Tynemouth Metro station

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Tynemouth
Tyne and Wear Metro
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Tynemouth Metro station
Platform 2
Location
Place Tynemouth
Local authority North Tyneside
WGS84 55°01′02″N 1°25′43″W / 55.017140°N 1.42861°W / 55.017140; -1.42861Coordinates: 55°01′02″N 1°25′43″W / 55.017140°N 1.42861°W / 55.017140; -1.42861
Fare zone information
Network One zone 3
Metro zone C
Original (1979) zone 29
Station code TYN
Operations
Platforms 2
History
Original company North Eastern Railway
Opened 7 July 1882
Metro since 11 August 1980
As terminus
14 November 1982
For through services
List of stations

Tynemouth Metro station is a station on the Tyne and Wear Metro network and is a Grade II* listed building.[1] It was designed by William Bell for the North Eastern Railway Company.[2] As well as serving the Tyne and Wear Metro, it hosts a number of permanent businesses and a weekly market. North Tyneside Council and Millhouse Developments jointly own Station Developments Limited, which in turn is the owner of Tynemouth station.

History[edit]

The railway station was opened in 1882 by the North Eastern Railway. It served as the terminus for the first section of the Metro network from Tynemouth to Haymarket (in Newcastle City Centre) via Benton and Jesmond, that opened on 11 August 1980; all trains used the present platform 2.

It became a through station once more on 14 November 1982 when the section to St James via North Shields, Wallsend and Monument became the fourth section of the network to commence services. British Rail continued to use the bay platforms at the southern end of Platform 2 for services from Newcastle via Wallsend until the day before the first section of the Metro opened, meaning that Tynemouth station never closed.

Regeneration[edit]

In 2007, English Heritage placed the station on its "at-risk" register of notable buildings in need of restoration.[3] In early April 2009, plans regarding proposed regeneration of the station were put on show to members of the public and local businesses.

The Planning Committee of North Tyneside Council received a planning application dated 16 September 2009 which envisaged substantial redevelopment of the Tynemouth Metro Station site. The owners of the site, Station Developments Limited wished to build a 16 000 sqft supermarket on the site, as well as other improvements. A leading supermarket chain was said to have shown interest. The insertion of a supermarket of such size would be likely to have a large effect on the amenity of the surrounding area, which is a designated conservation area.

The station was renovated in 2012 and following the revamp it was officially opened by Anne, Princess Royal on 2 July 2012.[4]

Services[edit]

Trains from St James and Monument travel onwards anticlockwise around the North Tyneside Loop to South Shields via Four Lane Ends, Central Station, Heworth call at Platform 1, while services running in the opposite direction (St James via Wallsend) stop at Platform 2.

Events[edit]

A weekly market is held in the station concourse every Saturday and Sunday, which doubles as a farmers' market once a month.[5]

The Friends of Tynemouth Station have held book fairs several times a year and they have also arranged the displays of artwork that travellers regularly see in the central section of the bridge and hanging from the roof area at the station.

The station concourse is also used as an events area during the annual Mouth of the Tyne Festival.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Listed building details". North Tyneside Listed Building Database. North Tyneside Council. Retrieved 28 January 2007. 
  2. ^ Historic England. "Details from listed building database (1185168)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 30 September 2015. 
  3. ^ "At-risk buildings 'need millions'". BBC News. 24 July 2007. Retrieved 24 July 2007. Tynemouth Station, Tyne and Wear - £2m 
  4. ^ Wilson, Richard (2 July 2012). "The Princess Royal arrives at Tynemouth Metro station". ITV News. Retrieved 6 July 2012. 
  5. ^ "Tynemouth Market". Retrieved 18 November 2015. 

External links[edit]

Preceding station   Tyne and Wear Metro   Following station
towards St James
Yellow line
towards South Shields