MetroCentre railway station
MetroCentre railway station is a railway station that serves the Intu Metrocentre shopping and leisure complex in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear. It is located on the Tyne Valley Line from Newcastle upon Tyne to Carlisle, and is managed by Northern.
MetroCentre railway station viewed from a passing train.
|Number of platforms||2|
|Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections|
from National Rail Enquiries
|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|Passenger Transport Executive|
|PTE||Tyne & Wear (Nexus)|
|3 August 1987||Opened as Gateshead MetroCentre|
|17 May 1993||Renamed MetroCentre|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at MetroCentre from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
The station was opened by British Rail on 3 August 1987. It is an unmanned station, connected to the MetroCentre shopping centre by a covered footbridge. Initially called Gateshead MetroCentre, the station's name was shortened to MetroCentre in the 17 May 1993. The section of line that the station is situated on is part of the original 1837 Newcastle and Carlisle Railway route along the south bank of the River Tyne to Redheugh (Gateshead), with the links onwards via Dunston, Bensham Junction and the King Edward Bridge being added in 1893/1909.
The station has no ticket machines, so tickets must be bought in advance or on the train. There are waiting rooms on both platforms and a help point on platform 1. Train running information is offered via automatic announcements, digital information screens and timetable posters. Step-free access from the shopping complex and a car park is via a ramped footbridge to both platforms.
Since the summer 2019 timetable change, the daytime service westwards toward Hexham and Carlisle has been improved. There are now 3tph westbound to Hexham (one all stations stopping train and two semi-fasts), with both limited stop workings continuing to Carlisle. In the evenings, the frequency drops to hourly and all trains run to Carlisle except the last departure of the day. Eastbound, there are also 3tph to Newcastle, with hourly extensions both onto the Durham Coast Line and to Morpeth. In the evening, this drops to 2tph to Newcastle, one to Morpeth and a limited number to Middlesbrough.
On Sundays, there is an hourly service to/from Carlisle and three per hour to/from Newcastle - one of these continues to Middlesbrough and one every second hour to Morpeth.
All train services are operated by Northern. There are no longer any through trains beyond Carlisle, as the limited service previously operated jointly with Abellio ScotRail has now ceased.
- Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 102. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508.
- GB National Rail Timetable, 1993-94 Edition, Table 48
- Body, G Railways of the Eastern Region Volume 2, 1988, Patrick Stephens Ltd, Wellingborough, ISBN 1-85260-072-1, p.133
- Metrocentre station facilities National Rail Enquiries; Retrieved 2 February 2017
- Table 48 National Rail timetable, May 2019