Apprentices to get careers on track

Nexus, the company which runs The Tyne and Wear Metro, today revealed it will recruit 30 new apprentices over the next 3 years.

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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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Metro lost property goes under the hammer

Metro to hold a lost property auction Credit: PA

Thousands of items which have been left on the Metro over the years are to be sold at auction, with the proceeds going to charity.

The Metro Lost Property Auction will take place at Park Lane Interchange in Sunderland on Thursday (June 19).

There are over 4,000 items including a pair of boxing gloves, a pogo stick and a set of bunk bed ladders.

The proceeds are being donated to Age UK Sunderland, Action on Dementia Sunderland and NSPCC Childline Sunderland.

Director General of Nexus, Bernard Garner, said: “It’s been five years since the last Metro lost property auction took place so we’ve got a real treasure trove of lost property.

“It really is amazing what passengers lose on the Metro, from the mundane everyday times, to the more weird and wonderful.

"All proceeds from the auction will be donated to charity, like in previous years.”

Advice to Metro users if strike goes ahead

  • Metro services will start at the normal time but with a reduced frequency on all lines until 8:30am
  • Allow extra time
  • A 15 minute service will run on all lines from 8.30am until 4pm, compared to the normal 12-minute frequency
  • From around 4pm there will be no Metro service between Regent Centre and Airport, Benton and St James and Pelaw to South Shields
  • Frequent services up to every five minutes will run between Newcastle and Sunderland before and after the concert
  • Go North East is providing additional bus services

Metro services on One Direction concert day

Metro will run a service between Newcastle and Sunderland before and after the One Direction concert on Wednesday 28 May, despite a planned strike by members of the RMT. There will be reduced train services on other parts of the system including early evening line closures if the strike goes ahead.

Concert-goers are being urged to allow plenty of time to get to the Stadium of Light.

There will be a Metro train every 15 minutes during the day between Newcastle and Sunderland rising to a train every five minutes after 4pm. All passengers going to the concert should use St Peter’s station only.

“We are disappointed that the RMT has chosen to take this action, which is targeted at Metro customers on a very busy day for the North East.

“Should the industrial action go ahead, we will still be able to operate a Metro service. We are making the line between Sunderland and Newcastle a priority to support the concert, a major event for the region, with frequent Metro services between the two cities.

“We urge the RMT to call this action off and for this matter to be further discussed and resolved, without causing unnecessary disruption to thousands of passengers.”

– Sharon Kelly, Customer Services and Operations Director at DBTW

SAFC: We need 'common sense ending' to planned Metro strike

Tyne and Wear Metro staff will strike next Wednesday.
Tyne and Wear Metro staff will strike next Wednesday. Credit: PA wire

The organisers of next Wednesday's One Direction concert in Sunderland are urging a 'common sense' ending to a planned strike on the Metro system on the day of the performance.

The Stadium of Light says it's incredibly frustrated that a solution hasn't been agreed by the RMT Union and DB Regio, which operates the Metro.

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