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Funding boost for Tyne and Wear Metro

Industry news, News  •  8 February 2013  •  Department for Transport (DfT)

The Tyne and Wear Metro is set to benefit from a £23 million funding boost, Local Transport Minister Norman Baker confirmed…

Metro: a ticket to opportunity for the rail industry

Issue 6 2008, Past issues  •  18 January 2009  •  Ken Mackay, Director of Rail and Infrastructure, Nexus

Tyne and Wear Metro owner, Nexus, is to invest £300 million modernising the 30-year-old system, which will include the market-testing of trains and station services. In an interview for Eurotransport, Ken Mackay, Director of Rail and Infrastructure for Nexus, explains how the investment programme will provide a step change in comfort and reliability for their passengers.

Tyne and Wear Metro can claim both a significant ‘first’ and ‘last’ in the UK rail industry. It was Britain’s first modern light rail system when it opened in 1980, and it is now the only railway in Britain entirely owned and operated within the state sector. But things could soon be changing. Metro is to be completely modernised in an investment programme worth more than £300 million.