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DfT announces £400m for Tyne and Wear Metro and Sunderland crossing

North East transport leaders have received a £400m boost with the DfT's decision to provisionally approve a £300m plan to revitalise the Tyne and Wear Metro and a £98m plan to build a new crossing of the River Wear in Sunderland.

The £291m-?346m ten-year funding package for phase 2 of the Metro project will pay for work including station upgrades and refurbishment of rolling stock.

The announcement allows Nexus, the PTE, to begin a procurement process for an operating franchise which is due to...

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