Manors Metro station

Manors is an underground station on the Tyne and Wear Metro, serving the city centre, Manors and Shieldfield in Newcastle upon Tyne. The station joined the network in November 1982, following the opening of the line between Tynemouth and St. James. The station is located a short walk away from the National Rail station at Manors, which is situated on the East Coast Main Line.[2]

Manors
Tyne and Wear Metro station
Manors Metro Station (geograph 2168446).jpg
LocationNewcastle upon Tyne, City of Newcastle upon Tyne
England
Coordinates54°58′26″N 1°36′17″W / 54.9740°N 1.6048°W / 54.9740; -1.6048Coordinates: 54°58′26″N 1°36′17″W / 54.9740°N 1.6048°W / 54.9740; -1.6048
Grid referenceNZ253644
Transit authorityTyne and Wear Passenger Transport Executive
Platforms2
Tracks2
Construction
Bicycle facilities5 cycle pods
Disabled accessStep-free access to platform level
Other information
Station codeMAN
Fare zoneA
History
Original companyTyne and Wear Metro
Key dates
14 November 1982Opened
Passengers
2017/180.17 million[1]
Services
Preceding station Tyne Wear Metro logo.svg Metro Following station
Byker Yellow Line Monument
towards St James
Location

An abstract mural, Magic City by British artist Basil Beattie, was commissioned in 1987, and can be seen on the station concourse.[3]

The station is located towards the edge of the city centre, and is relatively lightly used. Manors was used by 170,337 passengers in 2017–18, making it the eighth-least-used station on the network.

Heading east from Manors, the route surfaces alongside the East Coast Main Line, before crossing the dramatic 815 m (2,674 ft) Byker Viaduct over the Ouseburn Valley, towards Byker. The S-shaped viaduct was constructed for the Tyne and Wear Metro by Ove Arup, with work commencing in 1976, and completed in 1979.[4][5]

The former North Eastern Railway route between Manors and Jesmond is connected by a link tunnel, located to the west of the station. It is used only by trains running out of public service, allowing them to terminate at Manors, and then return to the depot at South Gosforth (and vice versa), without having to travel around the North Tyneside Loop.

FacilitiesEdit

Step-free access is available at all stations across the Tyne and Wear Metro network, with two lifts providing step-free access to platforms at Manors. As part of the Metro: All Change programme, new lifts were installed at Manors in 2014,[6] with new escalators installed in 2015.[7] The station is equipped with ticket machines, seating, next train information displays, timetable posters, and an emergency help point on both platforms. Ticket machines are able to accept payment with credit and debit card (including contactless payment), notes and coins.[8][9] The station is fitted with automatic ticket barriers, which were installed at 13 stations across the network during the early 2010s, as well as smartcard validators, which feature at all stations.[10][11]

There is no dedicated parking at the station, however there are nearby pay and display car parks, operated by Newcastle City Council. There is the provision for cycle parking, with 5 cycle pods available for use.[12]

ServicesEdit

As of January 2021, the station is served by trains every 12–30 minutes, with additional trains at peak times. Trains are currently operating to a reduced timetable, owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.[13]

Rolling stock used: Class 994 Metrocar

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Tyne and Wear Metro usage figures 2017–18". Retrieved 21 August 2019.
  2. ^ "Manors Station Information". Northern Trains. Retrieved 22 March 2020.
  3. ^ "'Magic City' by Basil Beattie". Nexus. Retrieved 22 March 2020.
  4. ^ Smyth, W. (December 1977). "Byker Viaduct" (PDF). The Arup Journal. 12 (4): 24–27.
  5. ^ Morton, David (24 February 2017). "Bridging the gap at Byker: How Metro, road and rail crosses the Ouseburn Valley". ChronicleLive. Retrieved 22 March 2020.
  6. ^ "Passenger lifts at Jesmond and Manors Metro stations are to be replaced". Nexus. 17 June 2014. Retrieved 24 May 2020.
  7. ^ "New escalators for Heworth and Gateshead". Nexus. 18 March 2015. Retrieved 24 May 2020.
  8. ^ "Metro passengers feel the benefit of contactless payment". Nexus. 13 January 2014. Retrieved 24 May 2020.
  9. ^ "Revamp for Metro ticket machines". BBC News. 11 December 2011. Retrieved 24 May 2020.
  10. ^ "City Metro stations get new smart ticket machines and gates". Nexus. 22 October 2012. Retrieved 24 May 2020.
  11. ^ "Pop card validators at Metro stations are put through their paces". Nexus. 21 March 2013. Retrieved 24 May 2020.
  12. ^ "Timetables and stations: Manors". Nexus. Retrieved 24 May 2020.
  13. ^ "Timetables and stations: Manors". Tyne and Wear Passenger Transport Executive. Retrieved 2 January 2020.

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