Operation of the Metro system was tendered and awarded to DB Regio Tyne & Wear, which took over from 1 April 2010. After seven years, Nexus to operation 'in house' again, initially for two years (i.e. to 31 March 2019). As I have heard nothing further about tendering/franchising/outsourcing or any other variant, is it safe to assume that Nexus still runs the Metro? Are there any plans to change the status quo?