South Tyneside Metro travellers should be in for a smoother ride after a £30million refurbishment of the transport system was completed – five months ahead of schedule.
DB Regio Tyne and Wear, the light rail operator which runs the Metro on behalf of Nexus, has modernised 86 carriages over the last five years. It has meant stripping the carriages right down to their frames and doing them all up again with a fresh new look.
Reupholstered seating and new lighting has also been installed, along with a new carriage layout with more space for wheelchair users.
The train door control systems have been replaced and a new and improved door opening and closing sounder has been installed.
Director of rail and infrastructure for Nexus, Raymond Johnstone, said: “The refurbishment of the Metro fleet is a vital part our £389million modernisation programme.
“This will extend the service life of Metro trains into the 2020s. The work has involved transporting each train by road to Doncaster, so it has been a complex project, but one that has been delivered ahead of schedule.”