Tyne and Wear is described as the major conurbation of the north-east of England with a population of approximately 1.2 M, industrial in nature centred on the banks of the rivers Tyne and Wear, and the regional capital of a large mainly rural hinterland serving a population of about 2.5 M. Transportation problems within the region are reviewed, which led to the establishment of the metro concept and the introduction of the Tyneside Metropolitan Railway Act in 1973. The metro as described will form the backbone of Tyne and Wear's integrated public transport system. It will be 54 route kilometres long, comprising 41 kilometres of converted British rail suburban routes and 13 kilometres of new construction, about half of which is underground to provide accessibility to central Newcastle and Gateshead and to improve the cross-river link. Other new sections described include the byker alignment where metro will run through a major area of inner-urban revitalisation along what was to have been an urban motorway alignment. A new route through the centre of South Shields will replace the existing route which is no longer suitably located to serve a major residential area and link with a focus of the local bus network. In the north-east of Newcastle a freight line will be doubled to provide passenger service as far as Kenton Bank through a rapidly developing area. Reference is made to transport integration, pattern and frequency of service, engineering and engineering equipment - with a system voltage of 1500 volts DC from overhead equipment - and future plans. The first section of metro from Regent's Centre and West Monkseaton to Haymarket will open in the summer of 1979.

  • Corporate Authors:

    FPL Transport Publications Limited

    Green Lane, Balsall Common
    Coventry,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Howard, D F
  • Publication Date: 1978-12

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Photos; References;
  • Pagination: p. 9-12
  • Serial:
    • Transport Management
    • Volume: 11
    • Issue Number: 2
    • Publisher: Institute of Transportation Administration

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00194143
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: May 26 1981 12:00AM