The Tyne and Wear Metro is a vital part of commuter, leisure and tourist travel for many people in North East England.  It is the busiest urban rail system in the UK outside London, carrying around 40 million passengers a year.   Although the Metro has always stood for innovation, after nearly four decades its train fleet will soon need to be replaced.

Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, is completing a detailed business case for a £540 million investment in a new train fleet and the infrastructure to support it, building on its current programme to renew track, technology and other key assets.  

A new train fleet will be around for decades to come and Nexus wants to ensure its design reflects the aspirations and needs of people across the community, and throughout their lives. 

It has partnered with Open Lab at Newcastle University to work with people across Tyne and Wear to understand their needs and develop proposals for future Metrocars. These insights will then be used as designs for new trains are developed with suppliers in 2017.


You can contact Nexus about Metro Futures by emailing metrofutures (at) nexus.org.uk

About Tyne and Wear Metro

Construction of the Tyne and Wear Metro began in 1974, and the first part of the system opened in 1980. It has since extended in stages to North and South Shields, to Newcastle Airport and through Sunderland. At the time of its launch the Metro was considered cutting edge, both in terms of technology and the features offered to passengers. This page includes archive photos from Metro's construction and early years.

For further information about Metro's history, see the history section of the Nexus website.

About Nexus


There are few people living in Tyne and Wear whose daily lives are not touched in some way by Nexus. It might be getting you to work, or taking the children to school. It might be treating you to a day out shopping or a family trip to the coast or a museum. It might be helping you enjoy a night out on the town without worrying who will be driving home.

We provide, plan and promote public transport to improve the economic prosperity of Tyne and Wear, and the daily lives of its people. We also look to the future, creating the travel networks people will want to use in decades to come.

Nexus is the Tyne and Wear PassengerTransport Executive and administers funds on behalf of the North East Combined Authority.  Our task is to improve the quality of life and fortunes of everyone in Tyne and Wear, by creating better transport networks.

For other ways of getting involved with Nexus, see: http://www.nexus.org.uk/consultation

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About Open Lab


We are an interaction design and ubiquitous computing research group called Open Lab, based at Newcastle University. Established in 2008, the group is led by Patrick Olivier and has a core team of around eighty researchers. Our work focuses on the experience-centred design of digital technology and applied challenges in ubiquitous computing.

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