Business leaders in the North East have urged the Government to fund a new fleet of trains for the Tyne and Wear Metro.
The North East England Chamber of Commerce, the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) and the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) have backed a campaign to persuade ministers to make an early decision on funding new Metro trains.
Discussions with the Government on a £400m new fleet of trains are ongoing, but delays linked to the ageing Metros have become a growing source of frustration to both commuters and employers around the region.
The fleet dates back to the early 1980s and they are now some of the worst performing vehicles of their kind.
Research in the region suggests that the £400m cost of a replacement fleet would be re-paid three times over in benefits to the region’s economy by supporting growth and reducing congestion.
The business support for the Metro case raises the pressure on Ministers to agree the package, coming a few weeks after a major…