Petition is successful with 3,709 signatures
To: Secretary of State for Transport
Release grant funding for new Metro trains now!
22/11/17 We won!
We've just listened to the budget with great interest and heard the Chancellor, Philip Hammond, say the words we've been asking him to: "we’ll fund the replacement of the 40-year-old rolling stock on the Tyne and Wear Metro at a total investment of £337million." We've checked with Nexus and it seems that our demands have been listened to - the funding will be a direct government grant and not the PFI deal we had feared.
We'd like to thank all of you for signing our petition and helping to put pressure on the government to release this funding. This is a victory for all of you. We will be watching closely to understand the terms of this funding, and to ensure that it is delivered on time to give us the new trains we so desperately need. We will also be working with Nexus to ensure that new trains, when they do come, will be up to the standard we require.
Announcement here: https://twitter.com/hmtreasury/status/933320121665409024