STADLER COMPLETES NEW DEPOT FOR NEW TYNE AND WEAR METRO FLEET
The new facility has been designed to a high specification to ensure maximum availability and reliability of the fleet for decades to come.
Stadler has finished building a new state-of-the-art depot, which will accommodate the fleet of 46 METRO trains being manufactured for the Tyne and Wear Metro. The purpose-built facility features inspection roads and pits, a separate wheel lathe building and a wash-plant to clean train exteriors. There is a storage areas for spare parts and materials, as well as office space for training and support functions.
Set to vastly improve the working environment and become home to a wide range of activities, including preventative and corrective maintenance and train presentation, the new depot covers 12 acres just outside Newcastle city-centre. VolkerFitzpatrick was the construction partner that carried out the work.
The facility also has a component drop to enhance maintenance efficiency, monorail cranes on both light maintenance roads and an overhead crane on the heavy maintenance roads for lifting roof components. A room dedicated to managing train movements digitally has been strategically positioned to have a bird’s eye view of the depot.
To minimise carbon emissions, the new depot makes use of premium insulation and has solar panels on the roof. It makes best use of natural light, providing an attractive environment for employees. Water is recycled on-site and used for train washing facilities. There is a dedicated, secure area for bikes, and showers for people cycling to and from work. Charging bays for electric cars have been installed.