Saturday 26th March 2016
Nexus To Take Over From DB Regio On The Tyne & Wear Metro

Nexus wants to renationalise the Tyne and Wear Metro operating contact for two years, as part of a 'long-term strategy to develop the system'.

Although Nexus has the contractual right to extend the current contract awarded to DB Regio (part of Arriva) for a further two years, it said it 'did not wish to exercise this option' past April 2017 when the contract expires and will seek to take over the contract until 2019.

The decision is said to allow it to prepare for significant changes that will come with investment in a new train fleet.

Nexus, as a public body, already sets fares and service specifications for Metro as well as maintaining most of the infrastructure on which trains run.

Under the proposals it would manage the stations and train operations directly from 2017 until 2019, when a new and different contract would begin incorporating delivery of a new train fleet during the first half of the next decade.

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