Passenger group calls for investment in new trains

Passengers group welcomes changes to Metro operations.

Passengers group welcomes changes to Metro operations.

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Plans to bring the Metro back into public ownership have been welcomed.

But the North Tyneside Public Transport Users Group (PTUG) says more investment is needed from the Government to introduce new trains.

The Metro will move back into Nexus ownership on Saturday when the contract with DB Regio ends.

However, some trains are 37-years-old and an estimated £540millin is needed for a new fleet of traoins.

Vicki Gilbert, chairman of Tyne and Wear Public Transport Users Group, said: “We are pleased the problems, especially delays, are at last being taken in hand by Nexus and are relieved our elected representatives agreed the end of the contract with DB Regio.

“The removal of the split between a private company and the public body will improve the service, with better maintenance, more new driver training and clearer communication with passengers.

“But Nexus can’t work miracles with the old trains as even with improved maintenance, they will inevitably break down more and more.

“Passengers are demanding urgent investment by the Government for new trains.”

The NTPUGmeets on Thursday, April 6, from 5pm to 7pm at Whitley Bay Library.

Vicki added: “It would be outrageous if the Government delayed on agreeing the funding, when London has had several new fleets of underground trains and continues to have new trains including the new Crossrail line.

“We want the return of the Metro to the wonderful, much-admired light rail system that was so reliable under Nexus management in the past.”