Gateshead Interchange

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Gateshead
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Gateshead Metro Station Platform 2
The main circulating area between the two platforms at Gateshead Metro station, giving an indication of the unusually wide island platform underground.
Location
Place Gateshead town centre
Local authority Gateshead
Fare zone information
Network One zone 1
Metro zone A
Original (1979) zone 26
Station code GHD
History
Opened 1981-11-15
Tyne and Wear Metro
List of Tyne and Wear Metro stations
Gateshead Interchange Bus interchange
Location
Locale Interchange Centre, West Street, Gateshead
Local authority Gateshead
Operation
Opened November 1981
Managed by Nexus
No. of stands 13
Operators Go North East, Stagecoach North East
Travel centre Yes
Rail connection Gateshead Metro station adjacent.Tyne and Wear Metro

Gateshead Interchange is a transport interchange in the centre of the town of Gateshead, England. It is served by the Tyne and Wear Metro, whose station is underground, as well as local bus services. In the period 2008-9 the metro station was used by over 2 million passengers whilst the bus concourse was used by over 3.8 million passengers, making it the busiest bus station in Tyne and Wear.[1]

The Interchange opened in 1981, as part of the third stage of the Tyne and Wear Metro system, which included the main underground sections in the centre of Newcastle upon Tyne, as well as the Queen Elizabeth II Bridge across the River Tyne. In March 2004, the interchange redevelopment around the existing Metro station was completed by Jefferson Sheard Architects, and the large-scale sculpture "Changing Lines", by Danny Lane was unveiled.[2]

Metro station[edit]

The Metro station at the Interchange is situated below ground and is situated on both the Yellow and Green Lines. There is a regular service northbound towards Newcastle over the sixth Tyne Bridge crossing. Trains go onwards towards Newcastle Airport (Green line) and the Coast (Yellow line). Southbound services head towards Sunderland (Green line) and South Shields (Yellow Line).

The design of the station is very different from the underground stations in central Newcastle, due to the different rock structure south of the River Tyne. The running tunnels are square rather than circular in cross-section, and Gateshead station was excavated as a box.

Bus station[edit]

When opened, the bus station (including the travel centre) was operated by Northern General rather than Tyne and Wear PTE, despite being finished in PTE house style. Since then, the bus station has been completely rebuilt.

Express bus route X66 links Gateshead Interchange with Gateshead's MetroCentre. There is a regular Q1 QuayLink bus service that goes from the Interchange, to other local attractions such as The Sage and The Baltic Centre and onwards to Newcastle City Centre.

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ NEXUS Business Intelligence Report
  2. ^ "Gateshead unveils latest huge artwork", Maev Kennedy article on Danny Lane's "Changing Lines" sculpture at the interchange, the Guardian, 14 March 2004

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 54°57′42″N 1°36′15″W / 54.9617°N 1.6041°W / 54.9617; -1.6041

Preceding station   Tyne and Wear Metro   Following station
towards St James via the Coast
Yellow line
towards South Shields
towards Airport
Green line
towards South Hylton