Tyne and Wear Metro control room gets £12m investment in new technology

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The Tyne and Wear Metro control room is to undergo a £12m programme of modernisation – the biggest upgrade in its 38 year history.

Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, is installing a new computerised signalling control system in the Metro control room in South Gosforth in Newcastle.
The new technology will transform the way that Metro trains are controlled, making operations more efficient and effective.

Managing Director of Nexus, Tobyn Hughes, said: “This £12m project is the biggest overhaul of technology in the Metro control room for almost 40 years.
“The investment brings our signalling control systems into the digital age and it will be of huge benefit to Metro operations.”

The project is being funded as part of the £350m Metro: all change modernisation programme.
Work to install RTMS will take place over a single weekend, with scores of staff on duty to oversee the changes - and it will mean some planned disruption to Metro services.

On Saturday 4 August Metro services will be halted between Benton and St James from 8pm and a replacement bus service will run.
Then on Saturday 4 August Metro services will finish earlier than usual. No trains will run after about 10.30pm depending on the station. Replacement bus services will not be provided as it is not possible to source sufficient buses and drivers at this time of night to provide a viable replacement service across the network.

On Sunday 5 August Metro services will not be operating system-wide until 10am with replacement buses in place for the duration of the morning.
Passenger information display screens (PIDs) across all 60 Metro stations will be affected by the work, and will need manual intervention to bring them back into use. This will be done as quickly as possible after the new system is installed.

Detailed information will be provided at each station and on the Nexus website. Audio announcements and social media updates will be made throughout the system leading up to, and during the disruption.
RTMS will provide the Tyne and Wear Metro with a world-class computerised signalling control system supplied by Derby based innovators Resonate.

The new system will transform the current layout of the Metro Control Room.
Anna Ince, the CEO of Resonate, said ‘We are proud to be working with Nexus and helping to deliver their vision for the Tyne and Wear Metro. Our Scalable signalling control system integrates with both the old and new infrastructure as well as trains.’

The iconic Metro control room display board and button system will be replaced by a new Control desk with five 65 inch plasma screens and normal PC keyboard and mouse.

For information and updates about Metro travel on the weekend of August 4/5 go to @My_Metro or call Nexus on 0191 20 20 747.


Full details below about planned Metro disruption on August 4 and 5.

Sunday 4 August Replacement bus service 900 between Four Lane Ends and Monument (via Whitley Bay) starting between 7.15pm and 8.40pm depending on location.

Sunday 5 August Replacement bus services all morning system-wide starting between 5.22am and 8.07am depending on location (approx 30 minute frequency):

• Heworth to South Shields - Bus 900 • Heworth to South Hylton - Bus 901
• Heworth to Four Lane Ends - Bus 902
• Heworth to Airport - Bus 903
• Four Lane Ends to Monument (via Wallsend) - Bus 904

Replacement bus timetables and stopping point maps are available at www.nexus.org.uk/metro. Your journey will take longer so leave extra travel time, especially if transferring between services.

The £350m Metro all change modernisation programme is an on-going Government funded scheme to modernise the Tyne and Wear Metro with new-look stations, refurbished trains, and new infrastructure including tracks, signals and overhead lines.

The programme began in 2010 and since then more than £200m has been invested in the Tyne and Wear Metro’s infrastructure.
Metro all change programme, progress:

• 30 stations refurbished
• 24.5km of new tracks
• 2.9km of new drainage
• 86 Metro trains have been refurbished and are back in service.
• 18 escalators replaced
• 12 lifts replaced
• 5 new lift installations
• 4km of overhead line
• 5 level crossings upgraded
• 50 new sets of point motors
• 31.5km of refurbished cable troughing
• 44km of signalling cables replaced
• 12 bridges refurbished/reconstructed, with further 5 to be strengthened this year.
• 5 redundant bridges removed.

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