posted on 19th Jan 2021 08:16
Stadler is making localism a key tenet of the project to build, supply and maintain new trains for the Tyne and Wear Metro. This follows the appointment of a series of local firms, based in the north east, including Thompsons of Prudhoe, who will undertake the demolition work as part of the re-build of Gosforth depot in Newcastle. With preparation to re-build Gosforth depot now under way, Thompsons of Prudhoe will soon start work to demolish parts of the existing depot, which dates back 100 years.
Several other regional companies have been taken on for this project, including Consultive Solutions, Ryder Architecture, CSM Architects and Advance365. All of these companies will work on or have already been involved with the re-build of Gosforth depot, which will accommodate the fleet of new trains being manufactured by Stadler for the Tyne and Wear Metro.
Stadler has pledged to support the regional economy and include as many north east or UK-based companies in the new trains project as possible. It is committed to using local suppliers for materials and services for the depot rebuild, the manufacturing of the new trains and the 35-year service and maintenance contract.
Thompsons of Prudhoe, based west of Newcastle, is a family-owned business, which has traded for more than 70 years. Active in the local community and keen to promote sustainability, it aims to re-use or recycle 97 % of the material it removes, either on the same site or on other north east projects. Thompsons will carry out work in four stages, with the first starting this spring. The second will be later in 2021 and the final two in 2022.