Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

The Journal: Ambitious Plan for Metro's Future

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

The Journal: Ambitious Plan for Metro's Future

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A LACK of ambition is not a charge likely to be laid against the region's transport bosses, given the plan they took to London yesterday.

It contained details of a pounds 600m overhaul they believe the Tyne and Wear Metro system must have over the next 20 years.

At the heart of their business case, presented to No 10 Downing Street by the Tyne and Wear Passenger Transport Authority and Nexus, is a desire to improve the network and strengthen the role it plays in the community.

Happily, passenger numbers continue to grow despite the Metro's reliance on an ageing infrastructure which, in some instances, has been in use since 1838.

Not everything is that old, of course, but the need for updating and improvements - to stations, trains, barriers, signal systems, ticketing equipment, tracks and tunnels - is manifest nonetheless.

The need for change also extends to the way the Metro is managed, with a proposal for the system to be put out to tender in 2009. …

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