South Shields Metro station

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South Shields
Tyne & Wear Metro
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South Shields King Street and Metro station
The train in this view shows cars with two different liveries. The one on the right is the standard Blue livery and the one on the left is carrying a Disability Discrimination Act compliant livery.
Location
PlaceSouth Shields
Local authoritySouth Tyneside
WGS8454°59′55″N 1°26′01″W / 54.9985°N 1.4335°W / 54.9985; -1.4335Coordinates: 54°59′55″N 1°26′01″W / 54.9985°N 1.4335°W / 54.9985; -1.4335
Fare zone information
Network One zone3
Metro zoneC
Original (1979) zone38
Station codeSSS
Operations
Platforms1
Usage
Metro Usage0.73[1] million
History
Opened1984-03-24 (closed 2019 (planned))
List of stations

South Shields Metro station is the main Tyne and Wear Metro station for South Shields, England. In 2008-9 the station was used by over 1 million passengers.[2] The station is located on a bridge above King Street, the main shopping street in South Shields Town Centre. The Metro station is located about 200 metres down the line from the former South Shields railway station, which it replaced. The station includes a newsagent and a sandwich bar (the latter formerly a Nexus Travel Centre) at ground level.

The station can be accessed via the main concourse by either lift or stairs from King Street or Keppel Street Bus Station. The station can also be accessed via the Mile End Road concourse (on the site of the BR station) by ramp.

The original two-platform railway station closed on 1 June 1981, when the line was closed for conversion to Metro standards. However, the Grade II-listed station building (but not the overall roof or any other part of the platform area) survived for many years, housing a newsagent and a barber (and still retaining a BR corporate-style "Barber" sign), but has since been demolished.

The Metro line continues beyond the station and through the site of the BR station to some engineering sidings.

The new Metro station was opened on 24 March 1984 and completed the initial Tyne and Wear Metro system. It was originally the terminus of the Green line (from Bank Foot and later Airport), but is now the terminus of the Yellow line.

New station (2019)[edit]

South Shields
Tyne & Wear Metro
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South Shields interchange at Keppel Street
South Shields interchange at Keppel Street
Location
PlaceSouth Shields
Local authoritySouth Tyneside
WGS8454°59′47″N 1°25′55″W / 54.9965°N 1.4320°W / 54.9965; -1.4320
Fare zone information
Network One zone3
Metro zoneC
Station codeSSS
Operations
Platforms1
History
Opened2019 (planned)
List of stations

In June 2015, plans were unveiled for a new transport interchange to be built, featuring a new Metro station and enclosed bus station. This development would replace the existing Metro station, and the adjacent Keppel Street Bus Station.[3] Building work started in 2018 and is expected to be completed in the summer of 2019. The opening date has not yet been announced.

Notes[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. ^ "Nexus". Nexus. Retrieved 15 September 2015.

External links[edit]

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