A Driver who works on the Tyne and Wear Metro has his own YouTube channel, Craig Pearson 39 of Gateshead has been taking viewers behind the scenes of the £362m project to introduce the new Metro Fleet.
Mr Pearson has become an ambassador for the Metro Futures project which is now entering its most significant phase as final production is now underway with the first new train arriving at the end of 2022. Mr Pearson will be uploading videos to this channel The Metro Guy on this journey to getting the drive the new trains where he plans to share key moments in a video blog style format.
Along with fellow Metro Futures specialist Mick Fulcher, they will be filming and producing their own videos, and uploading them to a dedicated YouTube channel.
Mr Pearson has been a Metro driver for nine years. He will record video clips and appear prominently on social media at key stages of the project as production ramps up, and as the countdown continues to rolling out the new rolling stock.
He said: “I’m really excited to take on this new role, showcasing our new trains and new depot as they start to take shape. It’s a historic project for the Tyne and Wear Metro and I am honoured to be playing such a key role.
“I really hope that people will get enjoyment from the videos that we shoot, a real behind the scenes look at the work going on to chart the progress of this massive project, which is going to transform Metro for customers and staff.
“It will be great to see all of our hard work across the project come to fruition and have the new finished train to actually drive.
“The team will be going out to the Czech Republic later this year to test and commission the first two units and then returning to see the delivery of the first unit in the UK in November. That will begin months of heavy testing and commissioning on the Metro Network to get the trains ready and all signed off for the first unit entering passenger service in mid-2023.”
Craig added: “I’ve been a Metro Driver since 2013 and took on the role of Traincrew Instructor in early 2018, which involved me training our new drivers to the high standards required to be able to pass their driving theory and practical tests.
“Through this, I was able to apply for one of only two roles of Metro Futures Specialist and being a successful applicant, began the role in February 2021. The role is to help the project through design, acceptance, testing, commissioning, and driver training stages of the project from a driver’s perspective.
“We have been heavily involved with consulting our driver workforce on what we want to see in the new cabs, where everything is placed, what we require or don’t, how the safety systems will allow us to carry out our duties better and how the train will essentially operate in all conditions and outcomes.
“The new trains will feature on-board state of the art CCTV systems for dispatching from stations, as well as keeping our customers safe while they are using the trains, and there will be new information systems to make it easier to communicate with our people on board.
“There will be live feeds of service updates, a much brighter, more accessible carriage, with more buggy and bike spaces, room for luggage or shopping bags, full air-con and heating system including, underfloor heating, and, of course, improved train reliability.
“Even if we lose power from our overhead lines, we can flip to a battery-powered propulsion system to keep the trains moving. From a driver’s point of view, we will have more room, more comfort, and all the latest technology to help us carry out their duties to an even higher standard than is possible now, with new safety systems integrated.”
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