The Tyne and Wear Metro links the cities of Newcastle, Sunderland and the surrounding area in North East England.
Carrying approximately 40 million passengers a year, two thirds of whom are travelling for work or education, the Metro network contains some of the busiest railway stations in the North of England with up to 18 trains per hour in each direction.
The Metro was purpose-built to provide easy connections with local bus services, the national rail network and Newcastle International Airport. One in four people in the urban area live within walking distance of a Metro station.
Metro is an iconic local brand featuring unique design and public artwork around the system. Constructed by overlaying modern technology onto some of the world’s oldest railways, the Metro was made possible by a major engineering project that drove new tunnels and built viaducts through the heart of the urban area.
Metro is crucial in supporting major events in the region including Premiership football, the annual Great North Run, 2018 Great Exhibition of the North, Sunderland’s 2018 Tall Ships’ Races and the 2019 World Transplant Games.
Nexus, the public body which owns and operates Metro, is delivering a £352 million modernisation programme. It is planning £1bn of further investment up to 2030, including a new train fleet, as well as investigating new routes for the future.
Our METROFUTURES document addresses a number of our ambitions in delivering the best public transport for the region.