Friday, 21 October 2016 5:27pm

Metro Pasts - a history of innovation in the North East

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The North East has a strong tradition of railway innovation – steam trains were invented in the region. And since George Stephenson’s first railway journey in 1825 the North East has been at the forefront of rail transport. North Tyneside became Britain’s first electrified suburban rail network in 1904, and the opening of the Tyne and Wear Metro in 1980 marked a major step forward in light rail systems.

Metro led the way in accessibility and became one of the first totally non-smoking transport systems.

Today Metro is the UK’s busiest urban rail system outside of London and carries 40 million passengers a year. But it remains loyal to its innovative history – as part of a £350 million investment in the network Metrocars are being redesigned to meet modern needs. Local Metro users are being asked to help design the new look – find more information on how you can get involved here.

In the meantime, take a look at Metro's history: