Tyne and Wear Metro

rapid-transit rail network in north-east England

Tyne and Wear Metro is a rapid transit system in Newcastle upon Tyne, Gateshead, South Tyneside, North Tyneside and Sunderland.

Tyne and Wear Metro

OwnerTyne and Wear Passenger Transport Executive (Nexus)
LocaleTyne and Wear
Transit type
Number of lines2
Number of stations60
Websitewww.nexus.org.uk/metro Edit this at Wikidata
Began operation11 August 1980; 43 years ago (1980-08-11)
Operator(s)Tyne and Wear Passenger Transport Executive (Nexus)
Number of vehicles87 Tyne and Wear Metrocars
Train length27.81 m (91 ft 3 in)
System length77.5 km (48.2 mi)
Track gauge4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Electrification1,500 Volt DC overhead lines
Top speed80 km/h (50 mph)

It opened in stages from August 1980 and now has 60 stations, with two lines covering 77.5 km (48.2 mi) of track.  It was mostly made from  converted former railway lines linked with some new tunnels.


  1. The Highway Engineer, Volume 23. Institution of Highway Engineers. 1976. p. 44. Retrieved 21 March 2023.