"'The Metro' - officially..." Metro Tip by steventilly
Metro, Newcastle upon Tyne: 22 reviews and 28 photos
'The Metro' - officially called 'The Tyne & Wear Metro' it has taken over 20 years for it to finally reach Wearside. The Metro covers Central Newcastle, Central Gateshead, both banks of the Tyne heading out to the coast, the Northern suburbs of Newcastle and the Airport. It does not head West and in particular does not actually go to 'The Metro Centre', one of the largest shopping and liesure complexes in Europe. To get here you must take a bus or a train (destination Carlisle). The extension to Sunderland will open at the end of 2001, all being well.
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You buy your tickets from machines before passing through the barriers to board the train. The trains are quite comfortable and they do get you around rather quickly. Trains run approximately every 10 minutes during the daytime and every 15 mins Evenings & Sundays.
In central Newcastle it's almost as easy to just walk everywhere, as it's a fairly compact city centre.
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