First opened in 1980 and described as Britain’s first true light rail system, the Tyne & Wear Metro is an inexpensive and hassle-free way of getting around the North-East. Carrying over 40 million passengers per year, the Metro provides an invaluable service. Although we are a law firm first and foremost, our 13 years’ experience has led us to become experts in many areas, including public transport and how to get around. In this article we publish a handy survivor guide when using the Tyne and Wear Metro.
Have there been road traffic accidents involving the Tyne & Wear Metro?
Thankfully, the Tyne & Wear Metro has a sterling record when it comes to safety. There have only been two reported incidents of road traffic collisions involving another vehicle, the first of which occurred in 1983 and the second in 2013 with no reported injuries in either case.
Have there been any other accidents e.g slips, trips or falls?
In 2007 there was a reported incident of a mobility scooter crashing through the doors of the train. A full investigation was launched and as a result, the Metro no longer permits mobility scooter users on board.
What other information might I need to know?
You must purchase a valid ticket before boarding any Metro train. Tickets can be bought from the machines at any station and accept credit or debit cards. Random ticket controls are carried out and the fine for fare evasion is £20.
The importance of keeping children safe when using public transport cannot be understated. Nexus, the operators of the Metro have installed a mock station at Beacon Hill with the sole purpose of teaching children how to travel safely and independently.
Many people choose to combine public transport with cycling for their daily commute. It can be a cheap and efficient way of getting around. However, you should be aware that the Metro only permits folding bikes on board.
Date Published: May 1, 2014
Author: Accident Advice