Monument Metro station
|Tyne and Wear Metro|
|Place||Newcastle City Centre|
|Fare zone information|
|Metro Usage||5.25 million|
|List of stations|
Monument is an underground station on the Tyne and Wear Metro, serving Newcastle City Centre. Monument station was opened in November 1981 (platforms 1 & 2), with platforms 3 & 4 opening in November 1982.
The station is used by almost 6 million passengers per year, and is the busiest on the network. It is named after Grey's Monument, which stands directly above the station. It is also the only station to be situated on a line crossing.
Monument is a busy interchange station, with four platforms. Trains run as shown:
- Platform 1: Trains towards South Hylton and trains towards South Shields (with additional peak time services to Pelaw)
- Platform 2: Trains towards St. James via Whitley Bay and trains towards Newcastle Airport (with additional peak time services to Regent Centre and to Monkseaton)
- Platform 3: Trains towards South Shields via Whitley Bay
- Platform 4: Trains towards St. James
It is one of only 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 South Gosforth, before completing a loop of the coast via Whitley Bay, and then returning westwards via Wallsend, 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 at Monument state South Shields as their destination, they must first complete an anti-clockwise circuit via Wallsend, Whitley Bay & South Gosforth. The journey time to stations south of Monument is considerably shorter when departing from platform 1.
Ticket Hall & Concourse
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. In 2019 work is underway to convert the former TravelShop into the country's first underground bar, The Waypoint.
The station features some art installations. By one of the entrances is a mural, Famous Faces, 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. 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.
Surface entrance to the station, which sits right below the Grey's Monument in the background.
A Green Line train bound for Newcastle Airport Metro station at Platform 2.
- "Tyne & Wear Metro usage figures". 2017–2018. Retrieved 21 August 2019.
- NEXUS Business Intelligence Report. http://www.nexus.org.uk/wps/wcm/resources/file/eba01f018731343/Business%20Intelligence%20Annual%20Report%20200809.pdf[permanent dead link]
- "Pub plan approved for Metro station". BBC News. 10 May 2019. Retrieved 11 May 2019.
- Seddon, Sean (5 October 2018). "Sneak peek in the Monument Metro station pub 'The Waypoint'". Evening Chronicle. Retrieved 11 May 2019.
- "Famous Faces, Monument". Art on Transport. Nexus. Archived from the original on 26 September 2007. Retrieved 17 April 2007.
- "Parsons Polygon". Art on Transport. Nexus. Archived from the original on 29 September 2007. Retrieved 17 April 2007.
- Media related to Monument Metro station at Wikimedia Commons
- Train times and station information for Monument Metro station from Nexus
|Preceding station||Tyne and Wear Metro||Following station|
towards St James via the Coast
from platforms 1 and 2
towards South Shields
from platforms 1 and 2
towards South Hylton
from platforms 3 and 4
towards South Shields