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Track works up for grabs on Tyne and Wear Metro

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Local transport body Nexus is on the hunt for contractors for the next slice of track renewal work through its £350M upgrade of the Tyne & Wear Metro.

Nexus placed a notice in the OJEU for the work on four sites between Gateshead Stadium and Felling stations.

Work will take place next spring, with possessions identified in April and May including Easter weekend.

The project will include renewal of rail, sleepers, ballast and other items as well as the installation of a geotextile membrane and removal and replacement of certain infrastructure.

It follows identification of non-compliant and end-of-life assets on this stretch of the network.

The value of the deal will not be made public before the winner is announced early next year, but a Nexus spokesman described it as a “significant chunk of work”.

The Tyne & Wear Metro network carries over 36M passengers a year on two lines with 60 stations covering Newcastle, Sunderland and the surrounding area. 

Earlier this summer Nexus kicked off the race for a £350M deal to design, construct, test and deliver a new fleet of electric trains for the network.

The body recently completed a modernisation scheme to improve accessibility, security and energy efficiency at five stations – Callerton Parkway, Bank Foot, Kingston Park, Fawdon and Wansbeck Road.

Contractors have until 19 September to express an interest in the track renewal work.

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