DESCRIPTION(last modified February 19, 2017 )
Newcastle light metro network (Tyne and Wear Metro) was developed partly recovering dismantled or under utilized local railway tracks. Even if this system has some underground sections through the main urbanized areas, the track is mostly ground level in segregated lanes (with level crossing protection at the crossroads). Tyne and Wear Metro is constituted by 2 lines: Green Line and Yellow Line.
The initial section of Green Line (Haymarket-South Gosforth) opened in 1980 and it was extended in 1981 (South Gosforth-Bank Foot and Haymarket-Heworth), 1984 (Heworth-Pelaw), 1991 (Bank Foot-Airport) and 2002 (Pelaw-South Hylton).
The initial section of Yellow Line opened in 1980 (Haymarket-Monkseaton-Tynemouth) and it was extended in 1981 (Haymarket-Heworth), 1982 (St. James-Manors-Tynemouth) and 1984 (Heworth-South Shields).
Green Line and Yellow Line share a common section from South Gosforth to Pelaw.
HISTORY(last modified February 19, 2017 )
|11-08-1980||Haymarket-South Gosforth||Tyne and Wear Metro/Green Line|
|10-05-1981||South Gosforth-Bank Foot||Tyne and Wear Metro/Green Line|
|15-11-1981||Haymarket-Heworth||Tyne and Wear Metro/Green line|
|17-11-1991||Bank Foot-Airport||Tyne and Wear Metro/Green line|
|25-03-1984||Heworth-Pelaw||Tyne and Wear Metro/Green line|
|31-03-2002||Pelaw-South Hylton||Tyne and Wear Metro/Green line|
|11-08-1980||Haymarket-Monkseaton-Tynemouth||Tyne and Wear Metro/Yellow Line|
|15-11-1981||Haymarket-Heworth||Tyne and Wear Metro/Yellow Line|
|14-11-1982||St. James-Manors-Tynemouth||Tyne and Wear Metro/Yellow Line|
|25-03-1984||Heworth-South Shields||Tyne and Wear Metro/Yellow Line|
|11-12-2005||Northumberland Park stop||Tyne and Wear Metro/Yellow Line|
|17-03-2008||Simonside stop||Tyne and Wear Metro/Yellow Line|
(last modified February 19, 2017 )
Single line length (Km)
Single line stops
Single line avg. distance (km)
Total track length (km)
Total network stops
Avg. stop net distance (km)
1500 V DC overhead
Type of guide/gauge
standard gauge rails (1435 mm)
British Rail Class 994
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