Stadler selected Teleste to deliver on-board solution for 46 new trains which will be delivered from 2022 to the Tyne and Wear Metro transport authority Nexus.
The on-board solution will consist of public address and passenger information systems with on-board TFT and LED displays, taking care of reliable, real-time delivery of information for the passengers. Featuring a full CCTV system for on-board video surveillance and on-train camera monitoring, the solution will also provide the metro passengers with enhanced safety.
Fleet performance is improved by a pantographic tracker system that monitors the pantograph continuously to anticipate any possible deterioration or malfunction immediately and therefor improve train availability. The smart system utilises live images and AI to track the pantograph and helps detect any anomalies through automatic alarms.
In January 2020, Nexus awarded Stadler a GBP 700 million (EUR 825 million) contract for the supply of 42 metro trains including the delivery of maintenance services for a period of up to 35 years. The trains will be manufactured in Switzerland, at Stadler’s ,500 square metre plant in St Margrethen. Stadler has already started work on the new metro fleet, with full assembly of the first new train expected to be completed within three months.
The first train is set arrive in North East England in November 2022 for testing, and it is expected to enter passenger services in July 2023. The remaining fleet will be delivered from 2024.
In September, Nexus ordered four additional trains which will bring the new metro fleet to 46 trainsets, as part of the GBP 362 million (EUR 426.56 million) programme to transform the journey experience for Metro passengers.
The new trains, which will be 15 times more reliable and will cut energy consumption by 30%, will have modern features including improved internet connectivity, charging points, air conditioning and a step-change in accessibility.
Among new features will be an automatic sliding step at every door of the new trains, making travel easier for Metro’s 50,000 wheelchair passengers as well as people with children’s buggies, luggage or bicycles.
Stadler is also in the process of building a new GBP 70 million (EUR 82.5 million) metro depot at Gosforth as part of the new fleet project.