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|
|Owner||Tyne and Wear Passenger Transport Executive (Nexus)|
|Locale||Tyne and Wear|
|Number of lines||2|
|Number of stations||60|
|Began operation||11 August 1980|
|Operator(s)||Tyne and Wear Passenger Transport Executive (Nexus)|
|Number of vehicles||87 Tyne and Wear Metrocars|
|Train length||27.81 m (91 ft 3 in)|
|System length||77.5 km (48.2 mi)|
|Track gauge||4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge|
|Electrification||1,500 Volt DC overhead lines|
|Top speed||80 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.
- ↑ The Highway Engineer, Volume 23. Institution of Highway Engineers. 1976. p. 44. Retrieved 21 March 2023.