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Good progress at Gosforth depot


VolkerFitzpatrick and Stadler are making good progress on the construction of the new the Tyne and Wear Metro depot at Gosforth, with the first stage of demolition now complete and work to build track foundations under way.

The facility is being demolished and rebuilt to accommodate a new fleet of trains that will transform rail travel in the North East.

Three depot roads and an area of the main depot building have been successfully removed, as part of the first of a four-part demolition process. Work on the track beds has recently started and old tracks are being broken up and removed in preparation for the laying of foundations for the new tracks.

The programme to build a new depot started last year and most of the construction is set to be completed by 2025.

Rob Baxter, Stadler UK.

Next month, work will begin to build foundations for the new tracks, which will involve boring hollow steel tubes into the ground and filling them with concrete. Foundation work on the main building will be carried out in July, and a second phase of demolition, involving the removal of an old stabling shed to the west of the depot, will take place later this year. The final two stages of demolition will be in 2022 and 2023.

Rob Baxter, managing director of Stadler Rail Service UK, commented: “The project to build a new depot has been configured to enable the existing trains to continue successfully operating from it, while construction takes place. This is a challenge, but I am delighted that the project has maintained momentum despite the pandemic, and that so much progress has already been made.”

Neil Blagburn, Tyne & Wear Metro.

Metro development director, Neil Blagburn, said: “Excellent progress has been made getting the site ready for our new, £70 million Metro fleet depot in Gosforth.

“The last few months has seen the partial demolition of the 100-year-old train shed, creating room to get the site ready for the new buildings and infrastructure. Approximately 30 per cent, around four acres, of the original depot’s sidings have been removed paving the way for the first foundations to start going in.

“The completed project will provide a modern new home for the new Metro train fleet. These are the first steps on a really historic journey that will secure the future of the Tyne and Wear Metro for many generations to come.”


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