I was up in the north-east at the weekend. It’s where I was born and brought up, so I have fond memories of the area’s transport network.
Billed as the UK’s first fully integrated transport system, the Metro changed the face of travel in the north-east, and I still cherish my copy of the souvenir brochure from the launch. I was determined to be a Metro driver, back then. There’s still time.
I found this wonderfully nostalgic poster in the National Railway Museum‘s collection:
These days, the Metro is operated by the German national railway, Deutsche Bahn, who last week announced they’re buying Sunderland-based bus and train operator, Arriva. They also own or part-own Chiltern Railways, Wrexham & Shropshire and London Overground.
It’s a complex business. More on the latest addition to the London Overground network soon…