Newcastle Metro System Newcastle upon Tyne Reviews
Newcastle Metro System Oct 06, 2012
More of a suburban rail network, than a 'proper' metro system. Really two lines joined together, one from the airport running to Sunderland and beyond, and the other from South Shields into a circle line via Whitley Bay.
Plenty of stations around the city centre, but they seemed so close together you'd be quicker walking between them than to go down and wait on a train.
Also doesn't go down by the river, understandable given how steep it is.
Opened in 1980, and has been built up in stages, with some stations added to already existing routes. Stations all seem relatively new and, while we were there, it was an open system for travelling, although it looked at two of the stations they were in the process of setting up automatic ticket barriers.
Fares based on a zonal system, over 3 zones, and for us the option for a 2 zone journey was £2-40 single ticket or £3-30 for an all day ticket (bit of a no brainer considering we had to get back :D ).
Trains were small, just two carriages, and service level seemed to be every 12 minutes, which halves at section where the lines run parallel. At peak times on week days that goes down to 3 minutes.
Wallsend Station is unusual though, as it must be the only train station in the UK with the signs in Latin, due to the proximity of Segedunum, but still a nice touch.
Worth considering for getting to and from the airport, or just travelling a bit further afield, but not worth using in and around the city centre.
Part of the Geordie Shores - Newcastle Oct 2012 travel blog
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