Monument Metro station

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Monument
Tyne & Wear Metro
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Mobile phones can be used at Monument and other underground stations
Location
PlaceNewcastle City Centre
Local authorityNewcastle
WGS8454°58′25″N 1°36′47″W / 54.9737°N 1.6131°W / 54.9737; -1.6131Coordinates: 54°58′25″N 1°36′47″W / 54.9737°N 1.6131°W / 54.9737; -1.6131
Fare zone information
Network One zone1
Metro zoneA
Original (1979) zone26
Station codeMMT
Operations
Platforms4
Usage
Metro Usage5.67[1] million
History
Opened15 November 1981 (platforms 1 and 2)
14 November 1982 (platforms 3 and 4)
List of stations

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.

Line configuration[edit]

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 Voorweg RandstadRail station on the Randstadrail in The Hague, Netherlands and the Serdika and Serdika II stations on the Sofia Metro in Sofia, Bulgaria). 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 for 14 years on the Vancouver SkyTrain at Commercial–Broadway station and briefly on the Toronto subway at Bloor–Yonge for six months in 1966.)

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.

Ticket hall[edit]

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.

The ticket hall additionally contains its own shops including a branch of Sainsbury's Local. The station previously housed a Nexus TravelShop which closed in 2015.[3] In 2019 work is underway to convert the former TravelShop into the country's first underground bar, The Waypoint.[4]

Station art[edit]

The station features some art installations. By one of the entrances is a mural, Famous Faces,[5] 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.[6] 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.[7]

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Automated Announcements / Track Map / Usage Statistics". 2015–2016. Retrieved 29 April 2017.
  2. ^ NEXUS Business Intelligence Report. http://www.nexus.org.uk/wps/wcm/resources/file/eba01f018731343/Business%20Intelligence%20Annual%20Report%20200809.pdf[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Pub plan approved for Metro station". BBC News. 10 May 2019. Retrieved 11 May 2019.
  4. ^ Seddon, Sean (5 October 2018). "Sneak peek in the Monument Metro station pub 'The Waypoint'". Evening Chronicle. Retrieved 11 May 2019.
  5. ^ "Famous Faces, Monument". Art on Transport. Nexus. Archived from the original on 26 September 2007. Retrieved 17 April 2007.
  6. ^ "Parsons Polygon". Art on Transport. Nexus. Archived from the original on 29 September 2007. Retrieved 17 April 2007.
  7. ^ http://www.newcastle.gov.uk/leisure-libraries-and-tourism/arts-and-entertainment/public-art/public-art-grainger-town

External links[edit]

Preceding station   Tyne and Wear Metro   Following station
towards St James via the Coast
Yellow line
from platforms 1 and 2
towards South Shields
towards Airport
Green line
from platforms 1 and 2
towards South Hylton
Terminus
Yellow line
from platforms 3 and 4
towards South Shields