Monument Metro station

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For the London Underground station, see Bank-Monument station.
Tyne and Wear Metro
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Mobile phones can be used at Monument and other underground stations
Place Newcastle City Centre
Local authority Newcastle
Fare zone information
Network One zone 1
Metro zone A
Original (1979) zone 26
Station code MMT
Platforms 4
Metro Usage 2008-09[1] 6.0 million
Opened 15 November 1981 (platforms 1 and 2)
14 November 1982 (platforms 3 and 4)
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Monument is a principal station on the underground section of the Tyne and Wear Metro system and is used by almost 6 million passengers per year.[2] It is named after Grey's Monument, which stands directly above the station. It is the only station on the Tyne and Wear Metro that is situated at a line crossing.

The station opened with services from two of its four platforms (1 and 2) on 15 November 1981, when the Metro was extended south from its temporary terminus at Haymarket to Heworth. The remaining two platforms (3 and 4) came into use when services between St James and Tynemouth commenced on 14 November 1982. Platforms 1 and 2 lie below 3 and 4, at right angles.

It is only one of three stations in the world where the same metro line passes through it twice in a pretzel configuration (the others being Commercial–Broadway Station on the Vancouver SkyTrain and Voorweg RandstadRail station on the Randstadrail in The Hague, Netherlands.). Trains on the Yellow line from South Shields travel north through the station towards Jesmond, Four Lane Ends and the Coast, and return westwards via Wallsend and Manors towards St James. (A similar situation also existed briefly on the Toronto subway.)

The ticket hall has an exit to Fenwick department store, a more indirect underground connection to Eldon Square Shopping Centre, and exits to Blackett Street and Grey Street.

Although trains departing platform 3 state South Shields as their eventual destination, they must first complete an anticlockwise circuit of the coast. The journey time to stations south of Monument is considerably shorter when departing from platform 1.

Station art[edit]

The station features some art installations. By one of the entrances is a mural, Famous Faces,[3] created by Bob Olley. It features a number of famous people from the North East, looking out of the window of a Metro train. This is mentioned on the song "By the Monument" by the band Maxïmo Park who grew up in the area.

Outside the station, a simple ventilation shaft has been disguised by Parsons Polygon.[4] Created by David Hamilton as a tribute to Sir Charles Parsons. It is made from clay and features abstract designs based on Parsons' engineering drawings. There are also some designs based on circuitry which have been sand blasted into the walls and paving of the entrances to the station. This was installed in 2002 and is entitled Circuit. It was created by Richard Cole.[5]


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Coordinates: 54°58′25″N 1°36′47″W / 54.9737°N 1.6131°W / 54.9737; -1.6131

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
Yellow line
towards South Shields