Sunderland pupils get environment lesson at Metro station

Owen Smith, Mia Stevens, Hayley Barker, Katie Grieveson, Leo Qualie and James Waddell.
Owen Smith, Mia Stevens, Hayley Barker, Katie Grieveson, Leo Qualie and James Waddell.
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TINY inspectors have learned all about safety on the Metro and how the service is run during a visit to South Hylton Metro Station.

More than 50 children from South Hylton Primary School donned hard hats and hi-viz safety gear when they visited their local station, to encourage them to care more about their environment.

Armed with clipboards and pens, the youngsters, aged between seven and nine years old, were given a safety brief and some background about the Metro system.

They learned about what they could do if they were separated from their parents on the Metro, and what the stopping distance of a train going at full speed was, before being split into groups to carry out their own inspection of the station.

During the Service Quality Regime (SQR) inspection, the youngsters looked for graffiti, litter and made sure all lights were working.

“We thoroughly enjoyed the visit and were all able to participate in the session, which was carried out in a very friendly and professional manner,” teacher Suzanne Gilley said.

“We learnt a lot of information about the Metro, including how to stay safe in a range of different contexts. The children are really looking forward to performing inspections of our local station in the future.”

Sharon Kelly, director of operations and customer services for DB Regio Tyne and Wear Ltd, which operate Metro stations and trains on behalf of Nexus, added: “We want to encourage local community groups and schools to understand everything about Metro.

“We believe it’s really important to bring a sense of ownership into the local neighbourhoods in which Metro operates, to keep the environment clean and safe, especially among the future generations.

“We want to educate children that Metro is public transport, that passengers should respect with regards to litter, but also the importance of keeping safe when travelling.

“Our customer service teams are in place to ensure a bright and comfortable journey for our passengers, and it’s great for the youngsters to get an insight into what their job can involve.”

As part of activities in school, the youngsters will create a Metro logo collage, go on a walk along the old railway line, to measure the stopping distance of a high-speed train and write reports linked to their inspections.