Chichester Metro station

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Not to be confused with Chichester railway station.
Chichester
Tyne and Wear Metro
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Location
Place South Shields
Local authority South Tyneside
Fare zone information
Network One zone 3
Metro zone C
Original (1979) zone 38
Station code CHI
History
Opened 1984-03-24
List of stations

Chichester Metro /ˈɛstə/ is a station on the Yellow Line of the Tyne and Wear Metro. It is situated in the Chichester area of South Shields, North East England. Trains head eastbound to the terminus at South Shields (King Street) and westbound towards Gateshead and Newcastle, with an interchange at Pelaw for trains to South Hylton via Sunderland.

A statue of Queen Victoria had been moved from her original position of being in front of South Shields Town Hall in 1949 to Chichester. [1]

In 1981 Queen Victoria was evicted from Chichester to make way for the Metro station and returned to her original position at the front of the Town Hall where she remains to this day.

Chichester Metro station is situated on the new Metro route to South Shields, which followed the former Stanhope and Tyne Railway route rather than the former Brandling Junction Railway route via High Shields. Part of this line had been transferred into National Coal Board ownership, and to the south of the station was a single-track electrified NCB freight line, part of the Harton Colliery system.[1] In the early 1990s this line was de-electrified, and, following the closure of Westoe Colliery, has been closed completely.

Chichester Metro station was intended as one of the original interchange stations which meant buses were timetabled to interchange with Metro services. This arrangement broke down after the deregulation of local bus services in 1986. The platforms at Chichester are below street level, however the ticket hall is at ground level. The ticket hall contains two ticket machines and a newsagent. Chichester Metro has four bicycle lockers.

Unlike the city of Chichester in Sussex, the 'i' is pronounced as 'eye' (/aɪ/).

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rhodes, Michael (August 1988). "Vintage Electric". RAIL. No. 83. EMAP National Publications. pp. 22–24. ISSN 0953-4563. OCLC 49953699. 

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Coordinates: 54°59′11″N 1°25′55″W / 54.9865°N 1.4320°W / 54.9865; -1.4320

Preceding station   Tyne and Wear Metro   Following station
towards St James via the Coast
Yellow line
Terminus

Read more: Journal Live http://www.journallive.co.uk/north-east-news/todays-news/2010/10/18/south-shields-town-hall-reaches-its-century-61634-27493895/#ixzz2OGFAxbNm