Locals brand first images of new Metro fleet ‘disgusting’ despite sleek look

The new fleet isn’t being built in the UK

The unveiling of Tyne and Wear Metro's new fleet of trains has not gone down a storm with locals.

Newcastle's old metro carriages are set to be replaced with a new fleet of sleek trains come 2023.

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Last week Nexus shared the first images of the new metro trains online.

The instantly recognisable yellow colour scheme is ever-present, but the carriages have a much more modern look.

Despite the slick new design receiving compliments, the trains came under criticism as they are being built in Switzerland.

One LinkedIn user wrote: "It’s a disgrace that these trains are not being built in the UK."

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Another added: "Disgraceful, why are the replacement Metro trains being built in Britain.

"So much for taking back control after Brexit and the so called 'levelling up' agenda!”

One Twitter user wrote: "Why couldn't a train manufacturer in UK make these."

Another added: "Whatever happened to the "Buy British" campaign.

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"British jobs for British workers instead of putting money into foreigners’ pockets."

The new fleet of trains has cost £362 million and is being built by Stadler in Switzerland.

In a LinkedIn post, Nexus wrote: "We are excited to share the first pictures of the new Tyne and Wear Metro fleet in production over in Switzerland.

"Stadler has completed the first bodyshell for the Tyne and Wear Metro’s new £362m train fleet, marking a significant milestone in the ongoing manufacturing process.

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"The new Metro trains are currently being built at Stadler’s factory in Switzerland. The completion of the first bodyshell paves the way for the seats and other internal features to be installed.

"And it gives Metro customers a first proper look at the new Metro trains on the assembly line, including the iconic yellow colour scheme.

"Stadler, the international train builder who are making 46 new trains for Metro, said they were pleased to have completed the first bodyshell, and they will deliver the first new train in late 2022.

"Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Tyne and Wear Metro, said it was a significant moment for a historic project that will transform Metro for its customers, delivering a step change in quality and reliability.

"The new trains will entirely replace the current Metro fleet and are set to enter passenger service from 2023."

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