Wallsend Metro station

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Tyne & Wear Metro
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Wallsend Metro station
Wallsend station is the only station in Britain with signs in Latin.
Place Wallsend
Local authority North Tyneside
WGS84 54°59′23″N 1°31′56″W / 54.9897°N 1.5323°W / 54.9897; -1.5323Coordinates: 54°59′23″N 1°31′56″W / 54.9897°N 1.5323°W / 54.9897; -1.5323
Fare zone information
Network One zone 2
Metro zone B
Original (1979) zone 27
Station code WSD
Metro Usage 0.50[1] million
Opened 1839-06-19
Closed for conversion 1980-08-11
Metro since 1982-11-14
List of stations

Wallsend Metro station is located towards the centre of Wallsend, a town on the north bank of the River Tyne, in Tyne and Wear, England. The station was originally opened on 19 June 1839 by the Newcastle & North Shields Railway, and was reopened as a Tyne and Wear Metro station on 14 November 1982. When converted for Metro use, the unattractive station buildings were demolished, and the station was rebuilt in the standard Metro style.

Wallsend Metro station is the only public facility in Britain which has signage in Latin. This is a nod to its location near the Segedunum Roman fort at the end of Hadrian's Wall. The station also includes a number of photographs of local shops and facilities which have been digitally altered so that their names appear in Latin. This is a public art project entitled "Pontis" (2003) by Michael Pinsky.[2] It is one of the relatively few stations in England to have bilingual signage, others being Southall (Punjabi), Hereford (Welsh), and St Pancras International, Ebbsfleet International and Ashford International (all French).

Upon its opening it served as a major interchange, as it was located adjacent to the Wallsend bus station, which had facilities for the staff and drivers of the PTE's services. Wallsend bus station is a terminus for many local services and provides bus links to many points within North Tyneside and Newcastle, offering much more convenient stops for passengers than the Metro line itself, which by the nature of light rail cannot stop as often. In the late 1990s, Wallsend bus station lost its facilities for the staff, but retained its standing as a major terminus. In 2008–9 the metro station was used by 718,890 passengers.[3]

As part of the 2013 station refurbishment new public art was installed consisting of images of Hadrian's Wall by photographer Graeme Peacock.[4]


  1. ^ "Tyne & Wear Metro usage figures". 2017–2018. Retrieved 21 August 2019.
  2. ^ "Public art". North Tyneside Council. Retrieved 22 May 2016.
  3. ^ NEXUS Business Intelligence Report.
  4. ^ Henderson, Tony (13 April 2013). "Roman heritage artwork unveiled at Wallsend Metro station". The Journal. Newcastle upon Tyne. Retrieved 22 May 2016.

External links

  • Train times and station information for Wallsend Metro station from Nexus
  • Artist's Website Latin signage and map of Hadrian's Wall in the style of the Nexus metro map by artist Michael Pinsky
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