12:49 pm, Mon 15 Apr 2013
Two charged after woman robbed on Metro
Two people have been charged after a woman was attacked and robbed on a Metro in North Shields.
The robbery happened on Saturday 6 April when a woman was approached while travelling on the Metro and punched in the face. She was also kicked and bitten and had her mobile phone stolen.
Police have now arrested two people in connection with the incident.
A 15-year-old girl from Newcastle has been charged with robbery and is due to appear at court in Newcastle today.
An 18-year-old man has been charged with attempted robbery and is also due to appear at court today.
6:47 pm, Thu 07 Mar 2013 New Metro apprenticeships
Full Report: New Metro apprenticeships
The company which runs the Tyne and Wear Metro has announced that it will recruit 30 new apprentices in the next three years.
The apprentices will be trained in partnership with a local college in a bid to keep young engineering talent in the region.
Watch the full report from Jonny Blair below.
4:21 pm, Thu 07 Mar 2013 New Metro apprenticeships
Young engineers to get Metro apprenticeships
In a bid to keep emerging engineering talent in the region, Tyne and Wear Metro is creating thirty new apprenticeships for young engineers in the next three years.
6:35 am, Thu 07 Mar 2013 New Metro apprenticeships
New Tyne and Wear apprenticeships for engineers
The Tyne and Wear operator of the Metro is launching a new apprenticeship scheme which will create thirty jobs for young engineers.
Nexus has teamed up with Gateshead College to train the engineers.
The aim of the scheme is to create a Rail Academy which would work with other companies in the future.
The Tyne and Wear operator of the Metro is launching a new apprenticeship scheme
Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees
6:27 am, Fri 15 Feb 2013
Metro strike starts today
Workers who clean the Tyne and Wear Metro are to start their week-long strike today.
Members of the RMT union working on the Metro announced their plans to take industrial action on Wednesday and will walk out for seven days from this evening in a dispute which has already led to stoppages.
Meanwhile, RMT members employed by Arriva Trains Wales' cleaning contractors have received ballot papers for industrial action over a claim for a pay increase and improved terms and conditions.
12:53 pm, Wed 13 Feb 2013
Metro cleaners to go on strike
Workers who clean the Metro are to start a week-long strike, while cleaners at another rail firm are to be balloted for industrial action in separate rows over pay.
Members of the RMT union working on the Metro will walk out for seven days from Friday in a dispute which has already led to stoppages.
Meanwhile, RMT members employed by Arriva Trains Wales' cleaning contractors will receive ballot papers for industrial action over a claim for a pay increase and improved terms and conditions.
RMT general secretary Bob Crow said the union was stepping up its campaign for improved pay and conditions for cleaners on the railways.
"This dispute is a mirror-image of all that is wrong in this country, with greedy company bosses on one side and low paid cleaners providing essential public services on the other."
– Bob Crow, general secretary of RMT
3:53 pm, Tue 12 Feb 2013
Six day major line closure on Tyne and Wear Metro
The Metro line between Byker and North Shields is set to close for six days from Saturday February 16th until Thursday February 21st so that modernisation work can take place.
Metro services in all other parts of the system will operate as usual during the closure.
The work is part of a multi-million pound scheme, costing 385 million pounds, which aims to modernise the Tyne and Wear Metro and refurbish all trains and stations over the next 11 years.
The 900 bus service will run as a replacement for the Metro during the line closures and will call at or near all stations on the affected route.
The Metro line will re-open in full at the start of timetabled services on Friday February 22nd.
“I apologise for the inconvenience this major line closure is going to cause.
Our advice to passengers travelling in the affected area is to allow extra time to complete your journey. There will be a frequent replacement bus service running.
The closure will allow us to complete a number of hugely important modernisation schemes that just can’t be done safely when Metro trains are in operation.
By doing the work over six consecutive days it lessens the need to have more line closures at weekends.”
– Raymond Johnstone, Nexus Rail Director
6:00 am, Thu 24 Jan 2013
Twelfth Metro strike to take place today
Cleaners working on the Tyne and Wear Metro are on strike today for the twelfth time.
The cleaners, who work for Churchill, are staging a 24 hour walk out in a battle over pay.
Services on the network have been unaffected by previous strikes by the cleaners.
9:48 am, Sun 20 Jan 2013 Tyne Tees Travel
RAIL: Tyne and Wear Metro
Sunderland Metro station closed due to extreme weather. No bus replacement service running.