Backworth Station (1864-1977)


Backworth railway station was built c.1864, for North Eastern Railway, and was on the Blyth & Tyne line and also the North Tyneside 'Loop' line. The station was actually located about half a mile south of Backworth, and is very close to the site of today's Northumberland Park Metro Station. The station closed in 1977 in preparation for the construction of the Tyne & Wear Metro.

Backworth railway station served part of Newcastle in the English county of Northumberland, later part of Tyne and Wear. The station opened as Hotspur, replacing another Backworth station on the line to Morpeth which had been opened as Holywell.

History

Opened by the North Eastern Railway, then joining the London and North Eastern Railway, the station passed to the Eastern Region of British Railways on nationalisation in 1948. The line had been electrified (as the Tyneside Electric) by the North Eastern Railway in 1904 to fight competition from the newly built electric tramways, but was de-electrified in the 1960s.

The station was then closed by the British Railways Board to enable the construction of the Tyne and Wear Metro, but was not re-opened as part of that system. Initially Shiremoor was the nearest metro station to the site until the 2005 opening of Northumberland Park.

The site today

Tyne and Wear Metro now serves Northumberland Park, located a short distance to the west.

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