Tyne and Wear Metro announces cycle trial

The trial will allow cyclists to take their bikes on to Metro trains Credit: PA

Tyne and Wear Metro has announced that for a limited trial period, customers will be able to travel on the Metro with their bikes.

Metro said 'it is hoped that the limited trial will enhance the use of bikes and support onward travel for cyclists in the region'.

The limited trial is taking place from Monday 4 April for up to six months. Customers will be allowed to take their bikes on the Metro between Callerton Parkway and Jesmond stations only. Currently, only folding bikes are permitted.

There will be no additional charge and customers can take their bikes on the Metro between Monday and Friday, from 10am until 3pm. One bike will be allowed per Metrocar and they must be kept in designated storage areas. Customers must remain with their bike at all times.

The trial will identify whether there is scope for bikes to be allowed on Metro going forward, and will also expose any design tweaks needed for new fleets.