MetroCentre railway station

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MetroCentre National Rail
MetroCentre railway station 2005-10-08 02.jpg
MetroCentre railway station viewed from a passing train.
Location
Place Dunston
Local authority Gateshead
Grid reference NZ215627
Operations
Station code MCE
Managed by Northern
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2011/12 Decrease 0.357 million
2012/13 Increase 0.375 million
2013/14 Decrease 0.374 million
2014/15 Decrease 0.363 million
2015/16 Decrease 0.354 million
Passenger Transport Executive
PTE Tyne & Wear (Nexus)
Zone 25
History
Key dates Opened 3 August 1987 as Gateshead Metro Centre (3 August 1987 as Gateshead Metro Centre)
1993 Name changed to MetroCentre
National RailUK railway stations
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at MetroCentre from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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MetroCentre railway station is a railway station that serves the MetroCentre shopping and leisure complex in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear. It is located on the Tyne Valley Line from Newcastle upon Tyne to Carlisle, and is managed by Northern.

The station opened by British Rail on 3 August 1987.[1] It is an unmanned station, connected to the MetroCentre mall by a covered footbridge. Initially called Gateshead MetroCentre,[1] the station's name was shortened to MetroCentre from 17 May 1993.[2] The section of line that the station is situated on is part of the original 1837 Newcastle and Carlisle Railway route along the south bank of the River Tyne to Redheugh (Gateshead), with the links onwards via Dunston, Bensham Junction and the King Edward Bridge being added in 1893/1909.[3]

Facilities[edit]

The station has no ticket machines, so tickets must be bought in advance or on the train. There are waiting rooms on both platforms and a help point on platform 1. Train running information is offered via automatic announcements, digital information screens and timetable posters. Step-free access from the shopping complex and car park is via a ramped footbridge to both platforms.[4]

Services[edit]

There is a regular shuttle service to Newcastle Central station (four trains per hour, of which two start/terminate here), a half-hourly service to Hexham and hourly extensions through to Carlisle.[5] Additionally, some eastbound trains run beyond Newcastle to either Sunderland, Hartlepool & Middlesbrough via the Durham Coast Line or to Morpeth (hourly to each).[6][7]

On Sundays, there is an hourly service to/from Carlisle and three per hour to/from Newcastle - one of these continues to Sunderland & Middlesbrough.[8]

Most train services are operated by Northern, however the station is also served by Abellio ScotRail, which operates a few daily services to Glasgow via Carlisle. ScotRail do not run trains on Sundays to and from Newcastle.[9]

The station is covered by a Ditra Public Address System (PA),[citation needed] voiced by Phil Sayer.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 102. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508. 
  2. ^ GB National Rail Timetable, 1993-94 Edition, Table 48
  3. ^ Body, G Railways of the Eastern Region Volume 2, 1988, Patrick Stephens Ltd, Wellingborough, ISBN 1-85260-072-1, p.133
  4. ^ Metrocentre station facilitiesNational Rail Enquiries; Retrieved 2 February 2017
  5. ^ GB National Rail Timetable 2016-17, Table 48
  6. ^ Northern Rail Timetable 2: Nunthorpe - Middlesbrough - Newcastle - Metrocentre Northernrail.org; Retrieved 2013-07-12
  7. ^ Northern Rail Timetable 1 - Alnmouth - Morpeth - Newcastle
  8. ^ GB eNRT December 2016-May 2017 Edition, Tables 44 & 48 (Network Rail)
  9. ^ GB eNRT December 2016-May 2017 Edition, Tables 48 & 216 (Network Rail)

External links[edit]

Preceding station National Rail Following station
Newcastle   Abellio ScotRail
Glasgow South Western Line
  Wylam
Dunston   Northern
Tyne Valley Line
  Blaydon

Coordinates: 54°57′32″N 1°39′54″W / 54.958911°N 1.664898°W / 54.958911; -1.664898