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Old Metro Station


The old Metro station in South Shields on King Street closed on the 8th of July 2019, in preparation for the opening of a new Transport Interchange which brought the Metro and bus services together under one roof. South Shields Metro station opened in 1984 and was the first station on the Tyne and Wear Metro to be permanently closed. In it's 35 years of service the station had been used by over 50 million passengers, including tens of thousands or Great North Run athletes and spectators. The station had also featured in the song 'Stand on the Horizon' by pop group Franz Ferdinand, inspired by singer Alex Kapranos’ childhood in North East.[1]
The text below was from Wikipeda when accessed on 04/12/2017, retained here for historical interest.
It has since been supeseeded by a new page on Wikipedia: South Shields Interchange, following closure of the old station.

South Shields Metro station is the main Tyne and Wear Metro station for South Shields, England. In 2008-9 the station was used by over 1 million passengers. The station is located on a bridge above King Street, the main shopping street in South Shields Town Centre. The Metro station is located about 200 metres down the line from the former South Shields railway station, which it replaced. The station includes a newsagent and a sandwich bar (the latter formerly a Nexus Travel Centre) at ground level.

The station can be accessed via the main concourse by either lift or stairs from King Street or Keppel Street Bus Station. The station can also be accessed via the Mile End Road concourse (on the site of the BR station) by ramp.

The original two-platform railway station closed on 1 June 1981, when the line was closed for conversion to Metro standards. However, the Grade II-listed station building (but not the overall roof or any other part of the platform area) survived for many years, housing a newsagent and a barber (and still retaining a BR corporate-style "Barber" sign), but has since been demolished.

The Metro line continues beyond the station and through the site of the BR station to some engineering sidings.

The new Metro station was opened on 24 March 1984 and completed the initial Tyne and Wear Metro system. It was originally the terminus of the Green line (from Bank Foot and later Airport), but is now the terminus of the Yellow line.

In June 2015, plans were unveiled for a new transport interchange to be built, featuring a new Metro station and enclosed bus station. This development would replace the existing Metro station, and the adjacent Keppel Street Bus Station.

Text from Wikipedia, available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License (accessed: 04/12/2017).
It has since been supeseeded by a new page on Wikipedia: South Shields Interchange, following closure of the old station.

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South Shield Metro Station

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Metro bridge on King Street, South Shields

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South Shields Metro Station

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South Shields Metro station to close permanently on July 8, 2019

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South Shields Metro station closes to make way for new transport interchange
- News: 5 July 2019. "A station on the Tyne and Wear Metro is to be permanently closed for the first time in the network’s 39 year history. South Shields ...

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