Tuesday, January 16, 2007

South Shields to get revamped Metro Station?

Plans reveal major spend for town centre station.

Sometimes the old sayings can prove to be very true, in this case "every cloud has a silver lining". Nexus the public travel operator for Tyneside has been looking towards a private finance initiative for further investment in the future, they had been hoping that an operator in the private sector may be interested in running the rolling stock on the Tyneside Metro System in a similar fashion to the present state of affairs with trains and Railtrack.

However, this was not to be, private operators showed no appetite for taking an interest in the trains unless they were allowed to own the rest of the system, the track, the stations, the maintenance etc. Fortunately Nexus were about to give up it's public stake in the transport systems of the North-East and it's briefing paper went on to outline it's spending and investment plans for the medium term future.

Featured amongst the planned investments are 'major redevelopments' to stations at South Shields, North Shields, Heworth, Sunderland, and Newcastle Airport, these to take place after 2009.

The plans will be considered by the Passenger Transport Executive next week.

Perhaps it might be worthwhile considering a partnership deal with someone like Richard Branson's Virgin outfit to operate the Metro system along the lines of the partnership at Newcastle Airport?


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