|Tyne and Wear Metro|
North Shields station in 2010, prior to its reconstruction
|Local authority||North Tyneside|
|Fare zone information|
|Metro Usage||0.76 million|
|Closed for conversion||11 August 1980|
|Metro since||14 November 1982|
|List of stations|
North Shields is a station on the Tyne and Wear Metro, located in a cutting just prior to a tunnel which takes the line eastwards beneath North Shields town centre. The Tyne and Wear Metro station at North Shields was opened in November 1982, following Metro's extension from Tynemouth to St. James.
In 2017-18, the station was used by approximately 760,000 passengers.
North Shields was the terminus of the now defunct (following Metro's extension from Pelaw to Sunderland & South Hylton in 2002) Blue Line from St. James, which used a bay platform (platform 3) at the south-west corner of the station.
The original North Shields station (named Shields until 1874) opened in 1839, on the Newcastle & North Shields Railway. Although originally a terminus station, the line was extended to Tynemouth in 1847 by the digging of a tunnel under North Shields.
The original station buildings lasted for around fifty years, until they were replaced by new booking offices constructed over the platforms by the North Eastern Railway in 1890. These survived until the mid-1960s when they were replaced with a prefabricated structure by British Rail. This work also removed the overall roof from the platforms, replacing it with individual canopies over each platform.
The station was closed in August 1980 for conversion to Metro, reopening in November 1982. During this work the platform-level canopies and ramps from the entrance to the platform were retained, but the 1960s station entrance was replaced by a new structure.
The new station was fully completed in September 2012, with changes including passenger lifts, wave-shaped canopies for each platform, and a new black, white and blue colour scheme. The ramps that had formerly provided access to the platforms were replaced with stairs.
Ticket barriers were also installed in an attempt to cut down on ticketless travel through the station. The refurbishment cost £3 million, and was part of the £385 million 'All Change' programme.
Service & Frequency
This line runs up to every 12 minutes during the day (Monday to Saturday), and up to every 15 minutes in the evenings and on a Sunday.
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|Preceding station||Tyne and Wear Metro||Following station|
towards St James
towards South Shields