
Nexus has also announced plans to buy a rail tamping vehicle, costing £2m.
This will be able to treat larger sections of track affected by low rail adhesion, otherwise known as leaves on the line, much more quickly and efficiently.
A spokesman says this will mean fewer delays for passengers.
Nexus, which manages the Tyne and Wear Metro, has announced plans to chop down trees and cut back vegetation alongside its railway lines, in oder to prevent services being held up by "leaves on the line".
What they describe as "incidents of low rail adhesion" became a serious problem last autumn, resulting in a massive slow-down in Metro rail services.
Director of Rail and Infrastructure for Nexus, Raymond Johnstone:
"We have earmarked an extra £100,000 to tackle trackside vegetation well ahead of next autumn. The work will take place throughout the year across 60km of track."
“This will hopefully prevent a repeat of the issues we had with rail adhesion during October and November of last year. These delays were a huge frustration for Nexus and for Metro customers and we have responded to ensure that we don’t see a repeat of the problem in 2014."
The owner of the Tyne and Wear Metro, Nexus, has fined the company which operates it half a million pounds for missing several key targets.
DB Reggio has been slapped with the penalty because it failed to reach standards set by Nexus for punctuality and reliability during 2013.
A spokesman for DB Regio has promised improvements during 2014, and promises that passenger fares will not rise as a result of the fine.
From this morning, the Metro service from Tynemouth to Wallsend will be closed in both directions.
The service is being suspended to allow 6 kilometres of track to be replaced and improvements to be made to embankments, bridges and signalling systems.
The work is part of a £385m modernisation programme being carried out by Nexus, which runs the Tyne and Wear Metro system.
The line between the two stations will re-open on Monday 3rd September.
The line will be closed in both directions for 23 days, starting from tomorrow morning (Saturday).
A section of track is being replaced, as part of a £385m improvement programme across the Tyne and Wear Metro system.
The line between Tynemouth and Wallsned will re-open on Monday, 3rd September.