Company chosen to build new Metro trains in £362m deal
New Metro trains that could be operating within a few years have been unveiled.
Nexus has announced Swiss train builder Stadler as the chosen manufacturer for its contract to build new trains for the Tyne and Wear Metro.
It is part of a £362million investment which will transform performance and passenger experience with the Department for Transport providing £337million to Nexus towards funding the cost of the programme.
Stadler were chosen by Nexus after an 18-month global search for the best manufacturing partner for 42 new trains to be delivered up to 2024.
They will also build and run a £70million new maintenance facility at Metro’s current depot site in South Gosforth.
Following ideas and suggestions by more than 3,000 passengers, the new trains will cut Metro’s high voltage power consumption by 30 per cent while providing 15 times better reliability than the current fleet.
They will also feature wifi, charging points, air conditioning and a step-change in accessibility.
Rail Minister Chris Heaton-Harris said: “The DfT’s £337m investment heralds a new era for the Tyne and Wear Metro, providing passengers with greener, more reliable, and more comfortable journeys.
“Upgrading the Metro fleet will boost our economy, improve journeys for passengers and underlines our determination to level up opportunity and connectivity across the country.”
Coun Martin Gannon, Chair of the Joint Transport Committee for North East England, said: “We have a bold vision for transport in North East England, and a world-class Metro system is the key to unlocking this transformation.
“We have secured Government investment in our region for new Metro trains which will meet the needs of our people for decades to come, secure hundreds of jobs and help us tackle the climate emergency.
“These new trains will be rooted in our region – they are designed based what more than 3,000 passengers told us what they wanted from their daily journey.”
Tobyn Hughes, the Managing Director of Nexus, the public body which owns and operates Metro, said: “Our passengers expect the best in the world when they travel, and that is what they will get from our new trains.
“Stadler has an excellent track record building new trains for cities and regions across the world.
“I am delighted to welcome Stadler as we make this historic £362m investment in Metro’s future.
“We asked for the best trains for the best price – based on what local people said they wanted to see, providing excellent reliability for years to come, transforming the passenger experience and delivering huge energy savings.
“Stadler has delivered on all fronts, and we look forward to working with our new partner and the extensive UK supply chain which will support them not just to build new trains but maintain them over the next 35 years.”
Stadler Director of Sales, Ansgar Brockmeyer said: “The contract with Nexus represents an important milestone for Stadler in Great Britain.
“After Glasgow and Liverpool, this is the third metro operator to opt for a Stadler vehicle. We look forward to working with Nexus and our suppliers in North East England.”