Wallsend Metro station

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Wallsend
Tyne and Wear Metro station
Wallsend Metro Station (detail) (geograph 4747420).jpg
General information
LocationWallsend, North Tyneside
England
Coordinates54°59′23″N 1°31′58″W / 54.9895984°N 1.5327361°W / 54.9895984; -1.5327361Coordinates: 54°59′23″N 1°31′58″W / 54.9895984°N 1.5327361°W / 54.9895984; -1.5327361
Grid referenceNZ300662
Transit authorityTyne and Wear PTE
Platforms2
Tracks2
Bus stands3
Construction
Parking24 spaces
Bicycle facilities8 cycle pods
Disabled accessStep-free access to platform
Other information
Station codeWSD
Fare zoneB
History
Original companyNewcastle and North Shields Railway
Pre-groupingNorth Eastern Railway
Post-grouping
Key dates
22 June 1839Opened as Carville
1864Renamed Wallsend
11 August 1980Closed for conversion
14 November 1982Reopened
Passengers
2017/180.50 million[1]
Services
Preceding station Tyne Wear Metro logo.svg Tyne and Wear Metro Following station
Hadrian Road Yellow Line Walkergate
towards St James
Location
Wallsend is located in Tyne and Wear
Wallsend
Wallsend
Location in Tyne and Wear, England

Wallsend is a Tyne and Wear Metro station, serving the town of Wallsend, North Tyneside in Tyne and Wear, England. It joined the network on 14 November 1982, following the opening of the fourth phase of the network, between Tynemouth and St James via Wallsend.

History[edit]

The station stands on the site of the former Wallsend station, which opened in 1839, as part of the Newcastle and North Shields Railway. This later became part of the North Tyneside Loop, served by the North Eastern Railway. Following closure for conversion in the early 1980s, the station was demolished and re-built.

Wallsend is the only station in the United Kingdom which has signage in Latin.[2][3] This is a nod to the station's location, near to the Segedunum Roman Fort at the end of Hadrian's Wall.

It is one of the few stations in England to have bilingual signage. Others include Ashford International, Ebbsfleet International and London St. Pancras International (French), Southall (Punjabi) and Hereford (Welsh).

Facilities[edit]

Step-free access is available at all stations across the Tyne and Wear Metro network: ramps provide step-free access to both platforms at Wallsend. The station is equipped with ticket machines, sheltered waiting area, seating, next-train information displays, timetable posters, and an emergency help point on both platforms. Ticket machines accept payment with credit and debit card (including contactless payment), notes and coins.[4][5] The station is also fitted with smartcard validators, like all stations across the network.[6][7]

There is a small free car park available at the station, with 24 spaces. There is also provision for cycle parking: eight cycle pods are available.[8]

Services[edit]

As of April 2021, the station is served by up to five trains per hour on weekdays and Saturday, and up to four trains per hour during the evening and on Sunday.[8]

Rolling stock used: Class 994 Metrocar

Bus Station[edit]

Wallsend Bus Station opened in July 1982, preceding the adjacent Metro station.[9] It is served by Go North East and Stagecoach North East's local bus services, with frequent routes serving Newcastle upon Tyne and North Tyneside. The bus station has three departure stands (lettered A–C), each of which is fitted with a waiting shelter, seating, next-bus information displays, and timetable posters. The bus station was refurbished in 2009 at a cost of £130,000.[10]

Art[edit]

Michael Pinsky's Pontis art project was commissioned for the station in 2003, and featured photographs of the local area, digitally altered so that words appeared in Latin.[11][12] It has since been replaced by a new artwork, which consists of images of Hadrian's Wall, by photographer Graeme Peacock.[13][14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tyne and Wear Metro usage figures 2017–18". Retrieved 21 August 2019.
  2. ^ "Latin lessons for Tyneside travellers". BBC News. 13 March 2003. Retrieved 25 May 2020.
  3. ^ Stokes, Paul (14 March 2003). "Metro passengers find their way to the vomitorium". The Telegraph. London. Retrieved 25 May 2020.
  4. ^ "Metro passengers feel the benefit of contactless payment" (Press release). Nexus. 13 January 2014. Retrieved 25 May 2020.
  5. ^ "Revamp for Metro ticket machines". BBC News. 11 December 2011. Retrieved 25 May 2020.
  6. ^ "City Metro stations get new smart ticket machines and gates" (Press release). Nexus. 22 October 2012. Retrieved 25 May 2020.
  7. ^ "Pop card validators at Metro stations are put through their paces" (Press release). Nexus. 21 March 2013. Retrieved 25 May 2020.
  8. ^ a b "Timetables and stations: Wallsend". Tyne and Wear Passenger Transport Executive. Retrieved 30 March 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. ^ "Minister opens new bus station". Newcastle Evening Chronicle. 28 July 1982. p. 6. Retrieved 29 July 2021.
  10. ^ "Nexus gives Wallsend Bus Station a facelift" (Press release). Nexus. 1 September 2009. Retrieved 25 May 2020.
  11. ^ "'Pontis' by Michael Pinsky". Nexus. Retrieved 25 May 2020.
  12. ^ Stokes, Paul. "Pontis". Michael Pinsky. Archived from the original on 9 May 2021. Retrieved 23 December 2021.
  13. ^ "Metro's 'Roman' station has a modern new feel". Nexus. 12 April 2013. Retrieved 25 May 2020.
  14. ^ Henderson, Tony (13 April 2013). "Roman heritage artwork unveiled at Wallsend Metro station". The Journal. Newcastle upon Tyne. Retrieved 22 May 2016.

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