Wallsend Metro station

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Wallsend
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Wallsend Metro station
Wallsend station is possibly the only station in Britain with signs in Latin.
Location
Place Wallsend
Local authority North Tyneside
Fare zone information
Network One zone 2
Metro zone B
Original (1979) zone 27
Station code WSD
History
Opened 1839-06-19
Closed for conversion 1980-08-11
Metro since 1982-11-14
Tyne and Wear Metro
List of Tyne and Wear Metro stations
An image of the local Jobcentre facetiously labelled "Forum Venalicium" ("slave market")

Wallsend Metro station is located towards the centre of Wallsend, a town on the north bank of the River Tyne, in Tyne and Wear, England. The station was originally opened on 19 June 1839 by the Newcastle & North Shields Railway, and was reopened as a Tyne and Wear Metro station on 14 November 1982. When converted for Metro use, the unattractive station buildings were demolished, and the station was rebuilt in the standard Metro style.

Wallsend Metro station is the only public facility in Britain in which the signage is in Latin. This is a nod to its location near the Segedunum Roman fort at the end of Hadrian's Wall. The station also includes a number of photographs of local shops and facilities which have been digitally altered so that their names appear in Latin. It is one of the relatively few stations in England to have bilingual signage, others being Southall (which has signs in Punjabi) and St Pancras International (French), both in London.

Upon its opening it served as a major interchange, as it was located adjacent to the Wallsend bus station, which had facilities for the staff and drivers of the PTE's services. Wallsend bus station is a terminus for many local services and provides bus links to many points within North Tyneside and Newcastle, offering much more convenient stops for passengers than the Metro line itself, which by the nature of light rail cannot stop as often. In the late 1990s, Wallsend bus station lost its facilities for the staff, but retained its standing as a major terminus. In 2008-9 the metro station was used by 718,890 passengers.[1]

Ticketing anomalies[edit]

Different zonal fare systems are used for Metro single tickets and inter-modal Transfare tickets, which means that for a number of journeys a Transfare may actually be cheaper than a standard Metro-only ticket.

Station Network Zone Metro Zone
Byker 27 A
Chillingham Road 27 A

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Coordinates: 54°59′23″N 1°31′56″W / 54.9897°N 1.5323°W / 54.9897; -1.5323

Preceding station   Tyne and Wear Metro   Following station
towards St James
Yellow line
towards South Shields