The order for new Tyne & Wear Metro trains has been increased by four to 46, following the Government’s additional grant to boost services on Newcastle and Sunderland’s urban transit network.
The new cars, confirmed on September 7, will be added to the existing order with Swiss manufacturer Stadler, which has already started on cutting metal with the first bodyshells nearing completion.
The first units will be in the UK next year and are due to enter service in 2023.
Although the vehicles are being assembled overseas, a significant number of components are being supplied from companies in the North East and across the UK.
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