Rail and Metro Strategy

Following the publication of the North East Transport Plan in 2021, the North East Rail and Metro Strategy was created. It sets out how rail and metro can play a key role in achieving our region’s shared transport vision and objectives.

Rail plays an important part in the day-to-day lives of many local people. This strategy outlines our ambitions up to 2035.

Some of the main actions which the region will take forward include:

  • obtaining a government commitment to increasing capacity of the East Coast Main Line for passengers and freight
  • extending the Tyne and Wear Metro, upgrading existing networks and adding new stations and routes – including the Leamside Line and Northumberland Line
  • working with Great British Railways to form a new partnership which represents the North East, ensuring local needs are taken into account
  • introducing new trains – including a more efficient electric fleet on Metro and electric / battery / hydrogen local rail trains
  • improvements to several regional railway stations including Newcastle and Sunderland and new stations such as Gateshead East
LNER train waiting at a station platform.
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