Metro colour scheme unveiled - and how you can help design interior of new £362million fleet
Metro will be sticking with its classic yellow colour scheme when the new train carriages roll out in a few years’ time.
Nexus, the public agency which runs Metro, said the “vibrant yellow colour scheme” with an “eye-catching” design featuring black and pale grey along the side of the carriages is a nod to the Metro’s iconic yellow livery when the system first opened 40 years ago.
Now chiefs want to hear the public’s views on how the interior of the carriages will look.
Huw Lewis, customer services director at Nexus, said: “This is a hugely exciting moment for Metro as we unveil the colour scheme for our new trains.
“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.
He added: “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.”
Bosses had hoped to take a mock-up cross section of a carriage around the five local authority areas served by Metro, but pandemic restrictions make this impossible.
"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,” said Mr Lewis.
"This will be led by Nexus supported by Newcastle University’s Open Lab team.”
The new Metro fleet, which is being built by the Swiss train manufacturer, Stadler, is set to enter service in 2023, featuring WiFi, air conditioning, charinging points and back-up batteries to help cope with power outages.
Rob Baxter, UK managing director for Stadler Rail Service UK, added: “The unveiling of the livery for the new Tyne and Wear Metro trains is an early, yet significant landmark in the process to deliver the new fleet. We applaud Nexus for involving passengers in the design, which both acknowledges its heritage and embraces its future.”
As part of the Metro Futures programme the Open Lab team has created a website and a series of online events that will allow passengers to explore a virtual model of the train and have their say on the trains’ interior features, including handholds, wheelchair and cycle spaces and information displays, with particular attention to meeting the needs of less able passengers.
Senior researcher at Open Lab, Simon Bowen, said “We’ve built some exciting interactive tools so people can explore the inside of the new trains in a full 360 degree immersive experience, pick out the finishing touches and think about how the trains meet the needs of different people.”
People can explore and comment on the new Metro trains at and register at https://metrofutures.org.uk/ to have a say on shaping the new Metro fleet.