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New Train Images – Tyne and Wear Metro

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Tyne and wear metro today announced the first images of the first new train built on the Stadler assembly line in Switzerland. This is the first bodyshell, including the iconic yellow colour scheme associated with the metro.

 

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Tyne and Wear Metro

Credit: Tyne and Wear Metro

 

Tyne and Wear Metro

Credit: Tyne and Wear Metro

Tyne and Wear Metro

Credit: Tyne and Wear Metro

Tyne and Wear Metro

Credit: Tyne and Wear Metro

 

Below is the information that Nexus announced about the new trains.

 

Consultation

In 2016 we asked you what you wanted from your new Metro. We listened and used your feedback to design some of the main elements of our new trains. Passengers strongly supported the linear style seating layout in this consultation – with three-quarters saying it would help create more space at busy times and for luggage and other items.

In September and October 2020 we launched another major public consultation to gather opinions on some of the interior details of the new fleet.

The four weeks of consultation resulted in over 23,000 responses from the public.

– A bespoke website was created to allow viewers to take a virtual trip through the new trains and give their views on key features

– Three live webinars talked viewers through the details of the train and viewers took part in live question and answer sessions. The questions and answers from the webinars are detailed here.

– 11 workshops took place to allow people to have detailed discussions, including dedicated workshops for wheelchair users, deaf users and youth groups.
Manufacturer

Nexus have announced a manufacturer for a £362m contract to build new trains for Metro which will transform performance and passenger experience and deliver huge energy savings. Read more here.

Stadler, based in Switzerland, has been chosen by Nexus after a year-long global search for the best manufacturing partner for 46 new trains to be delivered up to 2025.

The new trains, based on the ideas and suggestions of more than 3,000 passengers, will cut Metro’s high voltage power consumption by 30% while providing Metro’s 36 million passengers with modern features including charging points, air conditioning and a step-change in accessibility.

Overview

  • 46 new trains, carrying 600 passengers each

Passenger benefits

  • Single train – walk right through
  • Air-conditioning – plus heated floors in winter
  • Mobile phone charging points throughout the train
  • External destination screens
  • Four wheelchair spaces per train plus bike/buggy/luggage areas
  • Retractable step at every door – 16 in total
  • Information screens throughout the train
  • 15 times more reliable than current fleet
  • Digital CCTV cameras in each train

Wider benefits

  • 30% more energy efficient – saving enough high voltage power for every home in Tynemouth
  • £70m new train depot featuring sedum roofing, rainwater recycling, daylight capture and other environmental features

 

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Saudi Arabia wants its investors to own Manchester United

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Sports minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal revealed the country’s latest sporting ambitions in an interview with Sky News – with the sovereign wealth fund already owning Newcastle and now funding a breakaway golf series.

 

Sports minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal revealed the country’s latest sporting ambitions in an interview with Sky News – with the sovereign wealth fund already owning Newcastle and now funding a breakaway golf series.

 

It follows the Manchester United board announcing that they are open to a sale of the club.

Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisalstated he would be keen on Ronaldo signing for a Saudi Pro League after the World Cup, with the 37-year-old a free agent following a controversial interview and exit to Manchester United earlier this week..

 

“Who wouldn’t want him to play in their league?” “He’s a role model to a lot of young players – him and Messi.”

 

Sky news are reporting – It is the availability of United – after the Glazers announced plans for a potential sale – and Ronaldo that is interesting Prince Abdulaziz.

 

What are your thoughts on this – join the conversation on our Facebook page.

 

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Sunday for Sammy Concert Cancelled For 2023 Due To Cost of Living

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A popular charity concert will not be held in 2023 due to the cost of living crisis.

Sunday for Sammy, which is held in memory of North East actor Sammy Johnson, is a biennial event aimed at benefitting young performers.

The long-running event has featured the likes of Joe McElderry, Johnny Vegas, Brenda Blethyn, Denise Welch, AC/DC’s Brian Johnson and Mark Knopfler, Jill Halfpenny and Ant and Dec.

Tim Healy, who hosts Sunday for Sammy, said: “We’ve had lots of enquiries over the recent months asking when the next Sunday for Sammy will take place.

“We are very much aware at the moment that people are struggling with day-to-day living costs and are watching their pennies. Everything is becoming more and more expensive and that includes the cost of putting on a show the size of ours.”

He added: “We can’t in good conscious put on a show that we aren’t sure people can afford to be tickets for. It would be wrong to risk your money you have generously given us.

“So sadly we have decided that there won’t be a show in 2023. We’re going to wait until the time is right.”

Often dubbed The Geordie Command Performance, the shows, which have been running for more than 20 years, are held in memory of Geordie actor Sammy Johnson, who died in 1999.

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STACK Newcastle Bosses Scrap Plans For Christmas Pop-Up Venue

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The owners of STACK have confirmed that there won’t be a pop-up version in Newcastle this Christmas, as plans have been shelved.

At the end of September it was reported that STACK’s owner, Danieli Group, were hoping to bring the brand back to the heart of Newcastle after its Pilgrim Street site was demolished earlier this year, after becoming a firm favourite with locals and visitors since 2018. The pop-up, close to the Crowne Plaza hotel in the Stephenson Quarter, looked set to be a massive draw before STACK makes its permanent return to the city next year, was planned to feature a number of shipping container bars, a new take on its famous Hadrian’s Tipi, street food vans, a stage and large screen, all on one level.

But, it has now been announced that the proposed STACK festive pop-up won’t be happening anymore. Confirming the decision, Neill Winch, CEO of Danieli Group said that while it was sad news that the pop-up would no longer take place, it meant the company can forge ahead with the Worswick Chambers plan.

He commented: “We know how much people miss not having a STACK in Newcastle so we are concentrating our efforts on creating what will become a flagship site back where STACK first began,” he said.

“Work is well underway on the scheme with a view to being open in winter 2023.”

In recent weeks it has announced new developments in Lincoln, Durham, Bishop Auckland and Carlisle.

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