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Game used to boost Metro safety
Metro map game
The game is a giant mat and players use themselves as counters
The Tyne and Wear Metro map has been transformed into a game as part of a safety initiative for youngsters.

Devised by operator Nexus to be used in school visits, the Metro Challenge game aims to help children understand hidden dangers on the railways.

It focuses attention on consequences of stone throwing, graffiti, fare evasion, and anti-social behaviour on trains.

The game is a giant mat and players use themselves as counters and cross it from Newcastle Airport to Sunderland.

Each of the Metro's 60 stations is represented as a different square and children wear orange high-visibility Metro vests as they move around at the roll of a giant die.

High speeds

Ken Mackay, director of rail infrastructure for Nexus, said: "There are many hidden dangers on the Metro tracks.

"Not only do the overhead lines carry 1,500 volts of electricity but the trains can travel at speeds of up to 50mph and people don't appreciate how difficult it can be to get out of the way.

"This new board game is an excellent way of drawing the children's attention to these dangers."

Rebecca Ditchburn, Nexus' schools and community liaison officer, added that it also allowed children to have fun with their classmates.

She said: "We plan to use it on all of our school visits and it is certainly a more pro-active way of engaging with the children than simply having a group session and having a discussion."

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