Contractors wanted for £60m metro track works

Tyne and Wear’s transport body is looking for contractors to complete £60m of infrastructure improvements to deliver a dual-tracked metro network.

The scheme, known as the Metro Flow Programme, will involve unifying two existing Network Rail and Metro infrastructures to create a single twin-track between Pelaw and Bede. The winning contractors will complete the design and manage the installation and commissioning for metro operator Nexus.

Works will also involve construction for buildings relating to railway transport, demolition, site preparation and clearance work. The contractors selected will review track drainage and replace or update it as necessary, strengthen underbridges, lower platforms at Jarrow and Hebburn stations, raise all existing overhead lines, and re-signal the track from Pelaw junction through to Bede to support the joint running of light and heavy rail. A third track, which currently loops around Hebburn and Jarrow station, will also be decommissioned and removed.

The scheme will be funded by the £1.7bn Transforming Cities Fund, launched by the Department for Transport in 2017. The contract is set to run from 13 September next year, until February 2023.