More trains on the Tyne and Wear Metro thanks to Government funded £100m project

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Nexus has announced that the government has agreed to fund a £100m scheme to increase service frequency and improve reliability on the Tyne and Wear Metro.

The Metro Flow project will see an existing freight line upgraded and electrified in South Tyneside from September 2022.

Metro Flow was given the green light by the Chancellor Rishi Sunak in the Budget.

Benefits of the Metro Flow project include:

  • Increasing the frequency of Metro trains to one every 10 minutes outside central areas
  • Deliver capacity for an extra 30,000 passengers a day
  • Improve reliability and allow quicker recovery from major disruptions
  • Better support for major events including the Great North Run, Sunderland International Airshow, stadium concerts, and major sporting events
  • Unlock the door to the expansion of the Metro system

Three sections of single track on the Metro network totalling 3km will be dual tracked between Pelaw and Bede Metro stations.

What did the officials say?

Director General of Nexus, Tobyn Hughes, said:

“The Metro Flow project will allow us to deliver increased train frequencies, cut journey times and improve service reliability for Metro passengers.

“We’re delighted that this vital project has secured Government backing. It’s great news for the Tyne and Wear Metro and for passengers who rely on the service each and every day. It gives Metro greater capacity and will take more cars off the region’s roads.

“The project will involve the conversion of an existing heavy rail line, bringing it into dual use so that Metro services can run alongside freight services, which is similar to the operations we have on the Sunderland line.

“One of the key points of Metro Flow is that it increases the frequency of Metro services system-wide from twelve minutes to ten minutes outside of the central areas. For our passengers this means more regular services, and faster journey times.

“This project also gives us scope to examine future opportunities to expand the network to other areas that are currently not served by Metro services.”

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  1. Will this mean that Tyne and Wear Metro could possibly extend to MetroCentre railway station outside of Newcastle City Centre.

  2. That would be nice…. But this go-ahead confirm s the safe use of dual use raillines by Heavy Rail and the light-rail metro-cars.


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