First of all some history. Plans for the Tyne and Wear Metro werr first drawn up in 1973, the idea being to take over 26 miles of existing but run down rail network - not much of that around obviously - and turn it into a rapid transit network interlinking with buses using certain stations as transport hubs. Construction began in 1974 with the first lines opening in 1980. Since then extensions to Newcastle Airport and Sunderland have been opened, and the network now covers some 46.3 miles carryiing in excess of 40 million passenger journeys a year.
This is a geographically accurate map of the Tyne and Wear Metro network
|The Tyne and Wear Metro network|
|One of the units still to be refurbished heads for Newcastle Airport at Kingston Park Station|
|A deserted Haymarket Station just after a train has left|
|This train to be precise!|
|One of the refurbished units at Kingston Park Station|