West Jesmond Metro station

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West Jesmond
Tyne and Wear Metro
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Location
Place Jesmond
Local authority Newcastle
Fare zone information
Network One zone 1
Metro zone A
Original (1979) zone 17
Station code WJS
Operations
Platforms 2
Usage
Metro Usage 1.17[1] million
History
Opened 1900-12-01
Closed for conversion 1978-08-23
Metro since 1980-08-11
List of stations

West Jesmond Metro station is one of three Tyne and Wear Metro stations that serve the suburb of Jesmond in Newcastle upon Tyne. West Jesmond is the busiest suburban station on the Metro network, with 966,467 annual passenger boardings in 1995-96,[2] which has further increased to over 1 million in 2008-9.[3]

History[edit]

It was built by the North Eastern Railway company as a heavy rail station, and opened in December 1900[4] under the name 'Moor Edge'. The station platforms are on opposite sides of the line and are linked by an underground pedestrian subway.

The platforms originally had glass awnings to shelter passengers, but these were removed in the 1970s. The sawn-off remnants of these awnings can still be seen attached to the station buildings.

The station closed in 1978 for conversion to Metro service, reopening in August 1980. The original station buildings were kept, but the platforms were shortened and a new footbridge was built over the line.

Notable landmarks[edit]

Jesmond Picture House building formerly stood adjacent to the station, and was clearly visible from passing Metro trains. This suburban cinema opened in 1921 and survived well into the multiplex age. Made in America was the last film to be screened there when it finally closed its doors in October 1993.[5] The cinema has been demolished to make way for a new office and shopping complex, after standing derelict for nearly 16 years. Plans were approved by the local council in 2008.

References[edit]

  1. ^ [https/www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/automated_announcements_track_ma_2 "Automated Announcements / Track Map / Usage Statistics"] Check |url= value (help). 2015–2016. Retrieved 29 April 2017. 
  2. ^ Young, Alan (1999). Suburban Railways of Tyneside. Martin Bairstow. p. 94. ISBN 1-871944-20-1. 
  3. ^ NEXUS Business Intelligence Report. http://www.nexus.org.uk/wps/wcm/resources/file/eba01f018731343/Business%20Intelligence%20Annual%20Report%20200809.pdf
  4. ^ "Blyth and Tyne stations". Northumbrian Railways. Archived from the original on 2008-03-11. Retrieved 2008-04-26. 
  5. ^ Manders, Frank (2005). Cinemas of Newcastle. Tyne Bridge Publishing. p. 120. ISBN 1-85795-152-2. 

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Coordinates: 54°59′37″N 1°36′36″W / 54.9936°N 1.6099°W / 54.9936; -1.6099

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