The are 60 stations on the Tyne and Wear Metro. All are distinct stations (as opposed to on-street platforms, or stops integrated into their surroundings), consisting of full-height platforms. Stations are a mixture of former main line railway stations and purpose-built facilities. The majority of stations are on the surface, but a number in central Newcastle and Gateshead are underground (Jesmond, Haymarket, Monument, Manors, St. James, Central and Gateshead), as well as Park Lane in Sunderland. Sunderland station was rebuilt in 1965 by British Rail, with the station building covering the platforms, effectively placing the platforms underground.
Stations vary widely in size and design, largely reflecting their history and importance, from simple affairs like Ilford Road and South Hylton to more extensive structures like St James (an underground station), Tynemouth (a former railway station) and Northumberland Park the newest station on the system. There are many stations of Victorian architecture designs inherited from British Rail, as well as a couple of fine examples of 1930's architecture, at Longbenton and West Monkseaton, with plainer, more functional design at the stations purpose-built during the 1970's and 1980's. Stations on the Sunderland extension, built at the beginning of the 21st Century, bring yet another style into the mix.
Most stations have two platforms; the exceptions are the termini at South Hylton and South Shields (1 platform), North Shields (3 platforms, including one bay platform) and Monument (4 platforms on two seperate lines). Three of the stations have interchange with National Rail services (Central, Heworth and Sunderland)—uniquely at Sunderland, Metro and National Rail services use the same platforms.
All stations have ticket machines, shelters, information displays, next-train indicators and passenger information/emergency help-points. All stations are unstaffed, except for the underground stations which must be staffed by law.
To view all Tyne and Wear Metro stations in Google Earth's satellite imagery, click here (requires Google Earth software—available for Windows Vista/XP/2000, Mac OS X 10.4.0+ and Linux). Each station page also has a link to Google Earth imagery of that station.
|Stop||Location||Platforms||Opening date||Former railway station?||Notes|
|Park Lane||cut and cover tunnel||2||31/03/2002||no|
|Sunderland||underground; platforms shared with National Rail||2 (island platform)||31/03/2002||yes||Opened 1879 for mainline services; rebuilt 1965|
|Stadium of Light||surface||2||31/03/2002||no|
|Bede||2 (staggered platforms)||24/03/1984||no|
|Hebburn||2 (staggered platforms)||24/03/1984||yes|
|Pelaw||surface||2 (island platform)||16/09/1985||no|
|Heworth||surface||2 (+2 National Rail)||15/11/1981||no|
|Felling||surface||2 (island platform)||15/11/1981||yes|
|Gateshead Stadium||surface||2 (island platform)||15/11/1981||no|
|Central||underground (underneath Newcastle Central National Rail station)||2||15/11/1981||no|
|Monument||underground||4||15/11/1981||no||Tyne Coast loop platforms opened 14/11/82|
|Wansbeck Road||surface||2 (staggered platforms)||10/05/1981||no|
|Fawdon||surface||2 (staggered platforms)||10/05/1981||no|
|Kingston Park||surface||2 (staggered platforms)||15/09/1985||no|
|Airport||surface||2 (island platform)||17/11/1991||no|
|Four Lane Ends||surface||2||11/08/1980||no|
|Northumberland Park||surface||2 (island platform)||11/12/2005||no|
|West Monkseaton||surface||2 (island platform)||11/08/1980||yes|
|North Shields||surface||3 (2 through platforms + 1 bay)||14/11/1982||yes|
|Howdon||surface||2 (staggered platforms)||14/11/1982||yes|
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