Metro operator Nexus wants to replace its fleet of trains and extend the network, which would cost more than a billion pounds.
Nexus, the company which runs The Tyne and Wear Metro, today revealed it will recruit 30 new apprentices over the next 3 years.
People using the Metro service face delays tonight after an overhead cable reportedly came down on one of the trains
Police are appealing for witnesses after more than 40 youths were involved in a mass brawl on the Tyne and Wear Metro.
The disorder broke out on a train travelling from Whitley Bay to Newcastle at around 8:50pm on Saturday. The service was stopped at Shiremoor Metro Station as ten police officers arrived on the scene.
An 18-year-old was arrested in connection with the incident. A large group of youths fled after police arrived.
No injuries have been reported following the incident.
Nexus is putting together plans to supplement the existing network with on-street trams. The change could see the service run to new locations like the MetroCentre and Cobalt.
Bernard Garner, the Director General of Nexus, said: "The really radical element in it is that we're saying that you might have two fleets in the future, one like-for-like replacement for our Metro cars... but then looking at another type of vehicle that can operate on-street."
Nexus is putting together a multi-million pound bid to expand their existing network.
The plans would see the service run to locations including the MetroCentre and Washington. The company also want to replace some of their existing trains.
Bernard Garner, the Director General of Nexus, told ITV News Tyne Tees: "The process we are starting now is looking at how we can develop Metro to better meet the needs of the region and to support our economy."
The company that runs the Tyne and Wear Metro is planning a multi-million pound bid to try extend the services to places like the Metrocentre, Washington and the Cobalt business park.
Nexus needs to replace its ageing trains, and hopes to convince the Government to fund line extensions across the North East.
Officers from British Transport Police have released CCTV images of a man seen walking along the train tracks between Metro stations on the Sunderland line in the early hours of March 1. It has been described as 'senseless'.
– PC Mark Bradwell, the investigating officer
“This was absolutely senseless behaviour and I cannot overstate just how dangerous trespassing on the railway is.
“Maintenance and freight trains often travel on the Metro and rail network overnight and then services start in the early hours of the morning, this man was extremely lucky he wasn’t injured or killed.”
“If you recognise him, or know his whereabouts, then please get in touch.”
Police described this behaviour as 'senseless'. A man was filmed walking on the Metro line in the early hours of the morning. Police are appealing for anyone with information to contact them on 101.
Police are appealing for information after a man was filmed walking on a Metro line. He was told to get off and he did, but he then climbed back on to the lines.
Officers from British Transport Police have released CCTV images of a man seen walking along the train tracks between Metro stations on the Sunderland line in the early hours of March 1.
The man was seen walking on the tracks at Sunderland station at 5.40am. He was told to get off and climbed back up onto the platform then walked along the platform and went back on to the tracks towards Park Lane Metro Station.
After officers checked CCTV the same man was seen climbing onto the tracks at the Stadium of Light station at 5.19am before walking to St Peters Station, then through the railway tunnel to Sunderland. He then walked along the lines to Park Lane station where he eventually left the tracks.
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.