|Tyne and Wear Metro|
The main circulating area between the two platforms at Gateshead Metro station, giving an indication of the unusually wide island platform underground.
|Place||Gateshead town centre|
|Fare zone information|
|Metro Usage||1.81 million|
|Opened||15 November 1981|
|List of stations|
|Other names||Gateshead bus station|
|Location||West Street, Gateshead town centre|
|Connections||Tyne and Wear Metro|
|Bicycle facilities||5 spaces next to stand M|
|Opened||15 November 1981|
|Railways between Newcastle and Gateshead|
Gateshead Interchange is a transport interchange in the centre of the town of Gateshead, England. It is served by the Tyne and Wear Metro, whose station is underground, as well as local bus services. The bus concourse was used by over 3.8 million passengers, making it the busiest bus station in Tyne and Wear.
The interchange opened on 15 November 1981, as part of the third stage of the Tyne and Wear Metro system, which included the main underground sections in the centre of Newcastle upon Tyne, as well as the Queen Elizabeth II Bridge across the River Tyne. It replaced the nearby Gateshead railway station, which closed shortly after the Metro station was opened.
In March 2004, the interchange redevelopment around the existing Metro station was completed by Jefferson Sheard Architects, and the large-scale sculpture "Opening Line", by Danny Lane was unveiled. The redeveloped interchange was officially opened by Secretary of State for Transport Alistair Darling.
Cycle parking is available, but the interchange does not provide spaces for car parking.
Tyne & Wear Metro
The Metro station is served by both the Yellow Line (running from South Shields to Newcastle City Centre, Four Lane Ends and via the coast towards St James) and the Green Line (running from South Hylton and Sunderland to Newcastle City Centre, Regent Centre and Newcastle Airport).
Both lines run up to every 12 minutes during the day (Monday to Saturday), and up to every 15 minutes in the evenings and on a Sunday. This provides a combined service of up to every 6 minutes (Monday to Saturday), and up to every 7–8 minutes during the evening and on a Sunday between Pelaw and South Gosforth.
Additional trains run during the morning and evening peak (Monday to Friday) between Pelaw and Regent Centre or Monkseaton. This provides a Metro up to every 3 minutes between Pelaw and South Gosforth at peak times.
The design of the station is very different from the underground stations in central Newcastle, due to the different rock structure south of the River Tyne. The running tunnels are square rather than circular in cross-section, and Gateshead station was excavated as a box.
Lighting in the station was improved by the installation of brighter and more energy efficient light bulbs in July 2014.
When opened, the bus station (including the travel centre) was operated by Northern General, rather than the Tyne & Wear PTE, despite being finished in the PTE house style. Since then, the bus station has been completely rebuilt, with work being completed in March 2004.
From Gateshead Interchange, a number of local attractions can be reached by bus, including: the Angel of the North (21), Beamish Museum (28 & 28A), Saltwell Park (53), Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Sage Gateshead and the Quayside (Q1), and Metrocentre (X66).
As of February 2020[update] the stand allocation is:
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- NEXUS Business Intelligence Report[permanent dead link]
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- Kennedy, Maev (12 March 2004). "Gateshead unveils latest huge artwork". The Guardian. London: Guardian Media Group. ISSN 1756-3224. Retrieved 5 May 2015.
- "Bill Jacobs in the house". Evening Chronicle. Newcastle upon Tyne: Trinity Mirror. 30 March 2004. Retrieved 5 May 2015.
Tyne Bridge MP David Clelland was deeply impressed when Transport Secretary Alistair Darling opened the bus and Metro interchange in Gateshead town centre and then took a ride on a bendy bus to the town's famous MetroCentre.
- "New lighting transforms Gateshead Interchange". Nexus (Press release). 21 July 2014. Retrieved 5 May 2015.
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|Preceding station||Tyne and Wear Metro||Following station|
towards St James via the Coast
towards South Shields
towards South Hylton