Wallsend Metro station

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Wallsend Tyne and Wear Metro
Tyne and Wear Metro
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Location
PlaceWallsend
Local authorityNorth Tyneside
Coordinates54°59′23″N 1°31′56″W / 54.9897°N 1.5323°W / 54.9897; -1.5323Coordinates: 54°59′23″N 1°31′56″W / 54.9897°N 1.5323°W / 54.9897; -1.5323
Fare zone information
Metro zoneB
Network One2
Original zone27
Station codeWSD
Operations
Platforms2
Usage
Metro Usage0.50[1] million
History
Original companyNewcastle and North Shields Railway
Opened19 June 1839
Closed for conversion11 August 1980
Metro since14 November 1982
List of stations

Wallsend is a station on the Tyne and Wear Metro, serving Wallsend in North Tyneside. The station joined the network in November 1982, following the opening of the line between Tynemouth and St. James.

The station is situated on the site of the former Wallsend station, which opened in 1839, under 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.

Michael Pinsky's Pontis art project was commissioned for the station in 2003, and featured photographs of the local area, which were digitally altered so that words appeared in Latin.[2] This installation has since been replaced by a new artwork, which consists of images of Hadrian's Wall, by photographer Graeme Peacock.[3][4]

Wallsend is the only station in the United Kingdom which has signage in Latin.[5][6] This is a nod to the station's location, near to the Segedunum Roman Fort at the end of Hadrian's Wall. It is also one of the few stations in England to have bilingual signage, with others being London St. Pancras International, Ebbsfleet International and Ashford International (French), Southall (Punjabi) and Hereford (Welsh).

Facilities[edit]

Step-free access is available at all stations across the Tyne and Wear Metro network, with ramps providing 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 are able to accept payment with credit and debit card (including contactless payment), notes and coins.[7][8] The station is also fitted with smartcard validators, which feature at all stations across the network.[9][10]

There is a small free car park available at the station, with 24 spaces. There is also the provision for cycle parking, with 8 cycle pods available for use.[11]

Service and frequency[edit]

Wallsend is served by the  Yellow Line , which operates between South Shields and St. James with an end-to-end journey time of 83 minutes.

Services from platform 1 operate towards South Shields via Whitley Bay, with the first train departing at 05:59 (06:11 on Saturday and 06:18 on Sunday). Services from platform 2 operate towards St. James, with the first train departing at 05:41 (05:59 on Saturday and 06:44 on Sunday). Trains run frequently across the network, at intervals of up to every 12 minutes (Monday to Saturday daytime), and every 15 minutes (evening and Sunday), with the last trains departing at around midnight.[11]

Journey times from Wallsend are:

Wallsend Bus Station[edit]

Wallsend Bus Station
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LocationStation Road
Wallsend
North Tyneside
Coordinates54°59′21″N 1°32′02″W / 54.9893°N 1.5338°W / 54.9893; -1.5338
Owned byTyne and Wear PTE (Nexus)
Operated byTyne and Wear PTE (Nexus)
Bus stands3
ConnectionsWallsend Tyne and Wear Metro
Construction
Parking24 spaces Parking
Bicycle facilities8 cycle pods Bicycle facilities
Other information
Fare zone
History
Opened14 November 1982
Location
Wallsend Bus Station is located in Tyne and Wear
Wallsend Bus Station
Wallsend Bus Station
Location within Tyne and Wear

Wallsend Bus Station opened in November 1982, along with the adjacent Tyne and Wear Metro station. 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.[12]

As of June 2020, the stand allocation is:

Stand Route Destination
A
No services operate from this stand
B 41 Hadrian Park
42 Cramlington      via Killingworth Bus interchange
42A Kingston Park Tyne and Wear Metro Bus interchange      via Newcastle Airport Airport interchange Tyne and Wear Metro
C 12 Fenham
40 Chapel House
553 Regent Centre Tyne and Wear Metro Bus interchange     via Freeman Hospital
 Q3  Newcastle Great Park      via Haymarket Tyne and Wear Metro Bus interchange

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tyne and Wear Metro usage figures 2017–2018". Retrieved 21 August 2019.
  2. ^ "'Pontis' by Michael Pinsky". Nexus. Retrieved 25 May 2020.
  3. ^ "Metro's 'Roman' station has a modern new feel". Nexus. 12 April 2013. Retrieved 25 May 2020.
  4. ^ Henderson, Tony (13 April 2013). "Roman heritage artwork unveiled at Wallsend Metro station". The Journal. Newcastle upon Tyne. Retrieved 22 May 2016.
  5. ^ "Latin lessons for Tyneside travellers". BBC News. 13 March 2003. Retrieved 25 May 2020.
  6. ^ Stokes, Paul (14 March 2003). "Metro passengers find their way to the vomitorium". The Telegraph. Retrieved 25 May 2020.
  7. ^ "Metro passengers feel the benefit of contactless payment". Nexus. 13 January 2014. Retrieved 25 May 2020.
  8. ^ "Revamp for Metro ticket machines". BBC News. 11 December 2011. Retrieved 25 May 2020.
  9. ^ "City Metro stations get new smart ticket machines and gates". Nexus. 22 October 2012. Retrieved 25 May 2020.
  10. ^ "Pop card validators at Metro stations are put through their paces". Nexus. 21 March 2013. Retrieved 25 May 2020.
  11. ^ a b "Timetables and stations: Wallsend". Nexus. Retrieved 25 May 2020.
  12. ^ "Nexus gives Wallsend Bus Station a facelift". Nexus. 1 September 2009. Retrieved 25 May 2020.

External links[edit]

Preceding station   TWMetro logo no text.PNG Tyne and Wear Metro   Following station
towards St James
Yellow line
towards South Shields