27 Feb '15, 1pm

Metro bosses welcome Chancellor’s support for new trains

Transport bosses in the North East have welcomed support from the Chancellor George Osborne as they develop plans for an essential new Metro train fleet. Mr Osborne, who was visiting the region today, said: “We are inviting local authorities to present a business case for future investment in the Tyne and Wear Metro, which could include new high-spec trains and potential extensions to the network.” His remarks come following on-going discussions between Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, and the Department for Transport over the last year about future investment plans. Tobyn Hughes, Managing Director for Transport Operations for the North East Combined Authority and head of Nexus, said: "We are very encouraged ministers recognise the benefit Metro provides for local people and the economy, and the argument we have made for further investment. “Nexus shall...

Full article: http://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/metro-bosses-welcome-ch...

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