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Tyne & Wear Metro’s new depot at Howdon almost ready to open

Tyne and Wear Metro’s new train depot at Howdon is close to completion. Set to officially open this summer, the former landfill site has been transformed. New tracks and overhead lines are in place and a new maintenance shed has been built and fitted out along with new facilities for staff.

Howdon will be used for the cleaning and preparation of up to a quarter of the Metro fleet while the main Metro depot at Gosforth in Newcastle is completely rebuilt in a £70 million project set to begin this summer and to take five years.

The development has been funded as part of the £362 million Metro fleet replacement project.

Project manager, Tabitha Callaghan, said: “We are now close to the completion of the Howdon Metro depot.

“The site will be vital for the future of Metro because there won’t be enough space for all of the trains when work starts on the main depot rebuilding project at Gosforth.

“Howdon gives us the capacity to stable up to one quarter of the Metro train fleet there and carry out light maintenance work at that location.

“There are new facilities for Metro drivers and maintenance staff who in the future will need to book on for duty at Howdon.”

Buckingham Group Contracting Ltd is building the temporary Metro depot on behalf of Nexus.

Nigel Wordsworth BSc(Hons) MCIJhttp://therailengineer.com

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Nigel Wordsworth graduated with an honours degree in Mechanical Engineering from Nottingham University, after which he joined the American aerospace and industrial fastener group SPS Technologies. After a short time at the research laboratories in Pennsylvania, USA, Nigel became responsible for applications engineering to industry in the UK and Western Europe. At this time he advised on various engineering projects, from Formula 1 to machine tools, including a particularly problematic area of bogie design for the HST.

A move to the power generation and offshore oil supply sector followed as Nigel became director of Entwistle-Sandiacre, a subsidiary of the Australian-owned group Aurora plc. At the same time, Nigel spent ten years as a Technical Commissioner with the RAC Motor Sports Association, responsible for drafting and enforcing technical regulations for national and international motor racing series.

Joining Rail Engineer in 2008, Nigel’s first assignment was a report on new three-dimensional mobile mapping and surveying equipment, swiftly followed by a look at vegetation control machinery. He continues to write on a variety of topics for most issues.

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