Howdon Depot for Nexus

LOCATION: Tyne and Wear Metro

Howdon Depot is a new rolling stock depot on the Tyne and Wear Metro in the city of Newcastle between Percy Main Metro Station and Howdon Metro Station.

The depot has been built as a temporary measure to enable the building of a brand-new depot at Gosforth. The existing Gosforth depot will be replaced over a number of stages, so therefore the Howdon temporary depot is designed to stable, inspect and clean a minimum of ten 65m long trains of the new fleet of EMUs and existing Class 599 Metro Cars.

Each is driven by 1500Vdc OLE traction supply. The depot also includes a workshop facility which shall be protected by a Depot Personnel Protection System (DPPS). The principal contractor, Buckingham Group Contracting Ltd. (BGCL) were requested to employ Fenix to complete the works as described below.