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MetiNews.Com - Transport bosses have chosen a yellow colour scheme for the new carriages, which should be rolled out onto tracks between 2023 and 2024.
Breaking News ! The final design for a new fleet of Tyne and Wear Metro trains has been unveiled. Transport bosses have chosen a yellow colour scheme for the new carriages, which should be rolled out onto tracks between 2023 and 2024. The first concept images of the £362 million fleet gave a glimpse of what the trains could look like with a gleaming white paint job. But two alternatives were then unveiled – a dark grey option and one with the traditional Metro yellow, with the latter now chosen as the winning design. Rail operator Nexus said that the “vibrant” design, which has black and pale grey trim along the sides of the train, was a nod to the original livery of the Metro when it opened four decades ago. It had been hoped that a life-size model of the new train could have been taken on a tour of Tyne and Wear for passengers to give feedback, but that will not be happening now because of the restrictions of the Covid-19 crisis. Instead, a virtual tour of a carriage will be available online – allowing passengers to explore and have their say on important features like handholds, wheelchair and cycle spaces, and information displays. Read More Related Articles Nine students told to self-isolate after another positive Covid-19 case at Newcastle College Read More Related Articles Controversial Burger King drive-thru plans for former Newcastle police station face rejection Huw Lewis, customer services director at Nexus, said: “We have used the iconic yellow of Metro to give the trains a vibrant, modern feel accentuated by black and pale grey along the train sides – providing clean delineation of train doors to modern accessibility standards. “The colour scheme is built round Metro’s strong brand heritage and refers back to the original ‘PTE’ Metro livery, while taking the system into the future. It has been refined through feedback from passengers and the technical input of the people who work on Metro – in cleaning, maintenance, marketing and accessibility roles. “We have made sure our passengers have had a major role in the design of Metro’s new fleet from the start, and that continues today as we ask them what to help with all those crucial little details of the carriage interiors.
“Instead we will be creating a VR-supported experience at the Rail Academy where we can invite key passenger groups in a covid-secure way. This will be led by Nexus supported by Newcastle University’s Open Lab team.” Earlier this year, Nexus confirmed that the impact of the coronavirus pandemic had delayed progress on finalising the design of the new fleet – which will be built in Switzerland by manufacturing giant Stadler. However, local rail chiefs remain hopeful that any lost time can be made up and the trains will arrive on schedule, with the entire fleet of outdated Metro carriages removed from service by the end of 2024. The new trains will boast modern features like wifi connectivity, air conditioning, USB charging points, and an automatic sliding step at every door to make access easier. They should also be 15 times more reliable than the current fleet, which has been in use since the Metro first started running 40 years ago, and will be fitted with an on-board battery that means they could keep going even in the event of an overhead power line fault. A first virtual consultation event took place as the designs were revealed live on Youtube on Wednesday morning. People can explore and comment on the new Metro trains at and register at metrofutures.org.uk
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