Tyne and Wear Metro: Rolling Stock

Department for Transport written question – answered at on 1 December 2017.

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Photo of Stephen Hepburn Stephen Hepburn Labour, Jarrow

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to paragraph 4.7 and 4.57 of the Autumn Budget 2017, what plans his Department has to ensure that the proposed new fleet of Metro rolling stock will be introduced onto the network by 2021.

Photo of Jesse Norman Jesse Norman Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

In the Budget, the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced £337m direct grant funding for a new Nexus Metro fleet and depot for the Tyne and Wear Metro. The Metro is a critical part of both local transport provision and the wider economy in the region, and this investment will be a vital boost to the area, supporting access to employment, education and leisure.

To achieve this result, the Department worked closely with HM Treasury. The committed funding is in response to a business case from the North East Combined Authority. Nexus will manage procurement, delivery and rollout of the new fleet of trains and will report progress to the joint DfT-Nexus programme board throughout this process.

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