Metro Flow

Project themePublic transport, Metro travel
Start dateFebruary 2022
StageIn delivery
Expected completion dateFebruary 2023
LocationSouth Tyneside 
FundingTransforming Cities Fund

The Metro Flow project will see an existing freight line upgraded and electrified in South Tyneside from September 2022.

The project will ensure the line is capable of carrying Metro services, boosting the capacity for an extra 24,000 passenger journeys every day and increasing the frequency of Metro trains system-wide from 12 minutes to 10 minutes frequency (between 7.00am and 7.00pm). This investment will ensure Metro passengers across the network benefit from increased frequencies and reliability. 

Three sections of single track totalling five kilometres will be dualled between Pelaw and Bede Metro station alleviating capacity issues. 

Not only will the Metro Flow project increase frequency and capacity, but it will improve reliability and better support major regional events including the Great North Run, Sunderland International Airshow, stadium concerts, and major sporting events. 

The main compound works and vegetation clearance commenced in January 2022.

The rest of the works will be undertaken during a 12-week blockade between September and December 2022 to minimise the disruption of any closure period of the line between Pelaw and South Shields.

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