North East Rail and Metro Strategy

Following the publication of the North East Transport Plan in 2021, the North East Rail and Metro Strategy (NERMS) has been created which sets out how Rail and Metro can play a key role in achieving our region’s shared transport vision and objectives.

Rail plays an important part in the day-to-day lives of many local people and the draft strategy outlines our ambitions up to 2035.

The main commitments which are set out in the draft Strategy include;

  • Increasing the capacity and resilience of the East Coast Main Line and Durham Coast Line improving connectivity for both passengers and freight;
  • Extending the reach of local rail and Metro, upgrading existing networks and services, adding new routes and stations – including the Northumberland and Leamside lines;
  • Working with Great British Railways to seek greater influence over local rail to match the flexibility and accountability of Metro;
  • Maintaining and updating Metro assets, including resignalling;
  • Introducing new trains, more efficient electric ones on the Metro (the £362m new fleet is due to enter service from 2023), and electric/battery/ hydrogen trains on local rail also encouraging modal shift from road to rail on freight;
  • Improvement of existing stations including Sunderland station, Newcastle Central station and development of new stations including Gateshead East.

North East Rail and Metro Strategy

Read the draft North East Rail and Metro Strategy by clicking below.

Read the North East Rail and Metro Strategy

Share your views – public consultation

We want to hear what local people think of the draft North East Rail and Metro Strategy.

A public consultation is open from 14 February until noon on 11 April 2022 and we encourage people to share their views with us on the draft strategy.

There are a number of ways you can be part of the consultation.

  • Call us – you can speak to a member of our rail team on 0191 433 2973 (Monday and Tuesday each week throughout the consultation period. The phone line is available from 9.30am-4.30pm).
  • Email us – you can email any comments, questions or suggestions to
  • Take part in an online survey about this by filling in the survey below before the end of the consultation.
  • Attend an online consultation event. We will be running online events on 5 March 2022 at 10am, 22 March at 12pm, 31 March at 10am and 5 April at 6pm. Please register your space now to attend one of these events.

If you need a copy of the strategy or questionnaire in an alternative format please email

Martin Gannon at the Leamside Line

Cllr Martin Gannon, Chair, North East Joint Transport Committee, said: “On behalf of the North East Joint Transport Committee, I am proud to present a new North East Rail and Metro Strategy.

“I hope that people and stakeholders throughout the region will take this opportunity to comment on what we propose to do to improve our rail network.”